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of the New Jersey Speech-Language Hearing Association

2009 NJSHA Elections

INSIDE President’s Message


2009 Election Nominees


Medicaid Sign-off


AAC Tips








Professional Directory


NJSHA Calendar


While the United States may be swearing in its 44th President this month, it’s still election time for the New Jersey Speech Language Hearing Association. Let your voice be heard! NJSHA’s leaders shape the future of this organization; be sure they represent you! Voting is your right and your responsibility, so turn to page 3 and send in your ballot today! G

Gateways to Communication: NJSHA CONVENTION APRIL 30TH-MAY 2ND 2009 BY NATALIE GLASS, CONVENTION CHAIR & KATHLEEN HOLTERMAN, CONVENTION CO-CHAIR Save your professional days! We have hit the ground running and are in full speed, preparing for you a comprehensive schedule packed with well renowned speakers and exceptional presentations. It is hard to believe convention is only 4 months away! We anticipate a huge turnout and look forward to providing you once again with an outstanding learning experience. Our state convention has been recognized by many for years as one of the best in the nation. It is the Convention Committee’s mission to

continue to maintain this impressive status for Convention 2009!! The convention roster is filled to the brim with a wide assortment of diverse topics of interest to meet all of your needs. Get ready to see some of your favorite pediatric speakers including Judy Montgomery, Laura Justice, Michelle Garcia-Winner, Dean Mooney, Richard Reid, Barbara Moore, Pamela Payne, Cathrine Shakir and Etoile LeBlanc. If you work with adults, James Naas, Mike

Trudea, Bill Connors, Nancy Swigert and Shawn DeSanto are a “must see”! Back by popular demand, we are offering a keynote presentation Thursday evening by John Liechty and Ruth Resch, who will be sharing their own personal experiences about the challenges faced living with a disability. You can also earn an extra hour of CEU credit by attending the product demonstrations, which

will be held during the Friday morning breakfast. Don’t forget to check out the exhibit hall, as we have expanded our selection of exhibitors for this year. School-based therapists make sure to put in your requests 60 days in advance to secure your spot! The excitement is definitely mounting! Can’t wait to experience this unforgettable event with everyone! G


January/February, 2009, NJSHA VOICES is the official newsletter of the New Jersey SpeechLanguage Hearing Association. The Editorial Board encourages the submission of letters to the editors, feature stories and news reports. Editorial deadlines are January 31, April 25, June 21, September 6, and November 19. The views expressed in VOICES are the opinions of the members or contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of NJSHA. Nothing contained in this newsletter should be construed as legal advice or as the formal position of NJSHA. The information contained is informational only and may change without notice at any time. Please consult with an attorney for issues of legal significance. Editorial Board: Gerard L. Caracciolo, Chair, Robin Kanis, Nancy Patterson, Sherry Zailer Managing Editor: Wendy E. Webber Editorial and advertising materials should be sent to: Wendy E. Webber Managing Editor, VOICES 1996 Glendower Drive Lancaster, PA 17601 Phone/Fax: 215/893-3659 E-mail: Letters to the Editor are welcome Membership & address corrections should be forwarded to: NJSHA Headquarters 390 Amwell Road, Suite 403 Hillsborough, NJ 08844 Phone: 908/359-5308 Fax: 908/450-1119 E-mail: Web site: Annual subscription rate: $28.00 (five issues) This newsletter is produced by Professional Management Associates, L.L.C., a full-service association management company. The publication of any advertisement in VOICES or in any of its publications is neither an endorsement of the advertisers nor of the services advertised. Speech-language pathologists or audiologists listed in NJSHA’s publications shall not be considered an endorsement or recommendation by NJSHA. 2

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE There is an old Japanese proverb that says. “One kind word can warm three winter months.” Winter is here and it often is not an easy time for some of us with the let down of the holidays gone by and the premonition of snow to shovel in the driveway. This is, however, a good time of year to remind our membership that your Board and Committee Chairs are composed solely of volunteers, and that it is through their warmth and kindness that the mission to serve our professions is carried out. Whether it is through the legislative advocacy about which we remain stalwart, or our state of the art website, the superior continuing education opportunities we offer, or the advice many of you have received from our School Affairs Committee, the people responsible for the initiation of these efforts are members just like you. In fact, the information you receive through VOICES is, more often than not, authored by NJSHA committee members. It is true that we do have back-up support from our management company, VOICES Editor, a lobbyist, and a PR consultant, but it is the volunteers behind the scenes that insure NJSHA’s member benefits. In the last issue I began to update you on some of our committees’ endeavors and achievements. I would like to share more of those with you here. Perhaps the most exciting news we have received emanates from the ongoing advocacy efforts of our Audiology Committee (Bob

Woods, Chair) and Legislative Committee (Barbara Glazewski, Chair) Committees. On November 24, 2008, Grace’s Law (S467, Senators Buono and Madden) was unanimously approved by the NJ Senate. This measure is named for Grace Gleba, an eight-year-old NJ girl with a severe hearing impairment. If supported in the Assembly, this law would require that health care providers cover the cost of hearing aids for children age 15 and younger. This coverage would be required every 24 months and fund up to $1,000 per hearing aid. While families would be able to choose more costly hearing aids, the family would have to be willing to pay any amount above the initial $1000 allotment.

working toward the speechlanguage specialist certificate, to complete their program requirements. This extension beyond the original 2010 deadline also offers additional time for those speech correctionists who have not yet had the opportunity to do so, to now enroll in and complete either the upgrade or a master’s program if they plan to continue working in the schools beyond August 31, 2015.

Your Board and Committee Chairs are composed solely of volunteers, and that it is through their warmth and kindness that the mission to serve our professions is carried out.

