The mission of the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SDSLHA) is to serve as a resource for speech-language pathologists, audiologists and speech-language-hearing scientists by providing opportunities for professional growth and legislative and regulatory advocacy; to advocate for individuals with communication disorders and their families; and to promote public awareness of the audiology and speech-language pathology professions. 

Who are we?

Where will you find us?

What is the need for audiology and speech-language pathology services in SD?
The University of South Dakota is the only training program that prepares individuals for licensure as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist in SD. According to the 2018 South Dakota Health Care Workforce Needs Assessment, SD will need an average of 26 speech-language pathologists/year between 2016 and 2026. Information about the age and geographic distribution of the SLP workforce in SD was not available. Information about demand for audiology professionals was not available due to small sample size.

How do I find a qualified audiologist or speech-language pathologist?
The SD Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers and Audiologists and the SD Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology maintain lists of professionals who are licensed in SD. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) ProFind Service can be used to find ASHA-Certified professionals in SD.