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IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO CHANGE. SURVIVAL IS NOT MANDATORY. — W. EDWARDS DEMING This new decade is bringing a great deal of change to all of us in both our personal and our professional lives. We look at our careers, retirement accounts, and professional futures with less certainty. Though job growth in the health professions is predicted to be constant for at least the next six years, our roles in the healthcare system are likely to evolve as demographics and payment systems change. NJSHA is undergoing a process of change as well. Some of it is quite painful. I must share with you that our membership numbers have contracted severely. This is likely due primarily to the economy. Your Board has watched this trend carefully over the last two years but even we could not have predicted the very sharp


reduction in membership we faced this year. We have had to make some changes and you are likely aware of some and not of others. As you know, VOICES has gone online and we reduced the number of annual issues from five to four. Our Honors and Awards ceremony has undergone a significant change which you will see at this year’s convention. NJSHA Vice President Dr. Joan Bruno and her committee members have worked very hard to put together an event that will appropriately honor our awardees. Be assured that these types of changes were made after much deliberation and discussion. The interests of our members were always kept in the forefront. We are

also going to be modifying our management structure in the upcoming fiscal year so that we provide the maximal benefit for your dollars.


Action in Trenton.............7

Higher Education.............12

Honors & Awards.............4



School in Session.............7


Professional Directory....15

We have not cut our advocacy efforts and there are no plans to do so. That is an area where we make significant impact and our volunteers and paid consultants work tirelessly for your interests and those of people with communication disorders. The changes that are coming require us to be ever ready to advocate and adapt. In my last President’s message I mentioned that ASHA is instituting a membership category for speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs). This sig-

nificant change at the national level will have major impact on the states. Audiology & speech-language pathology state licensing boards often take their cues from ASHA with regard to regulations for practice. Renewed interest at the national level for SLPAs will trickle down. We must be prepared to take preemptive action in order to influence the outcome so that interests of our licensed professionals and the persons we serve are maintained. In a previous issue I asked members to indicate their interest in working with NJSHA on issues like SLPAs and encontinued on page 3


April 2010, NJSHA VOICES is the official newsletter of the New Jersey Speech-Language Hearing Association. The Editorial Board encourages the submission of letters to the editors, feature stories and news reports. Editorial deadlines are March 1, June 1, August 31, and November 23. 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, Theresa Bartolotta, 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 402 Hillsborough, NJ 08844 Phone: 908/359-5308 Fax: 908/450-1119 E-mail: Web site: Annual subscription rate: $28.00 (four 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. We reserve the right to refuse advertising that is inconsistent with accepted professional standards. 2


Managing Clients with Fluency Disorders: Updates in Clinical Practice, Kathleen Scaler Scott, 6-9 pm, Metrowest JCC, Whippany, NJ, sponsored by Morris County Speech and Hearing Association Contact:

MAY 6-8

NJSHA Annual Convention Atlantic City Convention Center, sponsored by the New Jersey Speech-Language Hearing Association Contact:


Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Donna M. Goione-Merchant, AuD, 6-9 pm, Metrowest JCC, Whippany, NJ, sponsored by Morris County Speech and Hearing Assn. Contact:


Getting to the Intraverbal, Bobbie Gallagher, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, sponsored by the Central Jersey SpeechLanguage Hearing Assn. Contact:


Service Delivery Models: Where We've Been and Where (I think) We're Going, Barbara Glazewski, 5:00 - 9:00 pm, dinner meeting, 3 hours of CE, The Westwoord, Garwood, NJ, sponsored by the Union County Speech-Language Hearing Assn. Contact: Joan at 732-574-9872


Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Practical Assessment and Treatment Methods for Developing More Intelligible Speech, Sue Caspari, 9-3:00, Comfort Inn, Mansfield, NJ, sponsored by the Warren County Speech-Language Hearing Assn. Contact:Â


Lingraphica: Speech Generating Device for Aphasia, Gerri Davie, BSN, RN, Director of Clinical Services & Training, Lingraphicare America, 6:30-8:30 pm, Camden County Educational Services Commission, Clementon, NJ, sponsored by Tri County Speech and Hearing Assn. Contact: Ruth Blackman,


Selective Mutism, Dr. Donna Spillman-Kennedy, 6:30 - 10:00 pm, Saddle Brook Marriott, sponsored by the Bergen County Speech-Language Hearing Assn. Contact:

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croachment to practice. Over the last few months, my time, and your Board’s time, has been taken up with financial and management issues. I am happy to report that we are poised to institute some positive changes in that arena for our association. So now we can return our attention to encroachment and practice issues. This will not be an easy area to navigate. As Woodrow Wilson said, “If you want to make enemies, try to change something”. Yes — these are challenging times. It has been a very tough winter here in New Jersey. Those of us with jobs and paychecks are painfully aware of how fortunate we are. Many of our neighbors are suffering. Families who care for members with disabilities may be especially feeling the pinch of the economy as they already bear a significant burden when times are flush. In the current climate these families are often hit especially hard. I know that

you are responding to those families with kindness and compassion. Thank you for all that you do. In a previous column I asked for members to reach out to our university programs to volunteer to supervise graduate students in the field. Recently the Higher Education Committee, chaired by Dr. Amy Hadley, held a “thank you” continuing education event for clinical supervisors. Dr. Hadley will share information on that evening with you in an article later in this issue. I want to extend my gratitude on behalf of all of us in universities and all of our students for your efforts in mentoring the next generation. Thank you for paying it forward. Let us now look forward to spring and the early signs of a brightening economy with renewed hope and a willingness to be a part of the change that is coming.

