MSHA members in action.

MSHA Monday: We’ll be posting a blog each Monday…stay tuned.

This summer, MSHA plans to post a blog every Monday. Our goal is to share and compile information that will be useful to your practice. If you’d like to guest blog on any therapy topic, let us know. Our schedule for June is June 5-Books for Therapy, June 12 Board Update, June 19-Sensory Boxes and June 26 Implementing AAC.

“If you know me, you know I love stories.  I read stories, I listen to podcasts that tell stories and I use stories in therapy to work on every aspect of language.  Each year I add to my list of stories that are good for developing specific skills.  While I have favorites for working on pronouns and past tense verbs, I thought I’d offer a list of books that I use most frequently for narrative and expository development.   I’m a big fan of the Story Grammar Marker. I use it to help me to focus on specific stages of narrative development. The icons really help build memory for the key story components and kids love to hold the actual story braid. If you aren’t familiar with this tool, check out this site. https://mindwingconcepts.com/ I’m a random abstract person, so these are in no particular order

  • Waiting is Not Easy by Mo Willems. Well, really anything by Mo Willems is great because the story elements of character and setting are so obvious that it is then easy to teach the temporal sequence and/or perspective taking. Elephant and Piggie have so many great adventures and their emotions are easy to read. I try to use at least one a month. If you haven’t discovered these books, do it. Right now.
  • High Wire Henry by Mary Calhoun.  Henry is another go to character for me and I use at least one of his stories each school year.  He typically has one problem in each book and this offers a great opportunity to teach the critical thinking triangle for the kick off, emotional response and plan that then leads him through the temporal sequence to a solution.  There is also opportunity for a two person perspective between Henry and The Man of the family.  Enjoy.
  • Titch by Pat Hutchins.  The original Titch is great for character and setting. Once again, the pictures support the elements of the story. The subsequent stories, Titch and Daisy, You’ll Soon Grow into them Titch and Tidy Titch,  offer a complete episode that is simple enough for  my kindergartens to retell.

 

  •  For those students who are into non fiction, these books by Gail Gibbons are perfect. They can be read and discussed in a twenty minute session and they offer great practice for expository structures. This one is good for a List as well as Problem/Solution.   There are also books about Hurricanes, Sea Turtles, The Moon, Frogs, From Seed to Plant and the Reason for Seasons.

 

  •  Finally, for the past three years, I’ve been using more classic comic books.  Calvin and Hobbes are great for teaching emotional vocabulary, critical thinking triangle and problem/solution.  After seeing the movie, Life Animated, I am even more committed to using a child’s interests to teach what he/she needs to learn.  I have one student with ASD who has taught me how to make this happen with this book in particular.

 

Our first Summer Blog  is from Rachel Stansberry. Rachel works as an SLP in rural schools in Central Montana. She is a past MSHA board member and a current member of the licensure board. If you have books you love, write them up. We’ll post your list along with this one. Email it to MSHA’s web manager,  Emily at emily.stafslien@lewistown.k12.mt.us 

 

Summertime and the living is easy!

For many MSHA members, schools out for summer!  Whether you’re playing or working, we hope you’ll stay connected with MSHA on facebook, pinterest and on this website. Our plan is to post something relevant each Monday. If you’d like to guest Blog to share what you’re doing, let us know.

Here’s a link for summer calendars:

https://www.superduperinc.com/facebook/Calendar.aspx

 

Here’s a list of some upcoming CEU opportunities in our state.  Check with MSHA to see what is MSHA/ASHA sponsored:

PECS Level 1 Training, June 12-13 in Billlings

Hanen Presentation; Building Communication, Supporting Parents of Preschoolers with ASD or Social Communication Difficulties June 22 Billings. Registration info 406-281-5885

Hanen More than Words June 23-25 Billings-get info through MAEP

Montana Autism Education Project Blog

Congratulations 2017 Graduates!

Congratulations U of M 2017 Graduates! Best of luck!

