Monday, December 06, 2010

Fall 2010 Newsletter

Hello everyone!

Finals week has arrived and it's time to buckle down and get focused. All of you may be busy studying, but for a short study break you can read our Fall 2010 Newsletter. It includes information about the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program. So take a look!

Good luck with finals!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

NSSHLA Council 2011-2012

Congratulations to our new NSSHLA Council for 2011-2012!

President- Sharon Rich
Vice President- Alissa Godwin
Treasurer- Louisa Lim
Secretary- Marthie Delacruz
Newsletter Editor- Tiffany Chin & Victoria Martinez
Undergrad Rep - Michael Repajic

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

NSSLHA Meeting Tuesday, November 9th

Make sure you make it to our meeting!

When: Tuesday, November 9th 6:00-7:00pm
Where: King Hall, B111
Topic: Parkinson’s Disease

Todd Bischoff, MS, CCLS is an International Speaker who shares advice and wisdom from his life experiences to motivate others to overcome their personal challenges. Currently battling Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease, Todd continues to share his message of hope and determination wherever he can. Check him out at
☺ Food and drinks provided ☺

We will also have elections for 2011 NSSLHA Council, and we're voting on a t-shirt design!
-Members only get to vote-
Don't forget your member dues- $20 for the entire year!

See you there!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

NSSLHA meeting Tuesday, October 5th

Mark your calendars! The next NSSLHA meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 5th from 6-7pm in KHB111. Rest assured, you should have no classes during this time!

Topic: Traumatic Brain Injury

Peggy Harris, MPH, renovated a home to meet the needs of adult post brain trauma victims (Banner Home). She will provide information about Traumatic Brain Injury and our role as Speech Therapists with this population.

For more information, check out her website at
Have your questions ready!

Also, if you'd like to become a member, be sure to bring your dues for the new year!
Annual member dues: $20 or $5 per quarter.

Why become a member? We provide yummy dinner for you during each meeting, and you get to vote in the upcoming election in November!

Got any ideas for speakers? Email one of the officers on the right hand side. We'd love your input!

See on October 5th!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Minutes May NSSLHA Meeting

Behavioral Learning Center, Inc.
Unlocking Autism One Piece at a Time

Speaker: Jody Steigemeyer, M.S., SLP CCC, BCBA
Clinical Director

Behavioral Learning Center, Inc. (BLC)
(From the Brochure)

Mission Statement:

Behavioral Learning Center, Inc. (BLC) is an agency serving children within Southern California. BLC is currently authorized to provide intensive behvaioral services (Discrete Trial Training/Applied Behavior Analysis) and Functional living skills(Adaptive Skills Intervention Program) to consumers who possess the diagnosis of Autism or other developmental disabilities (according to DSM-IV-TR) and who range in age from 2-14 years of age.

BLC believes that every child deserves the opportunity to learn and excel. The philosophy of on-going collaboration between parent/caregiver and provider is of "utmost" importance and is necessary for the effectiveness of the intervention.

BLC Strives to provide the highest quality of service in a caring environment. Each program is custom tailored to meet each child's unique needs and individual characteristics.

Behavioral Learning Center, Inc.
Discrete Trial Training * Adaptive Skills Training
28514 Constellation Road
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 254-7086

Minutes April NSSLHA Meeting

Mi Sueno Speech Therapy

Working as an SLP in a private practice setting.

The benefits of working in a private practice
-Both medical and educational case load
-Flexible schedule
-Highly independent

Mi Sueno Speech Therapy clients
-Early intervention
-School Districts

Mi Sueno Therapy Setting
-Highly trained: Floor time, PECS, PROMPT
-Individualized Meetings
-Varied Caseloud

Mi Sueno Speech Therapy
114 N. Second Ave.
Covina, California 91723
(626) 732 - 1111

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April 5th Meeting - Private Clinic Setting

April 5th NSSLHA Meeting

Topic: Private Clinic

When: April 5th, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Where: KH D1047

Please join us Monday April 5th for our NSSLHA meeting about working as an SLP in a private clinic.

Norma Lopez MS, CCC-SLP will be speaking about her experience as the President of a private clinic specializing in Bilingual English/Spanish services.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, March 29, 2010


Anne Preddy graduated with her MA in Communication Disorders from CSULA in 2008. She now works as an SLP at the Long Beach VA Medical Center and came back to tell us about what she does every day at the VA.

SLPs at the VA do a little bit of everything and treat a variety of communicative disorders including speech, language, voice, dysphagia, cognitive disorders, and swallowing.

Anne’s job which was at first overwhelming has turned out to be a rewarding opportunity to pursue a career she’s extremely passionate about. She referred to SLPs at the VA as “jacks of all trades ” because in this setting every day presents new challenges and opportunities to use the latest technology in assessment and intervention.

