Rhode Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association

MISSION

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.

Fall 2017 CEU Event

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CBS Therapy, 628 Park Avenue, Cranston

 Register now!

Please join us for a CEU event “Tobii Dynavox I-15+ Discovery Lab.”  During this event participants will be introduced to the Tobii eye gaze communication device, learn positioning and calibration skills, and explore strategies to overcome obstacles to successful use.  Participants will have the opportunity to try the device at the end of the evening.  This exciting event will be presented by Allan Shaw, a speech-language pathologist in the Grace and Carter Schools at Meeting Street in Providence. Registration will begin at 5:45 and the presentation will take place from 6:00 until 8:00pm.  Pizza and a beverage will be available.

We are happy to offer 0.2 CEUs at no cost to you if you are a RISHA member.  If you are not a RISHA member, you are invited to join the association for the 2018 year ($60).  Your membership would allow you to attend this event in addition to the two CEU events which will be held during the 2018 year at no cost.

In order to have adequate seating and CEU registration materials available, please RSVP by November 9, 2017 to Dora Arsenault at doraclay1@verizon.net to let us know if you will be attending.  Please share this information with colleagues.  Looking forward to seeing you at this interesting presentation!

NESSLP 2017

In lieu of our 2017 Conference, RISHA is urging all members to consider attending the first New England Symposium for Speech-Language Professionals (NESSLP) to be held October 19-21, 2017, at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Programs are offered for up to 1.6 ASHA CEUs. Speech-Language Pathologists from five new England states (CT, MA, NH, RI and VT) will have access to three tracks (School, Medical and Multi-Interest). Members of RISHA receive a discounted registration fee. More information is available at nesslp.craven.management. Hope to see you there!

SAVE THE DATE

Schools Committee 

November 2017 Meeting

Please join other school-based colleagues for an evening of discussion and sharing of ideas!  The next Schools Committee meeting of the 2017-2018 year will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:15 pm at Brewed Awakenings at 1316 Bald Hill Road in Warwick (please note change of location!).  This year's topics will include RIDE Evaluation of Support Professionals, Exit Criteria for Speech and Language Therapy and Rubrics.  Please contact one of the co-chairs listed below if you will be joining us.  Keleigh or Lynn would also be interested in any topics or initiatives you would like to share or learn more about.

Thank you!

Keleigh Sabourin

keleigh_sabourin@nksd.net

Lynn Feldman

lynn.feldman@cumberlandschools.org


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.

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.