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IMASH was really excellent this past week! Carole Roth from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego was such a good presenter -- great information I can directly apply to some of my patients.  Also had fun catching up with colleagues around the state and region.


Coming together to form


October 3-5, 2013
Renaissance Denver Hotel
Denver, Colorado



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Welcome to the IMASH Convention

  Welcome Message from
Colet Scott-Bisping, CSHA President

Welcome to the IMASH Convention, where mountains and minds converge! IMASH 2013 is Taking Communication a Mile High, with a wide variety of educational opportunities for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. The state associations in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah welcome all of you who have chosen to be a part of this continued collaboration as we celebrate our fourth Convention. Since 2005, IMASH has provided a unique opportunity for speech-language pathologists and audiologists from the intermountain western states to join together, share resources, network and take their expertise to a higher level.

Those who live in the intermountain west know that the geography, weather and diverse population often make it challenging to bring quality educational resources to the region. IMASH is committed to providing these states with the opportunity to meet and network with colleagues in neighboring states. It is our hope that your experience at IMASH will allow you to take information back to your state about the latest in research as well as assessment and treatment tools.

This year, more than 500 speech-language pathologists, audiologists, speech scientists and students are expected to participate in IMASH. By becoming a part of this network, you can:

Attend presentations by locally and nationally recognized experts in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, including researchers, clinicians, educators and leaders in the profession.

Earn up to 1.6 ASHA CEUs and 1.5 AAA CEUs over the course of the


Interact  with  several  professionals  at  presentations  and  poster sessions on a variety of topics.

Have the opportunity to view and see demonstrations of the newest products from a large selection of exhibitors.

Attend your state-sponsored luncheon and business meeting to learn more about what your state association is doing for your profession.

And participate in the popular Intermountain University Challenge and Tailgate Party.

Enjoy all that the Mile High City has to offer while you expand your skills and take communication to a higher level

Click here to read the IMASH History.



Featured Speakers for the 2013 Convention.

Debbie Abel, AuD, received her Bachelor and Masters  degrees  from  Kent  State  University and her AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Abel spent 13 years in private practice in Alliance, Ohio after moving an existing practice from the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic, where she was employed for 14 years. Prior to being the Academys Senior Education Specialist, Business  Practices,  she  was  the  Director  of  Reimbursement and  Practice  Compliance  and  served  as  an  Academy  Board member-at-large  and  as  the  chair  of  the  Academys  Coding and Reimbursement Committee. Associated with Arch Health Partners in Poway, California, she provides audiologic services on a limited schedule. Dr. Abel is an adjunct instructor at A. T. Still and Salus Universities. She is the Alliance Areas 1994 Athena Award recipient and in 2006, was awarded the first Active Advocate of the Year by the State Leaders Network of the American Academy of Audiology and in 2012, the American Academy of Audiologys Presidents Award.

r. Abel will present Medicaid and Medicare Coding on Saturday, October 5.


Jamie M. Bogle, AuD, PhD, completed her doctoral  training  in  2010  from  the  University of Colorado at Boulder. She recently joined the Division of Audiology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona as part of an interdisciplinary team established to evaluate patients with sports-related traumatic brain injury. Dr. Bogle is a certified audiologist who completed a research fellowship at Gallaudet University under the direction of Dr. R. Steven Ackley, as well as a two year postdoctoral fellowship in vestibular research at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville under the direction of Dr. David Zapala and Dr. Larry Lundy. Her research centers on developing sensitive vestibular tests for traumatic brain injury-related vestibular disorders, as well as techniques to improve balance in these patients.

Dr. Bogle will present Balance Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury and Vestibular Clinical Update on Thursday, October 3.


Shelly Chabon, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Portland State University, ASHA Fellow and 2013 ASHA Past President, has served on multiple ASHA committees and received several honors for leadership  and  service.  She  has  co-authored four books, including Ethics Education, and has served on the CFCC, the CAA, and as Chair of the Board of Ethics.


