North Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association Website: www.minotstateu.edu/ndslha Facebook: North Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association Established: 1975 Members: 100 Contact: Brittany Hernandez, ndslha@gmail.com NDSLHA offers continuing education opportunities through our annual convention for the audiologists and speech-language pathologists in our state to keep abreast of the changes and advances in the field. The convention is ... State Spotlight
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North Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association
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State Spotlight   |   May 01, 2017
North Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, May 2017, Vol. 22, 74. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.22052017.74
The ASHA Leader, May 2017, Vol. 22, 74. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.22052017.74
Facebook: North Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association
Established: 1975
Members: 100
Contact: Brittany Hernandez, ndslha@gmail.com
How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
NDSLHA offers continuing education opportunities through our annual convention for the audiologists and speech-language pathologists in our state to keep abreast of the changes and advances in the field. The convention is also an opportunity to network with other professionals, as well as an inexpensive way for students to attend and learn about the organization. Our website has resources available to help members find relevant information for intervention, assessment, specialty areas, evidence-based practice, research and other general information.
What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in North Dakota today?
The state is experiencing a shortage of SLPs across workplace settings, including schools, private clinics, hospitals and higher education. The shortage has created unique challenges in many school systems throughout the state, as some are turning to placement agencies, contracting with telepractice companies and increasing the number of speech-language pathology paraprofessionals and assistants to meet the needs.
What is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
NDSLHA is working to improve our impact in the state. Our current board comprises a small group of people dedicated to making change and enhancing our leadership as an association. We recently surveyed SLPs across the state to determine the most successful ways to support current and future members. Our next step is planning innovative strategies to increase membership, provide well-rounded continuing education opportunities, sponsor service projects, and be actively involved in state and national advocacy.
Do you have a particularly successful advocacy or recruitment strategy to share?
We partnered with the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to establish a statewide task force to address the shortage of SLPs in the state. The task force includes representatives from the universities, DPI and local special education units.
NDSLHA offers two annual scholarships to speech-language pathology graduate students to encourage students to continue their education in the field.
What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in North Dakota know about the association?
The NDSLHA website is a place to advertise or research job openings in the state. Professionals in the field can follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on association happenings and audiology and speech-language pathology news. We invite members to get involved in the association by joining a committee. We are in need of volunteers to serve on committees to support the membership and keep the association going.
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