People: March 2014 Susan P. Paul, an SLP and founder and owner of Communication Imaging, LLC, in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., was interviewed for the Women to Watch radio show (Jan. 13; bit.ly/paul-womentowatch). Paul tells the story of how a nonverbal child with autism gave her “her voice” prior to Communication Imaging’s founding, ... People
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The ASHA Leader, March 2014, Vol. 19, 22-23. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.19032014.22
The ASHA Leader, March 2014, Vol. 19, 22-23. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.19032014.22
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Susan P. Paul, an SLP and founder and owner of Communication Imaging, LLC, in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., was interviewed for the Women to Watch radio show (Jan. 13; bit.ly/paul-womentowatch). Paul tells the story of how a nonverbal child with autism gave her “her voice” prior to Communication Imaging’s founding, and shares some techniques she uses in her practice.
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Barbara C. Sonies, a professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland and the dysphagia consultant for the NIH National Human Genome Research Rare Diseases Program, was appointed speech-language pathology representative of the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee of Medical Experts to Assist Social Security on Disability Issues. Established in 1970, the IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision-makers and the public.
Deaths
Kenneth T. Gist, 88, on Sept. 15, 2013, in Wellsburg, W.Va. Gist graduated from West Liberty State College in 1949, and earned his master’s degree from New York University in 1959. He was professor emeritus in the Department of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University. When he retired from the university, he returned to Wellsburg, where he worked part-time as an SLP for several local agencies and facilities. University scholarships have been established in his name for speech-language students in Connecticut and West Virginia. An ASHA Life Member, Gist was an active member of ASHA’s Legislative Council from 1969 to 1989, and from 2001 to 2006. He was also active in the Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and served as treasurer of the West Virginia Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Gist also served as treasurer for the National Council of Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the 1980s until 2013. Gist is survived by a sister, Madelon Reeves, and a niece and two nephews.
Lawrence Michael Webster, 76, on Sept. 15, 2013, in Encinitas, Calif. After spending four years in the Navy as an operating room technician, Webster earned a liberal arts degree from Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif., and three more degrees in speech pathology and audiology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. After earning his PhD in 1968, he became an assistant professor at Syracuse University, and in 1970 was named department chair as an associate professor at Ithaca College. In 1973, he took the position of director of the Speech & Hearing Institute of New York and associate professor at New York University, and three years later became associate professor and director of the School of Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as associate otolaryngology professor in the university’s medical school. While at Dalhousie, he became a full, tenured professor and president of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (now Speech-Language and Audiology Canada)—the first American to be elected to the position. In 1981, Webster became director of the Speech & Language Services Division of the Edmonton Board of Health and sessional professor of rehabilitative medicine at the University of Alberta. In 1987 he partnered with fellow SLP Trish Blair to establish one of Alberta’s first private practices, providing consultation and clinical services. Webster retired to Carlsbad, Calif., in 1997. He was an ASHA Fellow and served on the ASHA Legislative Council in 2006. Webster is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ann; two daughters, Shelly and Valerie; and a granddaughter.
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