Appreciation for SLHS AAC class!

 We are posting this for Karen Duerk, '02 who is collecting signatures for a letter of appreciation to SLHS (nice gesture!). Here are the details: 

 "I am an SLHS grad from 2002. I created a letter of appreciation for the AAC class at CU. I would love to have more  signatures from SLHS graduates who agree with the letter. I am not on Facebook, but please contact me HERE if you'd like to see the letter and add your signaure. I appreciate your help with this important cause!" 

Karen Duerk, MA, CCC-SLP

Can you respond to Karen?






Melanie Potock, '93 Has Brush with Grammy Fame!

From the ASHA LEADER, 2/14/12

"Colorado speech-language pathologist Melanie Potock, who specializes in pediatric feeding issues, recently helped produce a children's music album that aims to woo picky eaters into being more adventurous. It was so well received by the studio that produced it, in fact, that it was submitted for consideration for a Grammy award. Although the CD ultimately didn't make the final cut of nominees up for the award in February, Potock is still in awe that the CD—her first ever—would merit such attention." 
For more about Melanie and her projects see an earlier article and the alumni spotlight we published last year.


More ASHA '11: Student, Faculty & Alumni Attendees!

Thanks to Alumni Amy Thrasher, '97, current SLHS Clinical Assistant Professor, for these photos!

Loriann Schwartz, '12, Jen Jacobsen, '12 & Erin Stucky, '12

Loriann Schwartz, '12/Poster Presentation

 Lancey Pratt '13 & Emily Engle Bailon '12

Danielle Kemp, '12

Danielle Kemp, '12, Loriann Schwartz, '12, Judy Brooke, (SLHS Faculty), Kristina Koenig, '12, Pui Fong Kan (SLHS Faculty), & Amy Thrasher, '97


Danielle Kemp, '12 Poster Session



Amy Thrasher, '97 & Sheila Goetz, former SLHS Faculty

Pui Fong Kan, SLHS Assistant Professor

See more ASHA '11 Photos

Submit your photos to us HERE!


Alumni at ASHA/San Diego

Sheila Goetz, former SLHS Faculty and Clinical Supervisor, caught up with some of our alumni at the recent ASHA Convention. 
Good to see those familiar faces! If you have ASHA photos, please share here!

Kathy Hardin

Amy Thrasher & Lori Banghart

Yumiko Tanaka


                  Mary Wallace & Patty Walton

Tracy Kovach (studying the exhibit guide!)

SLHS PhD student Nick Walker & Kathy Hardin

Mark Guiberson and Teresa Rodriguez

SLHS Faculty/Clinical Dir. Susan Moore & Robin Pierce

Catherine Dabasinskas

ABC Puts Gabby Giffords' Therapists in Spotlight


  In a series on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, ABC's World News cited her therapists as  "angels" and "unsung heros". In addition to the video above, other videos feature Dr. Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, W. Carolina University, Congresswoman Giffords head speech pathologist and Dr. Oliver Sacks, professor of Neurology at Columbia University and author of the book, "Musicophilia" who states that "Nothing activates the brain so extensively as music." His book gives an overview of the therapy and explains how music supports language re-learning. Gabby's progress has been quite remarkable and she gives due credit to her team of therapists who have utilized humor, music, and emotional support to help Gabby move forward. Other videos can be seen at and A newly released book by Gabby and her husband titled, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope also documents her recovery process.

Entrepreneurship Certification Program Offered for CU Non-Business Majors

In the past we have featured SLHS/CDSS alumni who are entrepreneurs in our field, starting private practices, authoring SLP & audiological materials and developing cross-disciplinary enterprises. CU now offers courses and certification to help students think through entrepreneurial endeavors. In the recent CU-Boulder in the News: October 2011, the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at CU reveals entrepreneurial programs for all majors. One option is a Cross Campus Entrepreneurship Education & Certificate developed for students of all majors—from engineering to theater—offered through the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Leeds School of Business. Non-business majors with upper division status (minimum of 60 credits) can apply. Core courses, internships and experience in the business community are part of the requirements. The Deming Center also gives students a host of entrepreneurial opportunities in a number of transformational industry sectors such as bioscience, clean energy and organic business. That includes entrepreneurial programs and certificates in specific schools, colleges and Residential Academic Programs.

The article announced an award from the Department of Energy last week to the CU Clean tech Program at the Deming Center a grant to host a regional competition for students working on renewable energy start-up companies. Students from 10 states will submit clean-technology business plans to compete for $100,000. The university and the Deming Center are leaders in commercializing renewable energy.

But opportunities are not solely for large company endeavors. For example, Daniel Schaefer, a CU-Boulder doctoral candidate in communication was featured in the article. During his participation, he developed an special keyboard application for his Android smart phone for easier Twitter posting during disasters. At best, the center provides a place for innovation and exchange with other students to develop new ideas in their chosen field.

For an overview and description of requirements for the certificate go to.:
For the Oct. 2011 edition of CU-Boulder in the News go to:

CSHA Launches Membership Drive!

This is a most advantageous and critical time to join the Colorado Speech, Language, Hearing Association!
Maintaining a strong CSHA office assures advocacy for you, the profession, patients, and families. Where do membership dollars go?
1. Representation at the State Capital-- PRICELESS!! As professionals, your representation at State level is critical for issues regarding licensing & certification, professional standards, and response to bills that could impact your practice in all settings.
2. A CSHA Administrative Assistant who is available to answer your questions, direct consumers to experts, and
disseminates the newsletter, email communications, and much, much more!
3. Continuing education, the Job Fair, special interest groups, and networking events
4. Telecommunication of conferences across the state
5. CSHA website


In the past two years, CSHA has focused its efforts into three major areas:
Public Policy – retaining a paid state lobbyists for the first time in many years and hosting a Breakfast at the Capital for May is Better Hearing & Speech Month to educate legislators about our professions and the clients we serve
Education – expanding our educational offering to include video-linked opportunities across the state and recently partnering with the state associations of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho to sponsor a bi-annual regional convention, the IMASH – Inter Mountain Area Speech & Hearing Convention. In fact, in 2013, the IMASH Convention will be hosted in Denver!
Membership – increasing membership activities to include "coffee talks" (back by member request!), the March of Dimes Walk, A Day at the Ballpark and coming up, fielding a team for the Race for the Cure
For more information about the membership drive, see attached brochure.


Amy Thrasher '97 Tells How Radio Program Helps Asperger's Students (+ video)

Amy Thrasher, '97, clinical assistant professor at SLHS, was interviewed by the Boulder Daily Camera regarding The Perspectives Program, a cooperative effort between the Temple Grandin School and SLHS. The program uses radio interviewing as a way to teach better communication skills. During the video (below) interview with Amy she explains that "learning to interview is a way to help students to understand another person's perspective". The students get to practice these skills in an interesting, professional studio setting, a motivating environment to say the least. Amy supervises several graduate students who also were involved in the three-week program. See full Daily Camera article at and an earlier article on the Perspectives Program from our site

Sheila Cullen '92, Bilingual Expertise Featured in ASHA Leader

Sheila Cullen, '92

Sheila Cullen, a Bilingual Preschool Specialist at Santa Barbara County Education Office in Santa Barbara, CA graduated with her masters degree from CDSS in 1992. During her time at CU she recalls that she developed a strong interest in bilingual language development, “I made a request to take Spanish as my school-required elective, and even though denied, took the class anyway”. Since then she has put her bilingual knowledge and passion to work full force. “The County Ed office provides all the preschool special support services for the Santa Barbara district. Because I am the only bilingual therapist, my caseload consists entirely of emerging bilingual children from Spanish-speaking families.” A new article by Sheila titled The SLP as Second Language Learner was recently published in the ASHA Leader and can be seen at “The original article I wanted to write for the Leader was meant to encourage therapists who work with Spanish-speaking clients to learn even a little Spanish, so that they may form better bonds with family members. Even a small effort at bridging the cultural and linguistic gap can go a long way in building trust and communication with Spanish speaking families. One needn't achieve the levels described by ASHA as 'bilingual' in order to significantly improve the quality of interaction between the English-speaking therapist and Spanish-speaking family. There are many avenues for acquiring a beginning level of Spanish, from community college courses, online private Skype lessons, to self-teaching through books and audio tapes.”

For more on Sheila’s work with bilingual populations, see our Alumni Spotlight piece about her at:

Alum Susan Elling's Video Emphasizes Quality Care for Cancer Patients (+ video)

Alum Susan Elling, MA SLP, CCC has branched out from her SLP work to produce a new video for Boulder Community Hospital's Center for Integrative Care focusing on the benefits of their integrative approach for patients with cancer. The Center, located on Foothills Campus, provides care during and after active cancer treatment and includes: acupuncture (individual and group sessions), healing touch, lymphedema treatment, massage therapy, reflexology, Reiki (individual sessions and classes) and Wellness & Integrative Care consultation with a RN. Visit their website at Susan received her BA from CDSS (SLHS) in '82 and her MA in '86. Read more about Susan at

Susan Elling '82, '86
Susan Elling '82, '86

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