Sunday, November 27, 2011


Featuring Dr. Klein and Dr. Flint with students

This year ASHA took place in San Diego, CA. Here are a few pictures capturing fun times at ASHA with CSULA COMD students, faculty and alumni!

Class of 2009 with Dr. Flint
Featuring Dr. Cohick with students
Class of 2012 and 2013 with Mr. Paulson, Dr. Flint, and Dr. Klein
Class of 2010

From NSSLHA Board 2011

NSSLHA Board 2011 with supervisor Dr. Simon-Cereijido

This is our last official post from your NSSLHA Board 2011. We would like to thank all of you for being a part of our student organization. It was a pleasure being your board. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors and studies! Good luck with finals and Happy Holidays!

NSSLHA Meeting- Nov Photos

NSSLHA members waiting for the meeting to start

Finally! Yes, finally here are pictures from our November Meeting. If you wish to see more, you can find them at our Facebook Page!

Guest Speakers and Alumni Caroline Lee and Amanda Tyree

NSSLHA Board 2011 with guest speakers

Aphasia Movie- Photos

If you remember in a previous post in the summer, CSULA and CSUN NSSLHA groups held a movie screening of the Aphasia Movie! Here are a few pictures and if you wish to see more, check it out on our Facebook Page!

If you remember in a previous post in the summer, CSULA and CSUN NSSLHA groups held a movie screening of the Aphasia Movie! Below are a few pictures and if you wish to see more, check it out on our Facebook Page!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Congratulations to our new CSULA NSSLHA Board for 2012!

President: Kera Allen
Vice President: Sara Parumaa
Treasurer: Tamara Janini
Secretary: Rebecca Perez
Newsletter Editor: Daniel Konishi
Undergraduate Representative: Jessica Chan

On behalf of the CSULA NSSLHA Board (2011), we congratulate you guys and wish you the best of luck. To all of the CSULA NSSLHA members, it was a pleasure serving you this past school year. Good luck with all of your endeavors :)

Fall Newsletter 2011

Hi NSSLHA members,

This fall newsletter is chock-full of information regarding the ASHA
Convention, which is only a week away! Read on for highlights of the
convention, including presenters from the CSULA academic community,
the COMD Alumni mixer, and NSSLHA day! Other departmental news
includes information about the COMD Science Peer Mentoring program,
and the upcoming graduate school informational meeting.

It has been our pleasure serving you this past year! Congratulations
to the incoming NSSLHA board!

Tiffany & Victoria
NSSLHA Newsletter Co-editors

Monday, November 07, 2011

Nov. Meeting Notes!

CSULA NSSLHA Meeting Notes
Guest Speakers: Caroline Lee & Amanda Tyree
Date: November 7, 2011

  • elections
  • tshirts on sale now at the meeting for $15 (after meeting, $17)
  • CSULA COMD bags for sale for $1

