2016 Annual Convention

April 27 - 29

The North Carolina Speech-Language and Hearing association is pleased to offer a 50% discount for first time registrants of the 2016 Spring Convention. Don’t pass up this opportunity to earn ASHA Approved CEUs and network with professionals at a significantly discounted rate. In order to take advantage of this offer, registrants must:

1. Be an ‘Active’ member of NCSHLA or join;
2. Not attended a Fall Conference or Spring Convention in the last 5 years
3. Pre-register online only by March 1, 2016

(The discounted rate applies to Active level membership and full convention registration only. Discount will not be offered for onsite registration and does not apply for Short Courses.) *Discounted registration is not eligible for a refund.

Refund Policy

No refunds for pre-registration will be made unless notification by email or in writing is received by April 1, 2016 (no exceptions). A $50 processing fee will be charged for each refund. Refunds will not be issued until after the convention.


N. Raleigh Hilton/Midtown
3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC

Rates: $115 (single / double). Hotel room rates are quoted per room per night and are subject to applicable state and local taxes at time of check in.

Reservation information:
Hotel deadline: March 27, 2016
- 919-872-2323 - North Raleigh Hilton
- 800-371-8104 - Hilton Worldwide
Use code 'NCSH' when booking reservations online.

Short Course Speakers - additional fee
Wednesday, April 27

Howard Shane, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital, Waltham, MA
Dr. Howard Shane is the Director of the Center for Communication Enhancement and the Autism Language Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otology and Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. With over 30 years of clinical and research experience, Dr. Shane is a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a recipient of their Honors of the Association award. In addition, Dr. Shane has received the Goldenson Award for Innovations in Technology from the United Cerebral Palsy Association. Dr. Shane is world-renowned for his technology developments and has produced over 12 computer applications and holds two US patents.

Nancy Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Swigert & Associates, Inc., Nicholasville, NC
Nancy B. Swigert is the former director of Speech-Language Pathology and Respiratory Care at Baptist Health Lexington, an acute care facility in Lexington, KY. She is an adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky, where she frequently guest-lectures. She is a Board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders.

Her main interests are in the area of pediatric and adult dysphagia. She has authored seven publications with Linguisystems: The Source for Dysphagia (3rd edition), The Source for Dysarthria (2nd edition), The Source for Pediatric Dysphagia (2nd edition), The Source for Reading Fluency, The Source for Early Intervention, The Source for Children’s Voice Disorders and Reading Fluency and Comprehension. She lectures extensively in the areas of dysphagia and motor speech disorders. She received her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a former President of the Kentucky Speech-Language- Hearing Association, the Council of State Association Presidents, and was President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1998. She received the Honors of ASHA in 2015. She chaired the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders from 2012-2014.

Twilight Session
Wednesday, April 27

(included in full convention registration or Thursday only registration)

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, is an associate professor and director of the master's programs in speech-language pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. A board-certified specialist in fluency disorders and ASHA Fellow, his research examines factors that contribute to the development of stuttering as well as methods for evaluating stuttering treatment outcomes. Yaruss has published more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, more than 100 other papers on stuttering, and several resources including the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering (OASES), School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, the Minimizing Bullying program, and the new Early Childhood Stuttering: A Practical Guide (Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc.).

Featured Speakers
Thursday and Friday, April 28 - 29

David W. Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP, Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), Pittsburgh, PA
Dave Hammer is the Director of Professional Development and Speech Services for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). Prior to this position, Dave had 35 years of pediatric clinical experience at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA with specialty interests in childhood apraxia of speech and speech sound disorders. He has been invited to present workshops on childhood apraxia and speech sound disorders throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. Dave was a member of the ASHA AdHoc committee on childhood apraxia of speech. He has been involved in the production of a number of apraxia-related DVD’s and an innovative children’s CD. Dave is known for his practical and therapy-rich presentations.

Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed. CCC-SLP, MindWing Concepts, Inc., Springfield, MA
Maryellen Rooney Moreau, MEd CCC-SLP, president and founder of MindWing Concepts has a passion for helping children to think, communicate and learn. Maryellen earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Disorders at University of Massachusetts at Amherst with Departmental Honors and her Master’s of Education Degree in Communication Disorders at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to founding MindWing Concepts, her forty year professional career includes: school-based SLP, college professor, diagnostician at the Curtis Blake Child Development Center and Coordinator of Intervention Curriculum and Professional Development at the Curtis Blake Day School, of American International College, for children with language learning disabilities. She designed the Story Grammar Marker® after years of research and practice and was awarded 2 United States Patents. In 2014, she received the Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch (MABIDA) for exemplary leadership, service or achievement in the area of helping children with dyslexia and language learning disabilities. She has written more than 20 publications and developed more than 40 hands-on tools based on this methodology. The Story Grammar Marker® and related tools are in the hands of over a million of children worldwide and Moreau is an internationally recognized professional development presenter.

Laura Murray, PhD, CCC-SLP, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Laura L. Murray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Full Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Cognitive Science and Neuroscience Programs at Indiana University. She teaches courses on normal aging and acquired neurogenic cognitive and communication disorders, and has received several awards for her teaching efforts at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests include examining how cognitive deficits interact with linguistic abilities in adults with neurogenic communication disorders, and developing assessment and treatment strategies for these patient populations. Her contributions include a graduate-level textbook: Neurogenic disorders of language and cognition: Evidence-based clinical practice (in its second edition), and numerous peer-reviewed and invited journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations at the national and international levels in the fields of aphasia, right hemisphere disorders, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and normal aging.

The following short course speakers will also be presenting on Thursday, April 28.

Sponsored by
UNCG Excellence Foundation
The Beverly Babcock Dodson-Mariana Newton Continuing Education Fund

Howard Shane, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital, Waltham, MA
Visual Immersion System™: Communication Enhancement for Autism Spectrum Disorders
This short course will overview a communication strategy for children with a moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder known as the visual immersion system™. This uses visual supports and state of the art technology and takes advantage of the strong visual processing skills and interest in electronic media of children on the autism spectrum.

About the sponsors: The Beverly Babcock Dodson-Mariana Newton Continuing Education Endowment in Communication Sciences and Disorders was established by Beverly’s mother, Martha Babcock and her husband, Frank Bird. The endowment makes it possible for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro to welcome scientists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists for continuing exploration of new ideas, research, and applications in addressing the needs of persons with communication disorders.

Nancy Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Swigert & Associates, Inc., Nicholasville, NC
The Ethics of Managing Dysphagia in Patients in Palliative Care and Hospice
The course reviews ethical principles used to guide the SLP’s treatment as well as case law regarding the use of alternative nutrition and hydration. The history and economics of PEG use will be described. An alternative to PEG use, careful hand feeding, will be explained.

Session sponsored by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.