Ms. Cheryl Needham-Rives



Communication Disorders
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  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO, August, 2002
  • Bachelors of Science in Speech Pathology, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO, December, 2000

Cheryl Needham-Rives, Instructor of Speech-Language Pathology, earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg. She has a passion for studying, treating and teaching in the areas of phonology, syntax, morphology, language-based literacy disorders and swallowing disorders.

Ms. Needham-Rives provides clinical instruction in speech-language pathology for undergraduate and graduate students and coordinates and provides instruction for public school externships and other off-site clinical experiences for graduate students. She also teaches American Phonetics, Introduction to Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Assessment and Treatment of Language-Based Literacy Disorders, and Professional Issues in Communication Disorders. 


Ms. Needham-Rives holds the following:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Missouri Board of Healing Arts License in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Certification for Effective Reading Instruction from The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) by meeting the knowledge and experience set forth by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) 

Ms. Needham-Rives is an active member of the Missouri Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA) and a professional member of the International Dyslexia Association. She has served MSHA as volunteer, strategic planning committee member, and on the Executive Board as the Vice President of Communications. She has also collaborated and presented workshops, consultations and education with families, speech-language pathologists and school districts regarding implementation of effective dyslexia screenings and interventions. She also works part-time as the Lead Speech-Language Pathologist at Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) in Warrensburg. Over the years, she has coordinated her roles at UCM and WMMC by providing clinical instruction, supervision and mentorship to many UCM students, interns and clinical fellows at WMMC. 



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