Also on the advocacy front, in November, NJSHA received news from the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) that it will continue to fund the Speech Upgrade program through August 2015. This will provide an additional five years for the 243 speech correctionists who are either enrolled in the speech upgrade program working toward the equivalent certificate, or in a master’s program

Our Convention Committee (Co-Chairs Natalie Glass and Katie Holterman) has worked tirelessly since last May to bring you the best possible program in 2009. In addition to contracting nationally renowned speakers for this outstanding continuing education event, we have some new ideas on the way. More information will become available soon on our website (, but make sure you mark it in your calendar for Thursday, 4/30— Saturday, 5/2/2009. Another advocacy point here— Many of our schoolbased members have expressed concerns about

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ELECTION President continued from page 2 potential difficulty getting approval to attend Convention given the State’s latest one-day workshop directive. I want you to know that our CEU Consultant (Donna SpillmanKennedy), Convention and Legislative Committee Chairs (Natalie Glass and Barbara Glazewski), along with our lobbyist (Lynn Nowak), have been working since September to address this issue by requesting a waiver from the NJ Department of Education. The diversity of programs and quality of this event have been lauded by ASHA staffers and officers, and our presenters, as one of the best in the nation. We believe there is no greater professional development program than the NJSHA Convention to satisfy the unique and varied continuing education needs of our membership. If you have not been able to attend in the past, I urge you to join us this year. Finally, as an added incentive, this year to help offset some of your continuing education expenses, any current NJSHA member who recruits a new member to join NJSHA will get a $50 credit toward registration for any NJSHA CEU program. I hope you are taking advantage of all that NJSHA has to offer, and encourage you to share us with some of your colleagues. May you all find warmth and kind words during these chilly times. I look forward to seeing you in the spring!

And the Nominees are..... Please take a moment to read through the credentials and position statements of our nominees and select those who you feel would serve your organization best. Members eligible to vote (Regular and Life) have received a ballot with this issue of VOICES. Elections are often decided by just a few votes so please take a moment to return your ballot — it will make a difference! Special thanks to all of our nominees. Their willingness to serve is greatly appreciated!









One-Year Term Nominees Two NJSHA members have been nominated for the one, one-year term available, which runs July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010. They are: Robynne Kratchman Patty Remshifski

Three-Year Term Nominees Six members have been nominated for the three, three-year terms available which run from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2012. They are: Theresa Bartolotta Carole Gelfer Natalie Glass

Monique Kaye Marty Shulman Kristy Soriano

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— Robin Kanis, President


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ELECTION 2009 continued from page 3 ROBYNNE KRATCHMAN West Orange, New Jersey Running For One Year Term Current Position Director, Speech-Language Pathology Programs, Speech & Hearing Associates Education MS, Teacher’s College, Columbia University Certification and Licenses CCC, Licensed SLP, SpeechLanguage Specialist Certificate Honors, Awards & Other Professional Activities ACE Award, currently enrolled in PhD program at Seton Hall University Professional Affiliations NJSHA, member, Healthcare Committee; ASHA, member Statement Issues confronting speechlanguage pathologists and audiologists, such as insurance coverage, reimbursement rates, and personnel shortages, are best addressed through a united, concerted effort. As a board member, I will share my knowledge and experience with clinical supervision, personnel issues, professional education, marketing and program development, developed while working in a private practice. I participate on NJSHA’s Healthcare Committee focusing on insurance coverage of speech therapy for children. We have made positive inroads and anticipate success as we continue our work. I believe my diverse


experience and background will allow me to provide a broad perspective to support the goals of NJSHA.

PATRICIA A. REMSHIFSKI Long Valley, New Jersey Running For One Year Term Current Position Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University Education MS, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Certification and Licenses CCC, Licensed SLP Honors, Awards & Other Professional Activities Appointed member, Language Science Subcommittee, 2005 & 2006, ASHA Convention; ACE Award Recipient, 2008 Professional Affiliations NJSHA, Budget and Finance Committee; Healthcare Committee; Higher Education and Marni Reisberg Award Committee; ASHA, Member Division 13 Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders; Member Division 10 Issues in Higher Education; Member Division 02 Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders Statement As an active member of the New Jersey Speech-Language Hearing Association, I currently serve on several committees including: Healthcare Committee, Higher Education/Marni Reisberg Award Committee and Budget and Finance Committee. I believe my hard work at the committee level

has helped me to understand the complex statewide issues of the profession including; SLP shortage and supporting affordable and accessible continuing education for our members. My academic and clinical experiences have provided me with the resources needed to promote excellence in providing quality care to those we serve with speech, language and hearing disorders.

THERESA E. BARTOLOTTA Lincroft, New Jersey Running For Three Year term Current Position Associate Dean, Division of Health Sciences, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ Education PhD, Health Sciences, Seton Hall University MA, Speech-Language Pathology, Queens College, City University of New York Certification and Licenses: CCC; Licensed SLP Honors, Awards & Other Professional Activities ACE Awards, ASHA Professional Affiliations NJSHA, Treasurer, Board of Directors; ASHA, Steering Committee Member, Special Interest Division 10, Issues in Higher Education; New Jersey Rett Syndrome Association, Board Member

Statement It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve the Association these last four years as a Board Member. In my current role as Treasurer, I have worked with the NJSHA Board Members and administrative staff to ensure that NJSHA maintains a healthy financial situation in these challenging economic times. My professional experience as a clinician, faculty member, and now as an administrator in Higher Education gives me a broad perspective on the issues facing our professions and the consumers we serve. If reelected to the Board, I look forward to the opportunity to continue my efforts to implement the NJSHA strategic plan, and address challenges in personnel shortages, education of future professionals, and funding for our services.

