The mission of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) is to provide professional support and development, public awareness and advocacy for professionals in communication sciences and disorders and the individuals they serve.


Sep 11, 2015: MSHA Executive Board Meeting

Oct 16, 2015: 2015 Van Riper Lecture Series

Evolution of the Evidence Base in Dysphagia: Where we started, where we are now and where we are headed presented by Western Michigan University with speaker Dr. Cathy Lazarus.  Dr. Lazarus is an Associate Professor in Otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine and the Research Director fro the Thyroid Head and Neck Cancer (THANC) Center, THANC Foundation, at Mount  Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City.  Dr. Lazarus is also an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at New York University.  Her professional career has included research in the area of swallowing disorders; she has procured NIH funding ad participated in multi-site randomized clinical trials examining treatment for swallowing disorders.  Dr. Lazarus is past president of the Dysphagia Research Society and is recognized for her expertise in the area of head and neck cancer.  Dr. Lazarus is an ASHA Fellow.

Oct 17, 2015: Matlock Speech-Language Pathology Lecture Series at DMC & RIM

The Dysarthrias: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies presented by Paul Blanchet, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Baylor University.  Dr. Blanchet's primary interests are neurogenic speech disorders and fluency disorders, as he is also a person who stutters.  He is currently conducting research in these areas, and has given numerous presentations at professional conventions. 

This intermediate level seminar for Speech-Language Pathologist will explain and illustrate the process of differential diagnosis of the dysarthrias using an ELMS analysis.  Using a simple acronym, the clinician compiles and integrates the available information pertaining to the patient's Etiology, Lesion site, Motor signs and Speech deficits to arrive at an accurate diagnosis of the type of dysarthria (or, at least rule out other types).  the "hallmark" speech characteristics of each type of dysarthria will be briefly described.  In addition, the neuromuscular basis of each type of dysarthria will be presented, along with descriptions of various etiologies, sites of lesion and non-speech motor signs.  The use of this model in the process of differential diagnosis will then be illustrated via case analysis.  Additionally, the speaker will explain and demonstrate practical treatment strategies for deficits in respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation, and prosody.

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Monday, June 08, 2015

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February 13, 2015 meeting minutes are available.

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After December 7, 2013 all Speech-Language Pathologists, regardless of their work setting must be licensed. License applications can be found on the LARA website.

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