Patients at the VA are veterans ages 19 to 99 that have served our country over the decades. Working in this setting has enabled Anne to provide services to this population and assist them in their return to their lives at home.
Since Anne started working at the VA about 2 years ago she has gained experience with a number of assessment and intervention strategies in a range of areas. Anne mentioned a number of different assessment tools that she has had the opportunity to utilize and gain valuable experience with on a daily basis. Working at the VA in her opinion is “heaven for a gadget geek” because there are so many opportunities to work with cutting edge technology. The VA setting provides valuable experience with the most current assessment and intervention devices and technology like fiber optic endoscopes, electrolarynx devices, TEP, AAC, oral motor exercises, Barium swallow tests, standardized tests, cognitive prosthetic devices and cognitive group therapy.

She has worked with a number of patients who have sustained injuries like TBIs from blasts, IEDs, and grenades. SLPs working at the VA use a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and provide a host of functional cognitive group therapy programs like College Connection and Brain Boot Camp that teach patients compensatory strategies and provide opportunities to learn to problem solve in a number of activities of daily living.

Working at the VA hospital provides SLPs with the opportunity to provide these brave veterans with the treatment and compensatory strategies they need to resume a life that in some ways resembles the one they had before going to war.
Anne’s Pros and Cons of working at the VA

The positive impact you have on the lives of veterans
The opportunity to work with adults
Collaboration with other SLPs and medical professionals
The potential to participate in research projects
Access to cutting edge technology

Longer work hours
Less vacation time
The “Yuck Factor”

Saturday, February 13, 2010

February 1 Minutes

Minutes of February 1, 2010 Meeting

Guest Speaker

Amber Hogan M.A., CCC-SLP with the Los Angeles Union School District (LAUSD)

Amber is an SLP working in LAUSD, the second largest public school district in the U.S. She is a consultant for Alternative and Augmentative Communication Devices and currently works with 71 clients ranging from ages 3-22.
Amber has over 70 students in her caseload and conducts consultations for AAC devices throughout the week. She works with a range of students in individual AAC consultations, individual and group sessions and classroom integration. Each day presents a new challenge that promises to be new, different and interesting. Visit her Blog and read about what life is really like as a school based SLP in LAUSD.

For more information on Alternative and Augmentative Devices (AAC) and other helpful resources please visit Amber’s Blog Corner at

Monday, January 11, 2010

Minutes of January 11, 2010 Meeting
Guest Speaker: Susan Simon, M.A., CCC-SLP with the Los Angeles Union School District (LAUSD)
Ms. Simon worked as an SLP for LAUSD for many years, and is now an administrator. She currently supervises 70 SLPs. LAUSD employs 400 SLPs, and is probably the largest employer of SLPs in the state. LAUSD covers 700 miles and includes 8 local school districts.
• LAUSD is the 2nd largest school district in U.S., with 640K students, 82,000 in Special Ed, and 28,000 receive speech-language services
• Urban & suburban experience, and everything in-between; caseload variety, curriculum based intervention
• LAUSD offers employees the opportunity to change to different position – not just SLP – e.g., opportunities to become administrator, or vice-principal, in smaller districts, this would not be possible not the
• For SLPs, the following is offered by LAUSD:
o CFY/RPW supervision, District Sponsored continuing education, Prevention & Intervention Services: focus on RTI, have to prove to a team that you have helped the child (help teachers), Leadership opportunities, Web based IEPs & daily documentation, District provide lap-top, Students with variety of disabilities ages 3-22
• Salary Options for SLP: with MA and CA License $61,433/$70,756 (Special Services pay scale – applies to SLP grads who have never worked as a teacher; however, $70,000 is probably not available for a CFY year), with a credential SLP salaries are $45,637 - $72,592 (based on teacher pay scale, not applicable to new SLP graduates)
o Work 180 work days with 10 weeks off at summer, 3 weeks off in winter, and 1 week off in spring
o By 5th year, SLPs can expect to earn up to $76,000 annually at LAUSD
• LAUSD SLP Employment requirements:
o Online applications
o MA in SLP or ComD
o Eligibility for CA SLP or SLP credential
o CBEST (take it now, your score will last forever)
o Successful interview
• Other requirements: Health & TB clearance, Fingerprint, Transcripts, Employment eligibility documents, Letters of Recommendation
• Other Benefits: 20 paid holiday, 10 illness/sick days yearly (accumulate if not used) can take them to other district in CA, District-paid medical, dental, vision, which includes spouse or domestic partner & dependents; District paid life insurance; STRS membership; Loan forgiveness; LA teachers mortgage assistance; Credit union
• Myth about LAUSD: get lost in such a big district – given your assignment
o Truth: are part of central office, assignments are made from there, and when first start, have intensive training for 2 weeks, when go to school site where you are helped w/scheduling your students
o And once per month, meet with all new trainer, and this goes on for 12 months – have meetings with your trainers, e.g., how to use an interpreter
o Every year, are given an assignment survey – and can ask to go elsewhere
For more information: Susan Simon 213-241-6200; email; see also website:
Currently offering $5,000 stipend for 2nd year grad students – if you know you want to work as a public school SLP, interview with LAUSD and, if offered a position (which would begin after graduation), agree to a 2 year work commitment, and you get a check for $5,000.

Monday, January 04, 2010

NSSHLA meeting January 11, 2010

Guest Speaker: Susan Simon of LAUSD will discuss the benefits of working at LAUSD
Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: KHB 111