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lohoFall into Knowledge:
Seasons of Change in Speech-Language Pathology

September 30 - October 1, 2016
Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel
Greenwood Village, Colorado


Welcome from CSHA

Dear Conference Attendee,

It is with great pleasure that CSHA announces the inaugural two-day, multi-track Fall Conference. This new initiative will bring quality continuing education to our medical and pediatric-based Colorado clinicians. The upcoming Conference will be held in Greenwood Village, Colorado on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. Our theme is Fall Into Knowledge: Seasons of Change in Speech-Language Pathology.

The Annual Conference is one way that CSHA provides continuing education opportunities to members. CSHA membership dues help make events like this possible and CSHA members receive a discount on registration. Not a member of CSHA? Consider renewing your membership or joining CSHA to receive the registration discount.   We appreciate your membership support!

We are featuring various topics in our field for attendees to hear the latest research, enhance current skills and gain practical solutions to issues encountered in clinical practice. All of our presenters and their session titles are listed within the program. Below are just a few of our highlighted presenters:

Nancy Swigert will present Treating Oropharyngeal Dysphagia: What Evidence and Principles Support It? and Tips, Techniques and Tools for Managing Dysphagia in Children.

Matthew Clary will present Surgical Treatment of Dysphagia and Irritating Larynges: Globus, Throat Clearing and Vocal Cord Dysfunction.

Pat Rydell will present Building the Capacity for Conversation in ASD: From Early Childhood to Adolescence.

Willow Sauermilch will present Bridging the Gap Between Speech Pathology and Emerging Educational Technology.

Tim Nanof from ASHA will present Health Care Policy Update: Trends From Washington.

Additionally, the fall Conference will include select call for paper presentations, exhibitors and a CSHA membership meeting. Look for more information on the CSHA website, We hope to see you at the 2016 CSHA Fall Conference!

Sadie Panzer, MA, CCC-SLP
CSHA Board of Directors
Vice President of Education


Hightlighted Presenters

Connie CarsonConnie Carson, PhD
Dr. Connie Carson acted as a health care consultant and website content author to the oncology division of Nashville-based HCA, our nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. During her 14-year tenure, she authored seven books and numerous articles on cancer and the importance of exercise as a vital treatment option. As a speech-language pathologist, she worked at most of the major rehabilitation centers in the Denver-metro area. Her unique background in speech-language pathology and oncology qualifies her to address the practical and theoretical cognitive deficits commonly referred to as “chemobrain” but reported in the literature as cancer treatment related cognitive impairment.

Jen CarterJen Carter, MEd, CCC-SLP

Ms. Carter is a speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years experience treating dysphagia.  She is a board certified specialist in swallowing and currently has a private practice specializing in dysphagia in Denver, Colorado. She is a frequent presenter on the topic of dysphagia and dysphagia treatment, and is the Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association Vice President for Membership.

Matthew ClaryMatthew Clary, MD

Dr. Clary is a laryngologist at University of Colorado School of Medicine focusing on the treatment of voice, airway and swallowing disorders. He is also on faculty at National Jewish Health and Craig Hospital in Denver. Dr. Clary completed a fellowship in laryngology at the University of California San Francisco. He came to Colorado in 2012, where he is an assistant professor of otolaryngology. His current research efforts include airway stenosis, inducible laryngeal obstruction, swallowing disorders and laryngeal sensation.

Jennifer GrayJennifer Gray, M CL Sc, SLP(C), CCC-SLP

Ms. Gray earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from Northern Arizona University and two years of post-graduate study at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has taught at the undergraduate level in the area of speech and fluency and has written various articles about speech production. Jennifer is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has worked in university, public school and private practice settings. Her company, Grays Peak Speech Services currently practices in the Denver area specializing in childhood communication, speech, motor planning and feeding disorders.

Marie JetteMarie Jette, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Jette is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her current research is focused on understanding the pathophysiology of laryngeal inflammation. Dr. Jette earned a bachelor’s degree in speech science and linguistics from the University of British Columbia, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and a doctoral degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her clinical expertise is assessment and treatment of voice disorders and post-laryngectomy alaryngeal speech rehabilitation. She has been a practicing clinician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Wisconsin Voice and Swallowing Clinic.

