2021 KSHA Convention
February 24 – 26, 2021
Kentucky International Convention Center
221 S. 4th Street
Call for Papers:
Interested in presenting a professional presentation or poster? Submit a Call for Papers for consideration.
- Professional Presentations: EXPIRED
- Poster Submissions: January 20, 2021
(Note: Poster submissions received after January 10, 2021 may not be listed in the onsite program, on the website or in the Pathfinder.)
Join Us In-Person or Virtually
When we think about TEAM, we think about each and every one of you who help to make up this wonderful organization. Wikipedia defines team as a group of individuals who are dependent on one another to work as a whole to achieve a goal. There is no doubt that we are dependent on our members, leaders, lobbyists and support staff. It is cliché that no reputable organization can exist without its members but most importantly an organization cannot be successful without teamwork. KSHA’s goal has always been to support the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology in the Commonwealth. This past year has personified that this goal cannot be accomplished without tremendous grit, determination, love and teamwork. KSHA thanks you for your kindred spirit and support.
Now, more than ever, it is critical we continue to work together as a team, as essential health care providers, researchers and educators to provide high quality outcomes for all of those impacted by communication disorders.
No one could have ever predicted we would be living and working through a global pandemic. COVID-19 has no doubt challenged us personally, professionally, mentally, socially and physically. It has truly had an impact on everyone. However, we are bound and determined to show our resilience as an organization to work together as a team to continue to serve our members and to provide you the support you deserve.
It has made us think outside the box resulting in creative and innovative ways to provide care to our patients, to teach the new generation of students, to sustain research endeavors and to provide continuing education events such as this year’s Convention.
COVID-19 has definitely illustrated how important and essential audiologists and speech-language pathologists are in our various work settings. Each and every one of us have been pushed to the limits and had to adapt on a daily basis. With face masks, face shields, teletherapy, furloughs and the temporary closing of many of our workplaces, we have had to find a way to continue forward with a sense of grace, diligence and the power of flexibility.
This year’s Convention will no doubt look different than ever before but thanks to your commitment, adaptability, flexibility, creativity and teamwork, it will continue to be an event that provides opportunities for high-quality continuing education and networking, albeit if it is in-person, virtual or a combination of each.
We are excited to have a past president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Shari Robertson, as our keynote speaker. She will kick off this year’s Convention by highlighting the importance of teamwork within the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. You will also not want to miss our luncheon speaker, Kentucky’s own Joel Katte, who will discuss the need for love and compassion in our profession and beyond.
Our general sessions will include hot topics such as telehealth, advocacy, apraxia, early intervention, pediatric feeding, COVID and dysphagia, dementia, hands-on voice therapy and trauma informed care.
We are humbled and excited to be able to have this year’s Convention and we look forward to seeing each of you whether in-person or virtually. We are proud to be a part of this organization and proud to be #TeamKSHA. Thank you for all that you do to support our beloved professions and thank you for being a part of this tremendous team.
Tommy Evans and Leigh Anne Roden
New Session Formats for 2021
Make the Right Choice for You!
To accommodate the comfort level of all of our participants, KSHA will be offering a hybrid Convention model for 2021. All sessions will be offered for virtual viewing while in-person attendees enjoy the same session with a live presenter or watch a virtual presenter. Each session is marked with a format indicator to help guide you through making the right choice for you!
Presenter Format Indicator:
- PIP = Presenter In-Person
- PIV = Presenter Is Virtual
- R = Presenter Will Be Recorded
PIP – Presenter In Person:
In-person attendees will join the presenter in a pre-selected session room. Virtual Viewing Pass participants, will watch from a location of their choice.
PIV – Presenter Is Virtual:
This session will be available to in-person attendees and Virtual Viewing Pass participants. In-person attendees will watch the presenter on-screen in a pre-selected session room while our Virtual Viewing Pass participants watch from the location of their choice.
