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The King’s Speech

February 11, 2011

HI All!

Has anyone seen the King’s Speech? Nominated for 12 Oscars, this movie  highlights the life of King George VI and his struggle to overcome his stuttering as he is about to take the throne. Colin Firth (who plays King George VI) does a fantastic job of depicting the trials and tribulations of a person who stutters. His speech therapist, Lionel Logue, (played by Geoffry Rush) uses unique techniques along with humor to help he King overcome his stutter.  For anyone who may stutter or for clinicians that have worked with people who stutter, this movie truly portrays the special relationship between a speech therapist and a client who stutters. This movie is funny, inspirational, and entertaining. It is definitely worth seeing or at least putting on your netflix list! Also a great idea for a social event for your local NSSLHA chapter 🙂

We would love to know what you thought about the movie!!

Check out the trailer:


Former Member Highlighted!

January 11, 2011

Check out this article out of Abilene, Texas, about former NSSLHA member and Executive Council member, Ahmad Alexander.   Great job Ahmad!

I Guess I’ll Need a Job…

January 8, 2011

I’ve welcomed 2011 with open arms.  It seems, as a fourth year audiology student, that this year has been a distant mirage.  Here we are though — in just a few short months, many of us will be crossing stages, shaking hands, and even receiving hoods.   We’re prepared for the world ahead right?  Well, I guess our first stop is actually finding a job!

If you are anything like me, the thought of job searching seems daunting.  Where do you even start?  I’ve luckily had to go through the search for an externship that taught me some valuable lessons.  Others I have learned from those who have gone before me.  I’m going to share some of these with you in hopes that we will all enter our job search with a somewhat peaceful mind.

First, where do we even LOOK for jobs?  There are many websites, such as ASHA’s or AAA’S, that have sections dedicated to job postings.  Also, if you know of a particular state you are looking in, it may be wise to visit State Association websites.  You can also look in publications, like the ASHA Leader, where many employers advertise.  For audiology students, Audiology Online has a large job posting area.  Perhaps more importantly, ask your professors, friends, or former students.  Often word of mouth may be the ticket to your next job.  Just today, as I sat in a conference meeting, someone overheard me talking about my upcoming job search.  He was nice enough to lean over and tell me about a job opening he knew was about to be posted.  How do you narrow it down?  By this point, you hopefully have a good idea of what kind of job you want.  Take time to evaluate what you are seeking:  pediatrics? adults?  school setting?  hospital? cochlear implants?  autism?  Are you willing to go anywhere or are you looking in a particular geographical area?  These are all important things to think about — and are likely sometimes what causes a job search to be stressful.

Preparation is key.  Make sure you have a resume prepared as well as cover letters stating your intentions to supply to potential employers.  It’s crucial to have these reviewed by others.  I suggest at least 3 people.  It is wise to include professors and clinical supervisors in your reviewers.  They will be able to help you decide what to include and make sure it is prepared appropriately.  Your paperwork is not the only preparation key.  Ask professors, supervisors, and coworkers if they are willing to provide support for you as a reference.  You will want to include this information on your resume.  If you have not yet been through an interview experience, it will be a good idea to set up a mock interview.  Many academic programs will designate time for this; however, if your school does not, ask a supervisor or professor (or both as it would likely provide different interview styles) if they would help you by setting up a mock interview.  It’s also a great idea to do a mock phone interview, as many times, this may be the first step in the interview process.

Speaking of the interview process, lets discuss for that for a moment.  In today’s world, it is not uncommon for an interview to be in person, over the phone, or now, even over video conference (like Skype).  Be prepared for any of them.  You’ll also want to be sure that you have appropriate interview apparel and extra resumes/information on hand during the interview.   Research where you are applying — you wouldn’t want to show up somewhere and not know anything about the job/employer and their business.  Prepare questions to ask during your interview (easy to do if you research the business and cannot answer a question on your own from that research).   You can expect any type of question — it could be knowledge based or a question about how you work with others.  No matter what the question is, take a moment to answer thoughtfully.  Most importantly, be yourself and be honest during your interview.

Perhaps most of this you already knew, but if not,  I hope it helps.  Try to remember to remain positive.  Always look at any interview as good experience, even if the job doesn’t come through.

I wish you the best in your upcoming job search. Feel free to leave comments/questions/words of advice.  I will be walking the same road as you!  And because we can all use a little humor in our life…

Happy Hunting!

– Sara D.

Renew your NSSLHA Membership!

December 30, 2010

Renew your NSSLHA dues now online at

Dues are $60.  If you are graduating from a masters or doctorate program in the next year, you will need to renew your dues in order to qualify for the NSSLHA to ASHA Conversion discount.

Wishing you all the best in 2011! Happy New Year!


– NSSLHA Executive Council

Happy Holidays!

December 18, 2010

Wishing You and Yours a Very happy Holiday Season!

-From Your NSSLHA Executive Council

A Look Back…

December 6, 2010

Take a look at this new video showing a look back at NSSLHA Events during ASHA Convention 2010!  Maybe you will see yourself, or maybe you will get excited about participating next year!

Greetings from Philadelphia!

November 20, 2010

NSSLHA has been having a wonderful time here in Philadelphia!  Your NSSLHA Executive Council has been meeting since Wednesday having important discussions and making decisions to  your organization.  We’ve also had the honor to meet with many great professionals from ASHA, including current ASHA president, Tommie Robinson, and ASHA president-elect Paul Rao.  The council also had the pleasure with meeting with ASHA Convention chairs about next year’s convention.  That’s just to name a few!

We were able to meet and talk to a lot of students at the NSSLHA Lounge which was located in the Graduate Student Fair in the Exhibit Hall.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by!  We enjoyed meeting and getting to know you!

NSSLHA Day was a huge success!!  Courses regarding the Praxis exam, externships/practicums, and certification were offered.  The Crash Course offered round table discussions on many different areas of speech language pathology and audiology.  We had an AMAZING turn out for each session!  The rooms were packed! We are already working on how to make next years even better!

At the NSSLHA Luncheon, individuals and chapters were recognized for their outstanding achievements over the past year.  Dale Evan Metz, editor of CICSD for six years, was recognized with NSSLHA Honors, the highest honors of our association.  Stephanie Beebe, from the University of Mississippi, was recognized as Chapter Advisor of the Year.  University of Virginia was spotlighted as the NSSLHA Chapter of the Year.  Several other chapters across the nation received Chapter Recognition Status.  We are so proud of each of these chapters.

The 3rd Annual Knowledge Bowl was a huge success!  Our emcees for the event provided many laughs and had a blast throwing out t-shirts to the great crowd on hand.  We were honored to have ASHA President Elect, Paul Rao, in the crowd cheering on the teams.  Teams representing each of the 10 regions showed their knowledge!  1st place went to the University of Florida Graduate Chapter, “The ArticuGators”.  This team took home a cash prize of $1000 to be split among their members. 2nd prize of $750 went to Howard University, “Howard You Doin’?” 3rd place winning $500 went to Southeastern Louisiana University, “The Hot Bagels”.  Congratulations to all of the teams who participated for representing your schools and regions so well!!

The NSSLHA Executive Council is very excited to announce that we have reached our goal of $100,000 in order to fund a scholarship for NSSLHA Students.  Be on the lookout for more information regarding this scholarship in the future!

As this blog closes, we leave you with a view from the meeting room of the NSSLHA Executive Council at Loew’s Hotel.  While we are sad to see our time here in Philadelphia come to a close, we are truly excited about the things that will come in the next year!  From Phildelphia, signing off!

PS – ASHA Convention is in San Diego, CA next year!