BSHM: Why Should I Be A MSHA Member?

May is a busy time of year for SLPs and AUDs with Better Speech and Hearing Month! This year not only do we want to support you with BSHM, if you join MSHA in May 2017 you will receive a $25 discount on your membership fee and on conference registration.  Members who are apart of MSHA already are in a drawing to be held in May. This in turn will save you money on all in-service and conference registrations. Please go to Join MSHA Today!

Congratulations!  Jennifer Pierce is the winner of the 2018 free MSHA Membership!

Read Better Speech and Hearing Month Letter from MSHA Board and join in May 2017!

In addition, you’ll have access to people and information:

*MSHA is on the cutting edge of current events.

*MSHA serves as a clearing house for distribution of information.

*MSHA enjoys affiliations with other organizations.

*MSHA members promote optimum services for the communicatively impaired.

*MSHA promotes cooperation among persons dealing with communication disorders as exemplified

in educational, clinical, rehabilitative and industrial settings in the state.

*MSHA stimulates the exchange and dissemination of information pertaining to Speech-Language

Pathology and Audiology.

*MSHA encourages a better understanding of, and a deeper interest in, persons with speech,

language and/or hearing disorders by professionals in related disciplines and by the general public.

*MSHA advocates for the rights of persons with communication disorders.

*MSHA members can provide input about local needs to university programs.

*MSHA has a proactive lobbyist who helps members understand legislation and advocates for the

profession and our clients. We held a MSHA meet and greet event with U of M students and legislators

in 2017.  MSHA has increasing name recognition in Montana.

*MSHA Legislative committee followed over 20 bills this session and provided input and testimony!

*MSHA collaborated with the MT Licensure Board to introduce a legislative bill during the 2017

Legislative  session.  The bill was sponsored by Rep. Jones, passed and signed by Gov. Bullock and

creates a CFY license in statute.

*MSHA representatives attend all MT Licensure board meetings and provide comment and feedback

during each meeting.  Changes to MT Licensure Board exam, CEUs required, and requesting fee

reductions are amongst MSHA–critical issues addressed.

 

YOU WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

 

*MSHA members receive reduced registration fees for MSHA sponsored events and ASHA CEUs..

*MSHA coordinates the annual Fall Conference, local inservices, web based conferences and MSHA

sponsored CEUs throughout the year.

*MSHA stimulates the exchange and dissemination of information pertaining to Speech-Language

Pathology and Audiology.

*MSHA encourages a better understanding of, and a deeper interest in, persons with speech, language and/or

hearing disorders by professionals in related disciplines and by the general public.

*MSHA promotes the highest professional standards and ethical practices.

*MSHA Regional networking activities will be announced in your region soon!

 

THE PERKS ARE GREAT!

*MSHA membership provides an opportunity to give back/contribute to the profession.

*We have a super newsletter, The Communicator!

*We are on facebook with monthly themes and daily updates.

*We also have a great web site, www. mshaonline.org.

*MSHA Board positions offer great opportunities to develop your leadership skills.

*MSHA conferences have a great silent auction to raise scholarship monies.

*MSHA raises money for the Community Outreach Program which can help your client (as a MSHA Member)!

*MSHA conference attendees have a chance to win super door prizes.

Autism Awareness Month is Here!

MSHA is dedicated to supporting professionals and families with Autism Awareness Month.

We have collected some up and coming things happening during April to commemorate Autism Awareness Month! Check it out below!

