April 2016 Speech-language pathologist Robert J. Ferullo, founding chairman of Northeastern University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, received an award honoring his contributions to the program and the profession at an October 2015 ceremony celebrating the department’s 50th anniversary. A scholarship in Ferullo’s name was also established … SLP Joan ... People
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April 2016
The ASHA Leader, April 2016, Vol. 21, 24-25. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.21042016.24
The ASHA Leader, April 2016, Vol. 21, 24-25. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.21042016.24
Awarded
Speech-language pathologist Robert J. Ferullo, founding chairman of Northeastern University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, received an award honoring his contributions to the program and the profession at an October 2015 ceremony celebrating the department’s 50th anniversary. A scholarship in Ferullo’s name was also established … SLP Joan C. Kosta, former professor and founding chair of the Communication Disorders program at Mercy College, received the 2015 Professional Achievement Award from the Ithaca College Alumni Association.
In the news
Jaynee Handelsman, ASHA president and director of pediatric audiology at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wrote a Jan. 27 op-ed for U.S. News and World Report about the dangers of do-it-yourself hearing health care … Melanie Potock, pediatric SLP and feeding specialist, appeared in a news segment Jan. 7 on Denver’s KWGN-TV station, sharing tips for parents on how to help children taste new foods.
On the move
SLP Meghan O’Brien has joined the Language and Learning Centers of Los Angeles (LLCLA) as its regional director. LLCLA provides speech-language services to children and adults with communication needs, including those with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes and ALS.
Published
Melanie Potock, pediatric SLP and feeding specialist, co-authored the book “Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating,” published in October 2015. The parent handbook, co-written by pediatrician Nimali Fernando, outlines the developmental process of how babies learn to eat.
Deaths
Lannie Legler, 68, on Jan. 2, 2016, in Santa Clarita, California. Legler received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in communicative disorders at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), later earning a second master’s degree in educational administration. She began her career at the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), where she created a secondary-level aphasia classroom and a language-based career education program. She also developed Pragmatic Fitness, a program recognized as exemplary by LACOE. Following her father’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, Legler made presentations and led trainings for health care professionals about communicating with patients who have the disease. She was a clinical fellowship supervisor and part-time faculty member at CSUN’s Language, Speech and Hearing Center from 1994 to 2001. After her 12-year-old son was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2000, she joined the William S. Hart Union High School District to develop and implement a social skills curriculum. Legler presented at seven California Speech-Language-Hearing Association conventions, at ASHA’s 2006 convention, and for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in 2008 and 2011.
Ruth Elizabeth Peaper-Fillyaw, 67, on Oct. 31, 2015, in Kennebunk, Maine. Peaper-Fillyaw received a bachelor’s in speech and hearing from Ursuline College in 1970 and an MEd in speech-language pathology from the University of Virginia in 1972. She was clinical supervisor in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1977 to 1978 and clinic coordinator from 1978 to 1983. She served as director and clinical supervisor of the Eleanor M. Luse Center at the University of Vermont from 1984 to 1991. Peaper-Fillyaw was associated with the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders from 1997 until 2015, when she retired as clinical associate professor and director of clinical programs. Peaper-Fillyaw also worked as a clinician in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. She was a member of ASHA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision in Speech-Language Pathology and the Working Group on Medicaid Reimbursement. She was also active in the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, serving on the Task Force in Clinical Educator Preparation and as chair of the Working Group on Supervision. Peaper-Fillyaw received the New Hampshire Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s President’s Award in 2012. In recent years, she co-led continuing education workshops on supervision for clinicians throughout New England.
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