CAROLE E. GELFER Wyckoff, New Jersey Running For Three Year Term Current Position Professor and Chairperson, Department of Communication Disorders, William Paterson University, Education Ph.D., CUNY Graduate School Certification and Licenses CCC, Licensed SLP (NJ and NY) Honors, Awards & Other Professional Activities ASHA's ACE award for Continuing Education

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ELECTION 2009 continued from page 4 Professional Affiliations ASHA, member; NJSHA, Chairperson, Higher Education Committee; Acoustical Society of America, member Statement The current focus on evidencebased practice has highlighted the importance of clinical evidence in our field. Based on my own experience as a clinician, an educator and a researcher, it is my impression that clinical work and research are often viewed as mutually exclusive. However, good clinicians are also researchers on some level, and this informs the treatment that they provide. I believe that the emphasis on this in our educational programs and its reflection in our professional standards are consistent with the mission of NJSHA, and as a Board member I would work to promote it through professional development and continuing education.

NATALIE GLASS East Brunswick, New Jersey Running For Three Year Term Current Position Speech-Language Specialist, South Brunswick Board Of Education — Greenbrook School (f/t); Speech-Language Pathologist, Sunny Days/Vista Rehab — Early Intervention System (p/t) Education MS, Seton Hall University Certification and Licenses CCC, Licensed SLP, Speech-Language Specialist Certificate

Honors, Awards & Other Professional Activities Recipient of three ACE Awards, Member of the School Site Council and the Student Assistance Team (SAT) at Greenbrook School. Professional Affiliations NJSHA: Board of Directors, Convention Committee Chair; School-Affairs Steering Committee (SAC) Executive Board Member; ASHA: Member; Alexander Bell Association: Member Statement Being an active member of the Board of Directors this year has enabled me to further NJSHA’s mission for professional excellence and achievement. If re-elected, one of my objectives would be to pioneer improvements within our association by advocating for and meeting the individual needs of members. Another focus would be to reach out to build resources and provide support within the medical, school-based and private practice sectors. I will strive to achieve NJSHA’s focused initiatives by investigating and implementing strategies to reduce staff shortages, improve healthcare reimbursement, and prevent encroachment. I plan to take continued action to maintain quality continuing education programs and training offered. This will ensure highly qualified personnel and superior service delivery.

MONIQUE S. KAYE Watchung, New Jersey Running For Three Year Term Current Position Speech-Language Specialist, Long Hill Board Of Education (f/t); Speech-Language Pathologist, Private Practice (p/t) Education MS, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Certification and Licenses CCC, Licensed SLP, Speech-Language Specialist Certificate, Certified Orofacial Myologist Honors, Awards & Other Professional Activities 14 Awards for Continuing Education; Honors of the Association, NJSHA 2006; Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions for the Care and Treatment of Dudley Moore, ASHA 2000 Professional Affiliations NJSHA, Immediate Past President, President, Secretary, Website Chair (; Council for State Association Presidents, Member; ASHA, Member; International Association of Orofacial Myology, Certified Orofacial Myologist; Associate Editor of Subscriptions for International Journal of Orofacial Myology Statement It has been my great honor and privilege to serve the constituents of NJSHA in many capacities since 1999. I have served as President, Vice President, and Secretary, and I am currently the Immediate Past President. I have attended

our Strategic Planning Meetings to help NJSHA members achieve the best goals and outcomes for our organization. I would like to continue to meet our mission statement as well as to work towards developing NJSHA into the best state organization to meet all the needs of our members. My history with NJSHA in my various leadership models will help meet those goals. I have also served as Chair of the website which has gone through many changes. I have a varied background which will help represent the different settings in our field. I have worked in a rehabilitation hospital, public school, private practice, early intervention, and home based services for the geriatric population. I am also an adjunct professor at a New Jersey University and I am working towards my PhD in Speech-Language Pathology. I am a strong proponent of continuing education and ensuring that speech-language pathologists have access to the best, cutting edge education possible in our state to ensure evidence based practice in his or her setting.

MARTIN D. SHULMAN East Brunswick, New Jersey Running For Three Year Term Current Position Chair, Department of Communication Disorders and Deafness, Kean University

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Education PhD, University of Minnesota Certification and Licenses CCC, Licensed SLP Honors, Awards & Other Professional Activities Honors of the Association, NJSHA; NJSHA Distinguished Service Award; Graduate Teacher of the Year, Kean University, Past elected NJ Legislative Counselor to ASHA Professional Affiliations NJSHA, various leadership positions since 1974 including Convention Chair and President; ASHA, member Statement I am seeking another term because involvement in NJSHA is an integral part of my professional life. I came to NJ in 1973, chaired the NJSHA convention in ’75, served as President in ’76 and have been on one committee or another ever since! I’ve served on the state’s licensing board for 14 years, supervised students in every type of setting where SLPs are employed, been involved in writing rules and regulations that govern our professions and have been active in other state and national professional organizations. In recent years on the NJSHA Board of Directors, I’ve worked to make the Association more attractive and welcoming to students, our future colleagues. I’m currently committed to the challenging task of combing through the Association By-Laws to create both an organizational plan of


guiding principles and a separate manual of operations. I’d welcome the opportunity to continue this work, bring my historical perspective and broad-based experiences to the Association and, most importantly, maintain my close association with other dedicated Board members who strive to enhance our professions and the people we serve.

