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Marshall CD Goes to ASHA! Day 2

Second day in sunny Orlando, and second and last day at ASHA for the Marshall CD department! Without further ado, here are some of the highlights!

Dr. Kelly Rutherford, together with second year Master’s students Erin Boone, Marina Saunders (left) and Cassidy Forth (center), presented a poster titled: “Practices for Aphasia in Appalachia: Exploring Implementation of Life Participation Principles.” The study examined goal writing and therapy implementation trends of SLPs in Appalachia serving persons with Aphasia.




Later, Professor Sarah Clemins (left) and second year Master’s student Logan Payton (right) presented the poster: “Evaluating Student Perception of Preparedness for Dysphagia Management.” The poster addressed a common challenge facing communication disorder departments: finding the best way to educate students in the classroom about swallowing in preparation for medical clinical practicums.




Lastly, Dr. Jamie Maxwell gave a seminar titled: “Using Writing to Facilitate Socialization in School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” The seminar explored how SLPs can employ meaning-based writing activities to simultaneously address literacy and socialization objectives in therapeutic contexts with children with ASD.

Marshall CD Goes to ASHA! Day 1

From November 21 to November 23 the Marshall Communication Department was in Orlando, Florida, at the 2019 ASHA Convention, taking in everything that is new in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology, mingling with fellow academics and clinicians from other institutions, and presenting the research projects the department has been up to in the past year. Continue reading for for some of the highlights!


DAY 1 – Thursday, November 21

The day started with first year Master’s students Hannah Milam (left) and Julianna Music (right) presenting a poster titled: “Cultural Competency Among Communication Disorders Students from an Appalachian Region.” Other authors included Kali Scott and mentor Dr. Mary Weidner. The study examined cultural awareness and cultural knowledge among Communication Disorder undergraduate students at Marshall University.



Next, Professor Sarah Clemins (center), Dr. Kelly Rutherford (left), and Professor Erney Adams (right) gave a thirty-minute talk on how the Marshall CD department is utilizing the travel FEES system it recently purchased, within the classroom, in the University outpatient clinic, and at local skilled nursing facilities. The talk was very well attended, and followed by a lively Q&A with plenty of questions from clinicians from all over the country!



After that, first year Master’s students Taylor Stewart (right) and Kelsey Shiflet (center) and  presented a poster titled: “Assessing Cognitive-Linguistic Skills in Children With left Hemispherectomy: Lessons From a Case Study.” The students and their faculty mentor (Dr. Carrie Childers, on the left) examined three years of assessment and intervention data for a child who had a left hemispherectomy and was seen by the Marshall clinic. Also involved in the poster were MU students Hannah Searls and Beverly Miller.



Lastly, Dr. Rutherford (right), Professor Clemins (left), and Professor Adams (center) presented another poster, titled: “Interactive Lab Learning for International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative: Training the Professionals of Tomorrow.” The poster described Marshall faculty members’ efforts to develop a learning opportunity for students to come together and learn about what the IDDSI implementation means for them. Marshall’s very own Professor Pamela Holland (CD Department Chair), Kelli Williams, and Mary Gould were also authors on the poster.



Marshall’s ‘The L’ recognized at the State Capitol by the WV Legislature


Marshall University’s Luke Lee Listening Language Learning Lab, also known as “The L,” had a presence at the West Virginia State Capitol Jan. 18, when it was recognized for its work in providing listening and spoken language outcomes to deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Established in 2006, The L is the first preschool program in West Virginia providing listening and spoken language outcomes to children with hearing loss, according to Jodi Cottrell, director of The L. Cottrell said parents and students served by The L attended and scheduled appointments with legislators throughout tha day.

“I am honored for the recognition of our services by the state of West Virginia and we are very appreciative of their support to continue our services,” Cottrell said. “Events such as this are very important because they raise awareness about our program, and allow legislators to meet the families and children who are impacted by their support.”

Cottrell said the organization received a citation from the delegates of the 16th, 17th and 18th districts of the West Virginia House of Delegates honoring all they do.

Currently, The L provides services to children–including infants, toddlers, preschoolers and those of school age–to achieve listening and spoken language outcomes that will allow them to mainstream into their home schools and communicate with their hearing peers.

“Children who are deaf or hard of hearing and use hearing aids or a cochlear implant are eligible for services,” Cottrell said. “The program teaches parents and caregivers the knowledge and skills to develop their children’s listening and spoken language through the use of their hearing with proper hearing technology.”

For more information about the services provided by The L, visit


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