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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.

Register for NSLHA's 2014 Fall Convention on September 24-26 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln, NE

Register for NSLHA's Fall Convention on September 24-26, 2014 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln, Nebraska. View the convention agenda for a preview of professional development, continuing education, networking and social opportunities. Join your peers from around the state to discuss the latest practices and issues impacting speech pathology and audiology. The convention registration brochure, with more information, will be posted on the website this summer.

Call for Posters for 2014 NSLHA Fall Convention

Submit a Call for Posters form for the 2014 NSLHA Fall Convention. The deadline has passed to submit learning objectives, in order to offer continuing education units (CEUs), but you may still submit a poster session entry for the event.

Participants will present their posters on Thursday evening, September 25th at the Cornhusker Marriott during exhibit hours, a Silent Auction and a networking reception. 


Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Endowment Scholarship Deadline is August 1st

The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Endowment Fund (NSLHEF) will award three $1,000 scholarships during NSLHA's 2014 Fall Convention. Complete and submit a scholarship application by August 1, 2014.

Submit a Donation for the 2014 Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Endowment Fund Silent Auction and Live Auction on September 25, 2014 at the NSLHA Fall Convention

The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Endowment Fund (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.

NSLHEF will host a Live Auction and a Silent Auction on Thursday evening, September 25, 2014 at the convention. Proceeds from the auction will help to fund scholarships and research grants. Ideas for auction items include: gift baskets, gift cards, paintings and other wall decor, educational games and toys, jewelry, movie tickets and sporting event tickets.

Nominations for 2014-15 Board Positions Due August 4th

Six board positions will be elected during NSLHA's 2014 Annual Business Meeting on September 25, 2014. Serving on the NSLHA Board of Directors is an opportunity to develop and enhance your leadership skills. The board sets vision, goals and policy for the association, oversees the work of committees to achieve NSLHA's goals, and directs the staff to carry out the day-to-day administration of the association.

If you would like to be considered, please complete and submit a candidate bio form, and consent to serve form, by August 4, 2014.

Board Position Descriptions

View the job descriptions for the positions on NSLHA's Board of Directors.

Nominate Your Peer for a NSLHA Award: Deadline is August 4th

NSLHA is accepting nominations for three awards, which will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting on September 25, 2014 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Honors of the Association
    Given to an individual who has been active in NSLHA and/or volunteered for the association. The individual may be an audiologist or speech-language pathologist in the clinical or school setting.
  • Recognition of Service Award
    Given to an individual in recognition of exemplary commitment and contribution to the field, with an emphasis on specific contributions within the last six years. Areas of achievement may be in audiology or speech-language pathology and may be in either the school or clinical setting.
  • Meritorious Service Award
    Given to a person or organization that supports people with communication disorders. These individuals are from outside the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology.

NSLHA Selects Three Better Hearing and Speech Month Representatives

NSLHA has selected Joan Burney, Matthew Cedar and Wyatt Strom as its 2014 Better Hearing and Speech Month representatives.

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Joan Burney

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Matthew Cedar

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Wyatt Strom

Governor Heineman Declares May as Better Speech Hearing Month in Nebraska

Governor Dave Heineman read a proclamation, declaring May as Better Speech Hearing Month. A ceremony was held in the Warner Chamber at the State Capitol in Lincoln on May 14th. Joan Burney, Matthew Cedar and Wyatt Strom were recognized as the 2014 Better Speech and Hearing Month recipients. A luncheon followed at the Cornhusker Marriott.


53 Speech-Language Pathologists Participated in NSLHA's April 22, 2014 Spring Workshop

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

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Ruth Stoeckel

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.

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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.  

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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.

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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 cooal@ohsu.edu Grant #H327A110010 U. S. Dept. of Education Dr. Charity Rowland, P. I. IRB #1517

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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 info@nslha.org 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.