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Communication Sciences & Disorders faculty & students participate in Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention


Saint Xavier University's (SXU) Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders faculty and graduate students were well represented at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention held from February 9 to 11.

Faculty Presentations:

  • Carol Szymanski: "Credentials Ready? A guide through the process of obtaining IL State Licensure, ASHA Certification, and ISBE Educator Licensure"
  • Miriam Carroll-Alfano: "Concussion: Prevention, policy, management, and the speech-language pathologist"

Professional and Committee Participation:

  • Carol Szymanski: president-elect of the Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association – Attended ISHA Board meeting and committee meetings
  • Carol Szymanski: SXU representative to the Illinois Program Directors meeting and member of the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee
  • Pamela Klick: SXU representative to the Illinois Clinic Directors meeting
  • Carol Szymanski: chair of the Ad-Hoc Licensure Committee facilitating the re-authorization of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act
  • Sharon Brown-Sweeney: member of the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee
  • Miriam Carroll-Alfano: member of the Membership Committee

Graduate Student Thesis Presentations:

  • Kristina Beyer: "Components of a comprehensive evaluation for school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorders," faculty mentor: Karen Czarnik
  • Megan Davies: "Comprehension of Miranda Warnings in young adults with high functioning autism," faculty mentor: Carol Szymanski
  • Bridgette Fox: "The effect of education on parental perceptions of pediatric concussion," faculty mentors: Miriam Carroll-Alfano and Sarah Schellinger
  • Victoria Galarnyk: "Characteristics of Childhood Apraxia of Speech," faculty mentor: Karen Czarnik
  • Catalina Rubilar-Ulloa: "Paralinguistic use of prosody and compensatory strategies in alaryngeal speakers," faculty mentors: Miriam Carroll-Alfano and William Sennett

Graduate students representing SXU

College Bowl Team

Bridgette Fox, Victoria Galarnyk, Marissa Groom, and Brenna Koerner

Student Volunteers

Many of our graduate students volunteered at the convention