Wednesday, November 3, 2010

11/2 Communication Career Services

Hey guys!

So this week Matt Berndt from Communication Career Services came to talk about all the different opportunities they have to offer us as communication majors.

Communication Career Services office is located on the third floor of the CMA. They can help you find jobs, write resumes, have mock interviews, and much more.

This is the same organization that puts together the Job and Internship fair.

By creating an ID you are able to access the database of employers you might be interested in. You are also able to upload your resume so that potential employers can find you.

Make sure you stop by and check out their office and services before it is too late!!!

Make sure you get a receipt, write your name on the back and hand it in to an officer before the next meeting.
November 9th - Schlotzky's 4 p.m.- 10 p.m.
November 10th- Austin's Pizza 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
November 14th- California Pizza Kitchen 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Social- November 9th at Schlotzky's from 6-7. An officer will be there for you to sign in.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10/19 Graduate Panel!

Hey guys,

This week we were fortunate enough to have a few of Texas's great Universities talk to us about their respective graduate programs and requirements.

The following are the schools that came and a brief recap of what they said.

  • GRE not required; but you must submit it if you want an academic scholarship
  • The application is online now
  • Deadline for application is February 1st
  • Visiting options available on Fridays from 11-12
  • Financial aid available
  • 5 semester program (1st year class, 2nd year clinic)
  • Avg. GPA 3.8
  • Last year there were about 234 applicants for 28 slots
  • Can specialize in bilingual, autism, fluency, or general
  • 3.0 minimum GPA requirement; last years average 3.89
  • mean GRE 1197, mean writing GRE: 4.3
  • 5 semester program
  • Classes and clinic run simultaneously
  • Specialty tracks available (multiculturalism, medical SLP, public school practice)
  • Accept 35-40 students per year
  • 5 semester program
  • classes and clinic throughout
  • 1st year at UT clinic, 2nd year offsite
  • no tracks- experience given in ALL fields
  • Each year about 20 students are accepted
  • Bilingual interest is available
  • Must write a Master's report/ Thesis Report in order to graduate
  • 4 semester program (3 semesters at Baylor and 1 semester Externship that can be anywhere in the country)
  • no tracks
  • have a language&literacy clinic, a general clinic, a neuro clinic
  • options of offsite placements
  • Graduate Assistant positions available by merit
  • Rolling admission (Summer, Fall, Spring)
  • 10-12 people accepted each semester
  • Rolling Admission
  • 5 semester program
  • Mean GRE : 1100
  • 39 hours of course work; 400 practicum hours
  • Application DEADLINE (Summer and Fall): MARCH 1st
  • Fall semester usually accepts 60 students
  • email Jan Lougeay for further questions:
6. OUR LADY of the LAKE
  • in San Antonio where there is a high Hispanic population (good for bilingual experience)
  • Bilingual/Bi-literate certification available
  • Avg GRE: 950-1000
  • 25 students accepted per year

Hope all that information is helpful!!! :)


10/26 and 10/27: BAKE SALE- In front of the CMA

- 6:00 p.m. at the Union, bring 5 dollars to play!

10/31: LONGHORN HALLOWEEN- sign up for a one hour shift to get a service point!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

10/5 Meeting- Meet the Professors

Hello Everyone!

This weeks meeting was a great chance to meet some of our CSD Professors.

The professors who made it out were able to tell us a little bit about where they went to school, how they got started in the field, what classes they teach, and what their current area of interest/research is.

The Professors we had the privilege of hearing from were:

1. Dr. Craig Champlin
  • He teaches graduate level courses at UT
  • He is the chair of the CSD department
2. Dr. Dena Granof
  • She has her Ph.D
  • She holds the position of Senior Lecturer
3. Professor Chang Liu
  • Ph.D from Indiana University
  • Assistant Professor
  • Research interest in Speech Perception and Acoustics
4. Professor Tom Marquardt
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Research and focus in apraxia
5. Professor Bharath Chandrasekaran
  • Ph.D from Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor
6. Professor Lisa Bedore
  • Associate Professor
  • Went to Purdue University for graduate school
7. Professor Li Sheng
  • Ph.D from Northwestern University
  • Research in Language acquisition and bilingualism
8. Professor Harvey Sussman
  • Ph.D from University of Wisconsin
  • Teaches courses in the areas of speech production, speech perception, language and the brain, and neurolinguistics

NEXT SOCIAL: Bowling at the Union on October 26th, 6:00 p.m. (more details to come)

NEXT BAKE SALE: October 26th, CMA Plaza!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Town Hall Meeting 9/21

Hello all!

Today was our Town Hall meeting where we got to meet a few staff members who play a great role in our CSD department!

Dr. Granof - NSSLHA's Faculty Advisor
Dr. Champlin - He was able to give us a bit of insight into all of the programs UT offers in our department. At UT there are four programs for CSD.
  1. CSD Undergraduate Porgram
  2. Speech Language Pathology Masters Program
  3. Hearing Speech and Language Sciences Masters Program
  4. Doctorate program in Audiology
Ann Brown - She is an SLP here at UT who supervises the graduate students in CSD

She gave us an idea on how many areas are open to SLPs. An SLP can work in a hospital, school, clinic or have their own private practice. Not only that but there are so many subgroups one can develop an interest in such as phonological disorders, special needs children, brain trauma patients, etc.