Free Webinars:

FUNctional Autism Activities Week

April 3-6 @8pm EST Webinar Series: http://speech-time-fun.thinkific.com/courses/functional-autism-activities-week

LAMP

April 10th and 12th: Words for Life https://www.prentrom.com/education/classes?type=master_the_technology&method=online&page=1

Don’t Miss:

Proloquo2Go 50% off!

http://www.assistiveware.com/dont-miss-get-50-our-popular-aac-apps

LAMP Words for Life 50% off!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lamp-words-for-life/id551215116?mt=8

More Apps listed on http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/2017/04/how-apple-is-honoring-world-autism.html

Sesame Street’s New Muppet: Julia

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/20/520577117/julia-a-muppet-with-autism-joins-the-cast-of-sesame-street

Check out these resources:

Autism Navigator  http://www.autismnavigator.com/

Autism Society http://www.autism-society.org/

Autism Speaks https://www.autismspeaks.org/

Dyan from And Next Comes L http://www.andnextcomesl.com/

The Autism Helper http://www.autismhelper.com

 

UM Inter-professional Spring Conference 2017

The Interprofessional Spring Conference 2017 is open for registration.

“Instructional Methods that Bridge Generation Gaps” will be presented by Julie A. Wolter, Ph.D. and Ginger Collins, Ph.D.  Please note that we do offer on-campus and distance options.

ASHA CEUs and OPI credits are available.

The conference is free for all participants.

This is made possible by the Montana Office of Public Instruction.  Please see the attached flyer for more details and registration information.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Steven Moates (steven.moates@mso.umt.edu)<mailto:steven.moates@mso.umt.edu)>, Jennifer K. Schoffer Closson (Jennifer.Closson@mso.umt.edu)<mailto:Jennifer.Closson@mso.umt.edu)>, or Kay Barth (Kay.Barth@mso.umt.edu)<mailto:Kay.Barth@mso.umt.edu)>.

If you have difficulty with the link, please register at https://umt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BRUkCiQmTfS2Q5

We hope to see you at the conference.

January Webinar: School Aged Children who Stutter: Establishing Attainable Goals

MSHA hosted it’s first webinar of 2017 on Wednesday January 25 Rita Thurman, M.S., CCC-BCS-FD a Stuttering specialist who lives part time time in Bozeman packed a lot of great information into two hours. She did an excellent job of incorporating current research into goal selection. She also gave great examples of three main goals.

  1. The child should be an effective communicator.
  2. The child is comfortable with his/her present level of communication.
  3. The child effectively handles teasing and bullying.

The group discussed use of fluency shaping and stuttering modification as well of different approaches to breath work. We were fortunate to have Steven Moats from the University of Montana who is also a stuttering specialist in the group. Both he and Ms. Thurman shared examples of how they use Mindfulness in their sessions.

She share the following resources.

Stuttering Organizations and Resources

1.  National Stuttering Association www.WeStutter.org

2.  Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders  www:StutteringSpecialists.org

3.  The Stuttering Home Page www.stutteringhomepage.com

4.  Division 4 ASHA–Fluency and Fluency Disorders (Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Ds)  http://www.asha.org/about/Membership-Certification/divs/div_4.htm

5.  StutterTalk: Podcasts on http://stuttertalk.com/

6.  DPI Module on Perry Flynn’s website:   http://csd.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Fluency_Document9.26.pdf

7.  Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc  J. Scott Yaruss and Nine Reardon Reeves https://www.stutteringtherapyresources.com/

8.  International Stuttering Awareness Day:  October 2016

 

If you missed this webinar, stay tuned for the next one!  MSHA’s goal is to offer 6 this year.  MSHA CEUs are available for each session.

 

 

January President’s Message: A call for State Clinical Achievement Award Nominations

Hello all.  Happy January!  I hope you are all warm and well.

It’s time again to make a call for nominations for the ASHA State Clinical Achievement Award and the Lewis DiCarlo Award. Last year, Catherine Off won the State Clinical Achievement award. In 2015,  Jenn Closson won. In 2014,  Diane Simpson received this award and from all the state winners she went on to win the Lewis DiCarlo Award.  Montana has been fortunate to put forth such excellent candidates!

If there is a clinician in your area who you think does outstanding work or has made significant contributions to the field of SLP or Audiology please send me an email with that person’s name and a brief description of his/her work.  I’d LOVE to see some rural nominees or heck, maybe even an audiologist (yes, I dream BIG).