Theresa Bartolotta, Ph.D., CCCSLP is Associate Dean, Division of Health Sciences, at the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University. You may contact her by email at President@

BARBARA J. LECOMTE, PH.D., passed away on February 8, 2010. Barbara taught at Kean University for almost 42 years and touched the lives of thousands of students, now colleagues. The faculty and staff mourn her loss. A scholarship in her memory will be planned. For details, contact

MEMBER NEWS In recognition of her extraordinary volunteerism on behalf of The Lake Drive Foundation and Sound Start Program, DR. LAURA MCKIRDY, was honored with the Garden State Seeds of Hope Award from New Jersey Monthly Magazine. The Garden State Seeds of Hope Awards recognize the actions of people committed to improving the quality of life for all New Jerseyans. Dr. McKirdy, co-founder of The Lake Drive Programs for Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, was chosen for her continued work to change the lives of children with hearing loss, with a focus on the critical need for early identification, amplification and intervention during a child‘s first three years of life. DR. GERARD CARACCIOLO, professor emeritus of Montclair State University and a member of the NJSHA Board of Directors has been appointed to a three year term on the ASHA Board of Ethics. Dr. Caracciolo chaired the NJSHA Committee on Ethics for many years and previously served on ASHA‘s Board of Ethics and the former Council on Professional Ethics where he chaired the Education Sub-Committee that authored the ASHA publication, “Ethics: Resources for Professiona Preparation and Practice.“

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Share your recent accomplishment, published works, or moment in the spotlight with your colleagues in the field. Send your newsmaking item by June 1 to VOICES c/o Wendy Webber, Managing Editor, 1996 Glendower Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601; or e-mail


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Marilyn Certner Smith, MA, CCC-SLP

Brian Shulman, PhD, CCC-SLP

throughout the state, the country and internationally.

Marilyn’s career in adult neurogenic speech-language pathology began in the 1970’s. Throughout these three decades, she has pursued ongoing professional development and achievement in adult neurogenic disorders and particularly in the treatment of people with aphasia. As a member of a team of therapists at the Rusk Institute, she brought an energy and willingness to learn that earned her high praise and recognition in aphasia therapy. After leaving New York, she set a high standard for competence in the management of acute rehabilitation patients during her years as director at Kessler Institute. Most recently, as the cofounder of Speaking of Aphasia, she has explored new approaches and interventions that not only seek to ameliorate the devastating social consequences of aphasia, but to establish strong collegial and institutional relationships that strengthen programs


She has volunteered time and expertise with the New Jersey Aphasia Network, and added to the outpatient program at Overlook Hospital. In her current role, she educates local businesses about aphasia, seeks support for artistic pursuits of people with aphasia, and provides customized and individual efforts for her clients. Marilyn has published several workbooks and chapters including one for Roberta Chapey’s 2008 edition of Language Intervention Strategies in Adult Aphasia. She has presented at both state and national conventions on topics relevant to people with aphasia and established personal relationships with internationally known aphasiologists in order to advance her learning and to share her insights about living with aphasia. According to her clients, colleagues and others she interacts with, Marilyn has placed a positive face on the words “aphasia therapist.” This is because she is so genuine, dedicated and steadfast in her belief that people with aphasia have value in the world and can lead satisfying lives. It is with great honor that we award the 2010 NJSHA Distinguished Clinical Service Award to Marilyn Certner-Smith.

recent accomplishments is his appointment as Dean Commissioner of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Program. The Dean Commissioner is a newly created position on this national accrediting body.

Dr. Shulman has distinguished himself by his significant achievements in teaching, publishing, professional presentations and through his major contributions to the profession of speechlanguage pathology on a state and national level. These significant contributions to the profession have earned him recognition as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Shulman has served as the Dean of Seton Hall’s School of Health and Medical Sciences since May of 2007. He joined the Seton Hall community in 1998 as the founding Chair of the Department of SpeechLanguage Pathology and served as Associate Dean of the School from 2001 until 2005, and as Acting Dean from 2005 until 2007. Dr. Shulman also recently completed a three-year term as Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). One of Dr. Schulman’s most

Dr. Shulman’s service to the American Speech-LanguageHearing Association has made an impact on our profession and brought distinction to New Jersey. As Vice-President for Speech-Language Practices for ASHA, he established and led several committees that directly affected speechlanguage pathologists and persons with communication disorders. His leadership on ASHA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Scope of Practice in SpeechLanguage Pathology had national implications as state licensing Boards seek guidance from ASHA on scope of practice issues. Dr. Shulman has a strong desire to move others forward in their professional development. He regularly finds opportunities and time to hone their skills in writing, presenting, administration and service. It is through his commitment, vision, and mentoring that he continues to work to grow the profession. It is with great honor that we award the 2010 NJSHA Distinguished Professional Service Award to Dr. Brian Shulman.

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The Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities

Naryan Hernandez

and special programs that include invited guest lecturers, field trips, service learning projects, lending libraries and intergenerational projects.

The Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities at Kean University is directed by Clinical Coordinator, Wendy Greenspan, MA CCC-SLP, (pictured above). It opened its doors on January 11, 2008. Starting with a few clients, the Institute services approximately 43 clients each semester and now schedules almost 100 sessions per week. The Institute has served a total of 80 clients over the two years it has been in operation. The Institute has three goals: Goal 1: To provide low-cost quality communication therapy services to the growing population of adults with communication disabilities. The clients of the Institute are adults with aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, cognitive deficits and voice disorders. The services include individual evaluation and therapy, group therapy, caregiver support groups, computer training classes and computer treatment sessions, tele-practice via the internet

Goal 2: To provide graduate students with inter-disciplinary clinical and educational experiences with the adult and geriatric population. The Institute provides a unique externship placement, offering a rare perspective on long-term rehabilitation. Goal 3: To conduct significant clinical research to document long-term recovery in adults and develop evidence-based treatments. The Institute has stimulated considerable attention and interest on the Kean University campus and raised awareness of communication disabilities and of speech-language pathology services. The social impact has been simply magnificent. Many of these clients were socially isolated because of their communicative disabilities. The opportunities for group interactions, group learning, group support and group fun has created a network of friends who support each other and socialize, both in our Institute and outside. It is with great pleasure that we present the 2010 NJSHA Program of the Year Award to the Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities.