Juliana LittsJuliana Litts, MA, CCC-SLP

Ms. Litts is a faculty member at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She completed her fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center and then spent a year doing research in voice and dysphagia at the University of Colorado Davis, Center for Voice and Swallowing. She currently works as a part of a multidisciplinary team of speech-language pathologists and laryngologists to treat voice, airway and swallowing disorders.

Timothy NanofTimothy Nanof, MS, MSW

Mr. Nanof is the director of health care policy and advocacy for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). He and his team are responsible for all aspects of health care regulatory access and advocacy for the professions. Prior to joining ASHA, he was the director of federal affairs for the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Patrick RydellPatrick Rydell, EdD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Rydell is the founder and director of Rocky Mountain Autism Center (RMAC) and the developer of Autism on Call, LLC, RMAC’s online autism spectrum disorder training program. With more than 35 years of practice in the field of ASD, he has provided international and national training, workshops and program development to government agencies, medical facilities, universities, school districts, professionals and families. His doctorate was earned through a National Institute of Health Leadership in Autism grant and he has a double master’s degree in speech-language pathology and special education with a program emphasis in early childhood and autism spectrum disorders. He is also a US Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant recipient. Dr. Rydell is the author of the Learning Style Profile for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders® (Rydell, 2012) and co-author of the SCERTS® Model (Prizant, Wetherby, Rubin, Laurent & Rydell, 2006).

Willow SavermilchWillow Sauermilch, MA, CCC-SLP

Ms. Sauermilch has primarily worked with toddlers and their families in a variety of settings for the past 12 years. She has a strong interest in infusing research from the fields of educational technology and communication science disorders, previously presenting several sessions at ASHA. Ms. Sauermilch is a doctoral student at Texas Tech University.

Nancy SwigertNancy Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Ms. Swigert is RPI Coordinator in the Outcomes Department at Baptist Health Lexington. She recently retired as the director of Speech-Language Pathology and Respiratory Care. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky and is a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Ms. Swigert has authored seven clinical reference books and numerous book chapters and articles. She received her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a former president of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She chaired the health care economics committee and the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Sherri TennantSherri Tennant, MS, CCC-SLP

Ms. Tennant is a clinical faculty member at the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU). She has 23 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) specialist in a variety of settings in four different states, including public school systems, private practices and nonprofit rehabilitation clinics and in universities. In addition to her work at CU, she has private, school-aged clients who use AAC systems. She works with these children and adolescents in their schools and at home to improve their communication and language-literacy skills. Ms. Tennant was an emergent literacy coach in the Jefferson County Public Schools for two years prior to becoming a clinical faculty member at CU. In that position, she managed a large literacy grant that involved in-district training by Dr. Karen Erickson and Dr. Penny Hatch from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Amy ThomasAmy Thomas, MA

Ms. Thomas serves multiple populations including high school students with emotional disorders, sixth grade general education and coaching. She has served as an instructional leader for 10 years providing professional development on best practices in literacy, behavior and school-wide goals. For the past four years, Ms. Thomas has been working with the framework Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) providing professional development. Through collaboration and embedded professional development, her goal is to bridge the gap between general education and special education.

Peggy WatsonPeggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP

Ms. Watson is an expert in non-pharmacological behavior management for dementia, has presented nationally and internationally, is published and has co-authored two books for therapists and caregivers. She is co-owner of Consultants in Dementia Therapy, a resource for therapists, caregivers and medical staff.



Online registration has now closed. To register, please visit the On-site Registration Desk.


Cancellations: A refund less $25 processing fee will be issued if the
CSHA Office is notified in writing by September 16, 2016.


Hotel Reservations

Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel
7007 South Clinton Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80112


A special room rate of $119 per night will be available until September 8, 2016, or until the room block is sold out, whichever occurs first.

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This program is offered for up to 1.2 CEUs (Various levels; Professional area).

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A Record-Keeping Process for Everyone!

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No more standing in line to turn in your CE Records! You will be able to enter your session attendance information into the NEW e-file system at your convenience. Yes, that means you can update your on-line CE record after each session, at the end of a day or from the comfort of your couch after the Conference. Access to your online CE record is unlimited until you select “I’m Done-Submit” and generate your Certificate of Attendance.

Deadline to report your hours earned is October 17, 2016.

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