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2023 Convention Student Presentations

Our student presentations will be in Avon during our lunch break on Thursday and our first snack break (10:00-10:30) on Friday. 


Working on /ɹ/? The Pirate Camp Experience

Most children master correct production of the /ɹ/ speech sound by age 8 or 9. However, some children reflect residual /ɹ/ sound errors. Traditional articulation therapy for /ɹ/ can be ineffective for some clients; thus, alternative forms of treatment are necessary (Preston et al., 2018). There are a variety of other treatment approaches in remediating residual /ɹ/ sound errors. Biofeedback treatment is one of those therapy techniques, as it allows the client to see the position of their tongue in real time. There are different types of biofeedback treatment, including high and low frequency biofeedback, ultrasound biofeedback and visual-acoustic biofeedback, and even app-delivered biofeedback. Physical manipulation and contextual facilitation are two other techniques that are proven to be beneficial in the remediation of /ɹ/.

Sarah Kate Crispell is a second-year graduate student at Samford University. She has completed two externship placements in the elementary school setting, a placement at an adult acute care hospital, and is currently completing her last externship at St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Abigail Ogg, is a second-year graduate student at Samford University. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Abigail is passionate about working with school-age children who have multiple exceptionalities. She had the opportunity to complete two clinical externships in the elementary school setting during her first year of graduate school. She was also chosen as a 2022 ASHA Convention Student Volunteer.

Identification of Autism in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists are the first line of referral for Deaf and autistic children, though to date no standard of care for this population exists. To explore commonly used identification tools and methods used in DHH populations when autism is suspected, we are conducting an Evidence-Based Systematic Review using the PRISMA framework. PRISMA provides a transparent set of items used to evaluate effects of research studies including prevalence, diagnosis, and interventions. These findings will inform our diagnostic practices and fill gaps in our knowledge and skills for serving children with this dual diagnosis.

Alyssa Yager is from Birmingham, AL and am currently attending Samford university as a first-year graduate student. I am studying in the field of speech-language pathology with hopes of working in neurogenics in the future.

Haleigh Deskins is a first year Master of Speech-Language Pathology student at Samford University from Birmingham, Alabama. She is interested in pediatric language development and treatment.

Logan is a first-year SLP graduate student at Samford University from Darlington, South Carolina. She is interested in pediatric treatment.

Alexandra is an SLP graduate student at Samford University from Anniston, Alabama.

Julia is a first year SLP graduate student at Samford University from Dothan, Alabama. She is interested in pediatric treatment.

2023 Quest for the Cup

We will have 4 teams competing for the cup this year on Thursday, February 9th, before our banquet.

Who will you be rooting for?

The University of Alabama, Samford University, University of Montevallo or Faulkner Univeristy?

The Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama
Phone: (205) 873-6667 (ask for SHAA)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 380124, Birmingham, AL 35238-0124

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