R – Presenter Will Be Recorded:
For those not able to view the following sessions during their live /virtual presentation, all participants will be provided with a link to watch the recorded version within five days of receiving the link. You will report your participation with your other session attendance. (Sessions 5, 12, 13, 14, 53)
Disclaimer: All session and presenter formats are subject to change. We recommend monitoring the KSHA website, www.ksha.info, for updated information.
Back by Popular Demand
Spirit Day and Tailgate | Thursday
Wear your college gear on Thursday to show your support for your favorite university team competing in the Gold Brain Competition! Join us for a fun tailgate party Thursday immediately following sessions. Wear your college gear and join us for games, fun and a bit of competitive razzing!
Experience Empowerment of Your Association
Join us at the KSHA Empowerment Zone* to learn more about (and experience) the value of your membership.
- Learn about advocacy from members of Kentucky’s Advocacy Network
- Interact with executive council members
- Find your path to power by:
- Learning about advocacy efforts
- Finding out how you can connect with your local legislator to make a difference
- Creating a personalized message for your legislator
New This Year
Silent Auction – Online Bidding
Please plan to place a bid on one of the many items offered by our Kentucky universities. Each university will be competing for the right to claim the first and second place KSHA cash awards
for raising the most amount of money for their university. Please help them achieve their goal by placing a generous bid. Watch for more details.
To promote member advocacy and representation, professional headshots will be available to KSHA members during select days and times that are to be announced. Look for additional details in further KSHA emails.
KSHA Advocacy and Membership Forum – Now on Wednesday
This session will provide updated information to members regarding changes to current legislation, as well as a discussion on advocacy. Additionally, members will be given time to ask questions of professional concern regarding current, upcoming State/federal legislation impacting those with communication disorders.
Show your Kentucky hospitality by volunteering to introduce a presenter or be a virtual session facilitator. Watch your email in January to sign up.
KSHA is offering volunteer slots to students attending the Convention. For volunteering a minimum of four hours, you will be entitled to a free Convention registration. You must be a KSHA student member
to participate. Watch your email in January to sign up. Registration and virtual session facilitator positions will be available.
Hammam AlMakadma, AuD, PhD, CCC-A, is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisville. He earned his doctor of audiology in 2011 and his doctor of philosophy in audiology in 2017 from Syracuse University. His current research activities focus on refining wideband acoustic immittance measurements for clinical diagnosis of middle ear disorders in children and adults and detection of conductive dysfunction in newborns’ ears. In addition to research, Dr. AlMakadma assumes responsibilities in teaching and clinical supervision of audiology students at the University of Louisville.
Presenting Wideband Acoustic Immittance: Interpretive Approaches and Clinical Applications, on Wednesday.
Sandra Combs, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with more than 30 years of clinical, teaching, research and supervision experience. She currently works as a full time clinician at a private special education school in Lanham, Maryland. Dr. Combs has presented on language, literacy, autism and teacher coaching and collaboration at the local, state and national levels.
Presenting What is Autistic Communication, on Friday.
Lynzee Alworth Cornell, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA is the director of clinical services for the program and currently divides her time at the University of Louisville between clinical practice, teaching and research. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee were she obtained her degree in speech and hearing science with a concentration in audiology. While completing her degree she also completed an Alexander Graham Bell Cochlear Implant Fellowship in 2010; one of only nine nationwide.
Presenting Precepting 101: What You Really Need to Know, on Friday.
Angela Dixon, MA, CCC-SLP, is the manager of outpatient rehabilitation services at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. Clinically, she has been the speech-language pathologist on Riley Cleft and Craniofacial Team, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction related speech disorders. Ms. Dixon is the assistant coordinator for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group (SIG) 5: Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders and is the co-chair on the Learning Resource Committee through the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Presenting Early Intervention Therapy for Children With Cleft Palate and Evaluation and Treatment of Cleft Palate Speech Disorders: Preschool and School Aged Children, on Wednesday.
Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. Ms. Ebert is a therapist, consultant, author and nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most—TALK! She specializes in the birth to three population and believes that collaborating with parents, caregivers and teachers is the most effective way to support early learning and development. She has dedicated her career to helping young children achieve their maximum potential with speech, language and social-emotional development. Ms. Ebert’s son has autism and apraxia, allowing her to engage audiences both as a professional and as a parent of a child with special needs.
Presenting Coaching and Bagless Visits in Early Intervention and Using Deep Interests to Guide Programming for Students With Autism, on Thursday.
Kellie Ellis, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Eastern Kentucky University. She received her doctorate from the University of Kentucky in rehabilitation sciences. Dr. Ellis teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in language intervention, speech sound disorders, literate language and research methods. Kellie is a former chair of the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, former president of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KSHA) and former chair of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Governmental Relations and Public Policy Board. She currently serves as KSHA’s Governmental Relations/Political Action Committee (PAC) Chair and is a member of the Site Visit Team for the Council of Academic Accreditation.
Presenting The ABC’s of Spelling Assessment and Intervention: Practical Strategies for SLPs, on Friday.
Amber Valentine Forston, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC, CNT, is a speech-language pathologist who graduated from the University of Kentucky with her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She is a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders and an international board certified lactation consultant, as well as a certified neonatal therapist (CNT). She worked for Baptist Health Systems, Inc., for eight years before moving to Florida where she worked for Wolfsons Children’s Hospital and Mayo Florida. She is now back in Kentucky working for Baptist Health Lexington. She has experience in adults and pediatrics with feeding and swallowing difficulties including: bedside swallow evaluations, modified barium swallow studies, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing and pediatric feeding evaluations including the neonatal intensive care unit. She has experience with head and neck cancer patients including evaluation and treatment of swallowing difficulties, Passy-Muir valve use and voice after total laryngectomy including tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis.
Presenting COVID and Dysphagia: The Hurdles of PPE, on Thursday.
Sandra Grether, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Cincinnati in the College of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has been practicing for 46 years. Her areas of interest and expertise are in prelinguistic communication with individuals with significant cognitive disabilities, the impact of cognition on language in pediatric hearing loss and cognitive disabilities, the neurophysiology of speech and language in children with childhood apraxia of speech and augmentative communication.
Presenting Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, on Friday.
Caroline Alexander Hudson, MS, CCC-SLP, has provided services to individuals in a variety of settings: early intervention, schools, hospitals, outpatient clinics and long-term care facilities. She has worked as program manager, clinic director and has taught college level classes in communication sciences and disorders. She believes that language is closely connected to overall development, and that language is the foundation for life success. This belief has created a passion for helping children develop language skills. She currently serves as the director of speech-language pathology at Western Kentucky University’s Clinical Education Complex.
Presenting Clinical Supervision in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, on Wednesday.
Mark Ittleman, MS, CCC-SLP, has been a speech-language pathologist for 47 years. In Florida, he operated a private practice in Lakeland for nearly 20 years. He also specialized in profound speech and language difficulties in children and adults. In 2001, Mr. Ittleman developed an intensive speech and language stimulation program in Texas. He is a patient advocate and has a special zeal for teaching therapists, caregivers, parents and spouses methods of speech and language stimulation for aphasia. He also teaches others an approach to apraxia that enables caregiver training, home practice and improvement of spontaneous talking.
Presenting Methods to Help Those With Apraxia Talk at Home, on Wednesday and The Teaching of Talking: Stimulating Speech-Language the Fun Way, on Thursday.
Joel Katte has been a staff developer and presenter since 2013. Mr. Katte contends today’s relationships are urgent. His professional developments help individuals maximize their relationships and moments with clients, students, colleagues, families and community members. The positive energy that emerges from his learning experience is instantly catapulting cultures to greater levels! He is an experienced secondary English teacher, elementary school principal and alternative schools administrator.
Presenting as our Awards Luncheon Speaker, Getting in the Heads and Hearts of Those You Serve!, on Friday.