Naryan’s passion is music and he learned many skills through song. He enjoys both classical and contemporary music. While anatomical anomilies and dysarthria have negatively impacted his speech intelligibility, it is when he sings that one hears the richness of his melody and intonation. Naryan Hernandez spent the first six months of his life in a hospital where his family was told that he would never walk or talk. Twelve years later, he runs, reads, smiles, laughs and sings. Though often unwell, he perseveres with more tenacity than most adults. He is a child first and often resists educational tasks that do not involve highly motivating topics; however, it is evident to those who work with him, that Naryan wants to succeed . What one may think is an unattainable task becomes attainable to Naryan. As an example, Naryan can spell better than one ever imagined. With the advocay of his amazing parents, family, caregivers and his educational team, Naryan’s underlying strengths, personality and capabilities are being exposed.

This past June, Naryan gave his first solo singing debut singing “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” which took months of practice and preparation. A part of each of his therapy sessions was devoted to practicing the resonance and articulation needed for intelligibility. His efforts to perform resulted in a successful performance, one that he, his family and those working with him were very proud of. Naryan’s progress has served as an inspiration for his staff and others. He has demonstrated to them that by following a child’s lead and by making their program and goals functional and motivating, the possibilities are endless. It is with great honor that we present the 2010 NJSHA Distinguished Achievement Award to Naryan Hernandez.

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Carol Amato speech-language pathology, Carol has served as the chair of the Committee on Special Education for her current district’s education association and was a former President, Vice President and Negotiations Chair for her previous district’s education association.

Carol has served on NJSHA’s Board of Directors and has held the positions of Secretary and Vice President in past years. Prior to and during her tenure on the Board, Carol has been co-chair of NJSHA’s School Affairs Committee (SAC)-North and an important member of the SAC Steering Committee. For that committee she volunteered to organize the phenomenal index that can now be found in NJSHA’s online document of letters, New Jersey Department of Education Code Clarification Letters and Complaint Investigation Reports Impacting Speech-Language Services in the Schools. This document is a must have for all schoolbased members for clarification and proof of a regulation. At the national level, Carol is serving as the ASHA State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL) representing New Jersey and is the current membership chair for ASHA Division 16 – SchoolBased Services. In addition to her volunteerism in the field of


Carol has devoted most of her career to school-based practice; however, she recently worked closely with fellow SLP Celeste Mancinelli to develop an autism program. This program has enabled young autistic students to be included in special and general education classes in their home district. The success of this program culminated in an article on the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) highlighting Carol’s work with an autistic student. This web article was recently made into an ASHA training DVD on Success Stories of speech-language therapy and features Carol and her student. It is with much gratitude that we present the 2010 NJSHA Volunteer of the Year Award to Carol Amato.

Licensing for SpeechLanguage Pathology and/or Audiology 1. DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE AMOUNT OF CEU’S THAT YOU CAN ACCUMULATE ONLINE? 2. DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG YOU HAVE TO PRESERVE YOUR RECORDS? 3. DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO APPLY FOR A PERMANENT LICENSE? These and other questions are answered on the website of the Audiology and Speech-Language Advisory Committee. You can also access the Statutes and Regulations, which regulate licensure. Go to Click on “Useful Links” for answers to these questions as well as others. Click on Laws and Regulations to see the full set of statutes and regulations. If you have additional questions you can call the office at 973-504-6390.

WHAT’S MY NJSHA WEBSITE PASSWORD? Take advantage of all that the NJSHA website (www.njsha. org) has to offer, including the 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 the e-mail letter you received with this edition of VOICES. Log on now and connect with your fellow members today.

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Education Associations BY SUE A. GOLDMAN While shuffling through my ubiquitous piles of papers, I came across an article from Advance that I'd put aside for a rainy day. I believe that rainy (or maybe snowy since I'm writing this in February between snow storms) day has arrived. The article's title, Union Advocacy Can Benefit School-Based Clinicians (June 23, 2008), should give readers an idea of its value. It's the story of how Pamela Greenhalgh, MA, CCC-SLP, advocated with the support of her education association (union) to provide appropriate services to severely disabled students in her caseload. She tapped on the fact that unions must provide "duty of fair representation" to their members by making her union in California aware that, as in the case of teachers, SLPs cannot be coerced to proceed in a manner that is contrary to their contracts. Examples of SLPs being treated the same as teachers in a contract include working the same length day as teachers by not scheduling students before or after work or during lunch; holding the district responsible for providing decent working conditions, and being provided with time to perform workload responsibilities such as report writing.

In fact, once her issues were presented, the union told Ms. Greenhalgh that if the district expected her to write a report at home, they would have to put it in writing and provide her with an office. Once she saw how she could effect change by working with her local union, Greenhalgh became more involved by becoming a California Teachers Association (CTA) representative, a CTA cadre trainer and chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Subcommittee and Caucus for Educators of Exceptional Children. She stresses that although SLPs are a small minority in education associations, unions have a duty of fair representation, which means they must represent all members in the minority as well as the majority. In order to advocate, SLPs may need to educate their local unions on their issues, how they may differ from teachers‘ issues and on their expectation of being represented fairly. Greenhalgh's advocacy at the local level resulted in increased staff (more than doubled) to ensure provision of FAPE for students, a $5000 salary supplement for SLPs and crediting 19 years previous experience for newly hired SLPs for experience including private or hospital work. These changes occurred over a period of five or more years, but it is obvious why Greenhalgh felt the wait was certainly worth it. Part of educating union representatives is helping them understand the role of SLPs in education and the value they have to classroom teachers

and students. Representatives also need to understand that the job of SLPs encompasses not only teaching but performing diagnostics and other workload responsibilities that are additional to preparing to teach students. I have encouraged SLPs to enlist the support of their education associations for years. What I may not have stressed is that SLPs should introduce themselves to their unions right away, so that union officials are familiar with them and their work before issues arise. By fostering a relationship between the education association and the speech-language department, potentially unpleasant situations could be diffused before they even take hold. An important way to work with a union may be to volunteer as a union representative for your school. By doing so, SLPs will hear information first hand and can influence actions taken by the education association as they educate union officials on their jobs and job requirements. In larger districts, SLPs can suggest that there be a representative for the speech-language or the special education department. One of Greenhalgh's continued challenges was to facilitate understanding of the differences between SLPs' jobs and teachers' jobs. With visibility within a union, such conversations can remain ongoing. Even more advantageous is the opportunity to work on the union's negotiating team when new contracts

are being developed. Language can and has been put into contracts to compensate SLSs if they choose to take on extra workload responsibilities. Some districts have negotiated for SLSs to work until the end of June or for an extra month in the summer with extra pay proportional to their salary. The most important perk of being involved with your education association is that of being proactive. By working with your union to help members understand the jobs and issues of SLPs, education associations will be prepared to help SLPs whose contract rights are violated when abuses occur. Better yet, they may be able to prevent abuses by having enough prior information to diffuse a potentially harmful situation. When SLPs are not proactive, education association officials might not understand their problems and may be less willing to help out when abuse occurs simply because they do not understand the broad picture. In order for SLPs to be able to effectively advocate for their students, they need to lay ground work by advocating for themselves.

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.


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A New Administration Comes to Trenton BY LYNN NOWAK, PORZIO GOVERMENTAL AFFAIRS Governor Christie has marked his first two months as chief executive by being bold, even brazen, in taking the reigns of government. To date, he has issued 17 Executive Orders. Former Governor Codey recently said that is more than many governors issued during their entire terms. While Governor Christie had to backtrack in several cases for reaching beyond his legal authority, he certainly is sending a message that “he is in charge.” The Legislature has not completely rolled over, though. Following the Governor’s speech in mid-February before a special joint session of the Legislature, where he laid out his proposals to close the $2 billion gap in the current fiscal year budget, Senate President Sweeney responded, “So much for a handshake.” This referred to the infamous request made during his inaugural speech when he invited the Senator and Speaker Oliver to join him on the stage for a handshake. They were not consulted then nor were they later regarding the cuts he outlined to balance the state’s current budget. While the Governor made it clear that his proposals to close the gap were not easy decisions, he expressed little remorse about accessing $475 million in surplus funds from school districts around the state and 8

made it clear that this solution does not, “take one penny from an approved school instructional budget.” On March 16, Governor Christie presented his budget for FY 2011. In it, he proposed an $820 million or seven percent cut in aid to school districts around the state. Governor Christie said that “the watchwords of this budget are shared sacrifice and fairness.”


Two bills that I discussed in my last column were signed into law before Governor Corzine left office in January. A880/ S2400 creates a Reading Disabilities Task Force charged with studying practices for diagnosing, treating and educating students with reading disabilities and for reviewing how current State statutes and regulations impact these stu-

moving through both houses. S936/A2297 is sponsored by Senator Cardinale (D-Bergen) and Assemblyman Prieto (D-Hudson). As of now, the Senate needs to concur on amendments made by the Assembly. After that, the bill will move to the Governor’s desk. The Senate passed S911 on March 11. This bill, sponsored by Senator Girgenti (D-Passaic), upgrades penalties for

We were successful in securing an amendment that specifically designates a NJSHA member to the (Reading Disabilities) Task Force. On his cabinet appointments, most have had relatively smooth sailing during the Senate confirmation process. The exception was Bret Schundler, his nominee for the Department of Education. A strong proponent of school choice and vouchers, the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled him for hours on his positions on school choice, school aid cuts, preschool education and age-specific school standards. In the end, they released his nomination with a tepid “without recommendation” addendum. This had little impact as he was approved by the full Senate a few days later.

dents. We were successful in securing an amendment that specifically designates a NJSHA member to the Task Force. Also signed was A4026/S2944 which gives the Division of Consumer Affairs additional enforcement powers to deter individuals from engaging in the unauthorized practice of professions and occupations including speech pathology and audiology.


Legislation that mandates that consumer complaints to licensing boards be resolved within 120 days is rapidly

assaulting health care professionals and workers at health care facilities as well as human services and veterans’ facilities. The bill originally applied only to nurses but working with the Allied Health Professionals, we were successful in getting it amended to include all health care professionals licensed to practice under Title 45 of the Revised Statutes. The Assembly bill, A2309 sponsored by Assemblyman Scalera (DPassaic), has been referred to the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.

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NJSHA Convention May 6th-8th Shaping the Future: It Starts With YOU BY NATALIE GLASS, CONVENTION CHAIR AND KATIE HOLTERMAN, CONVENTION CO-CHAIR Don’t forget to lock in your spot for the upcoming annual convention, which will be held in Atlantic City! As always, the convention schedule is filled with a variety of well-known presenters and hot topics, to meet your individual needs and interests. Come join us for two and a half days of endless learning opportunities and networking with colleagues and friends. You can visit the website at to preview the “Schedule at a Glance”, as well as download the full convention brochure. We have included on the website a “Justification Toolkit” link, which contains information on ways to justify to your employer the benefits of your attendance at this year’s NJSHA convention, as well as a “Justification Letter” you can provide to your supervisor.