KRISTIE R. SORIANO Basking Ridge, New Jersey Running For Three Year Term Current Position Coordinator/Clinical Director of Speech Services, JFK Johnson Rehab Institute; Kean University Adjunct Professor Education MS, Boston University Certification and Licenses CCC-SLP Honors, Awards & Other Professional Activities NJSHA, Board of Directors (2002-2005); ASHA, Legislative Council (1999-2002) Professional Affiliations NJSHA, ASHA

Statement As Clinical Director of Speech Services in a large hospital based Speech and Audiology Department, I think I can well represent issues facing speech pathologists and audiologists in the State of NJ. My program provides speech services to clients in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, subacute, homecare, long term care, and outpatient based clinical service. We have an active student intern program interfacing with the state universities and colleges in the area. Monitoring legislation which impacts practice guidelines, insurance reimbursement, and encroachment are some of the issues I’ve been exposed to in my role on your Board of Directors. As the liaison to the NJSHA Healthcare Committee some of the issues we are working on include Early Intervention guidelines, insurance reimbursement for children and adults, input into continuing education, personnel shortages, and a membership initiative. I look forward to continuing my work in these areas as your representative on the NJSHA Board of Directors. G

It’s Up to You Be sure to complete your enclosed ballot and return it by February 27th

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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Share your recent accomplishments, published works, or moment in the spotlight with your colleagues in the field. It’s a great way to keep fellow members informed! Send your newsmaking item by January 31st to VOICES c/o Wendy Webber, Managing Editor, 1996 Glendower Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601; or e-mail

WHAT’S MY NJSHA WEBSITE PASSWORD? Take advantage of all that the new NJSHA website ( has to offer, including the NJSHA chat room! Just log on to the Members Only section of Your User Name is your primary e-mail address. Your Password is your membership number which appears on each issue of VOICES right above your name on the address panel. Log on today to connect with your fellow members.

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Medicaid Sign Off: A Choice BY SUE GOLDMAN Depending on the time of year, questions from members continue to either pour or trickle into the NJSHA mailboxes. Members of the School Affairs Steering Committee, who volunteer their own time to respond to these questions in addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of their own jobs, attempt to respond in as timely a manner as possible. It is not always easy to convey prompt responses, but be aware that questions from NJSHA members take precedence over those of nonmembers. Because it is within NJSHA’s mission to advocate for speech-language pathologists and individuals with speech, language and hearing disorders, the SAC committee has made it a policy to respond only to a single question from non-members, inviting them to join if they have further questions. This fall, the most frequently asked questions have been ones relating to Medicaid sign off. Suddenly there seems to be confusion and disparity concerning interpretations of who can sign off on Medicaid. According to one contact at the Public Consulting Group (PCG) that runs NJ’s SEMI program in the schools, SLPs who graduated before January 1, 1993 need their CCCs to sign off on Medicaid. After January 1, 1993, the Master’s only is

what is needed. We have been confused by this response, which does not appear to match the information contained in the SEMI handbook. Previous information indicated that the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) or its equivalent was required to sign off on Medicaid. Because obtaining a New Jersey license requires completion of similar requirements as does CCC, including undergoing the equivalent of a Clinical Fellowship, a license seems to qualify as an equivalent. So, we consulted ASHA and received the following response: “Medicaid is a joint statefederal program so the state can require licensure. Services by unlicensed SLPs can be covered by Medicaid if a licensed SLP (with education & experience as required for the CCC) is supervising the unlicensed practitioner.” There is a SEMI Provider Handbook (see Chapter 4 for specifics regarding SLP responsibilities and qualifications) that can be downloaded at: treasury/administration/ Documents/ SEMIHandbook.pdf The manual contains the following information which is quoted below in italics:

According to federal regulations (42 CFR § 440.110(c)),

Services for individuals with speech, hearing and language disorders means diagnostic, screening, preventive, or corrective services provided by or under the direction of a speech pathologist or audiologist, for which a patient is referred by a physician or other licensed practitioner of the healing arts within the scope of his or her practice under State law.

Anyone who does sign off on Medicaid is legally responsible for the therapy being provided and runs the risk of being held liable and taken to court if any damage occurs in the future.

This regulation may explain the interpretation that a state license from the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee is needed. The SEMI handbook continues as quoted in italics below:

For speech therapy, a licensed practitioner is an individual who meets either of these two (2) conditions: 1. Holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), 2. Has completed the equivalent educational requirements and work experience necessary for ASHA certification.

Practitioner Qualifications: In accordance with New Jersey law at NJSA 45:3B-2, speech therapy (or speechlanguage pathology) and speech evaluation services must be provided by a speechlanguage pathologist licensed by the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee and certified or endorsed by the Department of Education. A speech-language pathologist may also be called a “speech-language specialist,” “speech correctionist” or other titles authorized by New Jersey law. (NJSA 45:3B-2). Again NJSHA is trying to clarify that either CCC from ASHA or licensure by the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee is needed in addition to the SLS or speech correctionist certificate. It may be the case, however, that CCC alone does not suffice. Be advised that only those speech correctionists

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Schools continued from page 7 with Master’s degrees and one of the above certifications would be able to sign off on Medicaid. I would also like to take this opportunity to clarify the concern of NJSHA’s School Affairs Steering Committee relative to signing off on others’ therapy, especially if the professional who is signing off is not adequately supervising the SLS and students involved. Signing off on Medicaid for someone else’s work should be a choice not a mandate. Anyone who does sign off on Medicaid is legally responsible for the therapy being provided and runs the risk of being held liable and taken to court if any damage occurs in the future. If SLSs with Master’s degrees are being directed to sign off on Medicaid without being provided adequate time to supervise or if they are being coerced to sign off when they would rather not, it would be advisable to inform their education associations (unions). Point out to the education association that you do not have a Supervisor’s Certificate or that your job description does not include supervision of peers. If your union refuses to help, contact your county UniServ office (for NJEA). Anyone who holds the

position of supervisor over SLPs would be qualified to sign off for others’ work on Medicaid as long as s/he meets Medicaid requirements to do so. Information should also be provided to directors/supervisors and colleagues that anyone who does sign off on Medicaid without supervising according to appropriate specifications can be held liable and that districts and states across the country have been investigated and sued for fraudulent practices. Keep in mind that ASHA is very clear that any SLP “signing off” without direct supervision risks losing ASHA certification. This may apply to licensure also. Any ASHA member in your district can search for articles on these lawsuits, published over the past 2 to 5 years in ASHA Leader. A 2003 ASHA Leader (vol. 8, No, 11, pp. 1, 12-14) article by Marat Moore gives extensive information on this topic. The SEMI handbook is also clear about the meaning of “under the direction of” as quoted in italics below.