You can find more information here.  These were the 2016 requirements, but it will give you the idea!

Ok, so let’s hear it.  We have many, many talented folks in our state.  Thanks for your participation.  Stay warm and safe, y’all.  See you soon.

 

Catherine

MSHA President

 

Catherine Drescher, Au.D.

Doctor of Audiology

Director of The Hearing Center

Rocky Mountain ENT

700 W. Kent

Missoula, MT 59801

2017 Legislature is now underway! Here’s a list of Bills MSHA is watching!

2017 Session of the Montana Legislature
Bill Summaries
Prepared for MSHA by Jessica Reynolds
Updated: 1/6/17

HB17/ LC0280
Title: Increase HCBS waiver slots and assisted living reimbursement rates
Sponsor: Ron Ehli (HD86)
Status: (H) Referred to Committee — (H) Human Services
Summary: Increase the number of residential slots available for home and community-based Medicaid services waiver by 200 over the next 2 years. It also increases the daily reimbursement rate over the same period.

HB31/ LC0297
Title: An act increasing the special education allowable cost payment; providing an appropriate; and providing an effective date.
Sponsor: Kathy Kelker (D) HD 47
Status: (H) Referred to Committee — (H) Education; Hearing on 1/9/17
Summary: Allocate money to OPI for increasing SpEd allowable cost payment; $587,620 in FY 2018 and $1,065,895 in FY 2019.

HB32/ LC0298
Title: Revise school funding related to special education
Sponsor: Kathy Kelker (D) HD 47
Status: (H) Referred to Committee — (H) Education; Hearing on 1/9/17
Summary: increase funding to special education cooperatives and joint boards for administration and travel and increasing overall special education allowable cost payment ($2,587,620 in FY 2018; $3,087,895 in FY2019).

HB33/ LC0299
Title: An act revising funding for special education; increasing and revising the distribution of the special education allowable cost payment; etc
Sponsor: Kathy Kelker (D) HD 47
Status: (H) Referred to Committee — (H) Education; Hearing on 1/9/17
Summary: increase funding to special education cooperatives and joint boards for administration and travel and increasing overall special education allowable cost payment ($2,000,000 in FY 2018 and FY2019).

HB36/ LC0279
Title: Fund Alzheimer’s related services provided by area agencies on aging
Sponsor: Gordon Pierson (D) HD 78
Status: (H) Referred to Committee — (H) Human Services
Summary: provide $1,500,000 to DPHHS to be used for care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (e.g. respite care, in-home and community-based services, providing training for family members, etc.).

HB81/ LC0348
Title: Revise publication and distribution requirements for MAR and ARM
Sponsor: Willis Curdy (D) HD 98
Status: (H) Referred to Committee — (H) State Administration
Summary: the Secretary of State will electronically publish the ARM
HB141/ LC0392
Title: Provide licensing boards with active supervision in antitrust liability cases
Sponsor: Ryan Lynch (D) HD 76
Status: (H) Business and Labor; Hearing on 1/9/17, amendment proposed by MMA (Abby will elaborate)
Summary: provide active supervision to bring Montana state board in accordance with recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings

HB178/LC0161
Title: Provide ANB funding for 19 year olds
Sponsor: Mary Moe (SD12)
Status: (H) Referred to Committee — (H) Education
Summary: change admittance to school to 5 years of age on or before September 10th, A pupil who has not reached 20 years of age by September 10 of the school year, who has not graduated, and who is enrolled for the purpose of earning credits to meet the district’s graduation requirements for a high school diploma may be included in the ANB calculations

HB191/LC2267
Title: Provide inflationary increase for ANB funding
Sponsor: Seth Berglee (R) HD 58
Status: (H) Hearing — (H) Education; Hearing on 1/11/17
Summary: Provide inflationary adjustment for ANB funding (e.g. $300,000 per to $309,000 per year

