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DSHA Announces Its First Virtual Conference Series Beginning Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Delaware Speech-Language Hearing Association is hosting its first Virtual Conference Series which will be focused on the topic of Developmental Language Disorder. This series will include ten hours of continuing education content over five consecutive weeks leading up to International DLD Awareness Day (October 14, 2022). Click here to register for all five sessions (Bundle), or individual sessions.
The speakers, topics, and dates will be as follows:
6:30 to 8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time:
Wednesday, September 14th: Elizabeth Lucas – Empowering the SLP and Raising Awareness for DLD and Karla McGregor – Developmental Language Disorder as a Neurodevelopmental Disability
Thursday, September 22nd: Dr. Hope Sparks Lancaster – Double Trouble: Differences and Similarities between Developmental Language Disorder and Dyslexia
Thursday, September 29th: Dr. Amanda Van Horne and Samantha Weatherford – Curriculum-Based Interventions for Children with DLD
Thursday, October 6th: Dr. Raúl Rojas – Bilingual Considerations for DLD
Thursday, October 13th: Dr. Suzanne Adlof – Language Screening to Improve the Identification of Developmental Language Disorder and Promote Academic Achievement for All Students
These courses have been registered with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. You are able to register for all 5 of the events in a discounted bundle. You may also register for individual courses. Members, non-members, life and student members, and parents/caregivers should register separately. Members should log into the website before attempting to register. If you would like to become a DSHA member prior to registering you may do so here:
A Zoom link will be sent to registered attendees only, the day before the event.

Partial credit will not be awarded, attendance will be monitored throughout the presentation.
A post-test will be sent to all attendees during the event and must be completed and returned to DSHA within 48 hours of the event in order to receive a certificate of attendance.

Additionally, in order to receive a certificate of attendance, an attendee must be a registered DSHA member or, pay the non-member registration fee in advance of the event. Failure to meet one of these conditions will result in the attendee not receiving their certificate of attendance and their attendance will not be reported to ASHA.

DSHA will not contact attendees to obtain fees or send reminders regarding completion of post-tests. If you are uncertain of your DSHA membership status please reach out to

The event planned for September 29th is no additional charge for any individual who wishes to attend however all interested parties should still register in order to receive the Zoom link and a certificate of attendance.

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Participation requested in dissertation survey

PhD candidate, Ellen Cooper at the University of South Carolina is seeking SLPs who would be willing to complete a dissertation survey. The purpose of this study is to learn about training and experiences of speech-language pathologists.   To participate, visit

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Ellen Cooper at

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Suggested Read: ASHA Article On Language Development and Impairment in Children With Mild to Moderate Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Link to entire article:


The goal of this study was to examine language development and factors related to language impairments in children with mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss (MMHL).  The goal of this study was to examine language development and factors related to language impairments in children with mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss (MMHL).

Ninety children, aged 8–16 years (46 children with MMHL; 44 aged-matched controls), were administered a battery of standardized language assessments, including measures of phonological processing, receptive and expressive vocabulary and grammar, word and nonword reading, and parental report of communication skills. Group differences were examined after controlling for nonverbal ability.

Children with MMHL performed as well as controls on receptive vocabulary and word and nonword reading. They also performed within normal limits, albeit significantly worse than controls, on expressive vocabulary, and on receptive and expressive grammar, and worse than both controls and standardized norms on phonological processing and parental report of communication skills. However, there was considerable variation in performance, with 26% showing evidence of clinically significant oral or written language impairments. Poor performance was not linked to severity of hearing loss nor age of diagnosis. Rather, outcomes were related to nonverbal ability, maternal education, and presence/absence of family history of language problems.

Clinically significant language impairments are not an inevitable consequence of MMHL. Risk factors appear to include lower maternal education and family history of language problems, whereas nonverbal ability may constitute a protective factor.

