The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association will bring 3500 attendees and live horses to Houston for the 51st Annual Statewide Convention on March 28 – 31!
All events will take place at the George R Brown Convention Center and the Hilton of the Americas.

The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association is composed of speech-language pathologists and audiologists involved with the assessment and treatment of speech, language, and/or hearing disorders. There are more than 11,000 professionals across the state that evaluate and treat individuals who have problems with speaking, listening, thinking, reading, writing, swallowing, hearing, and/or balance. This non-profit association has been in existence for 51 years in Texas. The association actively supports advanced and specialty training as well as legislative activities that promote access to speech, language, and hearing services.

The event highlights keynote speaker, Monty Roberts, the world famous “original horse whisperer” from California. Mr. Roberts speaks internationally about relating “horse sense” to people, based on his best-selling book entitled Horse Sense for People. He is also an award-winning horse trainer, Hollywood stunt man, foster father to 47 children, personal trainer of Queen Elizabeth II’s equestrian team, and star of his own PBS & RFD television specials. His communication methods apply equally well to human, real-life interaction, which he will speak about in the opening session on Thursday from 8am-10am at the Hilton Grand Ballroom.

In addition to Monty Roberts’ opening session, the convention will feature live horse demonstrations by SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center, showing the effects of a unique type of therapy called “hippotherapy.” Mr. Roberts and a panel of therapists will provide information on the use of the multi-dimensional movement of horses, which provides input to the patient’s sensory system, cortical pathways, and muscular system. The impact of this unique therapy can improve communication disorders and functions, such as oral motor control, attentional focus, and articulation control. The rhythm of the horse’s gait and the body motion can also improve breathing, which in turn improves the person’s voice production. The hippotherapy workshops will be taught at 11am and 1:30pm on Thursday, March 29th in Exhibit Hall B3 on the 3rd Floor at the George R Brown Convention Center.

Media access is allowed at all events with credentials. All other attendees must be registered to attend events. Registration is available on-site at the TSHA Registration Desk, Exhibit Hall E, George R Brown Convention Center.


Press contact: Debbie Loucks
(805) 688-6288