The Convention Planning Committee has worked very hard to design a new layout for convention taking into consideration the ideas and feedback of attendees and the NJSHA membership as a whole. We are proud to offer specialized “tracks “throughout convention, including Pediatric, Adult, Administrative-Regulatory , Audiology, and Student . All convention presentations in the brochure are color and letter-coded, to denote the specific track(s) they fall under. Everyone, please feel free to follow one specific track or you can attend presentations in several different tracks. It is at your discretion. We have designated the “Student Track” for Friday, May 7th and the “Audiology Track” for Friday, May 7th and Saturday, May 8th.

Audiologists are strongly encouraged to attend convention on Thursday, May 6th also, as there are several programs including the keynote presentation that are applicable to both speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Take note of some of the new and exciting developments for Convention 2010. We will be holding the Honors and Awards ceremony in a larger forum this year, on Thursday evening prior to the keynote session. This event is open to all convention attendees. Come show your support in acknowledging the outstanding accomplishments of these exceptional individuals and organizations. Immediately following, we will be hosting our signature keynote presentation on team building and leadership, by the world-renowned

speaker Mike McKinley. This program is geared toward all audiences! We have infused the Marni Reisberg Memorial Program into convention on Friday, May 7th. This full-day program on Feeding Disorders will be presented by Sean Casey. Take a look at the online convention brochure for more details. When you are not busy attending impressive educational presentations and networking, come experience the numerous exhibits we have to offer in the exhibit hall, including more of your favorite materials and product vendors and career placement companies. This is surely a convention you won’t want to miss! We are looking forward to seeing you all there.



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Spanish-Language Autism Information BY PATRICIA OCHOA-WERSCHULZ, M.A., NJ-SLS AND IVETTE SOLANO, M.A., CCC-SLP Receiving a diagnosis of autism can prove to be a very difficult and confusing experience for parents and family members. Imagine that distress compounded by the fact that the diagnosis isn’t quite understood by a parent or family member. Or imagine that despite after hearing the word autism for the first time that the parent or family member is unable to find reliable sources of information regarding the syndrome because it was not available in a language best understood by them. This is an experience that is repeated many times over for those whose primary (and sometimes only) language is Spanish. Verbal and written reports regarding diagnosis and follow-up information are mostly offered in English unless medical professionals offer bilingual services. This also occurs in the educational setting. What results is an informational imbalance for parents and family members who are unable to fully access and/or comprehend information given to them due to a language barrier. As speech-language pathologists, we are bound by NJSHA’s & ASHA’s codes of ethics to “use every resource… to ensure that high quality service is provided” (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, 2010; New Jersey Speech-LanguageHearing Association, 2005). Once a speech therapist becomes involved in a case regarding an individual with autism hailing from a primarily Spanish-speaking household it is important to give adequate resources so that families can better begin the process of understanding autism and advocating for their loved one. The intent of this article is to help Garden State speech therapists learn where to direct Spanish-speaking families to go for highquality, reliable and user-friendly information on autism. The following is a collection of reviewed sites, published materials, and contacts for government and non-governmental organizations that have relevant autism information available in more than one language.


Internet-based Information Currently there are several U.S.-based websites regarding autism. As to be expected, the majority of them are written in English. Reader-friendly and navigable Spanish-language autism websites are far and few between, particularly those with relevant national and local information. As communication specialists, we are primely positioned to help raise awareness by breaking down language barriers for our clients; we can help parents understand their treatment options and recognize that various sources of information are available to them in a language they understand. These websites have been selected as reputable and user-friendly Spanish language sources.

BEST COMPREHENSIVE WEBSITES (click on ‘En Español’ link on left hand menu bar) This site is a Spanish-language compendium of information with pages dedicated to explaining what autism is, where support can be found, as well as a list of statewide professionals who work with individuals and families living with autism. It offers information regarding treatment options for parents to consider and information for the adult living with autism. Prior to becoming Autism NJ, the group responsible for compiling this website’s information was formally known as the New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (NJ COSAC). (click on ‘En Español’ link on top right hand corner) This is another nicely organized site with basic information on what an autism diagnosis means. Of interest is that this site gives parents useful information on how to become effective advocates for their child with links explaining educational rights and the development of individualized education plans (IEPs). Unique to this website is information regarding transitioning out of the school system once one reaches 21 years of age, employment models for individuals with special needs, and adult residency options.

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The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network’s (SPAN) offers extensive publications and workshops related to a number of areas such as education, law and advocacy and health/disability issues. It also offers support through their various programs. The Parent to Parent Program is a statewide network of parents supporting other families with children with special needs. Family Voices keep families and professions up to date with the latest health care changes in New Jersey. Project Care provides information and advocacy on family rights in early intervention and special education. Project Care also supports families at IEP meetings, health care appointments, and hospital visits. SPAN has bilingual (Spanish) personnel available to answer autism-related questions. While their website has a link to a translation website, its operation is not intuitive to someone who comes across the English-site first. We recommend calling or-emailing SPAN for information, especially in cases where an experienced web-user is unavailable in the household to navigate and/or verbally translate the page.

EARLY INTERVENTION (888) NJ EI-Info New Jersey’s Early Intervention System provides services in multiple languages. Parents can call their toll free number and ask to speak with their Spanish-speaking personnel. The Early Intervention website provides a Family Resource Directory of various disability/related resources for families in New Jersey.

This is a well-designed comprehensive autism information website created for parents by parents. It has links to worldwide organizations dedicated to serving the autistic community. It is a dedicated Spanish-language site (most U.S. based sites translate a portion of their site into a second language or offer a cut-and-paste translator website such as Babelfish). Being a Spanish-only site means that readers are unable to accidently click on an English portion and get lost navigating through the site. It offers forums where parents can write directly to one another and true support group/networking capabilities. Many international autism-related sites/organizations are linked, thus, parents and families have access to a wide breadth of information regarding autism in Spanish from sites around the world.

