SHAA Awards

Descriptions of SHAA Awards  |  Previous SHAA Award Recipients

Nominate someone for a SHAA award, to be given at the 2017 SHAA Convention Association Dinner. 

Deadline for nominations is January 15.
 

2016 SHAA Awards


Honors of the Association

This award recognizes an individual whose contributions to the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders has been of such magnitude that her impact on the discipline and the professions of speech language pathology and audiology through clinical practice, teaching, research, administration and legislative activity are recognized throughout the professional community. 

Dr. Larry Molt

Lawrence F. Molt, PhD, CCC-SLP, CCC-A, is an Associate Professor and College of Liberal Arts Engaged Scholar in Auburn University's Communication Disorders Department and Director of Auburn's Neuroprocesses Research Laboratory.  Dr. Molt received his Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Tennessee in 1986.  He is dually certified in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and was in the inaugural cadre of Board-Certified Specialists in Fluency Disorders. He has received teaching awards at several universities and from ASHA and is an ASHA Fellow. Dr. Molt has presented and published journal articles and textbook chapters in various areas of motor or neuromotor functioning and neurological processing in several different populations, including stuttering, cluttering, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Alzheimer's disease. He is a past president of the International Fluency Association, the National Council of State Boards of Examiners in Aud. & SLP, and Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 4: Fluency and Fluency Disorders. He currently serves as the Immediate Past President of SHAA and Chair of ASHA-PAC.

This is just a snapshot of the professional accomplishments that Dr. Larry Molt has achieved. In a broader sense, he is an example of an individual in our field who has experience as a therapist, as a professor, as a researcher, as a leader, and even as a client.  He has these experiences as an SLP and an Audiologist. He has dedicated his career to making the world of communication disorders a better place, and SHAA is incredibly grateful for his support, his advocacy, his sense of humor, and his leadership in our field in both the state of Alabama and in the nation. 


Loretta G. Brown Award

This award recognizes an individual who has had a long and distinguished career in the provision of services and the support of speech-language pathology and/or audiology in the schools. 

Linda Gaulden

Linda has been a speech/language pathologist in the Birmingham area for nearly 40 years! She received both her bachelor's degree and master's degree from The University of Alabama. She began her career in the Birmingham City school system, where she worked for approximately 4 years. Once married, she began raising a family, and worked doing home health and at the Lakeshore Foundation while raising her children. In 1985, she came back to her "love", being a speech/language pathologist in a school setting! She began working at Rocky Ridge Elementary in 1985, and continues to be the speech/language pathologist there today, until she has a well-deserved retirement in May. Linda is a dedicated member of SHAA and a valued speech/language pathologist in our community.  

 


Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award

This award is presented to an individual who has distinguished himself in the area of clinical accomplishment.

Seana Wade

Seana has been a speech language pathologist for 15 years and is a highly skilled SLP endsocopist with Restore Therapy Service with an unwavering dedication to her work. She continues to seek current information in the areas of swallowing physiology, treatment and best practice for dysphagia management. She is a constant patient advocate and is always available to answer questions presented to her. She truly cares about the patients she scopes and seeks ways to improve their quality of life. Seana is a dedicated professional with a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional work ethic. She sets a high standard for dysphagia management in our profession.

 

 


AAC Professional Award

Every AAC user must have an AAC professional that has been instrumental to their progress.  The AAC Professional Award is presented to the individual who has distinguished herself in the area of AAC through contributions of awareness and/or training in the use of AAC.

Sandy Baldwin

Sandy earned her BA in Elementary Education and Speech Language Pathology at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and her Master's in Speech Pathology at the University of Alabama.  Ms. Baldwin worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in three different school systems in Alabama for 29 years, the last 18 of these working primarily with the special needs population. During her school employment, Sandy worked with numerous individuals, using different forms of augmentative communication, including a variety of voice output devices. For over 10 years Sandy also worked in an Early Childhood Special Needs classroom, serving all areas of developmental delays. The classroom had the distinction of being a site for training "best practice" in the State of Alabama. Since retiring from the schools in 2001, Sandy's interest and passion for augmentative communication has continued, in her role, first, as a per diem for PRC and, since July 2008, as a Regional Consultant, until her retirement in September.  She is also a member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).  I received several emails about how Ms. Baldwin was always willing to go above and beyond to help speech language pathologists and families.  She treated families with grace, celebrated with them and advocated for them.  She was an excellent teacher who led by example.  She would go out of her way to make sure therapists received the devices they needed to give their clients a voice.  She made AAC devices accessible for so many individuals.  She was willing to train school personnel and answer emails.  And she was always a faithful SHAA presenter, vendor and member.


The AAC Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual who uses AAC as their primary mode of communication and has made significant gains in communication.

Daniel Creech

Daniel is the recipient of the 2016 AAC Achievement Award.  He is a 39-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama and attends United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham five days a week where he is also employed.   He has been an augmentative communication user for about 16 years.  His first communication device was a laptop with a head-stick he used to type with.  Now, he is a skilled user of his Tobii i15+.  Daniel is happily married to Belinda Dorough-who is also an augmentative communication user.  He credits his mom and step-dad, James, for his success because they are the ones who led him to UCP.  Daniel is very excited and appreciative of this award. 

 


Student Membership Award

The SHAA Student Membership Award is given to the program with the most student members of SHAA:

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Dr. Margaret Johnson is named an ASHA Fellow 

Dr. Johnson, who served as SHAA President from 2009 to 2011, was only the eighth person from the state of Alabama to be named an ASHA Fellow. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the Association bestows. To be awarded Fellow, the nominee must have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Margaret is very deserving of this recognition and honor!

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Descriptions of SHAA Awards

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Certificate of Appreciation

Recognizes significant contributions to the association and/or to the profession that she/he serves

Student Recognition Award

Recognizes the most outstanding student enrolled in an audiology, hearing impaired, or speech-language pathology program at an academic training program within Alabama. (Selections for this award are made by individual training program faculties.) University personnel: Please send the student selection for your institution to Kandis Chatman at kchatman@montevallo.edu before January 25th.

AAC Professional Award

Recognizes an individual who has distinguished herself/himself in the area of alternative/augmentative communication through contributions of awareness and/or training in the use of AAC

AAC Achievement Award

Recognizes an individual who uses AAC as their primary mode of communication and has made significant gains in communication

Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes individuals, agencies, businesses or organizations in recognition of significant and sustained contributions to the association that have resulted in an obvious improvement/increase in the association’s ability to serve its membership

Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award

Recognizes an individual who has distinguished herself/himself in the area of clinical accomplishment

Loretta G. Brown Annual Award

Recognizes an individual who has had a long and distinguished career in the provision of services and the support of speech-language pathology and/or audiology in the schools

Honors of the Association

Recognizes an individual whose contributions to the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders has been of such magnitude that her/his impact on the discipline and the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology through clinical practice, teaching, research, administration, and legislative activity are recognized throughout the professional community

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