CSHA Spring Conference and Job Fair

CSHA Spring Conference and Job Fair will be held May 4th, 2015 at Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. 
The main presentation topic will be Diagnosis and Treatment of Voice and Upper Airway Disorders Across the Lifespan by Brian E. Petty, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and singing voice specialist at the Emory Voice Center in Atlanta, Georgia, 
There will be a Special Luncheon Presentation titled Challenge 2015-2025: Integrating Expertise to Improve Outcomes  with Ellen C. Fagan, EdD, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and ASHA’s Director of Continuing Education.  

In addition the annual CSHA Job Fair will be running simultaneously from 8 to 1. Representatives from a variety of settings including school districts, hospitals, clinical settings and contract services are expected to attend. Be sure to bring copies of your updated resume and be prepared to interview! The Job Fair is available free to CSHA members and $20 to non- members or free in conjunction with the Spring Conference. See the registration form for registration information. 

For more details see the BROCHURE


SLHS Clinical offeringsfor Spring 2015 at SLHS are diverse and include therapy options for preschoolers, adolescents and adults. Categories for preschool to adolescent groups address speech and language, language and literacy, social language or diagnostice services. For adults, group therapy options include voice and speech; memory, attention and problem solving; reading for post stroke and brain injury; English as a second language; hearing loss; adult language and cognitive assessment; adult speech and voice assessment; and individual therapy. Click on either link below for details of each program and contact information. 







Last Year's Statistics on SLPs and AUDs in the US

According to an Advanced Healthcare survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, SLPs and AUDs "stack up" somewhere in middle-to-high salary range when compared to our collegues across the nation. Results also shed light on on where we are employed across the US. Visit AH or BLS for more information on gender make-up, director and manager status, degrees and more. Another interesting source of employment information regarding number and location of professionals in your local region is Google maps. To browse, enter [your state] speech pathologists or audiologists on the Google maps site...look for the red dots! Of course Google numbers are more related to who is more assertive in advertising. 






SLHS Spring 2014 News

Dr. Gail Ramsberger, SLHS Department Chair, reports that the SLHS graduation celebrations were held on Friday, May 9th.  Judith Ludwig-Keller was the graduation speaker who spoke on Changing the Lives of Others – A View from Both Sides of the Profession. Judith shared a moving story about her journey as a speech-language pathologist who sustained a traumatic brain injury. She described her appreciation for the audiologists and speech-language pathologists who were part of her rehabilitation.
Undergraduate degrees were conferred to 64 students including Emma Duffy who completed an undergraduate honors theses, A Dual Task Paradigm: the Cerebral Laterality of Pitch and Rhythm and Implications for Aphasia Therapy, and was awarded Summa Cum Laude. Six MA graduates completed thesis research projects, and twenty-four students earned their MA degree with a focus on speech-language pathology.  Eighteen of these graduates also earned a Provisional Certificate as a Brain Injury Specialists from The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS).  Five Doctorate of Audiology degrees also were awarded to students completing the 4-year program. The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association CU Chapter recognized Clinical Assistant Professor Kathy Hardin and Instructor Karin Boerger as "Faculty of the Year." Faculty selected Terri Cusik and Cheryl Rowan as the "Outstanding MA-SLP Graduates" and their names will be memorialized on a plaque in SLHS. Among the graduates was Meghan Walton, daughter of Alumni Patti Ogrodnick Walton '85 (photo to right). We wrote an article on this mother-daughter pair when Meghan was just beginning her BA program and are now proud to count two Waltons among our alumni! Congratulations to all SLHS Grads!

