Resources for Treating Clients With Craniofacial Differences
July is officially Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness month, but I celebrate craniofacial awareness every month. Working with a team of more than a dozen medical and dental professionals, I follow nearly 2,000 patients with craniofacial differences through yearly evaluations, from infancy to young adulthood or beyond. After working in the profession for 28 years—when did THAT happen?!—evaluating and treating patients with craniofacial differences is second nature to me. So I sometimes forget that when these patients go home, the speech-language pathologists helping them might not know about the same strategies or...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 20, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Lynn Fox Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology cleft palate craniofacial disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

7 Ways Smartphone Tools Can Target Memory
Just 13 years ago, research touted the effectiveness of using a pager to reduce memory issues in people with traumatic brain injury (TBI).  We’ve come a long way since pagers. Today, smartphones and tablets serve as powerful memory tools when treating people with TBI. Technology in your pocket means you can use programs for strategies and exercises anytime and anywhere. I find using some of these tools in sessions valuable for many of my clients working on cognitive rehabilitation. Here are my seven favorite tech tools to assist with memory goals: Reminders – Help clients remember to remember. Most smartph...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 18, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Emily Dubas Tags: Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Cognitive Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury Source Type: blogs

Oral Hygiene and Dysphagia —Care and Complications
In a recent online chat, John R. Ashford emphasized the importance of good oral hygiene to the overall health of dysphagia patients and infection control. Participant: If a participant were to remember or put into practice only one idea from your session, what would that one key takeaway be? John R. Ashford: Every patient must receive oral hygiene. Not just for social or hygiene reasons, but as a preventative for complicating illnesses. Participant: What is your recommendation on alternating solids with water (or other liquid consistency) as a means of helping oral hygiene? Ashford: Of course, rinsing a...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 16, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: John Ashford Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia oral care oral hygiene Source Type: blogs

What ’ s in My Patient Treatment Bag?
As a kid, I loved long drives with my mom. We’d listen to music, catch up and, my favorite part—I’d go through her purse. I’d read and then throw out old receipts, collect loose coins and throw out old Ziploc bags of Band-Aids or ibuprofen. You can learn a lot about someone by digging through their bag. What did I learn about my mother? She’s neurotic and quite literally prepared for anything. OK, fine, I didn’t learn that from her bag. Exploring it just confirmed what I already knew. When I began working as a PRN (as needed) speech-language pathologist at an inpatient rehab facility, I ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 11, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Michelle Garmizo Tags: Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology Aphasia Apraxia of Speech bilingual service delivery Cognitive Rehabilitation Speech Disorders Swallowing Disorders Traumatic Brain Injury Voice Disorders Source Type: blogs

Spotlight on SIG 2, Neurogenic Communication Disorders
SLP Heather M. Clark shares how her experience as an affiliate of SIG 2 has enriched her professional life and teaching career. When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join? I joined SIG 2 in 1996. At that time the groups were known as Special Interest Divisions. I had just started a new career as an assistant professor and was eager to join a community of SLPs with similar interests, but with a wider variety of experiences than I had. I predicted, correctly, that this network would enrich my teaching and help me feel more connected to other professors and clinicians. How has your involvement with the SI...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 9, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Heather Clark Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology communication sciences and disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Broadway Performances Aimed at Audiences With Autism
The Theatre Development Fund (TDF)—a non-profit devoted to making live performances accessible to everyone—recently announced its upcoming season of shows presented for audience members with autism. TDF sponsors matinee performances of certain Broadway productions each year through its Autism Friendly Performances Program. The organization works with the theaters and performers to create safe, welcoming environments for audience members with autism or other sensitivity issues. House lights are brightened slightly, loud noises or strobe lighting and other potentially disturbing effects are removed from the shows...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 6, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Events News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

Strategies for Expanding Oral Language and Narrative Development
Narrative language skills present challenges for many children with social communication issues. A lack of narrative language skills can negatively affect academic success as well as social skill acquisition. In addition, a child unable to generate oral narratives most likely needs help with other language skills, including vocabulary, flexible language, abstract concepts and figurative language, perspective taking, nonverbal language, and executive function. In this blog post I share a number of strategies in the areas of story grammar, visual supports and vocabulary development to help improve oral narrative languag...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 5, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Deborah Crawford Tags: Events Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Language Disorders social skils Source Type: blogs