Lisa Bedore

She talked about opportunities for an SLP undergraduate student at UT.

If one wants to observe for credit hours outside of UT's clinic, they would have to have her approve it.

Lorena Dominguez - Undergraduate student adviser

Lorena talked about different programs offered to undergraduates. She encourages students get involved with their faculty through research, observation or the IE program.

Also see her for long range planning (planning all your semesters here at UT so registration is stress-less!)

The application to transfer into the college of communication is online and the deadline is September 30th.

See Lorena for more details on all of the above.

The concluded our meeting!

Upcoming Events:

Next meeting is October 5th and it is the LAST chance to PAY DUES $35

Fundraiser: September 28th. CMA plaza. Bake Sale!

Get one general point by coming to clean the clinic at 1 pm this Friday!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Welcome Graduate Students!

NSSLHA would love to welcome UT CSD Graduate Students to our organization. To be an active Grad student member- we ask that you attend two meetings/events per semester and pay $25 dues.

NSSLHA will purchase your TSHA ticket if you participate in the Praxis Bowl competition and are an active grad member of NSSLHA.

You receive an official NSSLHA t-shirt with your dues that you can pick up at the meeting of your choosing. Please pay attention to the blog and the NSSLHA website for updates.

After paying dues, you will be added to the NSSLHA list serv email list.

Any questions? Contact Sarah Williams (events coordinator) or Megann Vallely (Graduate student rep)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First Meeting - FALL 2010

Here are the minutes for the 9/7 Meeting!!!

It was great to see that so many of you guys could make it out to our first meeting yesterday! The weather was AWFUL, so all the officers were really excited to still see so many of you show up!

For those of you who want to be an online member, the requirements are on the handouts as well. Please notify me if you have a time conflict with when the meetings are held and need to/ want to be an online member. =)

If you would like to be an online member, you must let me know! E-mail me at

This year's requirements are:
-2 Service
-2 Fundraisers
-2 Socials
-1 Mandatory Fundraiser
-Attend ALL meetings or post on the blog (with your name and UT EID) after the meeting minutes are posted

Don't forget our FIRST SOCIAL is NEXT Tuesday (9/14).
- Meet in front of the tower (main mall) at 6:30 pm
- Bring your own sack dinners
- We will eat, play games, and bond! =)

Also our FIRST FUNDRAISER is NEXT Wednesday (9/15)
- It is going to be in front of the CMA
- We will be selling pizza and sno-cones!!! YUM!
- If you would like to sign up for a shift in order to get a fundraiser point, contact our
fund-raising chair Krystin Leonard at

Please bring dues to the next meeting! $35
-----> They are due by the THIRD MEETING

Lastly, the mandatory fundraiser this year is selling 3 water bottles. You must sell these ($5 a piece), in order to be considered an active member. If you have not yet collected your water bottles, we will have them at the next meeting. =)

Remember the MOST active member will be given a award!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

4/20 election meeting

hey everyone!!! this was our election meeting.

if you are an online member or couldnt make it to the meeting, then please read the following blurbs about each candidate for each officer position then EMAIL ASHLEY B WITH YOUR VOTES. DO NOT POST YOUR VOTE ON THE BLOG! YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TOMORROW (WED 4-21) TO VOTE. IF YOU VOTED AT THE MEETING YOU CANNOT VOTE AGAIN.

the candidates running are:

lindsay dorman
saher hyderali
lopa shah

valerie de la rosa
kristy wisdom

erin huffman
lisa rodriguez

krystin leonard
veronica garza
jordan bubis
chloe goodman

krystin leonard
veronica garza

sandra gonzalez
aisha khan

aisha khan
dana thorson
ashlee burzo

PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR: ________________________



Krystin Leonard- social and fundraising
Hey fellow NSSLHAer's, I am running for the officer positions of social and fundraiser. If I were elected for social, I have a couple of ideas already brewing. I have been thinking about picnics on the lawn (or elsewhere), movie nights (hopefully on campus), and many more. If I were to be elected for fundraiser I would want to try some new things. We would probably have some bake sales, but not only them. I would want to maybe do gift baskets, or something crazy like get donations to take a picture with a character of some kind....assuming it's in the budget to rent the costume. If you don't like that idea, suggests will always be welcome...or just vote for me as social. lol Thanks and hope to be an excellent officer for all of you because y'all deserve it.