Jenna (Rayburn) Kirk, MA, CCC-SLP, has been a school speech-language pathologist for 10 years. She has a passion for creating speech and language therapy materials and writing about current topics in the field on her website The Speech Room News. Ms. Kirk has authored more than 500 best-selling resources on Teachers Pay Teachers and has been featured in the ASHA Leader.
Presenting Mastering Mixed Groups, on Wednesday and SLP Time Savers for the School SLP, on Thursday.
Joneen Lowman, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Kentucky. She is project director for LinKS, a federal grant to train graduate communication science disorders students in telehealth and the program director for the interprofessional telehealth graduate certificate offered through the University of Kentucky. She is co-principal investigator on an National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) RO1 grant investigating effectiveness outcomes of behavioral parent training for families with deaf and hard of hearing children. Her teaching, research and publications focus on school-age language disorders and telehealth.
Presenting A Systems Approach to Telehealth Design and Delivery, on Thursday.
Tim Nejman, AuD, is an audiologist who works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His previous work experiences included providing a variety of audiological services to both the pediatric and adult populations. His interests include amplification (traditional and bone conduction devices), the use of advanced hearing aid features for the pediatric population, selection of prescriptive hearing aid fitting formulas for children with acquired hearing loss, single sided deafness and auditory processing disorders. Dr. Nejman received his Doctor of Audiology from the Ohio State University in 2009.
Presenting Pediatric Hearing Aid Candidacy, Selection and Fitting Considerations, on Wednesday.
Michelle Niehaus, LCSW, is the program administrator/statewide coordinator for deaf and hard of hearing services with the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. A graduate of Indiana University and Washington University in St. Louis, she also holds a certificate in the administration of programs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing from San Diego State University. Ms. Niehaus serves on the KY Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the statewide advisory committee for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program and various other state, regional and national committees.
Presenting Addressing the Whole Patient: Biopsychosocial Impacts of Hearing Loss, on Thursday.
Lesley Raisor-Becker, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a researcher, teacher and practicing clinician specializing in the language and literacy development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Her research interests include the effects of prenatal drug/alcohol exposure on development, social skills and executive functioning in children. Dr. Raisor-Becker has adopted two children from foster care and has committed her career and personal life to helping vulnerable children.
Presenting Building Trauma-Informed Services in Early Intervention and Examining Implicit Bias: Building Trauma-Informed Services in EI, on Friday.
Erin Redle Sizemore, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor-educator in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Cincinnati. She has more than 20 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and has worked with inter-disciplinary teams in a variety of settings including early intervention, schools and pediatric hospitals. Her clinical and research interests include working with families in early childhood, quality improvement, feeding and swallowing disorders, and early speech sound disorders.
Presenting Childhood Apraxia of Speech: What’s New and What’s Important and Interactive Learning in Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, on Thursday and co-presenting Building Trauma-Informed Services in Early Intervention and Examining Implicit Bias: Building Trauma-Informed Services in EI, on Friday.
Luis Riquelme, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is currently an associate professor at New York Medical College and director of Barrique Speech-Language Pathology, PC which contracts with a large acute care hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He has authored articles on dysphagia (swallowing disorders), multiculturalism/cultural sensitivity and quality improvement. He has presented locally and internationally. Dr. Riquelme is on the Board of Directors of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative, and immediate past chair, American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. He remains the only person-of-color to have served as president of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and received ASHA’s Certificate for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs in 2009. Most recently, he was recipient of the ASHA 2020 Media Champion Award for his representation of and guidance to speech-language pathologists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenting COVID-19 Update and Presbyphagia: Impact on Our Practice, on Friday.
Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor emerita and provosts’ associate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Fellow and the 2019 President of ASHA. Robertson has published numerous articles, book chapters, and clinical materials and presented hundreds of workshops at state, national, and international venues on a variety of topics. She enjoys helping her fellow ASHA members find ways to nurture their professional and clinical skills as well as their creative and entrepreneurial talents.
