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SLPA Supervision Experience

Registration is now open for ASHA’s first event in a series of conversations on supervision in communication sciences and disorders. Our live conversations kick off by addressing supervision of speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 7:30 to 8:30 ET
Subject matter experts with varied clinical backgrounds join us to answer your questions. Gain insights and strategies for successful SLPA supervisory experiences in different practice settings. Learn about ASHA’s current information and resources available to support the SLP–SLPA supervisory relationship. This content is relevant to supervisors and supervisees.

We hope that you can attend this kickoff event for a conversation with the following panelists:

  • Marianne Gellert-Jones, MS, CCC-SLP, HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy
  • Phelan Kelly, C-SLPA, HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy
  • Danielle Lowe, MS, CCC-SLP, Mariposa Therapy Services
  • Vickie Jones, C-SLPA, Tucson Country Day School
  • Lisa Wolf, Associate Director, Assistants Certification Program, ASHA
  • Moderator, Adena Dacy, MS, CCC-SLP, Associate Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

ASHA membership is NOT required in order to join us.

Registrants will be able to submit questions at the time of registration and during the live event. 

ASHA continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs) are not being offered for this event.

If you are unable to join the event, you can access the recording and related resources later. And stay tuned for additional live conversations on supervision of audiology and speech-language pathology graduate students.

Please use this link to register in advance for this webinar:



SLP School Licensure Updates

Below are the pathways to licensure as a Speech Language Pathologist under the School Services Personnel License. Any SLP in schools who does not have an active SLP School Services Personnel license (Practitioner or Professional) would need to apply for a license. If their SSP license is inactive, they would apply to reactivae that license.

Initial Application – School Services Personnel License – Speech Language Pathologist

(a) Candidates seeking a practitioner school services personnel license as a school speech-language pathologist shall meet one (1) of the following requirements:

    1. Submit qualifying scores on all required assessments as defined in the Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy and meet one (1) of the following:

(i)            Hold an advanced degree in speech-language pathology from a regionally- accredited institution of higher education with a speech-language program approved by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; or

(ii)          Hold a full and valid speech-language pathologist license issued by the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences or the licensing board of a state other than Tennessee; or

    1. Hold an advanced degree in speech-language pathology and hold a full and valid out-of-state initial level speech-language pathology license from a state that is a partner in the NASDTEC interstate agreement.

(b) Out-of-state candidates seeking a professional school services personnel license as a school speech-language pathologist shall hold an advanced degree in speech-language pathology and meet one (1) of the following requirements:

    1. Hold a full and valid out-of-state professional-level speech-language pathology license from a state that is a partner in the NASDTEC interstate agreementor
    2. Hold a valid license issued by the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences; or
    3. Hold a valid license issued by an out-of-state Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences; or
    4. Hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Reactivate – School Services Personnel License – Speech Language Pathologist

In order to reactivate a school services personnel license and endorsements held, an educator must meet one (1) of the following sets of requirements:

  1. Option 1: Submit to the Department evidence of completion of an approved educator preparation program (if not already provided) and submit qualifying scores on all State Board-required assessments as defined in the Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators Policy;
  2. Option 2: Present a full and valid professional-level school services personnel license from a state other than Tennessee that is a partner in the NASDTEC interstate agreement; or
  3. Option 3: Submit evidence of an active national credential in the area of endorsement as outlined below:
        1. Speech-language Pathologists – Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association



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ACE Award Listing October – December 2021 Tennessee During this period, the following ASHA members and /or certificate holders were presented the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by the Continuing Education Board. The ACE is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 CEUs (70 contact hours) within a 36-month period. For those individuals who have received more than one ACE, the number of awards is indicated in parentheses.
Casandra Banks November 2021 Cordova TN
Kathryn Califf October 2021 Nashville TN
Andrew Cantrell November 2021 Smithville TN
Rebecca Crawford October 2021 Clarksville TN
Mary Dale Fitzgerald October 2021 Lewisburg TN
Kristin Dorris November 2021 Cross Plains TN
Emily Duke Wishik October 2021 Nashville TN
Lindsey Eastland October 2021 Spring Hill TN
Kristy Eisenzopf November 2021 Johnson City TN
Caroline Fast October 2021 Spring Hill TN
Trisha Fields December 2021 Antioch TN
Mary Sue Fino-Szumski October 2021 Mount Juliet TN
Leigha Friener October 2021 Germantown TN
Wendi Gibson October 2021 Bristol TN
Deborah Goodman October 2021 Louisville TN
Morgan Greve October 2021 NASHVILLE TN
Tiffany Ham October 2021 Paris TN
Linda Lairamore November 2021 Maryville TN
Daphne McDonald November 2021 Memphis TN
Shannon McGurk October 2021 Nashville TN
Carren Mills October 2021 Maryville TN
Christa O’Neal October 2021 Memphis TN
Nicole Pizappi(2) October 2021 Knoxville TN
Nicole Pizappi(2) November 2021 Knoxville TN
Nola Radford November 2021 Knoxville TN
Crystal Reszczynski October 2021 Philadelphia TN
Stephanie Rouse October 2021 Jonesborough TN
Brooke Stansberry October 2021 Knoxville TN
Victoria Thomas October 2021 Johnson City TN
Heather Tracy October 2021 Mount Juliet TN
Jennifer Trammell October 2021 Johnson City TN
Ashley Williams November 2021 Bartlett TN
Susan Williamson-Jenkins October 2021 Memphis TN



