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

RISHA Fall CE Event, Earn .25 ASHA CEUs!  Register NOW !

RISHA is pleased to host a presentation by Courtney O’Neil, Ph.D., Audiologist, at CBS Therapy, 626 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI, on Oct. 22, 2015 from 4:30-7:00PM on the topic Audiology, Amplification & Classroom Management for Children with Hearing Loss. 


  1. As a result of this seminar the attendees will be able to describe the parts of the auditory system and identify which area(s) of the auditory system are affected by each type of hearing loss.
  2. As a result of this seminar the attendees will be able to explain the effects of hearing loss on different areas of development.
  3. As a result of this seminar the attendees will be able to list modifications to classrooms that will improve better access to information for children with hearing loss.

This presentation is being offered for .25 CEU’s (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Attendees must have their ASHA member number to receive CEUs.

Admission is FREE for current RISHA members paid through 2015.  Non-members may attend, space permitting, for a fee of $50.   Space is available on a first come, first serve basis.  Seating is limited, so register early !   To register, send e-mail to Dora Arsenault, RISHA Office Manager                                         doraclay1@verizon.net  with your full name, phone #, and preferred e-mail address.  Indicate 'CE Event' in the Subject line.

We hope to see you there!

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, Conference Committee chairs and a President-elect for 2016. 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 contact us with any ideas for speakers, or if you would like to speak at the fantastic annual event. We will also be looking for exhibitors and raffle items to support the Patricia Stephens Scholarship Fund.

2015 School Committee Meetings

Next meetings are on Tuesday, September 29 and Tuesday, November 3. All meetings are at the North Kingstown Town Library upstairs meeting room from 4:15 - 6:00PM

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.