Lisa Rodriguez- service
My name is Lisa Rodriguez; I’ll be a senior speech pathology major next year and I would like to be your NSSLHA Service Officer. I’m really looking forward to next year (whether I get the position or not); but, as your service officer, I would follow in Sarah’s footsteps to help build up your resumes, and most importantly, give back to Austin. I’ve loved the services we’ve done this past year: Longhorn Halloween, the turkey baskets, and especially Cochlear Implant Kid’s Day; and I was thinking for next year, maybe we could add on the Orange Santa Event. Orange Santa is exclusively for UT faculty and students with special needs to shop for Christmas gifts for their kids up to 17 years of age. Maybe we could get together to make gift baskets, or actually volunteer at the event as gift wrappers, bag carriers, or helpers to the shoppers. I would also be open to any and every idea from you. I think its great that we are willing and able to give back to our community and I would love to be the officer to help do it. I believe you will be happy in choosing me as your service officer to help plan next year’s services and activities.

Kristy Wisdom- treasurer
Hi! My name is Kristy Wisdom. I really want to be a NSSLHA officer! I'm running to be treasurer for the 2010-2011 school year. I am currently an Audiology major but I'm really interested in the cognitive neuroscience research aspect of Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have been an active member this year and have really enjoyed every moment. I went to TSHA this year for the first time and I loved it! At Cochlear Implant Kids Day, this past weekend, I worked the face painting booth and was honored to paint faces. As an officer, my goal would be to bring this growing organization closer as a team, while conveniently increasing our knowledge and networking to prepare all members for their future careers in CSD. I'm an outgoing person and would love to help lead our organization and contribute to our futures in CSD. As treasurer I would organize the finances and encourage low prices for the poor college students we are (at least I am). This year, it was so convenient that we got our money back for time spent at TSHA. I would continue to support and develop great ideas that increase our convenience. The officers did so great this year it's hard to speak of improvements, but I have an image of this fast growing organization and I will work very hard to make sure everyone gets the most opportunity possible from NSSLHA! Vote for me, Kristy Wisdom as treasurer! :)

Veronica Garza- social and fundraiser
Social: So I've been in NSSLHA for 2 years and I wanted to run for social chair because its the functions we do as an organization that keeps us united and I feel from there we can build friendships and become more familiar with other faces we see in our classes. For socials, I feel we should have at least 2 events in which we go out together and just enjoy a night. I feel having at least two is good because it gives some people more of an opportunity to attend. Also, I'd help organize the annual trip to TSHA and help make sure everything is set and sails smoothly with the help of others. Fundraiser: For fund raising, I know we have bake sales most the time which is a great time for members to earn their fundraiser points and get to know other members, but in addition, I want to have a raffle or auction of possibly donated goods or have a bake sale in which it's donation based to bring awareness to the events NSSLHA hosts and volunteers with. I want to make sure every member is given the opportunity to earn their fundraiser point while enjoying their experience being part of NSSLHA.

Jordan Bubis- social
“Phonetics, glottal gap, cochlea, buccinator, transcription, aphasia, etc…” These words all are all mapped into our mental lexicons, we all understand each other, or soon will when we say these utterances. Have you ever noticed that, when you are speaking to your friends outside of CSD and strangers about these concepts you have to strain to explain every word that you are conversing about in great detail in a short time, but they still never seem to completely understand? This group brings us all together, we have that connection, we understand each other and where we are coming from. This major is small compared to most at The University of Texas; this is a beneficial factor allowing us to create tight bonds. Everybody in this room probably shares at least one class with another member of NSSLHA. We are here to help each other; we our each other’s helping hands through our classes now, and references and maybe even business partners in the future. We need to get together to develop these bonds, friendships, and connections. We need not be intimidated by each other but get to know one another on a more intimate level. Some ideas I have are continue the once a month “social activity” whether it be dinner, a walk through the park, etc… but at these events match people up with others that they may not know so that we can really become the NSSLHA organization rather than just individual members of NSSLHA. This is why I want to be NSSLHA Social Chair for the 2010-2011 school year, to develop lasting relationships between all of us.

Dana Thorson- historian
Hi! My name is Dana Thorson. I am a junior and am running for the position of historian. I believe I would be great for this position because not only do I love the camera (haha), but I also have previous experience in historian positions. In highschool, I was the historian for the theatre club and was an unofficial “historian” for my cheerleading squad, along with being captain. At the end of each year, I compiled all the pictures I had taken, along with those that others gave to me, and made slideshows for the end of the year banquet. I assumed the same role in my church and did weekly slide shows of our church’s events that showed during each service on Sundays. I love being in NSSLHA and would love the opportunity to capture next year’s great events!