“Under the direction” means that the ASHA-certified or equivalent personnel:

• Maintains responsibility for the services delivered; • Sees the student, at least, once; • Provides input into the type of care provided; • Monitors treatment status after treatment has begun; • Meets regularly with the staff being supervised; and • Is available to the supervised staff. Think about whether or not it’s even possible to meet all of the above qualifications. It would be wise to show the SEMI handbook with the above information to your administrators and your education association and to think carefully about whether or not your choice will be to sign off on Medicaid. G

Nothing contained in this article should be construed as legal advice or as the formal position of NJSHA. The information contained in this correspondence is informational only and may change without notice at any time. Please consult with an attorney for issues of legal significance. — NJSHA School Affairs Committees

Apply Today! Attention Holders of Speech Correctionist Certificates who have Master’s degrees in Speech-language Pathology — You have until 2010 to apply for and be granted the SLS certificate without submitting NTE/Praxis scores. If you have not yet done so, apply now! 8

Public Relations Committee The PR Committee has been actively promoting NJSHA and raising awareness for speech, language and hearing issues in a number of ways. Here are a few of the highlights. • Public Service Announcements (PSAs) have been sent to NJ radio stations on the subject of Better Hearing and Speech Month and Summer Literacy. We are planning to distribute additional PSAs on Protecting Hearing from Loud Music/Noise Abuse and Preventing Ear Infections. We are also preparing PSAs for local NJ cable TV stations. • Letters to the Editor, Editorials and News Articles have been published in local NJ newspapers on a variety of topics. We also are pursuing national media coverage opportunities. • Web Site Content was provided to the Web Site Committee to create resource sections for the media, parents/caregivers and healthcare providers on NJSHA’s exciting new Web site. If you have any suggestions or would like to be part of the PR Committee, please contact: Ellie Murray, PR Committee Chairperson, Patty Murray, PR Consultant to NJSHA,

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AAC TIPS Fun Ideas for Simple Switch or Low Tech Activities 1. Place a switch that plays music inside a shape sorter so that it will activate when the shapes are inserted. 2. Encourage the child to make a walking switch toy knock over blocks. 3. Stage a race with two children operating two walking switch toys. 4. Bubbles: Use an electronic fan with a Powerlink from Ablenet or use a batteryoperated fan to blow bubbles. If available, use an electronic bubble blower with a switch. 5. Place bump and go switch toys within confined areas (toy pen, hula hoop, or box lid). 6. Dress up the switch toys to reflect the seasons or classroom units, example: attach hat for witch, doll clothes for holidays. 7. Add a sensory component to various switch toys: add fragrance or extracts to the toys, cool them in a refrigerator. 8. Place cards on the fireman’s tall ladder toy at various heights so that the child can stop when the fireman gets to the various cards. Try colors, shapes, numbers, the weather, peers name’s, center choices, book and song suggestions. 9. Cut a door out of a box and have the child walk the pig or cow into “Old MacDonald’s Farm” or a doghouse, etc.

10. Encourage the child to operate a massage pad or flexible wand. 11. Facilitate the child’s ability to turn on lights in the room, holiday lights, lights in a classroom tent, lava lamps, light sculptures, backlight, etc. 12. Feed classroom pets, water plants, and assist in cooking activities using the pouring switch. 13. Classroom appliances can be a great source of fun, participation, and sensory experiences using the Powerlink with hot air popcorn poppers, shake machine, toaster oven, sandwich machine, and blenders with adult supervision. 14. Remember to use the classroom tape recorder/CD player with switches for independent music play. 15. Read books using low tech talking switches to speak the repetitive lines of the book. 16. Partial participation activities with peers can be fun in the class with one child pouring ingredients and the other operating the Spin Art or blender for example. 17. Attach markers to the back of switch cars or place the wheels of the car in the paint and then have the child “paint” on a large piece of paper. 18. The independent operation of an overhead projector for books copied to transparencies or a light box can be accomplished with the Powerlink.

19. Explore whether a switch latch is needed for batteryoperated toys and activities as this increases the child’s control. It is often difficult to maintain pressure on a switch surface. The electronic activities can be latched through the Powerlink. 20. Try placing walking switch toys inside the sensory tables filled with macaroni or beans and operated with a switch. 21. Holiday jobs could include turning on the Christmas lights, or Hanukah candles, or “deliver mail” via trucks or walking toys, 22. Adapt an animated puppet by placing a puppet on a spinning lollipop. 23. Classroom jobs/responsibilities: operating electronic pencil sharpener, etc. 24. Low-tech communicator for choosing centers, identifying peers, choosing songs or books, playing games or general communicating. 25. Let the child be the life of the party by operating the fog machine, blacklight, disco lights, karaoke machine, or CD player with a Powerlink. 26. Place a puppet on top of a bump and go toy for animation. 27. Encourage the child’s object permanence by having the child move the switch toy behind a barrier or play tunnel. 28. Encourage the child to roll by placing a notebook or flat switch on the floor connected to a tape recorder or other favorite switch toy. 29. Book adaptations:

