UNT well-represented at Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) convention

UNT faculty and students took home a variety of awards.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Over 40 graduate students from the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology headed down to Houston to attend the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) convention. The annual convention, held between February 20 and 22, is one of the largest of its kind.

While attending, many UNT students received awards. In the Praxis Bowl, a competition among 18 speech-language pathology (SLP) programs in Texas, UNT placed third.

The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation presented awards to individuals, with UNT’s Erin Bellue (SLP supervisor), Benjamin Kirby (assistant professor in audiology), and Rebekka Cassidy (graduate student in SLP) receiving honors. Bellue received the Award of Honors, Kirby received the Presidents’ Research Award and Cassidy received a Sandy Friel-Patti Research in Language International Travel Award.

The department’s faculty and students presented at the conference as well. Shannon Presley, senior lecturer in SLP, presented “What is ReST and how can I use it?” with two graduate SLP students – Aubrey Jurek and Katie Pordash. Cassidy and Kat Aoyama, associate professor in SLP, gave a poster presentation on “Place of articulation in consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) target words in German-speaking children.”

Apart from the presentations, Robyn Martin, SLP supervisor, was an invited speaker for a 3-hour short course titled, “If We Can’t Cure Stuttering –What Can We Do?” The course was sold out. Martin also ran for and is now president-elect of the TSHA executive board.