Aisha Khan- publicity, historian
My name is Aisha Khan, I am junior, a speech pathology major and currently running for the position of Historian. I think that I would make an excellent historian, since I have the creativity and people skills needed to attract new members into our wonderful organization and to help advertise our events throughout the UT campus. My experience lies in Adobe Photoshop and doing a few drawings and paintings in my spare time. My plans for next year include letting more people know about our events throughout campus. By posting more flyers in different buildings and by personally giving them to students; I think that the more people who see our flyers then they are more likely to come. In addition to the distribution of flyers, I want to make them more creative so people will be drawn to them more. This may include adding different colors and giving them more of modern vibe. I also want to make the end of the year slide show better than ever by not just adding pictures but even videos of crazy and memorable moments that happened during our meetings and events. If I become historian I will do my best to make this organization heard of more and to capture more memories on camera and on video. Thank you!
My name is Aisha Khan, I am junior, a speech pathology major and currently running for the position of Publicity/Webmaster. I believe I would make an excellent officer, since I have the creativity skills and the experience to help make this organization even better than it was this year! I have experience in adobe Photoshop, web designing software (Dreamweaver & BBC Edit), and back in high school I helped design my school’s website. Besides having web designing skills, I also have excellent organizational skills and I know numerous speech pathologists and audiologists who could come over and speak during our meetings. My plans for next year include making our website better than ever! I personally feel that people should know how great of an organization we are by not just attending our meetings and events but through our website as well. I have researched numerous university NSSLA websites and I think we can top them all by added more creativity and information that would help our members prepare for graduate school and their careers, including GRE information and free GRE events our members can attend to, and list of schools that offer our major in graduate school and their requirements to apply. In addition, I also want our members to log on and view how many minutes that have accomplished or lacked either through UT direct or through our website. Along with making our website better, I also want more audiologists to come in and speak during our meetings, since I felt there was not that many this year and several university representatives who offer our major in graduate schools to come in have a Q & A and provide us with information about their graduate school program. These are just some of the plans I have in store for this wonderful organization and its members. If you vote for me as your publicity/web designer I will make sure to accomplish on what I have said and to implement and propose even better ideas when I am an officer. Thank you! Here is some of the work I have done on Photoshop and by hand enjoy!

Sandra Gonzalez- publicity
Hey ya’ll! My name’s Sandra Gonzalez and I’m a 3rd year SLP major and I feel like I have a lot of experience that would contribute to the Publicity officer position. One of the main duties of the Publicity officer is creating flyers and getting the word out about NSSHLA and our events. I’m currently a Resident Assistant (RA) in Kinsolving and making flyers/banners has been something I’ve had to become great at to get residents interested in coming out to our programs. As an RA I have to create new bulletin boards in my wing on a monthly basis, so maintaining the NSSHLHA bulletin board is something I’d know how to do and have fun doing. Publicity officer also has to maintain the website, and just my luck, my brother is a computer programmer so if I have any trouble, I’d have the perfect resource! Some ideas I have for next year are being more deaf education major friendly and incorporating more resources for deaf ed. majors in our meetings. I’ve heard from several deaf ed majors that they don’t come to NSSLHA meetings because they feel we cater more to SLP and Audiology majors, so I definitely want to broaden our target audience to more than just SLP and Audiology. Something else I’d like to see is getting NSSHLHA and CSD in general more known within the Comm School. Since we’re such a small major, people rarely know who we are and in result we are often at the bottom when it comes to resource allocations in the Comm. School. I want to change this by getting more involved with Comm Council’s Student Issues Advisory Committee (SIAC). They deal with student concerns and legislation within the comm. school and are in constant communication with our college’s deans and department chairs. I feel that through this we can work to get more resources to our department and who knows, maybe even get Lorena a bigger office! Lol J I really enjoy NSSHLHA and everything that this organization does for us CSD majors and I would really enjoy contributing to this organization as an officer. Thank you. J

Valerie De la Rosa- treasurer
Hello all, My name is Valerie De la Rosa, and I’m running for treasurer. I will be readily available to work with the other officers to come up with a suitable budget and keep it up to date. As treasurer, I will keep an organized file of everyone’s payments, the budget, and be responsible for applying for funds. I can fulfill these duties because I am trustworthy and reliable; plus, having worked as a cashier I have experience handling money. By being responsible, I can assure the organization’s funds are managed well and in doing so prevent issues with payments. This position will allow me to be more involved in NSSLHA, which is my ultimate goal. I also hope to implement a plan to keep members informed of where their dues go and what the money we raise pays for so that they feel more aware of what is going on with NSSLHA.

Ashlee Burzo- historian
My name is Ashlee Burzo and I'm running for NSSLHA Historian. I'm a junior majoring in Deaf Education here at UT. As historian I would handle creative advertising for NSSLHA, taking pictures of events, and creating an end of the year powerpoint. I feel I'm qualified for this position because I've taken multimedia classes and can use powerpoint as well as other programs that deal with pictures on the computer, such as photoshop. I've also been a very active member, I've attended every bake sale and only missed one service event all year. Because of this the other officers and members can count on me to be at every meeting and event. Some ideas I have for next year are fixing up our website by adding more pictures to show everyone how much we do as well as how much fun we have in NSSLHA. In addition to adding more pictures to the website, I think we should have a "member of the month" whose picture can grace the front of our website and be rotated monthly. I also think it would be fun to hand out booklets or "mini" scrapbooks to our members at the end of the year with pictures of them participating in our NSSLHA events. Thanks and please vote for me! :)

Lindsay Dorman- secretary
Hey everyone! My name is Lindsay Dorman and I very excited to be running for Secretary of NSSLHA for 2010-2011! I think this organization had an amazing year but I believe next year has even better things in store for us. I'm a Senior Linguistics/Speech Pathology major and I think I'd be a great Secretary because organization is my middle name. I'm the friend who has a million calenders, planners, and reminders on her phone. I was President of NHS back in high school and currently juggle a full class schedule and work. Because of this, I'm confident I can keep track of meeting minutes, membership points, and help think of some great speakers to invite to our events. And above all of this, I have a passion for CSD, just like many of you, that I know would motivate me to be responsible and excel at this position. Thanks guys!