a. Physical: build up pages by lamination, cut books and place pages into plastic page protectors and put in binder, attach binder clips to pages, Velcro circles, buy two copies of book and cut each out/ mount on cardboard/laminate/ place in binder, attach ice cream sticks to pages to help turn, notebook dividers (large), turn pages using unsharpened pencils held with the eraser down to turn the pages, use of book holders and stands, or electronic page turners. b. Language/Cognitive: use or adapt generic story time boards by attaching a few blank squares for customized icons, sentence strips to summarize books on each individual page which are called “ Talk About It” pictures, highlight repetitive lines or important text in the book, use talking devices to record the repetitive lines or fun text, tape record the book and play with a switch, develop a talking book using authoring software such as Intellipics, etc. 30. Playboards: attach various themed toys or pictures of toys with Velcro or shoe laces to Plexiglas boards. Ideas for boards: Mr. Potato Head, pots and pans, dollhouse, vehicles. G

Send your questions about AAC to Jackie Hughes, AAC Committee Chair,

Source: Molly Shannon, OTR/L, ATP, derived from Fifty Fun Ideas for Simple Switch or Low Tech Activities, a handout presented at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, January, 2006, Caribe Royale Resorts and Convention Center, Orlando, FL. Modifications by Gail Holling, SLP. NJSHA AAC Committee Member 9

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The Finish Line is in Sight BY JOANNE CHRISTODOULOU As the fall semester wound down, graduate students throughout the state submitted papers and prepared for finals. Some sat for comprehensive exams, others finalized the data collection for their theses and still others completed graduation applications. Fall 2008 graduation has passed and Spring 2009 is quickly approaching. What once seemed like a long ride is suddenly a short sprint and the finish line is in sight. Previous articles by Dr. Martin Shulman and past student board member Angela Heerah Park have detailed licensing and certification. As a refresher I will list some details to remember here. In addition to your master’s degree, clinical hours and Praxis examination scores (school setting requires 550, other settings 600), additional requirements will depend on your career path: • a school setting will require speech language specialist certification from the state. This can be filed through your graduating institution or you can file independently through the NJ Department of Education . • a non-school setting will require a Temporary New Jersey state license. This license is effective while you are completing your Clinical


Fellowship (CF) for a maximum period of eighteen months. Once you’ve completed your Clinical Fellowship experience your application can be submitted for your regular license. Both Temporary and Regular License applications are submitted to medical/audiology.htm

So you’re ready and know what documents you need; your next step is the Clinical Fellowship! If you are going to work under a NJ Temporary License, remember that you will need to file a Supervision Plan with the Division of Consumer Affairs. Although very similar, this is different from the Clinical Fellowship that you must complete for ASHA. It can get very confusing. You are working toward a state License (NJ Division of Consumer Affairs) at the same time that you’re working toward national certification (ASHA). For the NJ Temporary License, you will need to prepare a Supervision Plan detailing your personal information, employment setting, supervisor information and the number of hours each week that will be spent providing assessment, intervention, training etc. A Supervision Plan application is found embedded within the audiology/speech language pathology Temporary License

application — Clinical Internship at: aud/apps/clinical_intern.pdf For ASHA, you need to work toward fulfilling the requirements of the Clinical Fellowship. At last year’s ASHA convention the requirements were summarized as follows: • 36 weeks of full-time (35 hours per week) experience (or the equivalent part-time experience), • Supervision/mentoring by an individual holding ASHA certification in speechlanguage pathology • A score of “3” or better on the core skills in the final segment of the experience • Submission of an approved CF Report and Rating form

(Theresa Rodgers, 2007) You know you need to both evaluate and provide treatment, but what about the Clinical Fellowship ASHA certified supervisor? The purpose of the Clinical Fellowship experience is to transition from constant supervision to independent practice. The ability to have a supervisor during this process is a wonderful opportunity to discover strengths and weaknesses in our knowledge and skills and address them with a professional who is willing to share their experiences and help us to become competent clinicians. Although we are transitioning, we will be expected to evaluate and provide treatment, performing in an independent and

professional manner at all times. To have a successful experience you should gather as much information as possible. Talk to your potential supervisor and find out what her/his own CF process was like and what her/his supervisory experiences have been like. If possible speak to other CFs who have been mentored by this supervisor. Gather information about the facility, requirements, procedures, routines, paperwork. Some settings choose your supervisor for you. In this case you might want to consider how the supervisor is chosen for you and whether you will meet and speak to this person before accepting the position. Determine if there are established guidelines you must follow and procedures if problems arise. Again, if possible speak to another CF presently at the facility and ask her/him to share her/his experiences.

Where will you find that Clinical Fellowship supervisor? One of the wonderful things about this field is the diversity. There are so many options within the broad categories of school or healthcare that it can be difficult to decide in which direction to begin. Perhaps the easiest path is to apply to a setting where you’ve already done an externship. This can be a wonderful choice because you know the popula-

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Students continued from page 10 tion and work setting well and you’ve met the people you’ll be working with. A fair number of students seem to find their niche this way but most choose the job hunt. There are several good ways to get started. Our own NJSHA convention is perhaps the most efficient “in person” way to network with healthcare facilities, larger school districts and placement services. Last year’s convention included recruiters from: Camden City Public Schools Catapult Learning Children’s Specialized Hospital Delaware Autism Program/ Christina School District Harborside Healthcare HCR Manor Care – Therapy HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy Holy Redeemer Home Center JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute The New Jersey School for the Deaf Mary’s Place Pediatric Rehab Morris-Union Jointure Commission

