Rhode Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association


The mission of RISHA is to support the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology through advocacy, public awareness, and professional development on behalf of its members and the individual they serve.


President’s Message

Congratulations and thank you to the School Committee members who organized the Member's Only Forum on February 4th at the Warwick Public Library. It was a huge success! Members discussed current school-based issues including: preschool delivery model, the 3:1 delivery model, quick and easy AAC/PODD system, and RTI/single sound eligibility. These were HOT topics and members were thrilled to share their successes, triumphs, as well as frustrations on these topics with fellow SLPs from around the state! All this, 2 CEU's, and pizza for FREE- just one of the benefits of being a RISHA member! We hope to plan more events like these in the future!

2016 SLP of the Year Nominations

RISHA would like to announce that we will be accepting nominations for the 2016 School-based SLP of the Year! This award is sponsored by RIDE and the winner will be honored at the Providence Water Fire ceremony in the Fall. Please click here to see the qualifications and to fill out a submission form on-line. You may also click here to submit a nomination via email, please send all require information in the body of your email.

The deadline is April 5, so spread the word and don't delay!

Please nominate a colleague who deserves this prestigious award!

News from ASHA

Please take time to read this new and important guidance from the US Department of Education on the need for comprehensive evaluation appropriate treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASHA wants all members to have this information in hand when advocating for SLP services for children with ASD. Please read and you will find background, actions members can take, and talking points when discussing this topic with supervisors. Click here for more information.

Get Involved

Please consider volunteering your time and getting involved! RISHA still needs an ASHA STAR (State Advocate for Reimbursement and Conference Committee chairs). This great organization needs new volunteers. Please contact Dora Arsenault if you are interested in volunteer opportunities.


RISHA Annual Conference - March 5, 2016

Save the date! The annual RISHA conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI on March 5, 2016. Please visit the Conference section of the site for more information and to register. We will also be looking for exhibitors and raffle items to support the Patricia Stephens Scholarship Fund.


2016 School Committee Meetings

Please let us know if you have any ideas for topics and also if you would be willing to be a facilitator. Please RSVP to let us know if you can make it. Hope to see you there.

Join the committee or attend a meeting, contact Chairpersons: Keleigh Sabourin or Lynn Feldman for more info.

Please let us know how the full implementation of the evaluation system is going! Contact us through this website or email Ellen Connery

Please send us information on the impact of the 9 year old rule in RI- how it affects the students served in our schools.