Dr. Chabon will present Advocacy, Leadership and Volunteerism: Strategies for Member Success and Ethical Questions That Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Experience on Friday, October 4.


Heather Clark, PhD, is a Senior Associate Consultant of Speech Pathology in the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her clinical responsibilities include differentia diagnosi o communicatio and swallowing disorders in adults and children. Over the past 15 years, her research has included a review of neuromuscular treatments, drawing heavily from the literature of related disciplines, including exercise physiology and physical rehabilitation. Through review of the neuromuscular physiology of the speech and swallowing musculature, Dr. Clark continueto  explorthe  application of neuromuscular treatments to dysarthria and neurogenic dysphagia.


Dr. Clark will present Exercise-Based Dysphagia Treatment: Theory, Practices and Evidence on Friday, October 4.


Ellayne S. Ganzfried, MS, CCC-SLP, is the Executive Director of the National Aphasia Association. She is Past President of NYSSLHA, LISHA and CSAP. Ellayne is an ASHA Fellow. She has written articles and presented regionally and  nationally  on  a variety of topics including aphasia, rehabilitation and leadership skills.


Ms. Ganzfried will present Aphasia Advocacy: Tools for Community Outreach, Education and Increased Awareness on Thursday, October 3.


Alan G. Kamhi, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. His early research focused on linguistic and cognitive abilities of children with specific language impairments (SLI) and mental handicaps. Later research focused on language-learning disabilities, culminating in a book co-edited with Hugh Catts, on language and reading disabilities.


Dr.  Kahmi will present Creating Proficient Readers and Comprehenders on Friday, October 4.


Anu Sharma, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Speech Language and Hearing, Center for Neuroscience and the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Sharmas research has been funded since 2001 by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. She has won awards for her research and has given keynote addresses at the American Academy of Audiology, British Academy of Audiology and British Society of Audiology.


Dr. Sharma will present Plasticity of the Central Auditory System in Hearing Impairment: Clinical Implications on Friday, October 4.



Special Events

IMASH Tailgate Party

Thursday, October 3, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm


As we gear up for the University Challenge, we invite you to the IMASH Tailgate Party. This is your opportunity to personally meet the teams, network with alumni and enjoy some refreshments before the fierce competition begins.


Intermountain University Challenge - The College Bowl

Thursday, October 3, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Back by popular demand and based upon the hit series, Minute to Win It, college teams will test their “knowledge and skills” of academics and clinical skills in the “Big 9” areas of speech, language, hearing, swallowing, and general communication disorders.


This is a friendly competition between the Intermountain university student programs in Communication Disorders.  Each team will consist of 5 members:  3 students, 1 faculty (clinical or academic), and 1 state association member.  There is no limit to the number of teams each university can have entered into this competition to win the coveted title of Intermountain College Bowl Champion. All teams must register with the IMASH planning committee no later than September 20, 2013.


Tasks will follow the general format of the game show Minute to Win It. Tasks may include questions typically found on the PRAXIS examination and skills typically required of most graduate students.  For example, teams might be asked a sample question from the PRAXIS exam, or might be asked to phonetically transcribe a speech sample or count the number of morphemes in a language sample or perform part of a routine hearing screening. . . .all within a one minute time frame. 


Each team will be awarded points for correct answers. A representative panel of judges from each state/university will determine the correctness of all responses and completion of tasks.  The university team with the most points will be awarded prizes. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place teams.  Teams and audience members are encouraged to wear appropriate collegiate attire and bring their team spirit to cheer on their favorite university program.  A special award will be given to the team with the most “spirit”. 


Learner objectives: Participates will demonstrate knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing, swallowing, and communication disorders including their etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates across the big 9 categories as outlined in Standard III-C of the ASHA standards.  CEUs are awarded to teams and audience members.


State Association Luncheons

Friday, October 4, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

You are invited to attend your State Association Luncheon. For professionals attending from another state association, you are invited to choose a state luncheon. Pre- registration for the luncheon is required on the Convention Registration form.


