National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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NSSLHA is a pre-professional organization for students interested in the study of communication and disorders. A degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CMSD) can lead to careers such as: speech pathologist, audiologist, special education teacher, private school administrator, consultant, and speech and hearing therapist. While most students with a CMSD degree pursue a master’s in speech-language pathology or audiology, spaces in graduate programs continue to be limited while undergraduate cohorts continue to grow. NSSLHA aims at educating our undergraduates, not only in the diversity of occupational settings within speech therapy, but also what other careers are attainable.


$1000 raised from this event will go towards funding NSSLHA’s 9th Annual Spring Conference. This conference will take place on March 10th, 2018.The NSSLHA conference is a way to give back to local professional community members by hosting speakers on crucial topics in the field of communication disorders. Attendees, speech-language pathologists specifically, earn continuing education units that are required to keep certification while practicing. This event is also important to the student body because it is directed to special populations and offers important information that can be used in a variety of fields. This year, the conference will cover two exciting topics that are highly applicable to individuals interested in communication and sciences and disorders.  Our first guest speaker of the event, Erin Haley, will present on music therapy use for individuals of all ages and disorders. The presentation will introduce current evidence-based music therapy techniques being used in the professional field to address and improve speech, language, and communication skills. Blair Yager and Michelle Ramirez, our second speakers for the conference, will be presenting on dysphagia and feeding challenges in children.

The remaining $500 raised will be donated towards Anova: ACE Sonoma campus, a school that provides services for children and teens diagnosed with high functioning autism, social and emotional challenges, learning differences, and other neuro-developmental impairments, which was burned down during the devastating Northern California fires. We will also be choosing another organization to donate to that focuses on providing services to the older adult population.

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