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Article of Interest: Chemical Exposure in Utero May Impact Child’s Language Acquisition

Check out this article of interest…Chemical Exposure in Utero May Impact Child’s Language Acquisition

To access the article, follow this link:

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Participate in a short survey about how SLPs are using audiology information in their work with families

Our interdisciplinary research team from the University of Iowa, Boystown National Research Hospital, University of North Carolina, and Idaho State University are inviting TODHH and SLPs to participate in a short survey about how they use audiology info in their work with families. We want to develop customized resources that make audiological information easy to understand and share!

Please feel free to forward the link on to colleagues in your wider networks.

With thanks,

Caitlin Sapp, Kristina Blaiser, Meredith Spratford, & Elizabeth Walker

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University of Delaware Seeking Participants For Two Studies

The University of Delaware is currently conducting two research studies, one is a study on voice therapy in children with vocal fold nodules and the other is a study on speech breathing, which involves remote group sessions for older speakers experiencing dyspnea when speaking.

Hoarse or Scratchy Voice? Voice Therapy Research Study for Boys and Girls

Are any of your patients currently experiencing a scratchy voice or hoarseness that is getting worse for at least three months or more? Your patient may be eligible to participate in a research study if they are between 4 and 11 years old, both boys and girls are welcome!

Click here for a flyer providing additional details about the study on voice therapy in children with vocal fold nodules.

Are you having a hard time with your breathing when you speak or sing?

The VOICE LAB @ University of Delaware is looking for people for a study on speech breathing.  The study involves 3 individual sessions and 6 group sessions —all conducted remotely from the comfort of your home!

Click here for a flyer providing additional details about the study on speech breathing in older speakers experiencing dyspnea when speaking.



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Phonak video targeted to administrators regarding use of CADS

As educators, optimizing learning for students is key. The requirements of COVID safety protocols can make students have a hard time hearing their teacher and their classmates.  Classroom audio distribution systems are discussed to improve audibility, attention, and comprehension, while decreasing listening effort.  Follow the link for a short discussion:
This technology can be purchased with American Rescue Plan Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief (AER ESSER) funds. This fact sheet describes use of these federal funds by schools.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Speech-language pathologists and Audiologists in Delaware are classified as 1a for access to vaccine for COVID-19. If you are an Audiologist or SLP licensed in Delaware and have not yet had access to the vaccine, you may wish to contact Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) for further information. They can be reached by email at or by phone at 1-833-643-1715.

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DSHA Seeking Graduate Student Executive Council Member

The Delaware Speech-Language-Hearing Association is seeking a graduate student who will serve as a non-voting student member of the DSHA executive council.

For additional information, graduate students are invited to click here.

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Transform the materials used by SLPs to reflect the caseloads that they serve with Turn the Page SLPs

Sierrah Harris, Class of 2020, did her capstone project on how often SLPs use books featuring Black, Asian, Hispanic, and Indigenous protagonists – and unfortunately what she found matched her lived experiences…. these books are rarely used by SLPs during clinical practice.

Books serve as a way for children to develop self-identity and understand their role in the world. Books are also frequently used in Speech/Language Therapy to support children with Communication Disorders. Unfortunately, the books available to most Speech Language Pathologists do not feature Black, Asian, Hispanic, and Indigenous children because the books published over the last 20 years are not very diverse.

Sierrah has worked to develop Turn the Page SLPsa program that will allow SLPs in Delaware to request new books featuring diverse protagonists from a curated list of books ( She has a vision that includes professional development and book swaps to maximize the use of these resources.  Unfortunately, high quality children’s books are expensive, ranging from $15-$30 each, meaning that it’s expensive to get books in the hands of SLPs. If funded, Turn the Page SLPs has the potential to transform the materials used by SLPs to reflect the caseloads that they serveUD Henfunder recently picked up Turn the Page SLPs as a project that was crowdfunded as part of #GivingTuesday. Books were to be purchased from a local (Delaware based) Black-owned bookstore, keeping the dollars local to our state.


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