ADULTHOOD Parents often face the uncertainty of where to obtain services and support once their child has reached 21 years of age. Autism New Jersey website has an extensive listing of services (i.e., Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Social Security, New Jersey Division of Vocational and Rehabilitation Services, and other adult resources) and their guidelines for eligibility. There is a Spanish publication on services provided by DDD. Autism NJ also has a comprehensive video series highlighting resources and services for adults in New Jersey living with autism on their website to view at no cost.



Parents can acquire information regarding speech and language milestones in Spanish at The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders website at http://www.nidcd.

SPAN also offers a comprehensive resource guide to transition to Adulthood. SPAN provides technical assistance to family and professionals regarding federal and state transition requirements for youth with disabilities as they enter into the school year in which they turn 14. Workshops are conducted regarding basic rights in transition, transition into college, and transition into employment. We recommend e-mailing or calling SPAN for more information:; 1-800-654-SPAN continued on page 12


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SPANISH LANGUAGE BOOKS These books offer an array of information regarding autism in Spanish. All of the books listed can be purchased through major online book retailer websites. The majority of these books received 4 or 5 star reviews by online readers who either reviewed the Spanish language or English language editions. Los trastornos del espectro de autism de la A a la Z (Autism Spectrum Disorder from A to Z) by Barbara Doyle and Emily I. Land Mi Hermano Tiene Autismo: Hablemos De Esto! (My Brother is Autistic: Let's Talk About It!) by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos Comprender el autism (Engaging Autism) by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder El niño con necesidades especiales (The Special Needs Child) by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder Asperger’s: Que significa para mi?: Un manual dedicado a ayudar a niños y jovenes con Aspergers o autism de alto funcionamiento (Asperger’s What Does It Mean to Me?: A Workbook Explaining Self Awareness and Life Lessons to the Child or Youth with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s) by Catherine Faherty, Karen Sicoli, R Wayne Gilpin, and Karen L Simmons Esto es el sindrome de Asperger (This is Asperger Syndrome) by Elisa Gagnon and Brenda Smith Myles El sindrome de Asperger: Una guia para la familia (Asperger Syndrome: A Family Guide) by Tony Attwood It is our hope that these websites, contacts, and books can help speech-language specialists across the state to inform Spanishspeaking families affected by autism that information is available to them in a language they understand. CITATION SOURCES American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (2010). New Code of Ethics will become effective on March 1, 2010. Retrieved from New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2005). NJSHA Code of Ethics. Retrieved from about/ethics.asp



Academic Clinical Supervisors Gather for Higher Education Event BY AMY HADLEY, ED.D., CCC-SLP, CHAIRPERSON, HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE On February 3, 2010, over 80 clinical supervisors who provide supervision to university students gathered at Montclair State University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders facility in Bloomfield, NJ. Participants earned ASHA CEUs for attending the presentation on Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills in Clinical Practicum Students. The speaker, Bob LeJeune, MA, CCC-SLP presented a framework for critical thinking skills in student clinicians. Participants learned how to assess student clinicians’ critical thinking skills in terms of: knowledge, creativity, integration, and analysis. The February 3rd continuing education event was developed by the Committee on Higher Education. University faculty wanted to express gratitude to the many supervisors who offer to work with students at practicum sites. Supervising a student takes time and dedication and without quality off-campus experiences, students would not be able to complete the knowledge and skills required by ASHA for certification. Also, without these dedicated professionals, graduate programs would not be able to maintain quality, accredited programs. As chair of the higher education committee, I would like to thank all of the participants for making this inaugural event a success. I would also like to thank Bob LeJeune for offering his time and expertise. In addition, I would like to thank all of the NJSHA members and student members who helped to organize the event especially Donna Spillman-Kennedy for processing the CEU materials and for the faculty at Montclair for hosting the event.

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Doctoral Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology: What Are the Options? BY JESSICA M. STEEDLE, STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE, NJSHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS As students enrolled in the demanding speech-language pathology and audiology programs, the last thought on our minds may be whether or not we will continue our education once we receive our graduate degrees. Simply meeting clinical and academic deadlines and getting through each semester is enough of a daily challenge for many of us. However, we more than likely have asked ourselves or have been asked “will you continue on to get your doctorate?” To me, the idea of a doctoral program simply meant “more school!” I soon realized that I was virtually unaware of the different types of doctoral programs available for students. The purpose of this article is, therefore, to provide speech-language pathology and audiology students with baseline knowledge about doctoral degree options. Doctoral programs include PhD/EdD programs and clinical doctorate programs. The term “PhD,” which is the abbreviation for “Doctor of Philosophy” generally refers to research doctoral programs; EdD is the abbreviation for “Doctor of Education” and is also considered a research doctoral degree. At one time the PhD was seen to reflect pure research, while the EdD reflected educational research, with the PhD having a bit more “snob appeal.” Now they are considered

equivalent and serve as equal credentials for academic positions. The PhD and EdD stand in contrast to clinically based doctoral programs and are generally pursued as postmaster’s degree programs. PhD programs exist for both speech-language pathology and audiology. The research doctorate program prepares a person for a career as a teacher and researcher, which may or may not include a clinical component. A career as a teacher primarily involves classroom teaching at the graduate level. Activities that fall within the scope of research include writing book chapters pertaining to information in the field, writing textbooks for academic preparation of students, publishing results of re-

search findings, peer reviewing journal submissions, and presenting continuing education classes. In a PhD/ EdD program, a specific area of interest, (e.g., language acquisition of children) can be more extensively studied and researched. Clinical doctorate programs exist in the fields of both audiology (AuD) and speechlanguage pathology (SLPD or D-SLP). These can be pursued as an entry-level or post entry-level degree program and prepare individuals for clinical practice, administration, and clinical faculty positions. In a 2005 interview obtained from, the ASHA Director of Academic Affairs, Loretta Nunez, stated that one critical point worth