Member Spotlight

Sarah Fox helps patients & fellow SLPs in FEES 

Sarah Fox is a FEES-certified speech pathologist with an interest in swallowing and swallowing disorders.  Since graduating from Tennessee State University, she has worked in the school setting, skilled-nursing facilities, and is currently practicing in a critical illness recovery hospital working with the tracheostomy and ventilator dependent population.  She enjoys conducting her own research studies comparing the clinical swallow examination to FEES, in order to gain a better understanding of SLPs’ limitations when assessing swallowing at the bedside. She recently presented her research at the 2021 TAASLP convention.




Member Spotlight

Lexie Gregory gives presentation on Apraxia FAQS

Alexis “Lexie” Gregory M.A., CCC-SLP is a therapist at Sidekick Therapy Partners where she works with the pediatric population. She is recognized by Apraxia Kids ( as a therapist who has shown an understanding of and experience in, treating children with apraxia of speech and is trained in PROMPT.​ PROMPT is most known for being a tactile-kinesthetic (touch and feel) approach where an SLP places his/her hands on the client’s face to guide his/her jaw, lips, and tongue to move correctly to form words​.

Lexie recently gave a presentation to her company (Sidekick Therapy Partners) on Apraxia FAQs​which included frequently asked questions from families and therapists regarding apraxia.

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Vanderbilt AAC Survey

Do you work with students with limited verbal speech or who use AAC? We need to hear from you!

Help us improve understanding about how to support students who have limited verbal speech or use AAC by responding to a state-wide survey!
By completing this brief survey, you can win one of five $100 gift cards! All who participate will also receive a summary of the findings at the end of the study. The survey will be open only through January 11th.

This survey focuses on the experiences of special education teachers, paraprofessionals (teaching assistants), and school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) across the state of Tennessee who work with students with limited verbal speech. This includes students who use different forms of aided AAC such as picture symbols, speech-generating devices, but also other students who communicate nonverbally or are minimally verbal but are not currently using these communication tools.

You are eligible if you work in one of the following roles in a Tennessee public school, and if you work with at least one student who has limited verbal speech and/or uses AAC (in any grade from PreK through transition)Speech-language pathologist
Special education teacher
Paraprofessional (educational assistant)

We hope you can make time to respond to this important survey— sharing your views and experiences can help improve supports for educators and outcomes for students across the state! The survey is voluntary and will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential.

Follow this link to complete the survey!

Thank you for your help! In addition to helping us by responding to the survey, you can help by sharing information about this survey widely with other special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, and paraprofessionals across Tennessee.

If you have any questions, you can contact the primary investigator, Elizabeth E. Biggs, PhD at



Book Drive Ends on December 31, 2020

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Books for H.O.P.E (Helping Others Promote Equality)

Here at TAASLP, we are taking a stand against systemic racism and oppression in support of The Black Lives Matter Movement– thus, the Ad Hoc committee: Diversity & Equality emerged in August 2020 to root out racial inequalities that exist within our communities, our professions or our workplaces. We stand together with our colleagues and the individuals we serve who are hurting.  We want to support their communities, protect their rights to communicate freely and openly, and advocate for more inclusive policies that would create ample racial equity opportunities.

The AD HOC Diversity & Equality Committee pledges to support TAASLP’s mission in meeting all persons’ needs with communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, culture or socio-economic status. Thus, the idea for a book drive, Books for H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Promote Equality), originated to fulfill that mission and meet the academic, cognitive, and communicative needs of local children by collecting and disbursing stories that promote diversity through protagonists of color and diverse cultures. Not only are we aiming to advance the concept of diversity through the book drive, but we also aspire to encourage and nurture the thought-processes encompassing creativity, self-love, confidence, and acceptance into the young minds who will receive these gifts.

All books collected during this three month book drive will be donated to children within local school districts Head Start preschool programs and state foster care organizations. We call for TAASLP members to donate new or gently used children’s books age ranges appropriate for preschool to young adults/teens featuring lead characters of diversity. Suggested books can also be purchased directly through TAASLP’s Books for H.O.P.E.

Amazon Wishlist by clicking HERE   or mail books directly TAASLP Books for H.O.P.E P.O. BOX 131, LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN 37350.

Books for H.O.P.E. will commence on October 1st until December 31st with a goal to collect 100 books (requesting 3 copies of each book title) to donate across the state.  We eagerly look forward to your participation as you stand with us in our continued fight for justice and help support children of diverse backgrounds. We also encourage you to explore these selected titles and use them in your practice in waiting rooms and your therapy services.

Thank you for your support!

Stephanie N. Austin, M.S., CCC-SLP, Committee Member

Rachel Barger M.S. CCC-SLP, Member at Large