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

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin 2017, I encourage you to renew your RISHA membership or consider joining us this year as a new member.  There are many benefits to a RISHA membership which include: opportunities to network with colleagues from across the state, Better Hearing and Speech Month at the State House in May, discounted registration at the Annual Conference, website with Private practice list, free CEU events throughout the year, subcommittee membership and SLP of the Year.

When you renew your membership, please consider making a donation to the Patricia M. Stephens Scholarship fund. Each year RISHA awards a scholarship to a student pursuing a career in our field.

All RISHA members have access to our new web-based sharing site to engage in professional discussions and connect to colleagues around the state.  When you join or renew your membership to RISHA you will receive an invitation to join “RISHA Connect.”  We are very excited about this new way to share information and ideas!

Due to a change in venue, we will not be holding an annual conference this March.  RISHA members will be receiving information regarding the first New England Symposium for Speech-Language Professionals (NESSLP) to be held in nearby Worcester, MA, October 19-22, 2017.

Our Spring CEU event will include our popular roundtable discussions on relevant topics on May 9, 2017 at the Warwick Public Library.  Please join us for an opportunity to gain new knowledge and ideas and learn how your colleagues are handling current Speech and Language issues.  More information to follow!

There are always opportunities to volunteer with RISHA. Please consider joining us for an Executive Board Meeting to learn about our activities and upcoming events.  We are always looking for new ideas to strengthen and grow RISHA.

Mary Boyle


March 2107


RISHA Schools Forum, Earn ASHA CEUs!

Please join us for a special CEU event organized by the RISHA Schools Committee on Tuesday May 9, 2017 at the Warwick Public Library.  We will be hosting a Forum involving roundtable discussions on Multi-Tiered Student Support, Weighted Scheduling, IEP goals related to Socio-Emotional Learning, and Issues in the Preschool Population - topics selected by our RISHA members.  We will begin registration at 5:45, and the roundtable discussions will take place from 6:00 until 8:15 pm.   There will be a short membership meeting which will take place during a break.  Pizza will be served at this time. We are happy to offer .2 CEU’s at no cost to you if you are a RISHA member.  In order to have adequate seating and CEU registration materials available, please RSVP by May 1, 2017 (see e-mails below) to let us know if you will be attending.  Please share this information with colleagues.  If you are not a RISHA member, please click on the Membership tab at the top of the page and join RISHA now!

Thank you

Keleigh Sabourin


Lynn Feldman


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.