Balancing the Polarity of Stuttering Treatment With Client Goals
I recently sat in a discussion group with two fluency experts, a handful of speech-language pathologists and parents of people who stutter. Part of our discussion—on the “opposites” inherent in the experience and treatment of stuttering—really struck me. As I pondered the notion of opposites, my mind went to physics and the concept of polarity—the presence of two opposite or contrasting tendencies. For me, the clearest expression of polarity in stuttering involves the inner struggle between wanting to speak fluently and the opposing force of not achieving fluency. The more conscious control ov...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 2, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Ana Paula Mumy Tags: Advocacy Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Fluency Disorders stuttering Source Type: blogs

Tackling Screen Time District-Wide
When receiving referrals for evaluations, in particular preschool evaluations, my special education team and I often ask parents the question: “Can you please describe a typical day at home for your child?” Common responses include playing with siblings, going to the park, reading, playing with toys, sleeping and watching some TV. About two years ago, we noted a worrisome shift in responses. Now an alarming number of parents responded: “He spends all day long on the tablet/phone.” When asked to elaborate, parents respond that “all day long” often meant five, six or even seven hours a day...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 27, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Samah Saidi Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Technology Source Type: blogs

Spotlight on SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and its Instrumentation
ASHA Special Interest Group 7 affiliates seek to maximize communication and quality of life across the range of hearing and hearing-related abilities through aural rehabilitation and its instrumentation. We asked audiologist Elizabeth Humphrey about her volunteering experience. When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join? I decided to join SIG 7 through a desire to network and learn from other professionals who have a similar comprehensive rehabilitative focus in their practice. I’ve been a member for three or four years now. How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career? I&rsquo...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 25, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Elizabeth Humphrey Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Slider audiologist aural rehabilitation hearing health care hearing loss Source Type: blogs

Summer Screen Time: Parent Fears and Tips to Help
By now, it’s pretty well established that just about everyone is using their smartphones, tablets and other popular technology devices a lot. And that this includes everyone from toddlers (and younger!) to adults. But what is all this screen time taking time away from, in the day-to-day lives of children? According to the results of a new national YouGov poll commissioned by ASHA and Read Aloud 15 MINUTES, released this week as summer officially begins . . . 43-percent of parents of children ages birth to 8 years said popular technology devices are a barrier/distraction to daily conversation and interaction between ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 22, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Pierson Tags: Advocacy News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Language Disorders Source Type: blogs

The How and Why of Collecting a Language Sample
SLPs reading this essay: I have a favor to ask you. Please suspend judgment when reading this post. I’m sharing a time-saving and accurate way to complete one of our most valued activities. And also one of the most despised. The dreaded language sample! I know. Many of us still need counseling from the language sampling rituals we endured in grad school. But things change, and technology and techniques improve, so please read on. Language samples provide some of the most useful information we can gather about a child’s communication because it’s an immediate snapshot of: Utterance length Complexity Artic...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 20, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Scott Prath Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Bilingual assessment bilingual service delivery Language Disorders Source Type: blogs

A Balancing Act: Diet Selection for Older Adults
This study highlights that, beyond the detrimental effects of tube feeding on quality of life, there could be detrimental effects from non-oral feeding on the health of our patients. This is obviously not the case for all patients, so each individual case needs to be considered, but these studies comparing outcomes are important to consider. Participant: When using the IDDSI (International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative), are there at least two numbers included in a diet order: one for foods and one for liquids? Are dietary departments fully onboard? Rogus-Pulia: My understanding of IDDSI is that, yes,...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 18, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jillian Kornak Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia Feeding Disorders nutrition Speech Disorders Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