Newark Public Schools

salary calculator. http://

Onward Healthcare

The ASHA annual convention held this year in Chicago, Illinois, also included opportunities to meet potential employers and recruiters. Employment Opportunities are diverse and can be especially helpful if you’re interested in working in other areas of the country. (http:// convention/)

Oxford Consulting Services Select Medical Rehabilitation/Kessler Care Somerset Medical Center Tender Touch Healthcare Services index.html Theracare Therapy Resource Associates of N.J. Therapy Source Inc. Virtua Health Vista Rehab Services Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital And each year brings new and different opportunities to explore! ADVANCE is a free weekly magazine for SLPS and audiologists. Each issue contains interesting articles and job offerings listed by state/region. They also sponsor job fairs that are held periodically throughout the country. Online information also includes a resume builder and

Don’t neglect to look at the flyers that are sent to your university requesting applications from new graduates and read those helpful emails from your department head. Kean University’s Dr. Barbara Glazewski forwards email from potential employers; among the most interesting are always the traveling positions. Companies like MTX Therapy Services, a national staffing agency, place SLPs in temporary positions in exotic locales. In the past they have offered jobs in Hawaii, Alaska and other areas throughout the US. (http:/ With so many choices it may seem overwhelming. Take the time to discover all your options and you’ll find a perfect match; one that will

provide an enriching experience and a successful launch into your career. If you have questions, comments, concerns about this article or NJSHA student benefits and opportunities I can be reached at 732-5464073, 908-737-5816, or Special Note: Additional information about the Clinical Fellowship can be found at the ASHA website @ A valuable handout written by Theresa Rodgers given at last year’s ASHA convention about the Clinical Fellowship experience can be found on their website at rdonlyres/883386C7-E93343D1-BAE8-2DEBD814B05E/ 0/07TheCFExperience.pdf Thank you to Patricia OchoaWerschulz and Danielle Catarino for their valuable contribution to this article.

ATTENTION STUDENTS At the last NJSHA board meeting the members voted to allow students to attend the convention for one tenth of the regular fee. Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity!


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MULTICULTURAL IDEA 2004 and New Regulations for CLD Evaluation Procedures:

Functional and Descriptive Language Outcomes BY YESENIA CONCEPCION AND BRUNILDA NEGRON It seems that feelings of uncertainty are still widespread since many SLP’s continue to be unclear about what the regulations are in reference to assessment outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children. In this article we will attempt to give clarification and steer the readers to resources where they can get information on this issue. IDEA states that assessment and other evaluation materials have to be administered in the language and form most likely to yield accurate information. IDEA also emphasizes the need for appropriate evaluations for CLD students.

What does appropriate mean? We have always relied on standardized tests to qualify students for services. Can we continue to rely on standardized tests when assessing CLD children? No, the use of standardized tests may not be appropriate in all cases. Why not? Weren’t we all taught to rely on the results of standardized tests by obtaining a raw score, a standard score, a percentile rank and confidence intervals? We can also look at the bell curve and clearly see 12

where the student’s performance falls. However, what is not obvious in the bell curve are the many variances within the curve. It does not provide information on how many children from the same speech community, country, region or cultural background were in the sample. All too often many people assume that Spanish is Spanish; it’s all the same. Just as there are a variety of people who speak English from Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada, and Australia, they do so with dialectal differences within these regions because of cultural commonality and vocabulary differences. The same holds true for the Hispanic community and other primary languages. Spanish is made up of multiple dialects from Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Peru, Chile, and so many other countries. In order to develop more accurate and qualitative reports, it is extremely important to consider the child’s speech community along with pertinent information gathered by asking appropriate and critical questions. The following are questions that should be asked during an evaluation interview. This list was compiled from the ASHA article, English Language Learners, Minority Students

and Over-Identification in IDEA 2004, (http:// ELL_IDEA04), and from questions that we normally ask our bilingual parents or students during our assessments. What country are the parents originally from? How long has the child resided in the United States? How old was the child when they moved to the United States? When did the child first start learning English? What language(s) are used at home and at school? Is the child receiving ESL services? If so, how is the child progressing? Is the child communicating with his/her peers on the playground? How is the child performing academically? What language(s)/dialect do the parents/caregivers speak to the child? In what language does the child respond to the parents/ caregivers? What language(s) is used by the child’s siblings? It is important to try to include what percent of time each language is used to communicate (e.g. 20% English at home and 80% Spanish at home or 100% English at school and 0% Spanish at school). We all know that state regulations have emphasized the importance of functional assessments and observations as tools to help make more appropriate eligibility deci-

sions. Federal regulations do not state that you must have test scores to meet eligibility criteria. However, in New Jersey we are challenged by the eligibility criteria for the classification of “Communication Impaired” which states that a student is deemed eligible if that student receives a score, “… below 1.5 standard deviations, or the 10th percentile on at least two standardized language tests, where such tests are appropriate one of which shall be a comprehensive test of both receptive and expressive language (NJAC 6A:14, 3.5, (C) 4.).” Preschool children must meet the criteria of a 25% delay in two developmental areas or a 33% delay in one developmental area. We need to consider all these factors and work like sensitive investigators to obtain more accurate evaluations and to make more appropriate decisions about CLD student’s language and academic performance.