communicating about the SLP clinical doctorate is that the clinical doctorate does not automatically qualify one for an academic faculty position where a research doctoral degree is required. According to Nunez, speech-language pathologists who choose to pursue the clinical doctorate understand this distinction and make an informed decision about the value of obtaining the clinical doctorate relative to their professional goals. For example, it is anticipated that graduates are utilizing the clinical degree for advancement in clinical or private practice settings, clinical administration positions, state or federal agencies, and clinical track faculty positions. Ultimately, inquiring with academic programs about the types of positions graduates of clinical doctorate programs are involved in will assist in making an informed decision. The requirement for a doctoral (AuD) degree is mandatory for audiologists who will apply for ASHA certification after December 31, 2011. A clinical doctorate degree is not currently required for speech-language pathologists applying for ASHA certification. There are currently three academic programs which offer a clinical doccontinued on page 14 13

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torate in speech-language pathology. EdFind, ASHA‘s online search engine for academic programs in the communication science disorders disciplines, is an excellent way to begin researching doctoral programs. Programs can be researched by institution, area of study, type of doctoral degree, area of research interest, financial support, and the availability of distance learning. This search engine can be accessed at: http://www.asha. org/edfind.htm. ASHA also offers a “Thinking about a Ph.D.?” session at the annual convention for students who may be interested in pursuing a research doctorate. To learn more about the doctoral degree options available in the field of communication disorders, refer to the references listed below.

NOTES Sponsorship Opportunities Every year, NJSHA enlists support from businesses and individuals to help sponsor our Annual Meeting educational sessions. Your organization can help to defray some of the costs of the Convention by sponsoring a specific program. As a way to express our thanks, you will receive recognition in this year's program book. To become a sponsor, simply check the box on your convention registration form and return before April 9, 2010. All sponsorships will be acknowledged in the Convention Program Book distributed to nearly 1,500 participants throughout our three-day event.

Sponsors registering after April 9 may not be included in the Program Book due to printing deadlines.) Thanks in advance for your support. For more information or to access the registration form, visit the website at:

NJCIE Inclusion Conference The 8th Annual Summer Inclusion Conference will be held Wednesday June 30 & Thursday July 1st at the Georgian Court University. This program is presented by the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) and the Lakewood Public Schools. Entitled What is working? How do I know?, this conference welcomes general and

special education teachers, administrators, parents, CST members, pre-referral team members, parents, students, self-advocates, and all others interested in learning more about building inclusive learning communities. Contact or 732613-0400 for more information.

Supervisors Needed Kean University is seeking supervisors of school-based Speech Correctionists as part of the Speech Upgrade Project. Contact 908/737-5812. Kean is also seeking individuals to supervise students at Kean's Center for Communication Disorders. A CCC-SLP is required. Contact Dr. Sheree Reese at 908/737-5809.

REFERENCES Madison, C. L., Guy, B., & Koch, M. (2004). Pursuit of the speech-language pathology doctorate: Who, why, why not? Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 31, 191–199. Available from A88EFE97-531F-4AFE-81CB172B011544BA/0/191199.pdf interview with Loretta M. Nunez, M.A., Au.D., CCC-A/ SLP, Cert-AVT, Director of Academic Affairs at ASHA. Topic: Doctoral Analysis and Shortages in Communication Sciences and Disorders. May 23, 2005. Retrieved from detail.asp?interview_id=1053 Finding a research PhD Program presentation uploadedFiles/academic/careerladder/findingphd.pdf


Speech Upgrade Project Speech Correctionists must complete the requirements of the Speech Upgrade Project in order to maintain employment after August 31, 2015. The Speech Upgrade Project is offered at Kean University and consists of graduate course work, supervised practicum experiences and continuing education activities. For information and an application, call the Speech Upgrade Project at 908/7375812 or

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Private pediatric practice specializing in diagnostic and therapeutic services for children 15 Speech-Language Pathologists on Staff

Short Hills, NJ


Nancy Polow, PhD, CCC-SLP


Lori L. Roth, MA, CCC-SLP

Specializing in Pediatrics Oral Motor Specialist - PROMPT 14 Ridgedale Ave. Suite 207 Cedar Knolls, NJ


Lic.# YS000873

MARILYN GREENBERG, MA, CCC-SLP 9 Blue Devil Lane, Mercerville, NJ 08619

Myofunctional Therapy Speech-Language Pathology

609/586-5959 Lic. #YS 00197

VICKI L. SADEWITZ, MS, CCC-SLP Center for Communication Advancement

Speech - Language - Voice - Fluency - Children and Adults -

973/366-6667 Rt 46. Dover

Lic. #YS00083


Lic. #41YS 000835

Bonnie Susser, MA, CCC Director, Susser Speech 26 Madison Ave. , Morristown, NJ 07960 973/292-2265 Lic. #YS 00104



Terri G. Rosenberg, MA, CCC

Cheryl Kaplan, CCC-SLP

Voice-Speech-Language Children and Adults New Brunswick, NJ

Speech, Language, Myofunctional and Oral Motor Therapy 60 Broadway, Ste. 22, Denville, NJ 07834

Lic. #YS 00745

Kay M. Monkhouse, Ph.D., CCC/SLP 194 North Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 Lic #00355 Speech, Language, Voice, Myofunctional Therapy, Foreign Accent Reduction Fluency Specialist 609-924-2809


Lic. #YS 00757

Morris County Speech/Language Center


Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist

Lic. #41YS 00100900 4 Woodstone Road 973/267-3343 Morris Plains, NJ 07950


Constance N. Wieler, MS, CCC-SLP Speech, Language & Literacy Consultants of Princeton Princeton Professional Park, Ste C-1 601 Ewing St., Princeton, NJ 08540

