Speech-language pathologists can benefit tremendously by being part of a speech-language pathology association. Organizations, like the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, offer members important resources to help them stay current on trends and relevant news in their careers.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 200,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. ASHA focuses on empowering and supporting their members through advancing science, setting standards, fostering excellence and advocating for their members, as well as the members' students.
Benefits of joining ASHA:
- Learning Opportunities - ASHA offers its members many ways to advance their skills. With national recognition, ASHA's CEU registry can help you easily find CEUs while also tracking them for you.
- Industry Knowledge - ASHA provides members with industry journals, newsletters and more.
- Networking Opportunities - The ASHA community is full of wisdom and knowledge from other SLP professionals. The online registry also helps you connect with other members. Exclusive special interest groups focus on topics such as speech, language, hearing and more.
National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association
The National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a national student organization for students who are preparing to go into the communication sciences and disorders (CSD) field.
NSSLHA has more than 12,000 members across the county. Their goal is to support students in the CSD field by providing the tools they need during their academic career journey.
State-Based Speech-Language Pathology Associations
A benefit of being a member of state-based SLP associations is that they are advocating for issues that may be affecting your state or city directly. In addition, networking may be easier since members are at closer proximity and local events are typically offered.
Some of the leading speech-language state-based associations include: