Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fun with Normal Language Development

Dr. Coulter asked students in CDI 340 Normal Language Development to demonstrate their knowledge of normal language development. This years cohort of undergraduates had a lot of fun with the assignment and agreed to share- Thanks for all you do Dr. Coulter!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Three Cheers for the Icey Articulaters!!

NSSLHA does it again! Putting the cold before their comfort Emily Myers and her gang of CDI students supported Special Olympics at the first MSU Polar Plunge! Thanks for all the great service!

The Icey Articulaters and the event sponsors were featured on Murray State's Roundabout U video magazine. The episode is now available to view online and will be airing 12/1 - 12/6! 

Watch the video here! Our ladies are featured at about 2:46

CDI Alumni Spotlight

The faculty and staff of the Center of Communication Disorders is excited to introduce you to  Kristen Wheeler, class of 2008. We applaud her success and thank her for her contributions to the program as a member of the Center's Alumni Advisory Council. 

Since graduating from MSU in 2008, I have spent my career working in the field of pediatric speech-language pathology. I began my career working on the Autism, AAC and pre-school language teams at Vanderbilt University Bill Wilkerson Center. While at VUBC, I developed my knowledge and passion for working with children on the autism spectrum and incorporating AAC into their treatment.  Also while at VUBC I co-created with a fellow SLP, language groups for children on the autism spectrum. In 2010 I moved to Lexington to work in the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Clinic. While at CH I was able to further develop my skills in the areas of autism & AAC, becoming a Certified Autism Specialist in 2014. Cardinal Hill also provided me the opportunity to develop other interests of mine including working with pediatric patients with tracheostomies and ventilators, as well as the feeding population. I also had the amazing opportunity to work as a multi-disciplinary team with OT and PT to provide treatment to our patients; through this experience I co-created with an OT colleague of mine, a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluating children on, or suspected of being on the autism spectrum. Through the creation of this program I was given the opportunity to develop relationships with multiple developmental pediatricians and psychologists in the Lexington area, as well as to serve on a statewide autism task force determining areas of service need for this population.  In September I was given the great opportunity to work for Associates in Pediatric Therapy as a contract therapist in the Bluegrass Center for Autism in Louisville, and am excited to see what this opportunity holds. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Festive Finals Fete

It is that time of year again. Join us for the second annual Festive Finals Fete!        
 Enjoy some snacks, carols and  time with faculty and friends. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Super Fun Semester - NSSLHA Notes

NSSLHA has been busy over the past few weeks as members plunged into frigid water for Special Olympics of Western Kentucky. Our team, The Icy Articulators, raised over $700 for this great organization! This is a cause that is near and dear to all of our hearts and we are extremely thankful to those who supported us financially and\or made the plunge!

Our organization also held a movie night featuring The King's Speech in which we invited the College of Education and Human Services members to attend. It was a great time for all those who came out!
As the semester winds down, I want to wish all of our NSSLHA members and faculty a safe and fun holiday season! My hope is that you will come back in January relaxed and ready to make more NSSLHA memories!"
NSSLHA President


SGD Update

Just wanted to share this from Lingraphica. They have been on top of policies for Durable Medical Equipment that were impacted by the Affordable Health Care Act. Take a moment to get the update

We Have 30 Days To Advocate for SGD Technology
Your advocacy efforts worked! Medicare issued a ruling on November 6 that they are re-opening the National Coverage Determination of speech-generating devices. The public has 30 days to offer a comment or opinion on what features and functionalities should be in a speech-generating device. The deadline is December 6!

You can read all of the details on our blog and find out how you can get involved.