Lopa Shah- secretary
Hi my name is Lopa Shah. I have been a member of NSSLHA for the past year but have following them since my freshman year. I am running for the position of secretary for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year. I believe I would make a great candidate for secretary because I have a lot of experience in this position. In high school I was highly active in two clubs and was secretary for both of those clubs for my senior year. I helped organize events, keep items and papers in order, and gained some experience keeping minutes both during officer and general member meetings. Another reason I feel I would make a great candidate is the fact that I am as involved as I can be with NSSLHA. I attended TSHA this semester and in order to do so, you have to be a pretty active member of the club. Also for cochlear implant kid's day I was part of the gaming committee, thus taking on the responsibility to execute things properly in order for our event to run smoothly. Lastly, I really do enjoy being a part of this club, it gives so much to us majoring in CSD and it would be wonderful to play a more active role in this club.

Saher Hyderali- secretary
Hi, my name is Saher Hyderali. I am currently a freshman, and a communication sciences and disorders major, which is one of the prime reasons I joined NSSHLA. I am running for the secretary position. I was secretary for Spanish Honors’ Society, Student Council, and National Honors’ Society. Because of this past experience, I’m highly organized, well at running errands, and good at being the ‘right-hand-man’ which is what a secretary’s job is all about. If elected, I will work my very hardest and put a 100 percent into the job. Vote for me!

Erin Huffman- service
My name is Erin Huffman. I’m a Junior and a Speech-Pathology major. I really want to get NSSLHA out there and even more involved in the UT, CSD, and Austin communities through service opportunities and events! As Service Chair, I will continue what Sarah started this year with organizing events like Longhorn Halloween, Cochlear Implant Kids Day, Explore UT, and Forty Acres Fest. I also hope to find more opportunities for NSSLHA to give back to the community like we did with the Christmas cards for the sick children and the turkey baskets. I’m going to look into more chances for us to help out with events at the Texas School for the Deaf and a time and place where we can regularly read to children. I’m sure that many other opportunities will arise during the 2010 – 2011 school year, as well. If you elect me as NSSLHA’s next Service Chair, I will be sure that everyone has as much notice as I can possibly give about upcoming service events by sending monthly calendars with all the events you can potentially participate in. In these calendars, I will also include as much information as I have to give about the nature of each event. I know we’re all busy and I really feel like this would build up participation which would ultimately get NSSLHA to become a more well known and prestigious organization among UT students. I would really appreciate this opportunity to better serve all of you, as well as NSSLHA, so help me out and vote for me!

Chloe Goodman- social
Hi my name is Chloe Goodman and I am running for Social. I want to be your social chair for several reasons. To begin with, I want to become more involved with NSSHLA and I firmly believe the best way to do that is by taking on a leadership role. So why social? What makes me qualified? I am one of the most extraverted people you will ever come across and I love meeting new people. In high school I managed to choreograph the school shows as well as excel on the soccer team. I genuinely loved hanging out with both groups of people and prided myself on the ability to connect with a variety of people. I am detail oriented but able to multi-task at the same time. One of my goals is to unify NSSHLA even more by planning unique and exciting events where we can really get to know one another. There is a strong commonality between us and I truly feel that lasting friendships can be forged based on our similar passions and goals. I want to increase attendance at social events by arranging events that people feel enthusiastic about. I want ya’ll to come not because you need to fulfill a point, but because the event actually sounds fun!! I would definitely be open to hearing any input from members in addition to finding out the best day for the event that would work with the majority’s schedule.
In high school, I was on the events committee and helped plan Homecoming, Turnabout, and Prom so I know what it takes to execute an organized yet enjoyable function. My ideas for 2010/2011 are Pizza with the pros, Bowling night, Tacky Chrismakkah “White Elephant” Party, and either a mixer with another club or some type of formal where you could bring a date.
I would love to be your Social and it’s up to you to make that happen! Vote for me, Chloe Goodman and I can guarantee you… our ASSOCIATION will be the most fun in the NATION!