Dr. Ramsberger also announced that Professor Lorraine Olson Ramig is transitioning from her tenure track academic Professor post to a Research Professor line. Dr. Ramig obtained a Doctorate in Speech Science from Purdue University. In addition to her Professorship at SLHS, she holds positions of Senior Scientist at the National Center for Voice and Speech, Denver, CO and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York City. She is Co-founder of LSVT Global, a socially responsible business with a mission to empower people with Parkinson disease (PD) through evidence-based speech, physical and occupational therapy programs. LSVT Global seeks to translate clinical treatment research directly to public health practice thus increase accessibility. In her new position, Dr. Ramig will focus on both advancing the mission of LSVT Global and her research program on voice treatment for Parkinson disease, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for over 20 years. She has also been involved in teaching and student supervision at undergraduate and graduate levels for over 25 years and has presented to audiences internationally, bringing distinction to the SLHS Department. Congratulations Dr. Ramig!

For other information on LVST activities you can check their website or Facebook page
The SLHS Department has recently been renovated. The Child Learning Center, along with Clinic waiting room and SLHS classrooms now welcome clients and students into bright new settings. Alumni are always welcome to visit the Department to catch up on all new developments! The Child Learning Center also has a new Facebook Page, be sure to drop by and give them a "Like". The Department is currently in need of art donations to adorn the Center recpetion area (see below). If you have art to donate or ideas to find art, call SLHS at 303-492-3043.

Sue McCord, Former SLHS Faculty and Early Childhood Author Recouperating Well after Heart Surgery

Sue McCord, former faculty and Director of the Child Learning Center at SLHS, underwent mitral valve repair on March 19, 2014 at Boulder Community Hospital. The procedure was a success and Sue continues to gain her strength with the help of family and friends. Current reports relay that she is resting well and may be able to go home tomorrow (3/31/14). Currently, according to relatives, "Her numbers are good, her color is good [and] she gets out of bed to do some walking each day." Sheila Goetz, another former SLHS faculty and clinical supervisor and close colleague of Sue's set up a communication tool through Caring Bridge website where Sue gets many notes of encouragement from well-wishers. Sheila reports that Sue has been energized by it and appreciates the support. Sue will be home soon and with continued help from friends and family will no doubt continue her journey back to good health.

She has taught preschool and kindergarten,as well as early childhood courses at all three universities, and led workshops across the country. She is a firm believer in the value of understanding and supporting children's creative play and the rich experience of "living" and learning through children's stories. Sue's book, The Storybook Journey: Pathways to Learning through Story and Play came out in second edition in 2011. A graduate of Wheelock College and the State University of New York, she also directed laboratory preschools at Cornell and Denver University and was interviewed for our website a while back. That interview can be seen HERE. 

You can also access the Storybook Journey: Pathways to Learning Facebook page and say Hi. We wish you continued progress Sue and look forward to hearing from you soon!



Adam’s Camp is currently seeking pediatric speech therapists for 2014 summer sessions!


Adam's Camp is a Denver-based nonprofit organization created to provide a variety of intensive, personalized and integrated therapeutic programs for children with special needs and their families.  Our therapists are among the very best. At Adam’s Camp, they find a unique opportunity to work together with therapists from a variety of disciplines to help each child reach their potential.



Job Title:  Speech-Language Pathologist on multi-disciplinary team

Hours:  9:00 am Day 1 – 9:00 am Day 7 (week-long session)

Salary:  Week-long session rate based on experience (therapists are hired as temporary employees)  

Location:  Summer sessions are held at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, CO.

Qualifications Necessary:  CCC-SLP

Population served: Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder (including PDD-NOS and Asperger’s), genetic syndromes or chromosomal disorders, and other developmental disabilities that affect language, mobility, learning, and/or daily living skills.
Sessions with availability:

June 16-22 (Autism spectrum)

June 23-29 (Autism spectrum)

July 7-14 (Developmental delay)

July 14-20 (Down syndrome)

July 28-August 3 (Developmental delay)

Brief description of position and duties:  Therapists are responsible for providing one-on-one intensive therapy to the five children on their multi-disciplinary team.  The therapy day runs 8:30 am -2:30 pm; afternoons/evenings are dedicated to working with your team to develop goals, interventions, and strategies for success for each camper.  Therapists are hired for one week sessions. Accommodations and dinners are provided.  Therapist must secure reliable transportation to and from camp.  

