Dear MSHA Family,
It is with great sorrow that MSHA announces the passing of our beloved and dedicated member, Dr. Lennette Ivy, on Friday, October 21, 2016. Recently retired from a productive career as the Department Chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at The University of Mississippi, Lennette was an advocate for her clients, students, and profession. She was a most worthy recipient of MSHA's highest honor, Honors of the Association in 2014. Lennette worked tirelessly and sacrificially to help better individuals' lives, because her primary motive was love. Therefore, as Lennette leaves behind a legacy of love, we can be assured that she will continue to live on through the countless lives that she has touched. Thank you, Lennette, for your dedication, your service, and your testimony of a life lived well, born from the purest cause of all - love.
Our prayers are with the family, friends, and loved ones at this time.
Peace and Comfort to all,
MSHA President, 2016
Visitation for Lennette Ivy is:
Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) is the statewide professional organization for its members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, parents/caregivers, support personnel, and students. The overall mission of the Mississippi Speech-language-Hearing Association is to support audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Mississippi by providing resources, information, and professional/continuing educational development opportunities; promote the highest ethical and professional standards; and advocate for legislation and regulation necessary for members to provide quality care for individuals with communication, hearing, balance, and swallowing disorders.
Audiologists evaluate, diagnose, and provide rehabilitative services for hearing and balance disorders and recommend hearing aids as well as other assistive amplification devices for individuals from birth to adults. Speech-language pathologists evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages.
Statistics via the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders indicate that approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S. have voice problems involving pitch, loudness, and quality. The prevalence of speech sound disorders in young children is 8-9% and by first grade roughly 5% of children have noticeable speech disorders. It is estimated that more than 3 million Americans and more than 15 million in the world have fluency disorders. Between 6 and 8 million people in the U.S. have some form of language impairment. Specific language impairment (SLI) in the preschool and early school years is between 2 and 8%. Autism is one of the most common developmental disabilities in children affecting communication. Aphasia is often an acquired language disorder in adulthood.
Full membership in the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association includes audiologists and speech-language pathologists that hold at least a master’s degree, are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and are licensed by the Mississippi Board of Health and/or Mississippi Department of Education. There are also Associate, Life, and Student memberships available.
The Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) is represented through various means:
*Mississippi Legislature via MSHA lobbyist
*Mississippi Department of Health Licensure Board Advisory Council
*Mississippi Autism Advisory Committee (MAAC).
*Mississippi Department of Education, MSHA 216 certification task force.
*ASHA Audiology Advisory Council.
*ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council.
*ASHA State Advocates for Reimbursement (STAR).
*ASHA State Medicare Administrative Contractor (SMAC).
*ASHA State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALS).
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