Presenting I Used to Have a Handle on Life, But it Broke!, on Wednesday and on Thursday as our Keynote Presenter, Imaginologists Imagine More! Also presenting Stress-Free Strategies for Building Better Readers, on Thursday.
Jade Robinson, PhD, is an assistant professor in the communication disorders program at Eastern Kentucky University. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Disorders from Florida State University. Dr. Robinson is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Her primary clinical research interests include early intervention and parent-implemented strategies that facilitate language development. She teaches a variety of courses, including language development, language assessment, diagnostics in communication disorders, school-based services and augmentative and alternative communication.
Presenting Training for Team KSHA!, a special student session, on Thursday.
Michael Scott, AuD, currently serves as the Auditory Clinical Research and Implant Program Coordinator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His clinical and research interests include auditory implants, auditory (re)habilitation and electrophysiology. In addition, Dr. Scott has a background in educational audiology, adult auditory (re)habilitation and auditory implant program development. He received a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a doctor of audiology (AuD) degree from the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium. Dr. Scott is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati.
Presenting Contemporary Approaches to Auditory Implants in the Pediatric Population, on Thursday.
JoAnna Sloggy, PhD, CCC-SLP, received a bachelor’s degree in music from Methodist University, a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Memphis and a doctorate degree in rehabilitation sciences from the University of Kentucky (UK). She is a provider at the University of Kentucky Voice & Swallow Clinic where she is a member of the voice care team and serves as the singing voice specialist. Dr. Sloggy provides assessment and intervention for general and professional voice disorders, aging voice, behavioral disorders of the upper airway including vocal cord dysfunction and chronic cough. In addition, she serves as clinical supervision of graduate and undergraduate students completing rotations and observation hours. Her research area focuses on aging voice changes in professional singers. Dr. Sloggy is also a consultant for medical device technology software companies and provides professional vocal coaching for television/on-air personalities.
Presenting Voice Therapy Workshop, on Friday.
Stephanie Volker, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in providing cognitive rehabilitation to children and adolescents who have impairments due to acquired brain injury or chronic conditions. She received her Bachelor of Science in education and Master of Science in speech-language pathology at Miami University in 1994 and 1995 respectively, and achieved certified brain injury specialist certification in 2005. She is currently employed at Cincinnati Children’s, serving children and adolescents with acquired brain injury (ABI) as a clinician in the Division of Speech-Language Pathology. She was instrumental in creating and developing Cincinnati Children’s outpatient neurorehabilitation team, a family-centered, collaborative, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation program for children and adolescents who have sustained an ABI.
Presenting SLP Treatment of Executive Function and Attention Skills, on Thursday and Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Treatment of Mild TBI, on Friday.
Gail Whitelaw, PhD, is a clinical associate professor and director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She is also the audiology faculty member on the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disorders (LEND) grant at Nisonger Center at Ohio State, a maternal and child health training grant. Dr. Whitelaw has been involved with leadership aspects of the profession of audiology, including serving as the president of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), chair of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Audiology (ABA), and president of the Ohio Academy of Audiology (OAA). Her areas of clinical interest include auditory processing disorders (APD) in children and adults, tinnitus and sound tolerance disorders, and issues related to functional hearing loss. She is also interested in professional practice issues, including ethics education and mentoring. She received the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award from the American Academy of Audiology in 2019.
Presenting Fifty Shades of Ethics: Professionals Ethics for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists, on Wednesday.
Continuing Education and Disclosures for the KSHA Convention
ASHA Continuing Education
This course is offered for up to 2.75 ASHA CEUs (various levels, professional area)
The supervision session is offered separately for 0.2 ASHA CEUs.(intermediate level, professional area)
The ethics session is offered separately for 0.2 ASHA CEUs. (introductory level, professional area
AAA Continuing Education
Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to
offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 1.9 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s
Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.
International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies
This program has been submitted for 1.9 International Hearing Society CE credits.
Division of Child Care for Early Care and Education
(Pediatric Track Only)
Click here for list of approved sessions, instructions and forms.