Tuesday, April 6, 2010

4/6/10 meeting


-Bake sale 4/19-20 CMA plaza contact Robyn to sign up
-wanna be an officer next yr?? Recruitment Party- Friday april 9,2010 at Austin’s Pizza 8:30pm
-Forty Acres Fest- April 10
-CIKD- april 17 at REC center
-Elections meeting is April 20!!! contact Ashley B by april 14 if you are interested in being an officer next yr!
-NSSLHA banquet- April 27 at 5pm santa rita room in union

speaker: Amy Gensler- only certified AV(auditory-verbal therapy) therapist in austin

Went to UT, started in chemical engineering but changed in sophomore yr
Did masters here at UT- audiology, did CFY in Houston then moved back to Austin began working for Austin Ear Clinic

to be an AV therapist: Have to do 3 yrs of training after masters, 1200 hrs of therapy that’s observed by mentor, apply to take exam

typical week at her clinic: she does Half AV therapy and half cochlear implants- 260 people with cochlear implants, mostly children
Work with patients that need hearing and balance testing, auditory nerve therapy, cochlear implants and aural habilitation
She works with 20 people who get ci each yr

Av therapy- have to be a licensed SLP or AUD, all coursework regulated by AG Bell; they set the exam- 4 hr exam

Use phonetics every day, especially with children who have just received their cochlear implant

Mission- to help pts with cochlear implants to use the hearing they have left and communicate through spoken language
Help get kids to process what they hear, parents always involved in the therapy

Parents Want kids to have good auditory skills and to have literate skills- that’s why they choose AV therapist

Most of classes to be AVT are not in texas

Have to teach parents why they have to not use sign language, you have to make the child’s brain stronger by using only verbal communication

She programs cochlear implants as well as does AVT

Kids are entitled to programs in the schools because they have a hearing impairment- fm systems, deaf ed programs, etc

Goals worked on- auditory, speech, language, cognition; set for 6 month intervals and changed if needed
Ultimate goal- mainstream education for the child, close the gap between childs language age and chronological age, literacy skills typical of child that age, to catch up the child’s auditory skill level as close to normal as possible

47 schools in us that provide AVtherapy
The Center for Hearing and Speech, Hearing School of the Southwest, Sunshine Cottage- in TX
Programs that provide coursework for AVT- the Alabama Ear Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, Hearing School of the Southwest, University of North Carolina, Learning to Listen Foundation
aud grad students rotate thru their clinic
can come observe- email her

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

3/9/10 meeting


CIKD meetings this week
Explore UT was great! Thanks to those who came out!
next service- Forty Acres Fest

speaker: Ellen Kester- bilingual therapist in the acquistition of semantic skills in bilingual children, masters and undergrad here at UT
Founded company: Bilinguistics- serve school districts in central TX, everyone is bilingual and into research
Over 70% of students in Austin come from homes where English isn’t primary language, how do we differentiate from those students and those that have learning disabilities
Started company in 2002- given an assignment to do bilingual trainings as doctoral students, built modules for bilingual population, Early childhood intervention and schools were the main areas of focus
ECI- go into homes and train families to be providers for the children wasn’t working at first so developed bilingual materials to help them, parent handbooks to leave with family, very simple very specific assignments for the parents to do
Do lots of presentations as well as service
Now opening a clinic to serve more people, enormous need for slp with language skills and knowledge of bilingual acquisition of those students
Works with region 13 to create and provide programs in Spanish training with autism
Birth to 3years therapy is one on one, usually in the home
3-5yrs: some get halfday school program, work with teachers in room, literature based interventions, in schools mostly group intervention
Work with Barefoot Books, developed a program to go with their books
Try to match the day the child is having whether to use English/Spanish/bilingual during intervention
In schools try to use both languages; try to do intervention in the middle ground with sounds that are both in English and Spanish
when they hire someone: they try to get an understanding of applicants bilingual acquisition, ok if don’t know this b/c they can help you get on track to learn, trying to draw up guidelines for employers to discern bilingual applicants
Grad schools with bilingual program: get info about faculty and clinic and if they work well together, look if people are doing research in that area at the school, what are core competencies, how are they addressed, opportunities for off campus placement
To be bilingual- emerse yourself in Spanish, basics in classes and hear it and use it for several months to really understand it
She spent 6 months in Mexico
Can observe in schools or in their clinic, AISD do Spanish conversation nights once a week
Current research shows that bilinguals have more cognitive ability than monolinguals because they learn 2 languages so early, not detrimental to learn 2 languages early
They value home language of the family
Schools starting dual language programs for all students
Get knowledge of the culture- be up front with the family about cultural differences, be aware of the kinds of differences



KELLY NEEDS TSHA HOTEL MONEY BY FRIDAY 3-12-10!! ($60 for 2 nights)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010



This Saturday is Explore UT- email sarah

SPEAKER: Jan Lougeay- UT Dallas clinic director and vp for research and development

Tsha mission: advocates and educates and informs professionals and provides opportunities to work to gether to be better at what we do
What tsha does for you:
Legislative voice- advocacy, maintain high professional standards, issues related to licensed assistants and licensure
Professional issues- slp shortage, cld issues, telepractice, medical issues, private practice, assistive technology
Public info and marketing- pamphlets and brochures, public info exhibit, shoppe THSA

Belonging to tsha is voluntary

March 25-27 TSHA convention this year in dallas: communication, cowboys and culture
101 courses- highly intervention based, recommended for students and people involved in clinical practicum

Keynote speaker- Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams
Other speakers: Nancy Swigert- focus on pediatric and adult dysphagia; Michelle Winner- expert on autism and social domain; Judy Montgomery- public school setting

Student rep to TSHA exec board: Samantha Barrera and Kalli Donaway
For every 2 hrs you volunteer you get 2 TSHA bucks to spend at the convention

University contests:
Most students attending convention, most student member of TSHA, Praxis Bowl

Legislative active students- new task force, one student from each university, learn to be proactive politically, your vote counts!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month- try to get NSSLHAs to do community activities
Continuing education- must get 10 hrs every yr as an SLP, they have many free opportunities

Cost- student membership $25 per year, annual convention registration is $30

Benefits- half off first yr of professional membership if you were a student member for 1 yr, free if student member for 2 yrs, career awareness info, legislative advocacy, continuing ed, publications, reduced convention registration, job placement, website access

Getting in masters programs is very competitive now, becoming more popular profession
Most cases, jobs wont hire you because you graduated from ut- Austin; they hire because you are enthusiastic, hardworking and committed

Applying to grad school- be open minded- apply to any that you can, some programs have difficulty filling their spots so don’t worry too much about your GPA; try to do what you can with your GPA- schools prioritize most likely on GPA; letters of recommendation- usually want letters from faculty members, try to get to know the professors, have at least 2 people that can speak about your academic abilities; letter of interest- doesn’t need to be creative excuse, be a reflection of who you are, what is exciting to you about this field, what have you enjoyed, well defined career interests if any, if you have had experiences related to slp, observation hours are really helpful

Can work as an SLP- assistant with bachelor degree- must have 25 hrs of observation and 25 hrs of therapy; why??- can work as an assistant to have a job for now until you decide/can go to grad school

advice- Don’t decide right away what you want to work in because you don’t really know until you experience many things. ask yourself: Does this profession appeal to me now?? Does it seem interesting and will it keep my interested??
want a Research career- important to look at the university you are attending and the faculty that are involved in the research you are interested in

at TSHA: Go to exhibit hall during sessions to seek out people to talk to them about what they do
Door prize winners: cara patierno and ashlee burzo





Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Austin Speech Lab- Shelley's Email

hey yall!! here is shelley adair's email for those of you that are interested in Austin Speech Labs:

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2-23-10 meeting

Bake sale next week- contact Robyn to sign up!!
Turn in Schlotzky’s receipts for fundraising point, schlotzky social today after the meeting

BONUS MEETING!!!! NEXT WEEK- March 2: UTD director Jan Lougeay is coming to talk about TSHA and is going to give a free TSHA registration for 1 lucky member PHR 2.108 5pm

Service opportunities: Explore UT- contact Sarah to sign up to work; committee meetings start 2nd week in march for CIKD; forty acres fest

Tshirts at the next meeting

Dues due today- $25 contact Selina if you havent paid dues

Speaker: Shelly from Austin Speech Labs:
Austin Speech Lab is a nonprofit organization that specializes in affordable stroke rehab
Shelly has been an SLP for 18 yrs. Started Austin Speech Labs 1.5 yrs ago. Provides intensive speech therapy to uninsured, and underinsured stroke victims
Staff: shelly, shilpa and 1 assistant, plus volunteers
Patients come here because they haven’t met their communication goals, they cant communicate effectively enough to return to work
they treat everyone of all ages that have one thing in common: all lost their essential ability to communicate
what they provide: 8 week bootcamps, meet 3 hrs a day, 2-3 days a week for 8 weeks; individual, computer and group therapy- 1 hr each usually
Clients pay 10 dolllars an hr
They write for grants and do fundraising activities to raise funds to help meet their needs
Provide clients with: Intensive therapy, one on one assistance from therapist, structure, accountability, support, new computer based therapy programs, hope, a place to go where others understand them, opportunities to speak without being interrupted, chances to try and try again, affordable therapy
Undergrad volunteers- 10 this semester, contact them if interested mwf or tth 9-12; what you will do- sit and help the client during group and computer therapy, and then work with them for 30 min yourself
Spicewood springs and mopac location- open 9-12pm
haven’t ever had to turn anyone away
14 clients as of right now
she has worked with everyone but felt like aphasics were the ones that were getting left behind, do some swallowing therapy, they focus on language and cognition
advice: try lots of things so you know what you want to focus on as an SLP
Went to Baylor grad and undergrad; did CFY at a school for autistic children using facilitated communication
Get clinical hours for working here, need these for getting certification
contact them at:





Explore UT

Anyone who still wants to work Explore UT Saturday, March 6th can still sign up to set-up in the CMA if you can be there by 9am.

Let me know.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

MEETING 2/9/10


Announcements: bake sale feb 16-17, schlotzky’s fundraiser feb 23 all day bring receipt to meeting to get credit, tshirts in $15, explore ut- march 6

Speakers from the Capitol School of Austin: Jeanette Young and Karen Bodden
A little history of the Capitol School: it was started in 1990 by Amy Cunningham an SLP, used a church funded by parent tuition and fundraising, originally a preschool setting added kindergarten in 1994 to help the kids with learning disorders as well, goes thru 3rd grade, 2000- horizon was started for kids with autism spectrum disorders 17 teaching staff, 29 members

Programs for preschool and school age, and kids with behavioral or learning problems; 2-8 yrs… but really based on the learning ability of the kids
Preschool- half day except prek
k-3 Academic is whole day
occupational therapy for pe, music therapy for music, drama for older kids, 8-10 kids per class for preschool with 1 teacher and 1 assistant, up to 12 for older

can volunteer- brief orientation, requirement commit to 2 hrs a week and be consistent, let Jeanette know if you are interested, can get observation hrs here, on tues and thurs observation hrs open
summer program- 1 month theme based 4 hrs, camp like helps with language development, can volunteer with this
hire speech pathologists??- they do hire SLPs when a spot becomes available, lots more opportunities for volunteer
teaching certificate??- not required but a lot of the staff do have one, will have to have some training on how to teach subjects/special education
requirements to meet to go to school- application case history and goes to a committee, then 1-3 day visit to see if a good fit, must have a speech language eval, neurology evaluation, kids that are language learning disordered, on a 6 week trial basis
a few examples of the types of disorders that the kids have that go to the Capitol School: receptive expressive language disorder, apraxia, add, aspergers, auditory processing

divide classrooms based on diagnosis??- kids on autism spectrum work better with almost 1-1 setting, but not divided specifically by disorder

advice: as undergrad- expose yourself to typically learning kids to recognize disordered kids, daycares, afterschool programs, babysit; interested in medical route sit in on swallowing studies, shadow speech path to figure out what youre interested in; learn about AAC devices; go to TSHA take advantage of all the opportunities; grad school- get involved in research, interact with patients; practicum sites- try to get a diversity of settings; look for courses in related fields- counseling, therapy, client relationship, reading disorders; begin building referral list for your clients; take part in speech and hearing screenings; grad school advice- keep in touch with others in your field; try to do as much continuing ed as you can; try to look for a cfy where you will get 1 on 1 time with your supervisor



SCHLOTZKY'S FUNDRAISER- FEB 23 all day thing bring reciept to get credit!!!

T- SHIRTS ARE IN!!!!! $15


EXPLORE UT- MARCH 6 contact Sarah to sign up to work a shift

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

1/26/10 MEETING

**Please comment to these minutes if you want to get credit for the meeting!!! **

This semester we will be calculating our points differently to be considered an ACTIVE MEMBER:
Fundraising- 4 points ( 1 for bringing a bake sale item, 1 for working an event)
Service- 2 points (1 per event)
Social- 1 point (1 per event)
Pay dues- $25 (this is for members who are new this semester)
Must attend every meeting OR comment to the blog


let us know you want to be an ONLINE MEMBER by emailing Ashley Breedlove
pay dues- $25 (again, this is for new members this semester)
post a comment to the meeting minutes (your full name) that will be posted on the NSSLHA blog. you don’t need to be a follower of the blog, just scroll to the bottom of the minutes for the right meeting and comment in the comment box
accrue 4 fundraiser points, 2 service and 1 social point ** to be considered an ACTIVE MEMBER as well as an ONLINE MEMBER**

This year we are giving away 2 prizes (1 for the Fall semester and 1 for the Spring) to the member who is MOST ACTIVE- participates in the most activities, comes to all of the meetings etc. This “outstanding member” will get the choice of receiving a free manicure OR a free massage compliments of NSSLHA.

TSHA is an annual convention held by the Texas Speech and Hearing Association. It bring professionals from all over Texas to share ideas, innovations and experiences in the fields of speech and hearing. There are booths and tables of future employers and companies. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn more about our field and the actual roles of SLP’s and Audiologists.

This year TSHA will be held in Fort Worth on March 25-27.

If you are interested in going please let us know by FEBRUARY 9, 2010.
If you sign up to go by Feb 12 you will get your registration fee reimbursed by NSSLHA. If you sign up after Feb 12, the fee goes up to $65 but NSSLHA will reimburse $55.

How to register for TSHA:
1. Go to the TSHA website
2. Click Student Registration. Fill out the need information and choose the Non-Member Student option for $55.
* It’s not necessary to choose any of the seminar options or short courses. NSSLHA will not refund these fees, only the $55 registration Fee
3. Submit & keep all documentation of purchase information for further reference and refund.


To Be Eligible For a TSHA Refund You MUST:
• attend EVERY MEETING up to March 23 OR respond to the minutes on the blog (unless there are special circumstances, which will be evaluated by the officers)
• Have dues paid by Feb 23 ($25 if new member)
• Attend 2 EVENTS BEFORE TSHA (ex: attend 1 social event and work 1 fundraiser)


BAKE SALE- FEB 16-17 contact Robyn to sign up!!

TSHA- email Kelly by FEB 9 if you are planning to go!!

T-SHIRTS!!! Spring NSSLHA t-shirts will be in soon!! They will be $15.

DUES- if you are a new member you need to pay dues ($25) by the 3rd meeting (FEB 23)