Lic #YS 03374

tel: 609/688-0200 Lic# 41YS00191000

George Marge, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech – Language Pathologist 500 Barnett Place Ho-ho-kus, NJ 07423

Eugenia Della Sala MA, CCC-SLP/L Speech Language Pathologist, Certified VitalStim Provider

233 Berkely Ave., Belle Mead, NJ Lic YS00110700

K. GOLDING-KUSHNER, PhD, CCC-SLP Exec. Dir., VCFS Ed Fnd; ASHA Fellow 30+ yr artic, cleft, craniofacial, Tx, Eval consultation, telespeech distance services

77 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 732/462-1413 Robert M. DiSogra, AuD, FAAA, Lic. #17

66 W. Mt. Pleasant AvenueLivingston, NJ 07039

Specializing in Speech, Language and Auditory Processing Disorders in Children


Audiology Associates of Freehold

Lillian S. Dollinger, MA, CCC-SLP, Director Randi Stylman, MA, CCC-SLP, Associate Director

Reila Zimmerman, MS, CCC-SLP

12 Taylor Street, Milburn, NJ 07041




Lic. #YS 02032

ASAP is a therapeutic intervention program

NATALIE B. LUBINSKY, MS, CCC Speech-Language Pathologist ASHA Certified NJ Licensed 1169 Fairfield Rd., Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Lic. #YS 00506


RIDGEWOOD SPEECH and LANGUAGE CENTER Beth S. Kotek, MS, CCC , Director, #YS000317

Speech-Language-Oral MotorVoice-Fluency Wilson Reading Midland Park, NJ 201-444-6305

Speaking of Aphasia, LLC

devoted to eval/tx preK-7 yr children diag. w/ASD, social-cognitive delays, behavioral and speech-language impairments.

Shirley Morganstein & Marilyn Certner Smith

Lina Slim-Topdjian, CCC-SLP BCBA #YS02639 Basking Ridge, NJ 908.542.0002

Barbara L. Kurman, AuD, FAAA

“Providing a Life Participation Approach”

Montclair, NJ (973) 746-1151 License #YS002023 & #YS000135


Vice President, Lic #41YA00008900 Northeastern Technologies Group, Inc. Serving the Hearing Healthcare Professional

272 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840 Heidi Sperling, MS, CCC-SP, 41YS00080300 Sharon Ratiner, MA, CCC-SP, 41YS00057000


732/321-1780 732/321-0164 fax

Cynthia James, MA, CCC-SLP

Sharing Communication, LLC

Midland Park, NJ 07432

Providing Speech and Language Services 38 North Cottage Place, Westfield, NJ

Specializing in speech, language, cognitive and feeding needs in the home environment

NJ License YS 01352 tel. 732-238-5494 East Brunswick, NJ

Pediatric Speech, Language and Oral-Motor Therapy

Lynn Shereshewsky, MA, SLP, President 908-233-6928

201-447-1336 Lic.# YS00049000

License #41YS00087900

Speech Language Learning Connection, LLC

Speech & Hearing Associates, LLC

Sound Advice • Gail Wuhl, M.Ed, CCC-SLP


Karen T. Kimberlin, MS, CCC-SLP, YS00310 Speech • Language • Voice • FastForWord • V&V Wilson Reading • APD • PROMPT • SIM Writing

Tinton Falls, NJ


Bounce ’n’ Babble

A Private Early Intervention Speech & Occupational Therapy “Mommy & Me” Group Experience Metropolitan Speech & Language Center, 973/994-4468 Positive Steps Pediatric Occupational Therapy, 973/994-4464

Livingston, NJ

Lic. #00835; Lic #46TR00258800

Therapy/Evals/Audiology/CAPD/Hearing Aids Reading/PROMPT/Processing/Multi-lingual Adults & Children, 9 office locations

RW Woods, Phd, FAAA, Lic #53 800-742-7551

Debbie Friedman, MA, CCC-SLP

Evaluations & Therapy Speech • Language • Myofunctional Specializing in Pediatrics Hillsborough, NJ 908/281-6330 Lic #YS00188

Speech-Language Evaluations & Therapy, Children & Adults; Foreign Accent Modification: Compton P-ESL; Oral Presentation Skills/Voice Improvement Glen Rock & Engelwood (201)321-3191 Lic #YS00565

Stuttering Institute of Princeton Kay M. Monkhouse, Ph.D., CCC/SLP Board Recognized Fluency Specialist Speech Easy® Provider 609-924-2809

License #00355

Stephanie Shaeffer, MS, CCC-SLP; CERT. AVT Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist

Speech Language • Auditory-Verbal Therapy • Communication Evaluations • Reading Facilitator

908/879-0404 Chester, NJ Lic. #YS01994

Nyman Associates, Inc

Comprehensive Speech Pathology Services throughout South Jersey Bob Serianni, MS, CCC-SLP 215-653-7220 Lic#41YS00 343500

PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY: Include your practice in the NJSHA Professional Directory. The member cost is only $48 per year for a maximum of 6 lines, 42 characters including your Professional License Number. Additional information can be found at


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390 Amwell Road, Ste. 402 Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Annual Conference May 6-8, 2010 Atlantic City, New Jersey see page nine for details




Carolann Auriemma Garafola, principal of Horizon High School which is a division of Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, Warren Township Committee Woman, and former Mayor of Warren Township; Dr. Nancy Polow, Director Suburban Speech Center in Short Hills, creator of Babies & Boomers and Talking Time; and Dr. Patricia Kuchon a Graduate Faculty Member, M.A. in Strategic Communication and Leadership, and President and Managing Partner for Strategic Communication Associates.

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