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Advisory Group Guidelines

Advisory groups are ways in which members of Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA) volunteer to participate more fully in supporting others in the group. Advisory groups are under the auspices of the Vice-President of Clinical Practice (VPCP) and the President. The VPCP will be a member of each group but does not necessarily need to attend each meeting.The Chairperson of the various groups will provide the VPCP with a calendar of scheduled meetings, summary of meetings and other activities. The VPCP will report to the Executive Board on information  provided by the advisory group chairpersons. 

Current Vice President of Clinical Practice: Thelma Pierce, Ed.S., M.Ed. CCC-SLP, mshavpcp@gmail.com


Purpose of Advisory Groups

The purpose of the advisory groups within MSHA is to have a body of individuals with knowledge and expertise who can advance current practices, update information in a specific area, and delve into concerns to support the members in the field of speech, language, and hearing.

Number of Advisory Groups

 There are currently five active advisory groups:

  • Early Intervention
  • Schools
  • Diversity
  • Medical
  • Private Practice
  • Rehabilitation Short term/Long term Care

There is a proposal for one more advisory for Audiology. Each committee can have subgroups as areas of interest arise.

Who can Join?

The advisory groups are composed of volunteer members who are in good standing and have some knowledge and expertise in the area selected.


Composition of an Advisory groups

Each advisory group will have:

  • A Chairperson or in some instances Co-chairs to:
    • Organize meetings
    • Create agendas and prioritize information for meetings
    • To support the organization of smaller groups within the committee as needed
  • An unlimited number of members 

  • Other positions within the committees

  • Suggested positions in addition to Chairperson and Co-Chairperson can be rotated, kept stable or assumed by the Chair or Co-Chair

      • Time keeper
      • Note taker


Meetings can be called as needed but a suggestion would be to have three regularly scheduled meetings early in the following months: October, February, and June.

      • October to set things up for the year

      • February to check in on projects

      • June to wrap things up for the year

Ad Hoc Groups Guidelines

The Ad Hoc Groups are subsidiary groups affiliated with the Advisory groups.  They are smaller groups that form when members wish to delve more deeply into specific topics of interest that may result in guidelines, proposals, or statements that inform the Executive Board of the work completed by the group.  Ad Hoc Groups are short term and only last until the project is completed or terminated.  Ad Hoc  Groups are also under the auspices of the Vice-President of Clinical Practice (VPCP) and the President.The Chairperson of the Ad Hoc groups will provide the VPCP and the advisory in which it is affiliated with a summary of meetings and progress towards the intended goals of the group. The VPCP will report to the Executive Board on information  provided by the Ad Hoc Group. 

There is only one Ad Hoc Group currently. The group is affiliated with the Diversity Advisory Group. The project that they are working on is: Guidelines for testing Dual Language Learners.

Interested in joining an Advisory Group or Ad Hoc Group?

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