Member Benefits

Value of Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association Membership

The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association'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.

Continuing Education

NSLHA provides continuing education, service, and research activities within the speech, language and hearing professions leading to further understanding of the processes of speech, language, and hearing and to the development of improved preventive and remedial services and procedures. Continuing education is offered through NSLHA conferences and workshops.

Advocacy  

Legislative Issues

NSLHA advocates for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders and promotes the individual and collective professional interests of the members of the association. As the voice for Nebraska audiology and speech-language pathology providers, NSLHA has the power and leverage to influence the issues that affect audiology and speech-language pathology services. NSLHA advocates for its members’ interests and strives to positively influence public policy efforts on behalf of members at the local, state and federal levels. Through NLSHA's lobbyist and the Legislative Affairs Committee’s work, NSLHA members are kept informed of legislative updates. Interpretation of how proposed legislative and regulatory changes will impact NLSHA members is provided.

NSLHA offers grassroots training to members on how to be proactive in addressing legislative issues that impact the speech-language pathology and audiology profession, and how to build relationships with lawmakers. Representatives testify on behalf of the NSLHA membership at state legislative committee hearings regarding issues that impact audiologists and speech-language pathologists in the state of Nebraska.

Regulatory Issues

NSLHA's Insurance and Reimbursement Committee works to address and resolve common concerns impacting the audiology and speech-language pathology industry, NSLHA members, and Nebraska Medicaid clients served by audiologists and speech-language pathologists. The committee identifies possible solutions and offers recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The committee works to gain a better understanding of Medicaid processes and requirements impacting audiologists and speehc-language pathologists and regularly discusses changes in regulations and processes that affect speech-language-hearing services and offers constructive comments to DHHS. This may include discussions about timely reimbursement of claims, the need to adjust fees in order to provide reimbursement for current costs of delivering services, and pre-authorization of services. The committee works diligently with Medicaid managed care organization representatives to resolve issues, with a focus on providing the best quality care and services possible to clients. Regulatory updates are provided to to the NSLHA membership, with ongoing opportunities for  members to communicate matters that need to be addressed by the committee.

Communications and Networking

Members are provided with timely and useful information regarding the most recent developments in audiology and speech-language pathology. The website is designed to be an effective tool for members to access and share current and relevant information for the profession. Members can share ideas, best practices and solutions to challenges that impact their agencies or businesses through NSLHA Connects (our members only Facebook group) and electronic communications. NSLHA alerts members when regulatory or legislative issues arise and provide interpretation of how proposed changes will impact you and your clients. Members also receive four issues of The Networker, NSLHA's quarterly electronic newsletter, in order to increase involvement and awareness of programs and services, in order to maximize the value of NSLHA membership.

Community Outreach and Public Relations Activities about Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Services

NSLHA members participate in consumer awareness activities such as:

  • Providing speakers for organizations, groups or businesses that are interested in learning more about speech-language-hearing services.
  • Assistance in locating speech-language-hearing providers in your area.
  • Information regarding speech-language-hearing questions, complaints or concerns.
  • Fundraising activities to benefit research related to speech-language-hearing disorders and practices.
  • Community outreach and service projects conducted by speech-language pathologists and audiologists in their local communities such as food and toy drives.

News & Announcements

  • The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Endowment Fund (NSHLEF) is offering two $1,000 scholarships. Apply by June 30th.

  • Participate in Fluency Enhancing Tactile Speech for Those Who Stutter Study

    The Wheat Lab at The University of Mississippi is researching the use of a smartphone app that provides fluency enhancing tactile speech for those who stutter. During this clinical trial, we are providing a free app for either iOS or Android, such that we can measure the effects of pulsating tactile vibrations on stuttering frequency. This is an open clinical trial, and we can accept English speaking participants from all over the country; During these weekly sessions over video conference, participants will be asked to share with us their experiences with the app, as well as provide some speech samples. Contact tactile@speechandhearingcenter.org to participate.

  • looking for currently practicing speech‐language pathologists who routinely assess cognitive skills to complete this 15-20 minute online survey. Results from this study will help researchers understand current cognitive assessment practices, define strengths and weaknesses of available assessments, and determine next steps for future assessment creation.

  • Participants will work collaboratively to develop appropriate and functional AAC intervention goals for clients with aphasia, based on their classifications with the AAC-Aphasia Framework.

  • We invite you to become a member of the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSLHA). Help strengthen our speech-language pathology and audiology profession by participating in professional development opportunities, and by advocating for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders.

  • Continue to receive membership services, participate in professional development opportunities, and receive advocacy support. NSLHA is a strong voice working on behalf of its members to advocate for speech, language, and hearing services.