Guest Speaker- Caroline
  • works at Pasadena Child Developmental Associates- non profit interdisciplinary clinic
  • works at a charter school
Guest Speaker- Amanda Tyree
  • did CFY at a children’s hospital
  • works at a private practice.
Both Guest Speakers
  • both participated in the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Training Program) Program
    • focus is working in an interdisciplinary team
    • 32 weeks long, each Wednesday
    • has 7 modules (each month a different module)
    • people from various professionals (RNs, psychologists, social workers, etc) from all over the country
    • get a holistic view of children that is beyond speech-language
  • at Pasadena Child Developmental Associates Caroline uses the DIR Floor Time Model:
      • Developmental: look at a child at all levels (e.g., emotional, cognitive, gross motor skills, etc)
      • Individual Differences: look at each child individually (e.g., proprioception, sensory issues, etc)
      • Relationship: investing on your relationship with a child can make a difference in clinic
    • method that is for people with apraxia, but this can be used with people with various disorders.
    • use proprioception, kinesthetic, and tactile prompts
  • Tips
    • As students, take advantage of your discounts!
    • For CASHA, membership is $35/year for students. You can participate in several workshops to give you more knowledge about the speech-language field.
    • Balance! Maintain your work and recreation life.
    • Foster your relationships with your peers. Make connections!
  • Q&A
    • Have any of you worked with adults?
      • Yes. In the grad program you get to do a hospital internship to work with adults.
      • (Amanda) I have also worked with adults in the private practice I work at. For me, I want to see it all because I work with adults and children right now
      • (Caroline) I do some home health. I also worked with adults at USC when I was a graduate student.
    • Where can I get more information about going to workshops?
      • CASHA has different presentations at their annual CASHA convention.
      • Several workshops occur throughout the year.
      • PROMPT is a workshop in itself. You can look this up online.
      • Both Caroline and Amanda are part of District 7 of CASHA
    • We have one course on Dysphagia. How much should we look up on our own (regarding the material)?
      • It’s up to each person individually to do that on his/her own.
      • Be proactive with your externships. Ask questions. Request for certain clients. Ask to take notes for certain things. Build that relationship with your supervisor there! Take advantage and devour as much information as you can.
    • With the LEND program, how do you apply?
      • There’s an intervie.
      • Program lasts from September to May
      • Fill out an application.
      • 32-39 programs across the country
      • It’s a year long program
    • How difficult is it to get into pediatrics at a hospital?
      • Positions do not open up as often.
      • If you are really interested, you should create an externship of this yourself because many hospitals don’t do that.
    • Do you have to do LEND during your CFY?
      • No, but it’s easier to do this in your CFY.
      • You get paid a small stipend to cover your gas.
    • DIR program, what ages is this for?
      • Any age.
    • What resources are there about DIR?
      • ICDL with Greenspan
      • Circle Stretch (can find this on the ICDL website)
      • PCDA also does workshops. Look at
      • On Wednesday November 9th at 7pm, there will be an autism workshop about iPads at PCDA.
    • How has the iPad helped in therapy?
      • It’s good for a tool and productivity.
    • Children are getting more involved. Can you talk about that?
      • Some children need services from multiple disciplines.
      • Not sure if there is an increase with children like this, but you may run into children who need several services.
    • Did any of you work with cleft palate children?
      • No. But St. John’s hospital has a cleft palate team and so does Cedar Sinai.
    • How prepared did you feel about graduation compared to now?
      • Amanda: I feel a lot different. It might have to do with my temperament. But everything gets better with time.
      • Caroline: The more kids you come across, you get more of a swagger. Confidence is key. You will always be a student. The key is to seek knowledge.
    • How big is your caseload?
      • Caroline: You should know what you’re worth. In my work setting, I negotiated what I wanted. I work with a charter school through an agency. I work three days a week and have 35 students.
    • Can you tell me about volunteering with PCDA?
    • Agencies. Can you tell me how or what agencies to work for?
      • Talk to a person in an agency. If you don’t know the agency, call the agency and ask to talk to someone that works in one.
    • Make a list of questions to ask during the workshop (for second years). To discuss paper work, negotiating, etc.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Upcoming November 7th Meeting!

Hello our lovely NSSLHA members!!

Time for our FIRST meeting of the school year! (Sorry about last month's meeting! ) This time it's happening:

  • What: CSULA COMD graduate student alumni, Amanda Tyree & Caroline Lee will be our guest speakers. Amanda Tyree currently works as a SLP at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and in a private practice. Caroline Lee works as a SLP for Pasadena Child Development Associates. Topics will include working in a pediatric hospital setting/interdisciplinary setting and the LEND Program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Training Program). An open forum will be available for a Q&A about graduate school, the SLP field in general, externships, and CFY
  • When: Next Monday November 7th from 6:20-7:10 pm (check in starts at 5:30pm!)
  • Where: Salazar Hall, Room C260 (Sorry about the far away trek.. BUT...)
  • Food and drinks will be provided for you! :)
It's very important for you guys to come since elections will take place. Everyone will get a chance to cast their ballot for our new officers!!!! It could be YOU! Also, some other neat things will be happening at our meeting
  • NSSLHA T-shirts will be on SALE! That's right ladies and gent, $15! That's $2 off the original price ($17).
  • Dues are due! $20 for the whole school year. This money mostly goes to food and drinks for you guys to eat.
  • And a Raffle may occur! Gotta come to the meeting then to find out what will be raffled if it happens!
Other things happening in the world of CSULA and Speech Pathology:
  • The ASHA convention is coming up! Going? Well, the COMD department will be hosting a CSULA COMD Alumni & Current Students event! You can find all the information here on our Facebook Page!
    Well that's it folks! Hope to *ahem-I-better* see you at our next meeting =P!