How do I know what tests are acceptable? Use a comprehensive language test or other language tests that have normalization standards in the child’s native language. What are appropriate norms? Norms should be based on a large enough population in a particular speech community in order to be unbiased. What if I can’t find a standardized test with appropriate norms? You will have to depend heavily on functional assessments that should include:

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HEALTHCARE LOOKING AHEAD PLAN TO JOIN US! The next Healthcare Committee Meeting will be Monday, February 23, 2009 at 7:30pm. You may attend in person or via conference call format. Want to know more? Contact : Kathy Palatucci or Barbara Schwerin-Bohus For the Healthcare Forum at the NJSHA Convention. We will explore “The Changing Face of Healthcare.” G

Multicultural continued from page 12 • Parent/caretaker interviews • Student interview when appropriate • Observations-preferably in a structured and non-structured setting • Teacher interview and samples of class work • Review of records (educational & medical) • Hearing assessment • Use of criteria referenced measures • Descriptions of the child’s performance G

REFERENCES English Language Learners, Minority Students, and Overidentification in IDEA”04" Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: IDEA Issue Brief: New Jersey Code: current IDEA: Library of Congress

NJSHA Extends Gratitude To the supervisors at the following facilities in the State of N.J. Please accept our gratitude for providing clinical externships. We know you have given valuable time, expertise and energy to our students. We sincerely appreciate you and your efforts preparing the next generation of medical SLPs and Audiologists. — for the Healthcare Committee, Kathleen Palatucci and Patricia Remshifski Adler Aphasia Center Advantage Rehab Atlantic Coast Rehab and Healthcare Center Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation Bergen Regional Medical Center Briarwood Care and Rehab Center Bridgeway Care Center Care One At The Highlands Centra State Hospital Children’s Center at Monmouth Childrens Specialized Hospital Chilton Memorial Hospital Christ Hospital Clara Maass Medical Center Community Medical Center Country Manor Nursing Home Douglas Developmental Center Emory Nursing and Rehabilitation Center East Orange V.A. Hospital Genesis Hackensack University Medical Center Hackettstown Medical Center Harborage Nursing Home Healthsouth Rehabilitation Holy Name Hospital Hospital of Tinton Falls

Hunterdon Medical Center Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disorders Jersey City Medical Center Jersey Shore Medical Center JFK Medical Center and Affiliates JFK Johnson Rehab Institute JFK Pediatrics Kensington Manor Nursing and Rehab Center Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation Kimball Medical Center Lyons V.A. Medical Center Manor Healthcare Matheny School and Hospital Meadowlands Hospital and Rehab Institute Monmouth Medical Center Morristown Memorial and Rehab Institute Mountainside Hospital Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Newcomb Hospital Newton Memorial Hospital North Jersey Developmental Center Ocean Medical Center Omni Rehab Center Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

Overlook Hospital Palisades Medical Center Preakness Healthcare Center Raritan Bay Medical Center Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls Riverview Medical Center Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Medical Center St. Clare’s Hospitals St. Barnabas Medical Center and Rehab Affiliates St. Josephs Medical Center St. Josephs Wayne General St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center St. Michaels Medical Center St. Peters Medical Center St. Peters University Hospital Select Medical Services Somerset Medical Center Sundance Rehabilitation Trinitas Hospital Universal Institute INC. UMDNJ University Hospital Vorhees Pediatric Rehab Hospital Wanaque Health Center Warren Hospital Weisman Childrens Hospital Willow Creek Rehab and Care Center


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JANUARY 14 Second Language Literacy and Learning, Deborah Chitester, MS, CCC-SLP, 7:00 9:00 pm, sponsored by the Central Jersey SpeechLanguage Hearing Assn. Contact: cnjspeechandhearing/ index.html

FEBRUARY 28 Drugs and Dysphagia, Dr. Lynette Carl, PharmD & Memory, Cognition and Dementia: Communicating with the Cognitively Impaired, Dr. Peter R. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Seton Hall University, Marni Reisberg Memorial Conference & Student Recognition Program Contact:

MARCH 11 Socialization Program: Pragmatics Outside the

390 Amwell Road, Ste. 403 Hillsborough, NJ 08844




Speech Therapy Room, Lindsay Hilsen, MEd, BCBA; 7:00 - 9:00 pm, sponsored by the Central Jersey Speech-Language Hearing Assn., Contact: cnjspeechandhearing/ index.html

Newark Airport, cosponsored by The New Jersey SpeechLanguage Hearing Association and the NJ Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Contact:

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23 Lucy Reed, SLP, will speak about her personal experiences with dysfluency and it’s impact as an SLP as well as therapy techniques for school aged students, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Mt. Laurel Library, sponsored by Tricounty Speech-Language Hearing Association, Contact: Ruth Blackman

26 Overcoming Writing Disabilities (Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, and OWL LD) through Early Intervention, ProblemSolving Consultation, and Differential Diagnosis and Treatment, Virginia W. Berninger, PhD, Marriott

NJ, sponsored by the Warren County Speech-Language Hearing Association, Contact: Colleen Makarevich at

A conference on speech, language and hearing early intervention with Dr. Robert E. Owens, Jr., PhD, 8am - 4pm, Pomona, NJ, sponsored by The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Contact: or call 609.652.4227

APRIL 30 - MAY 2 NJSHA Convention: Gateways to Communication, Atlantic City, NJ, Contact:


Response to Intervention (RTI), 7:00 - 9:00 pm, sponsored by the Central Jersey SpeechLanguage Hearing Assn. Contact: cnjspeechandhearing/ index.html

14 The SLP in the School Setting: Future Roles & Responsibilities, Sue Goldman, MA, Adjunct Faculty, Kean University, sponsored by Morris County Speech/ Language Hearing Association, Metrowest Lautenberg Family Jewish Community Center, Contact: Betty Jane Maher, 973-857-9074

11 Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Travis Tollman, 9:00 -3:00, Mansfield,

Conferences presented here are sponsored by NJSHA, its county associations, committees and those deemed of special interest to its membership.



NJSHA CONVENTION APRIL 30 TH -MAY 2 ND 2009 Trudea, Bill Connors, Nancy Swigert and Shawn DeSanto are a “must see”! Back by popular demand,...