HJ1/ LC0301
Title: Request study of funding for education programs for special needs students
Sponsor: Kathy Kelker (D) HD 47
Status: (H) Referred to Committee — (H) Education
Summary: establish an interim committee to study best practices, funding, etc for special needs, gifted and talented children, and at-risk students in Montana

LC0013
Title: Repeal Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership Act
Sponsor: Bob Keenan (SD5)
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0024-0025
Title: Generally revise healthcare laws
Sponsor: Edward Buttrey (SD11)
Status: Drafts on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0058
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Cary Smith (SD27)
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0080-LC0083
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Mary Caferro (SD41)
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0147
Title: Revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Jim Keane (HD73)
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0163
Title: Increase K-12 BASE aid
Sponsor: Jill Cohenour (SD42)
Status: Draft ready for delivery
Summary: Increase overall ANB in Montana (e.g. from $300,000 per year to $309,000 per year)

LC0164
Title: Allow ANB funding for students with disabilities up to age 22
Sponsor: Moffie Funk (D) HD 82
Status: Draft ready for delivery
Summary: decrease school admittance age to 5 on or before September 10th, allow students with disabilities on special education services and who have not yet graduated to be included in ANB calculations up to age 22

LC0165
Title: Increase funding for special education cooperatives
Sponsor: Moffie Funk (HD82)
Status: Draft ready for delivery
Summary: increase proportion of special education funds to special education cooperatives and joint boards for administration and travel, increase funding by $2,000,000 for special education in FY2018 and FY2019

LC0166
Title: Inflationary increase for special education allowable cost of payment
Sponsor: Moffie Funk (HD82)
Status: Draft ready for delivery
Summary: include special education allowable cost payment in overall education inflationary increases

LC0251
Title: Generally revise laws regarding disabilities
Sponsor: Mary Caferro (SD41)
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0253
Title: Generally revise healthy Montana kid laws
Sponsor: Mary Caferro (SD41)
Status: Draft to requester for review
Summary: Not available

LC0256
Title: Provide for licensing of board certified behavior analysts
Sponsor: Mary Caferro (SD41)
Status: Draft to requester for review
Summary: Not available

LC0529-LC0532
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Mary Caferro (D) SD 41
Status: Drafts on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0584
Title: Interim study resolution on developmental disabilities
Sponsor: Mary Caferro (D) SD 41
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC0596
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Pat Connell (R) SD 43
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC0665
Title: Generally revise medicaid laws
Sponsor: Nancy Ballance (R) HD 87
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0687
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Mary Caferro (D) SD 41
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0794-0795
Title: Revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Steve Fitzpatrick (R) SD 10
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0822
Title: Change the opt-in for TBI to an opt-out on vehicle registration forms
Sponsor: Bradley Hamlett (D) HD 23
Status: Draft ready for delivery
Summary: changes use of TBI revenues to be used for education and support recovery of individuals with TBI; changes the $1 donation to this fund given during vehicle registration to an opt-out