Continuing Education

This program is offered for up to 1.6 CEUs (Various levels; Professional area).

Professional Development Contact Hours
This program is offered for up to 16 Professional Development Contact Hours.

AAA Continuing Education
CSHA has applied for approval by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. Pending approval, the program will be worth a maximum of 1.5 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

Presenter Disclosures.



History of IMASH

There is a saying that bad things happen in threes, but a joint endeavor by the Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming state speech-language-hearing associations proves good things happen in threes as well.  Over two years of planning made the Intermountain Area Speech Hearing (IMASH) convention a resounding success for both speech-language pathologists and audiologists who attended.


IMASH was held March 9 – 12, 2005 in Ogden, Utah.  The idea for the joint convention grew out of a discussion held at Convention for State Association Presidents (CSAP), when members of the three state boards met to discuss the challenges of organizing conventions for these sparsely populated Rocky Mountain States.  The idea to hold a joint convention was born and matured over the next few months.  The boards and committee chairs from the three states met for two joint meetings, however most of the planning was accomplished via email, websites, and telephone calls. 


Early in the planning process the decision was made to hire Craven Management Associates to assist in convention planning.  Craven's experience was in planning state speech-language-hearing conventions, but the idea of a joint three-state convention was new for them as well. 


It was important to everyone involved in the planning that the convention appeal to both speech-language pathologists and audiologists.  To achieve this, the convention offered six concurrent ‘tracks’ with national and local speakers from Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming, covering clinical and educational aspects of speech-language pathology and audiology.  ASHA, AAA and state education continuing education credits were offered.  This resulted in 492 audiologists and speech-language pathologists in attendance, which is more than double what occurs in these three small mountain states during a regular convention. 


Dr. Michael Ballam, critically acclaimed performer and educator, was the keynote speaker.  Dr. Ballam shared how music can soothe the soul and bridge the communication gap for clients with stroke and other neurological disorders.  Several course offerings were cross disciplinary in nature, with application to both disciplines. Among the presenters were Dr. Mark Krumm and Dr. John Ribera who discussed telehealth, Ms. Claudia Saad from ASHA who spoke on multicultural issues, Dr. David Lipscomb who dealt with the court system as an expert witness, Ms. Mary Koch, developer of the Bringing Sounds to Life cochlear implant habilitation program, and Dr. Ron Gillam who presented two sessions, one on auditory processing and a second on narrative language intervention.  The convention was deemed a success by both audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Based on the post-convention evaluations, 96% of the participants would like to see IMASH reconvene. One participant said “I’d definitely come to another IMASH.  It allows for a much larger variety of speakers and interaction between states.”


Financially, each state took an equal risk in the start up monies for the convention, and each shared equally in the convention revenues.  In addition to the great attendance from the three states, IMASH was well attended by vendors.  In all, there were 39 vendors (four times what each individual state is able to secure on their own) which ensured a vibrant and educational exhibit hall.  The vendors sponsored various events, including a live auction and college bowl, as well as separate state business luncheons.  Again, the vendors indicated the convention was a success for them and that they would participate in future, joint efforts. 


Many people contributed to the success of the IMASH convention.  A great group of student volunteers from the five universities in these three states were invaluable.  For several of them, this was the first convention they attended, and the competition during the college bowl was very lively.


The national speakers, the assistance of Craven Management Associates, LLC the cooperation of the three state boards, the enthusiasm of the vendors, and the positive responses from attendees also contributed to the overall success of IMASH.  The three states have agreed to begin planning for the next tri-state convention.

Photos Of Past IMASH Conventions
2008 Presidents (L to R):  Cindy Olsen – Idaho,
John Ribera – Utah, Cathy Ross – Wyoming
  2008 Idaho State team won the ‘spirit’ award at the College Bowl!1
2008 IMASH Presenter   2008 WY College Bowl Team
2011 Presenters and ASHA President Paul Rao   2011 WY College Bowl Team with ASHA President
Paul Rao



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