School-Based Professionals

The 2019-20 Vice-President for SLP Public Schools is Michele Montmorency

Public School Committee Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Committee on Public Schools (PSC) is to support and represent public school personnel affiliated with the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) including Speech/Language Pathologists, Teachers of the Hearing Impaired, Educational Audiologists, Supervisors of Speech-Language-Hearing Services and other educational personnel. The PSC monitors and responds to issues affecting the provision of services in the public schools. In addition, the PSC encourages and celebrates excellence in public school programs through the conferring of awards.


The Public School Committee consists of speech, language and hearing professionals from across the state of Michigan. The functions of the committee include:

  • Monitors issues affecting provision of services in the public schools
  • Coordinates the Public School Forum held at the MSHA Annual Conference
  • Reviews nominations and selects recipients for the MSHA Program of the Year Award
  • Submits suggestions to the Vice President for Professional Development and Education for invited speakers at the MSHA Annual Conference.
Licensure Information
 
Announcements:

♦The 2020 MSHA Annual Conference, Revving the Communication Engine in the Motor City: Bridging Research and Clinical Practice.


The Call for Papers is now OPEN! Don't miss the opportunity to share your knowledge and develop your presentation skills by submitting a proposal to present 2020 MSHA Annual Conference in Detroit! The MSHA Program Committee invites you to share in your professional experience or research by submitting a proposal. MSHA is especially looking for submissions on Cultural/Linguistic Diversity and School-Based Disorders. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 1, 2019. 

Presenters will earn continuing professional development (CPD) credits as required for the renewal of a Michigan SLP license as acceptable under R338.629. 


If you struggle to keep up with the latest research to  make sure that your treatment approaches are evidence-based, you’re not alone! Based on ASHA’s 2017 Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices survey, time is the top barrier for clinicians implementing evidence-based practice (EBP).
 
We know that your time is precious and that there are just not enough hours in the day. That's why ASHA has developed a time-saving tool that has done much of the work for you. The Evidence Maps organize systematic reviews, meta-analyses, clinical practice guidelines, and ASHA practice policies according to clinical topic. The articles have been appraised for quality and summarized to save your most precious resource – time. It’s searchable, free, and curated for your needs. Make the Evidence Maps a part of your EBP process today. Visit: www.asha.org/Evidence-Maps

♦Starting January 1, 2020, Clinical supervisors and CF mentors will be required to have 2 hours professional development in the area of Supervision post-certification.  ASHA is offering a free online webinar to help fulfill this requirement.  Also, MSHA will be offering a 2-hour class on Supervision at the MSHA Annual Conference, March 19-21, 2020 at the MotorCity Hotel and Conference Center in Detroit.

Beginning with the 2020–2022, ASHA certification maintenance interval, ASHA certificate holders will have to earn one of their 30 required certification maintenance hours (CMHs) in Ethics. MSHA will be offering a 1-hour class on General Ethics that will fulfill this new requirement at the 2020 MSHA conference.

♦Interprofessional Practice (IPP)
MSHA along with the California and South Carolina Associations received an ASHA grant to produce public service announcement videos on Interprofessional Practice (IPP).   These professionally produced videos can be used to promote and explain IPP.  Please feel free to share these videos!

♦Revisions to the Michigan Speech-Language Guidelines: Suggestions for Eligibility, Service Delivery & Exit Criteria
The Michigan Speech-Language Guidelines: Suggestions for Eligibility, Service Delivery & Exit Criteria, Published and Revised by MSHA in 2006, is getting a reboot from our Public Schools Committee.  Are you interested in reviewing and providing input? 
 
Thanks to the MSHA Executive Board for the encouragement and direction to update these Guidelines.  It is time to revisit some sections of this important document that is used in public school districts around Michigan.  Alyssa Webster, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA V-P for Public Schools, Eaton County RESA  has begun the process of review.  Many thanks to Celeste Gerlach, M.A., CCC-SLP, Haslett Public Schools, for her extensive work updating the Articulation chapter.  
 
The original Guidelines were published by MSHA in 1992 by the members of the Public School Committee.  Its preface states: Its intent is to serve as a resource to SLPs and administrators as local practices are established.  It is hoped that this document facilitates discussion.  It has been a valuable resource and we hope to update sections to help continue its use and relevance in the state of Michigan.
 
Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (information on caseload size can be found on page 107)
 
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