LC0860-0863
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Gordon Vance (R) SD 34
Status: Drafts on hold
Summary: Not available
LC0913
Title: Provide for early edge
Sponsor: Ryan Lynch (D) HD 76
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC0943
Title: Provide for Head Start funding
Sponsor: Edith (Edie) McClafferty (D) SD 38
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC0961
Title: Generally revise K-12 funding
Sponsor: Dave Fern (D) HD 5
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1055
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Ellie Hill Smith (D) HD 90
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1078
Title: Provide legislative intent for Medicaid waiver for DD services
Sponsor: Mary Caferro (D) SD 41
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1079
Title: Fund direct care worker wage increases in developmental disability services
Sponsor: Mary Caferro (D) SD 41
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1096
Title: Revise developmental disability laws
Sponsor: Ryan Lynch (D) HD 76
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1104
Title: Provide for pre-kindergarten education
Sponsor: Ryan Lynch (D) HD 76
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1280
Title: Revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Steve Fitzpatrick (R) SD 10
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1336
Title: Interim study on healthcare and health insurance costs
Sponsor: Andrea Olsen (D) HD 100
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1343
Title: Generally revise healthcare law
Sponsor: Andrea Olsen (D) HD 100
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1346 & LC1348
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Andrea Olsen (D) HD 100
Status: Drafts on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1368
Title: Generally revise K-12 education funding
Sponsor: Fred Anderson (R) HD 20
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1464
Title: Provide reimbursement parity for healthcare providers
Sponsor: Vince Ricci (R) HD 55
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1467
Title: Reform Medicaid
Sponsor: Vince Ricci (R) HD 55
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1483
Title: Generally revise healthcare laws
Sponsor: Frank Garner (R) HD 7
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1502
Title: Generally revise occupational license laws
Sponsor: Frank Garner (R) HD 7
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1515
Title: Revise laws related to access for persons with disabilities
Sponsor: Denley M Loge (R) HD 14
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1552
Title: Revise insurance laws
Sponsor: JP Pomnichowski (D) SD 33
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1609
Title: Generally revise laws related to Medicaid
Sponsor: Andrea Olsen (D) HD 100
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1615-1616
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Keith Regier (R) SD 3
Status: Drafts on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1620
Title: Generally revising laws related to EPSDT benefit
Sponsor: Mary Caferro (D) SD 41
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1670-1672
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Matt Regier (R) HD 4
Status: Drafts on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1732-1733
Title: Generally revise laws on occupations and professions
Sponsor: Casey Knudsen (R) HD 33
Status: Draft requests received
Summary: Not available

LC1738
Title: Pilot project on supported employment, training for workers with disabilities
Sponsor: Casey Schreiner (D) HD 26
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1743
Title: Generally revise Medicaid laws
Sponsor: Casey Schreiner (D) HD 26
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1768 & LC1776
Title: Generally revise HELP act
Sponsor: Tom Burnett (R) HD 67
Status: 1768: Draft to requester for review; 1776: Draft request received
Summary:

LC1786
Title: Generally revise health care
Sponsor: Geraldine Custer (R) HD 39
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1856
Title: Generally revise health care laws
Sponsor: Tom Woods (D) HD 62
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1936
Title: Revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Jim Keane (D) HD 73
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1962
Title: Generally revise Medicaid laws
Sponsor: Frederick (Eric) Moore (R) SD 19
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1966
Title: Generally revise laws concerning Medicaid expansion
Sponsor: Frederick (Eric) Moore (R) SD 19
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC1974
Title: Generally revise education laws regarding pre-kindergarten
Sponsor: Frederick (Eric) Moore (R) SD 19
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC1992
Title: Revise funding for students with disabilities
Sponsor: Jim Hamilton (D) HD 61
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC2025
Title: Revise laws related to professions and occupations
Sponsor: Derek Skees (R) HD 11
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC2046
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Jennifer Eck (D) HD 79
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC2081
Title: Revise laws related to requirements for teachers of deaf students
Sponsor: Jean Price (D) HD 24
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC2085
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Terry Gauthier (R) SD 40
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC2089
Title: Generally revise telemedicine laws
Sponsor: Kirk Wagoner (R) HD 75
Status: Draft taken off hold
Summary: Not avilable

LC2181
Title: Generally revise school funding
Sponsor: Vince Ricci (R) HD 55
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC2231
Title: Reduce medical/dental deductibility threshold to 5% of adjusted gross income
Sponsor: Brad Tschida (R) HD 97
Status: Draft to requester for review
Summary: Not available

LC2249
Title: Provide for limited speech-language pathologist or audiologist license
Sponsor: Donald W Jones (R) HD 46
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Provide the Aud-SLP licensing board the authority to issue temporary licenses to clinical fellows

LC2270
Title: Revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Steve Fitzpatrick (R) SD 10
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC2294
Title: Revise laws related to education funding
Sponsor: Edith (Edie) McClafferty (D) SD 38
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC2318
Title: Joint resolution regarding social security and medicare
Sponsor: Edith (Edie) McClafferty (D) SD 38
Status: Draft request received
Summary: Not available

