Rhode Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association


The mission of RISHA is to support the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology through advocacy, public awareness, and professional development on behalf of its members and the individual they serve.

2018 RISHA Conference

RISHA 2018 Conference

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Rhode Island College

RISHA is pleased to announce our 2018 Conference to be held at Rhode Island College on March 24, 2018. An exciting line-up of presentations is planned.  Joan Arsenault, CCC-SLP and Jane Musgrave OTL/R will be conducting a full- day session on Sensory Modulation theory and techniques and its role in calming, altering and grounding during dining and swallowing. Another full-day presentation will be conducted by Nerissa Hall, CCC-SLP and Hillary Jellison, CCC-SLP regarding the training of paraprofessionals and other communication partners of individuals using AAC.  Donna Rizzo, CCC-SLP will be providing a morning presentation centered on a functional approach to working with children with hearing loss in a regular education setting.  An afternoon session by Lesley Maxwell, CCC-SLP will focus on vocabulary instruction for the PK-5 population.

Registration information has been mailed to all Rhode Island RISHA and ASHA members. You can also view and download the 2018 Conference Brochure. Please watch our Facebook page for more information and updates. We are looking forward to a very educational day and hope that you will plan on joining us!

Spring 2018 CEU Event

Please join us for a special CEU event organized by the RISHA Schools Committee on May 15, 2018 at the Warwick Public Library.  Another popular forum-style event will provide roundtable discussions on service delivery for ELL students, using rubrics to measure progress and collect data, the Cranston model of Teacher Evaluation and preschool issues including eligibility and service delivery.  Registration begins at 6:00 pm with discussions from 6:15-8:15 pm.  Pizza and water will be available during the forum.  This event will be available for 0.2 ASHA CEUs at no cost to RISHA members who have paid their annual ASHA CE registry fee.  Please RSVP by May 1, 2018 to Lynn Feldman (lynn.feldman@cumberlandschools.org) or Keleigh Sabourin (keleigh_sabourin@nksd.net).  Please share this information with colleagues.  Looking forward to seeing you on May 15th!


Schools Committee 

March 2018 Meeting

Please join other school-based colleagues for an evening of discussion and sharing of ideas!  The next Schools Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm at Panera Bread at The East Greenwich Square location.  Please contact one of the co-chairs listed below if you will be joining us.  Keleigh or Lynn would also be interested in any topics or initiatives you would like to share or learn more about.

Thank you!

Keleigh Sabourin


Lynn Feldman


Please let us know how the full implementation of the evaluation system is going! Contact us through this website or email Ellen Connery

Please send us information on the impact of the 9 year old rule in RI- how it affects the students served in our schools.

News from ASHA

Please take time to read this new and important guidance from the US Department of Education on the need for comprehensive evaluation appropriate treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASHA wants all members to have this information in hand when advocating for SLP services for children with ASD. Please read and you will find background, actions members can take, and talking points when discussing this topic with supervisors. Click here for more information.

Get Involved

Please consider volunteering your time and getting involved! RISHA is a great organization which always needs new volunteers. Contact President Mary Boyle at mboyle3@cox.net if you are interested in volunteer opportunities.