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School Affairs

The NJSHA School Affairs Committee (SAC) is a group that discusses school based issues facing speech-language pathologists and audiologists in NJ schools. We also work to promote awareness among our colleagues and current graduate students about the many facets of our roles and responsibilities in the schools. In an effort to promote this awareness, SAC:

SAC is always looking for volunteers to give of their expertise for as much time you are willing to offer. Your involvement is two-fold, giving back to your organization and learning and improving your knowledge on school based issues.

For more information, please contact the SAC Committee at


+ Frequently Asked Questions
+ White Papers
+ Evaluation Framework for Speech-Language Specialists

The following documents are NJSHA SAC sample protocols aligned with NJ State DOE proposed regulations for educator evaluation as outlined in the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHNJ) Act.

NJSHA obtained permission on July 2, 2013 from ASCD ( to use the Danielson Framework under the following conditions: Secondary Use Request. Area of Distribution: Members of NJSHA in New Jersey

Terms: The NJSHA document titled “Framework for Speech-Language Specialists Evidence of Effectiveness” may be posted in READ ONLY PDF FORMAT for NJSHA members to view for informational purposes only. Printing of these documents is prohibited.

Schools in New Jersey must each license use of the 2007 Danielson Framework separately for implementation purposes within such school by writing to A licensing fee of $25 was paid (from a member donation to NJSHA) to ASCD for permission to utilize the ASCD publication as described above.

+ ASHA Documents for Roles and Responsibilities of SLPs in Schools
+ New Education Guidance for Children With Autism

Seal Report

SEAL Report Submitted by Mary Faella 8/14/2014

ASHA’s Special Interest Group 16 (SIG 16): School-Based Issues upcoming meeting in Washington, DC is to put the pressure on Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on why the paperwork for special education has not been streamlined and reduced. ASHA SIG 16 hopes that a study will be initiated this fall.

The Posny Letter of 2007, (under NJSHA website tabe “Resources Developed by the Schools Affairs Committee”), will be reissued with a more current date this fall.  It is being reissued to ensure and validate the information is still current. This letter is a valid piece of evidence for SLSs when speaking to administrators about educational performance, missed sessions and continuum of service delivery options.

Speech-language pathologist, Mai Ling Chan, MS, CCC-SLP (native to NJ) has launched a new website, YappGuru,  for SLPs and OTs. It allows other SLPs and OTs to rate apps that best meet the needs of the service provider. It is currently “free” in helping select from the flood of apps that are currently on the market. The blog tab speaks on a number of topics such as assistance for novice users about how to choose and use the best device.

To learn more about the ASHA Schools Conference, July 2014 please read the SEAL article in the fall VOICES.

What Is a SEAL?
If you are a school-based SLP or audiologist, there's a resource out there for bringing your concerns to local and state officials.

Throughout the country, the State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs) appointed by ASHA-recognized state speech-language-hearing associations advocate on local education issues, such as caseload/workload requirements, salary supplements, and personnel standards.

ASHA established the SEALs program in 1999 to influence administrative and public policy decisions that affect school-based speech-language pathology and audiology services. As ASHA SEAL and NJSHA SAC member, I am working diligently to have SLS’s concerns and issues heard. We are currently working with DOE in finalizing SGO exemplar for the new 2.0 version that will be used school year 2014-2015.

The mission of the SEALs network is to enhance and perpetuate the advocacy, leadership, and clinical management skills of school-based ASHA members at the state and local levels to influence administrative and public policy decisions that affect the delivery of speech-language pathology and audiology services in school settings.

Do you have an education issue in your state that needs to be addressed? 
Please address Email to SEAL.

The major focus of SEAL is to educate on the roles and responsibilities of the School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists 

What's so Important About Roles and Responsibilities?

ASHA Documents for Roles and Responsibilities of SLPs in Schools

Please read the following link for your information. Functional outcomes on everyday activities are emphasized.
Reframing the Professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

ASHA's Leadership Development Program (LDP)

The Leadership Development Program is a year-long program for ASHA members with leadership potential. The program encourages you to develop your leadership skills and give back to the professions through volunteering—whether with ASHA, at your workplace or for a related professional organization.

Click here for more information.


Legislative Affairs

Legislative Reports from the NJSHA Lobbyist are available by logging into the Member Center.

Healthcare Updates

The ASHA website contains a section for members devoted entirely to billing and reimbursement issues at

There is extensive information on this section including pages concentrating specifically on billing and reimbursement issues in Medicare, Medicaid, and private health plans. In addition, much of the content is formatted to be audiology or speech-language pathology specific, allowing members to obtain information that is most relevant to them.

Insurance Reimbursement Sample Letters (Members only)


The NJSHA Multicultural Issues Committee (MIC) is a group that discusses multicultural/multilingual issues facing speech-language pathologists and audiologists in NJ. We also work to promote multicultural awareness among our colleagues and current graduate students. In an effort to promote this awareness, we regularly publish articles in VOICES and hold student symposiums.  

Technical Manual - A Guide for the Appropriate Assessment of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and Internationally Adopted Individuals

Articles and Book Chapters

Website Resources

AAC Committee

Want to learn more about AAC systems and strategies?
Want to meet and network with other SLPs using AAC?
Need some ideas on the practical application of AAC for your caseload?
Where can you find this information?

Check out the AAC Committee of NJSHA

  • We meet 4 to 5 times a year via free teleconference, so you can attend meetings in the comfort of your own home or office
  • We also have 2 face-to-face meetings, once in the fall and once at the NJSHA Convention
  • Our meetings include in-depth discussions of issues that are most pressing in the field of AAC

For more information, please Email the AAC Committee.

Private Practice

The ASHA website contains a section for members devoted entirely to private practice at

There is extensive information on the Resources section including pages concentrating specifically on:

The content addresses matter specific to both audiology or speech-language pathology, allowing members to seek information that is most relevant to them.

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