LC2338
Title: Generally revise insurance laws
Sponsor: Forrest Mandeville (R) HD 57
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

LC2358
Title: Generally revising insurance laws
Sponsor: Jonathan Windy Boy (D) HD 32
Status: Draft on hold
Summary: Not available

Speech Aide Registrations Due October 31

This is the month when SLPs and Audiologists are required to register their aides by October 31. The Executive Officer for the Board of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists sent an email with the updated registration form. If you did not receive this form or if you have questions on submitting this form, you can contact Licensing Unit A at 406-444-6880 or UnitA@mt.gov You can download the form from the board’s website at www.slpaud.mt.gov.
Here is the link to the MCA that lists this requirement
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/37/15/37-15-313.htm
The form is much easier to complete, but if you are not familiar with the rules and regulations for types of aides, supervisor responsibility, allowable function and determining the amount of supervision for your aide, check out the statutes and rules which can be found here:
http://www.mtrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=24%2E222
http://www.mtrules.org/gateway/RuleNo.asp?RN=24%2E222%2E301

Perhaps the most frequently asked question is what level is my aide? Even if someone is a great person, has a degree in a related field, the law reads as follows:

“Speech-language pathology aides or assistants shall be classified in one of the following categories:
(a) “aide or assistant I” means a person who holds an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, or its equivalent, and is currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program for the purpose of completing licensure requirements;
(b) “aide or assistant II” means a person who holds an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, or its equivalent, but is not currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program; and
(c) “aide or assistant III” means a person who holds no undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders or its equivalent.
(6) “Supervision” means on-site observation and guidance by the supervising licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist while a clinical activity is performed by the speech-language pathology or audiology aide or assistant. On-site supervision performed by the licensee may include but is not limited to the following:
(a) observation of a portion of the screening or treatment procedures performed by the aide or assistant;
(b) coaching the aide or assistant; and
(c) modeling for the aide or assistant.”

The other frequently asked question is “How much do I need to supervise my aide”
Here is the information from 24.222.702
SCHEDULE OF SUPERVISION – CONTENTS
(1) For monitoring purposes, the supervisor must complete an aide registration form supplied by the board, including a schedule of supervision. The board or board designee shall review and approve all schedules of supervision.
(2) Speech-language pathology aides or assistants shall be supervised in accordance with their level of aide classification under the following schedule:
(a) aide or assistant I shall be supervised on-site a minimum of ten percent of total client contact time. At the discretion of the supervising speech-language pathologist, the on-site supervision requirement may be reduced to two percent after the first year of supervision.
(i) If diagnostic evaluations are being performed, the aide or assistant I shall be supervised on-site a minimum of 30 percent of the total diagnostic process.
(b) aide or assistant II shall be supervised on-site ten percent of client contact time; and
(c) aide or assistant III shall be supervised on-site 20 percent of client contact time.
(3) Audiology aides or assistants shall be supervised in accordance with the following schedule:
(a) audiology aides or assistants shall be supervised under a proposed plan to be submitted by the supervisor with the aide application that includes a minimum of ten percent of client contact time; and
(b) industrial audiology aides or assistants shall be supervised under (3)(a), but may be authorized to conduct pure tone air conduction threshold audiograms when performing outside the physical presence of a supervisor.
(4) The schedule of supervision must be signed by the proposed supervisor and by a responsible representative of the employing agency and submitted to the board on or before October 31. Aides employed after October 31 shall work no more than 30 calendar days without registering with the board.

At this time, Montana doesn’t recognize Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, so if an individual who has completed an SLPA program would still need to be registered according the the categories listed above.

MSHA is committed to supporting professionals who supervise aides and we are here to help you with this process. We are also looking toward establishing training for SLP Assistants. If you would like to be a part of this process, let us know!