To be considered, please send your letter of interest and current resume to:
Ryan Burkhart, Therapy Program Manager

Adam’s Camp
6767 S. Spruce Street, Suite 102
Centennial, CO 80112


IGNITE SLHS open to Community March 13, 2014

In the style of the popular TED talks, SLHS professors Philip Gilley, Kathy Hardin, and Brenda Schick will IGNITE SLHS with 15 minute presentations that will inspire you.

There will be time afterwards to continue with conversations over light refreshments. 

All in the SLHS community are encouraged to participate. 

This event is being organized by the Graduate Advisory Board.


The annual CSHA Spring Conference and Job Fair are just around the corner. They will be held on April 4, 2014 at Children's Hospital in Aurora Colorado at Children's Hospital from 8:00pm to 4:00 pm....Video sites will be held in Grand Junction, Montrose and Pueblo. Credits of .6 are being offered for attendence. The key presentation will be Current Models of Intervention for Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Other Severe Speech Sound Disorders, presented by Dr. Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann from Portland State University whose research focuses on typical and atypical speech development in monolingual and bilingual children from birth to six, including treatment efficacy for severe speech sound disorders. Check for details on REGISTRATION. You can also download the Conference Brochure


On Oct. 30, 2013, SLHS/CDSS alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends gathered at the Department on the CU-Boulder Campus to celebrate the history of early childhood services and the philosophical foundations of the Department's long-standing early childhood programs.

The celebration began with a reception at 5 pm followed by SLHS Department Chair and Professor Gail Ramsberger, who welcomed guests and presented an update on new research and program developments in SLHS. 


In addition to current SLHS administrators, faculty and students, special guests included Dr. Rita Weiss, SLHS Professor Emerita, CU Associate Dean-Retired and Founder of INREAL; Dr. Elizabeth "Tikki"Heublein, Alumni, INREAL/OUTREACH co-creator, currently Co-Director/Center for Alternative & Responsible Education; Becky Roser, Former Director of Clinical Services and faculty member at SLHS and 2012 winner of the CU Alumni Recognition Award; ; Sheila Goetz, former CLC teacher, coordinator and clinical coordinator;  Janine Randol, former CLC Teacher and Clinical Supervisor, Denys Vigil, INREAL outreach, currently Co-Director/Center for Alternative & Responsible Education; Tom & Margaret Kellogg, Co-Founders of Secular ACCESS, Tom is the son of educator/ photographer Elizabeth Kellogg, Josie HeathPresident of The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, and Amy Metz, Associate Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Rita Weiss & Jessica Lugo

A documentary by Cynthia Gray of  Petite Productions, an alumna and former CLC director, titled In the Child's Garden: The Educational Legacy of Frances and David Hawkins was shown. The Hawkins were very influential in international educational circles. They established The Mountain View Center for Environmental Learning on the CU Campus, one of the most innovative teacher education labs in the country at the time. Rita Weiss, colleague and friend of the Hawkins, was deeply influenced by their philosophy which, in part, provided the foundation for the CLC and the INterREActive Learning (INREAL) program. With the able assistance of  Elizabeth "Tikki" Heublein, INREAL provided workshops across the nation and in 6 foreign countries. INREAL is still taught today as part of student practice in the SLHS Child Learning Center and by it's trainees. 

The documentary featured photography by Boulder educator and photographer Elizabeth "Betty" Kellogg who passed away at the age of 95 this past August. You can view the documentary trailer HERE











Metro Speech Language Network: 2014 Call for Speakers

The Metro Speech Language Network has announced its annual Call for Speakers for it's 2014 Conference to be held February 7th and 8th, 2014 at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows10345 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, Colorado 80124.

The Speaker Agreement form is available HERE.

Phone contact Toll Free: 1-800-686-2767, or local, 303-925-0004

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