Amanda Zraick, M.S., CCC-SLP (left), and Carol Fleming, M.S., CCC-SLP (right), were honored at the annual Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Hot Springs on October 15. Both speech-language pathologists were nominated by Cassandra Steele, M.S., CCC-SLP; Coordinator of Speech and Hearing Services with the Little Rock School District Division of Special Programs. Sue Hale, M.C.D., CCC-SLP, President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), was present during the awards ceremony when both Mrs. Zraick and Mrs. Fleming were recognized.
Mrs. Zraick, speech-language pathologist at Central High School, received the Paula Gober Public School Award from Arkansas Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ArkSHA). This award is given to an individual who displays distinguished clinical service in a public school setting.
Mrs. Zraick received the award because of her dedication to her profession, her school and the Little Rock School District. As a member of her school’s Literacy Team, she led the development and implementation of a school-wide vocabulary program, “Tiger Words.” She is the team leader for the district’s AAC team (Augmentative/Alternative Communication), and she supervises graduate students in speech-language pathology from the UALR/UAMS graduate program. Mrs. Zraick also works with her students and their teachers to promote a positive environment where students with speech and language impairments can succeed.
Mrs. Fleming, a speech-language pathologist at Pulaski Heights Middle School, received the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Clinical Achievement from ArkSHA. This award is given to an individual who has shown advancement of knowledge in clinical practice as evidenced by a significant recent accomplishment.
In 2008, Mrs. Fleming developed a web-based resource related to Medicaid reimbursement, IDEA compliance and service delivery. This resource was created while she was a member of ASHA’s Leadership Development Program. At the legislative level, Mrs. Fleming continues to work towards the passage of an appropriations bill for speech-language pathologists in the public schools; she has been involved with this legislative issue since 2004.
Mrs. Fleming is the current President Elect and Chair of the Salary Supplement Adhoc Committee for ArkSHA. In 2010, she will become the President Elect of the Council for State Speech and Hearing Association Presidents. She also has been appointed to the ASHA School Finance Committee; her term will run from 2010 to 2012.