Welcome to the Oregon Speech-Language & Hearing Association!
The Oregon Speech-Language & Hearing Association is dedicated to providing the highest level of communication potential to people of all ages.
Thanks to everybody who came to the OSHA Conference in Salem this year! Check out the slideshow to the left that shows the winners of this year's OSHA Honors and Awards. We were pleased to see so many professionals at the conference to help recognize these students and professionals for the outstanding achievements!
We'll be back in Salem next year, and we hope to see you there!
Advocacy for Reasonable Workloads and Caseloads for School-Based SLPs
OSHA has produced a letter, available at the link below, that will be sent to special education directors in Oregon, advocating for reasonable caseloads and workloads for SLPs.
We urge directors who plan, budget and hire for SLP coverage in their districts to take into account the improved student outcomes that result from appropriate caseload size.
If you are a school-based SLP who is in need of a more reasonable caseload, please feel free to share this letter, along with the evidence-based informational graphs, with your colleagues, union representatives or administrators.
By Karen Aguilera, President
I was listening to a podcast presented by a public radio station the other day about an audiologist who treats balance disorders. At the end of the story, the presenter admitted that prior to this story she had not known what an audiologist was. She “had to look it up”!
How can we, as professionals, effectively communicate who we are, what we do, and why we are needed to the public?
Many of us have long been perplexed about why SLPs and Audiologists, experts in human communication, find it so difficult to explain the value and role of our professions and services? The lack of understanding of our field by the general public has a tremendous impact on our ability to reach those who need our services.
It is a barrier that results in lower identification rates of people with communication disorders, under-utilization of our expertise, and reduced leverage for influencing policy and legislation.
Part of the challenge is the scope of communication sciences and disorders is so broad and encompasses so many different disorders, diagnosis, and treatments across all populations and ages. It is impossible to describe our field in a 30-second elevator speech. What is clear, however, is that everyone may likely be in need of our services at some point during their life.
This spring, we obtained a grant from American Speech-Language and Hearing Association to help tell our stories through a series of short documentaries. “Making Connections” is a five-part series that will examine relationships among patients, students, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists in a variety of different practice settings.
We hope these videos will be both engaging and informative and will help us better communicate in a compelling way about our professions.
Stay tuned for more information as this project unfolds!