MSHA End of the Year Summary
As we come to the end of 2015, I thought I’d share the highlights of our year by sharing our goals and progress. At our first meeting January, we established the following goals. Following each, I’ve summarized our progress.
- Maintain the high quality of Fall Convention and MSHA sponsored activities. Our fall convention was a success and we were also cosponsors of many CEU activities including the Ritecare Spring Conference with Sarah Ward.
- Maintain Membership at 200 and increase active members. We actually hit 300! We have 96 students, 164 SLPs, 24 Audiologists, 7 dual and 9 speech aides. Don’t forget to renew for 2016 if you haven’t already! We have members active on several issues including telepractice, convention planning, scholarship and licensure issues.
- Maintain Involvement at the National Level We received two grants from ASHA, our president-elect attended CSAP, our SEAL attended the schools conference. We nominated two members for national awards.
- Be active and involved in the legislature with issues that effect members. We successfully passed a bill to allow billing for E and M codes and we were actively involved in several other bills including one that allows for speech therapy coverage for individuals with Down’s Syndrome. We recently appeared at the Economic Affairs Interim Committee meeting to express our concern about license fees.
- Be active and involved with all our members including our students. We awarded two MSHA scholarships, we answered questions from members, provided monthly training on telepractice and addressed concerns about licensure fees. We launched our new website. We published out newsletter, the Communicator. We sent monthly emails and kept our facebook page active with monthly themes. We added a pinterest account. We had excellent student participation at convention for the poster session.
- Improve communication and involvement with the licensure board. We spent the year working to get a complete licensure board and we are now respectively requesting this new board to address our concerns about license fees.
We are proud of our members and our accomplishments. For 2016, we plan to survey members and continue to build groups to address our interests and concerns. We plan to offer monthly web meetings to address these concerns and we are encouraging and supporting groups to gather. We are working to provide fall convention offerings that will attract school based and medical based SLPs, audiologists and students. We welcome your input!
Happy New Year!
Rachel Stansberry, 2015 MSHA President.
Convention Highlights-Social Communication Development
- The importance of fully describing and discussing the setting in a story to help children recognize and truly understand all that is expected and unexpected within a given context. The kick off in story is what then separates the expected from the unexpected.
- The importance of narrating the same story from the view point of more than one character. This is a great way to work on perspective taking and help students understand that two different characters can have a different emotional reaction and plan in response to the same situation.
- The importance of teaching the thinking verbs as well as the verbs that tell how something is expressed (she called these the linguistic verbs).
- It’s often the illustrations that provide much of this information and we can use these as a teaching tool.
MSHA Fall Convention Summary
Many thanks to all of you who attended, participated, volunteered, contributed, voted, laughed, cried, listened, waited, and shared our fall convention with us in Billings. We were pleased with our turn out and our excellent program! Our illustrious treasurer, Shar, is finalizing our numbers and we’ll share those soon. In the meantime, we’d like to thank Molly Beck, our SLP at large and Jenn Closson, our past president for their service to our organization. They will be leaving our board at the end of the year. We will welcome Catherine Drescher. She is changing her role from secretary to president. We also welcome Brigette Watters as our new secretary and Kathleen Delapp-Cohn as our new SLP member at large. Stay tuned for more info on annual meeting, our convention highlights and reporting on the SLP and Audiology presentations.
What do you mean, you're not a morning person?
MSHA ANNUAL MEETING is October 16, 2015 at 7 am at the Crowne Plaza in Billings. Yes, you read that right, 7 am! For the past few years, we’ve had fewer people attend our luncheon, so we are trying something new. We’ll have coffee from City Brew and some breakfast. Our annual meeting is the time we look over all we’ve accomplished in the past year and make plans for the coming year. We elect new officers and recognize the current board members for their service to our organization.
Why just a year ago, Jenn Closson announced her vision for our new website. She and Diane Simpson wanted a user friendly site with visual appeal. One that included a blog from the president as well as guests. If you’ve found this page, you know that MSHA has the vision and the commitment to bring our ideas to life.
If you are a blogger and would like to be linked or guest blog on our site, let us know.
See you soon!- your MSHA president, Rachel
Board Meeting on September 9, 2015
On our Agenda…
Review of June Meeting Minutes and Committee Reports
New Business including Convention Plans, License Fee Action Update, Member Concerns, Nominations and Awards
Our Annual Meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Billings at 7 am on October 16, 2015. We will review our year, our budget and elect new officers to the board. Hope to see you there!
The Latest on License Fees
We’ve been waiting patiently for the Governor to appoint the two new members to the licensure board. They will then be trained and MSHA has asked them to immediately attend to the license fee issue. We are also increasing our visibility and involvement with the interim committee in the legislature that is addressing fees for all licensure boards.