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Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSLHA)

NSLHA members represent speech pathologists, audiologists and students.  Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids.  Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders. 

Speech disorders occur when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with their voice. Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language) or sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings completely (expressive language).  Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems.  Hearing loss is determined by three categories: type of hearing loss; degree of hearing loss; configuration of hearing loss.  Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders, as well as providing audiologic treatment.

NSLHA's mission is to promote services for speech, language, hearing, swallowing and related disorders in Nebraska; to encourage education and research activities; and to advocate for the rights of persons with communication disorders.

NSLHA April 22, 2014 Spring Workshop at the Holiday Inn in Kearney, NE

Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP will present "Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Assessment and Treatment from Research to Practice" at NSLHA's Spring Workshop on April 22, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Kearney, Nebraska.

Dr. Stoeckel is a speech-language pathologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She has worked as a clinician and independent consultant in schools, private practice, private rehabilitation agency, and clinic.

Learner Outcomes:
1. Interpret responses during assessment to support differential diagnosis in children with severe speech sound disorders.
2. Describe how dynamic assessment can contribute to assessment of speech sound disorders.
3. Identify specific approaches and techniques to treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech in children of different ages and/or ability levels.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of principles of motor learning and how these principles inform decision-making in treatment.
  • 2014 Spring Workshop Registration Brochure
    Register now for NSLHA's April 22, 2014 Spring Workshop at the Holiday Inn in Kearney, Nebraska. Make your hotel reservation by March 25th by calling the Kearney Holiday Inn at (308) 237-5971 or toll free at (855) 444-5769. Be sure to mention that you are attending the Nebraska Speech Language Hearing Association Spring Workshop, in order to receive the special discounted room rate of $89.95 plus tax per night.
  • 2014 Spring Workshop Speaker Handout
    If you are attending NSLHA's 2014 Spring Workshop, please download and print this speaker handout.
  • 2014 Spring Workshop Activity Handout
    If you are attending NSLHA's 2014 Spring Workshop, please print and bring this activity handout with you.

Call for Posters for 2014 NSLHA Fall Convention

As you're working on various projects, please be thinking about whether it could serve as a good poster presentation for the 2014 NSLHA Fall Convention.  Participants will present their posters on Thursday evening, September 25th at the Cornhusker Marriott during exhibit hours, a Silent Auction and a networking reception. 

Submit a Call for Posters form.

Join Us for May 14th Better Speech Hearing Month Proclamation Ceremony at the State Capitol

Better Speech Hearing Month is May. Join us in the Warner Chamber at the State Capitol in Lincoln at 10:30 a.m. on May 14th. Nebraska Governor Heineman will read a proclamation declaring May as Better Speech Hearing Month. Better Speech and Hearing Month award recipients will be recognized during the ceremony. A luncheon will follow.

2014 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Take advantage of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities this year to connect with Nebraska-Speech-Language-Hearing Association members. Thank you for supporting speech pathology and audiology in Nebraska.

Senator Russ Karpisek Receives NSLHA's Meritorious Award at NSLHA's Feb. 11th Legislative Day

Eleven NSLHA professional members, one lifetime member and 31 students at NSLHA's participated in NSLHA's Feb. 11th Legislative Day at the Capitol.   

NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chairs Sue Rowland and Kelly Wacker presented a Meritorious Award to Senator Russ Karpisek.  He attended a past NSLHA Legislative Day Breakfast for senators and learned about the need for insurance coverage for single or bilateral cochlear implants.  After the breakfast, Senator Karpisek worked with NSLHA to introduce LB 71 and has pushed for this coverage.  Karpisek said this coverage would provide services to individuals with severe to profound hearing impairments.

Senator Mike Gloor, Chair of the Nebraska Legislature's Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee spoke to 11 NSLHA professional members, one lifetime member and 31 students at NSLHA's Feb. 11th Legislative Day at the Capitol about the future of healthcare.  

Senator Gloor said Nebraska's Legislature is faced with the challenge of determining how our state can best develop and implement a system to measure outcomes and accountability for improved patient care and health for patients.  Gloor also spoke about the implementation of patient-centered medical home -- a team based health care delivery model led by a physician that provides comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients.  

Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Endowment Fund (NSLHEF)

NSLHEF is a non-profit organization comprised of speech-language pathologists and audiologists who wish to perpetuate the profession by awarding excellence in students and supporting educational and scientific endeavors in the University of Nebraska system.

Research Policy

Researchers and students who wish to request NSLHA members' participation in research projects are asked to submit basic information regarding their research project, its protocol, any benefit to subjects, funding sources, and approval from an institutional review board (IRB). An IRB is the overseeing body charged with ensuring protection of human subjects in research.

The information provided will be submitted to NSLHA's President for review and determination of approval for posting. The sole purpose of posting subject recruitment notices is to inform members of NSLHA about ongoing research and to do so in a responsible manner. Any decision of NSLHA members to participate will be based on their contact with the researchers themselves; the posting of the information on the NSLHA website does not constitute endorsement by NSLHA, or its Board of Directors. Research requests will not be sent out via email. Members may visit the NSLHA website for information about research requests.
  • Oregon Health and Science University Research Study
    The Oregon Health and Science University is seeking Speech-Language Pathologists to participate in an interesting study funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Participants must: Currently serve at least one student with complex communication needs at any grade level, including early intervention/early childhood special education. Be responsible for developing communication-related IEP/IFSP goals for one student, as described above. NOT currently use the Communication Matrix to evaluate students. Participants will receive an honorarium ranging from $200-$350 depending on the group to which they are assigned. If you are interested in further details about this study, please contact: Alexandria Cook, B.A. Research Assistant, Oregon Health and Science University Portland, OR 503-494-5179 Grant #H327A110010 U. S. Dept. of Education Dr. Charity Rowland, P. I. IRB #1517

Advertising Policies

Read NSLHA's advertising policies for the website, The Networker (quarterly electronic newsletter), and eblasts below.

NSLHA members are also encouraged to submit suggestions for resources of potential interest and benefit to other professionals, university students, the general public, and prospective patients/clients. These professional links can be accessed by clicking on the Members tab at the top left of this page and scrolling down to Resources/Links.
  • Advertising Employment Opportunities
    A fee of $50 per ad per month will be assessed to post employment opportunities on the NSLHA website or send via email to NSLHA members.
  • Events Promotion Policy
    If you would like NSLHA to promote an event hosted by your organization or other entity, please contact the NSLHA office at or (402) 476-9573. Requests must be approved by the NSLHA President. When approved by the NSLHA President, there will be no fee to promote other organizations' events, regardless of company or geographic location.
  • Newsletter Advertising Contract
    Individuals and organizations may purchase an ad for $50 per issue in The Networker, which is NSLHA's quarterly electronic newsletter.
  • Newsletter Sponsorship Contract
    Individuals and organizations may be a sponsor of The Networker for an annual fee of $125. The Networker is NSLHA's quarterly electronic newsletter.