A Camp for Children With Apraxia of Speech
Speech-language pathologist Laura Moorer organizes a summer camp in Texas to help those with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Recently featured on Denton’s local NBC affiliate, Moore’s emplyer, Texas Woman’s University in Denton, hosts the Childhood Apraxia and Motor Planning (CHAMP) Camp, which completed its fifth year today. Moorer talks about what it’s like for children to experience apraxia of speech and how the camp can improve their speech skills and build confidence. Improvising Social Skills For Teens With ASD A Detroit-based SLP has built a camp for kids with developmental delays that o...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 15, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Getting My Life Back —Thanks to My Team of SLPs
I learned how to talk again. It’s been 17 months since a life-changing event left me without words. I want you to know, from a patient’s perspective, how speech-language pathologists affected my life. I don’t know if I will ever truly be able to explain what it feels like to find yourself without the power to speak. My rehabilitation team helped me conquer my world once again. To understand where I am now, you must know who I was. I graduated with honors from The Citadel and The Military College of South Carolina, and worked for the Naval Services, Department of Defense, then the U.S. Air Force and, event...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 13, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Marty Brennan Tags: Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology Aphasia Cognitive Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury Source Type: blogs

Two SLPs Multiply a Child ’ s Gains Through Collaboration
Meredith Gennaro and Stephanie Sigal are speech-language pathologists who met in September 2017 when they began working with the same child. This school year, I worked with another speech-language pathologist to help 4-year-old Michael improve his articulation and language skills. His parents wanted to supplement his school-based intervention—provided by SLP Meredith Gennaro—so we began working with him simultaneously. We knew we needed to work collaboratively. Using each other’s assets, we could enhance Michael’s progress. These are the steps we took to help Michael along the way. Reach out right ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 11, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Stephanie Sigal Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Language Disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Turn Down for Health: Treating Career Musicians with Hearing Loss
Leader Live recently spoke with audiologist Michael Santucci, founder and president of Sensaphonics, Inc., about his career treating musicians with hearing loss. On June 20-22, at Columbia College in Chicago, Santucci will present and act as co-chair at the 2018 Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Conference on Music-Induced Hearing Disorders. Leader Live: Talk about your background as an audiologist. Michael Santucci: I’ve been an audiologist since 1978. In 1985 I began to focus on hearing loss prevention for musicians, because nobody was helping them. Over time, I progressed from custom plugs into the ne...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 8, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jillian Kornak Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Aging and Hearing Loss music musicians noise-induced hearing loss Source Type: blogs

Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants Begin Developing New Certification Program
This past week, audiology and speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) descended on the ASHA national office with a mission: to take a first step in certifying assistants. Along with audiology and speech-language pathology assistant educators and supervisors, they began the process by analyzing and defining their core job tasks. The ASHA Board of Directors approved development of the Assistants Certification Program in November 2017, with the certification tentatively scheduled for launch in late 2020. Among other charges, the program will: Establish national standards for assistants. Provide portability of credential...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 7, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Bridget Murray Law Tags: Audiology Events Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Why Audiologists Need to Pay Attention to CPT Code Surveys
Don’t delete that email! Starting June 11, emails may appear in audiologists’ inboxes, and you want to pay attention to them. A response to these crucial messages can influence how payers calculate reimbursement for your services. As a practicing audiologist, you can help determine fair rates by completing current procedural terminology (CPT® American Medical Association) code surveys related to audiologic and vestibular services and procedures. Are you ready to make a difference? Learn how a CPT code becomes a code and your role in the process. We know—most surveys are an annoyance. But these can dir...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 4, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Neela Swanson Tags: Advocacy Audiology Slider Source Type: blogs

The Hearing Health Dangers of Spin Class
An article published today on Vox investigates the possibility of noise-induced hearing loss from long exposure to loud music in spin classes. Health reporter Julia Belluz interviewed five spin class instructors who revealed concerns about current or future hearing loss. One of them already received a diagnosis, while another blames the class for the chronic tinnitus she now experiences. The two ASHA-certified audiologists interviewed for the story—Ellen Pfeffer Lafargue and Leisa Lyles-DeLeon—discuss how exposure to sounds above the safe listening levels can harm hearing in the short or long term. Seattle Seah...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 1, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Slider hearing loss hearing protection Source Type: blogs

What Telepractice Platform Features Can Enhance Your Sessions?
In the world of telepractice, a platform refers to the videoconferencing space that allows a professional to host a session. As a school-based speech-language pathologist, I consider my “platform” to be synonymous with my kidney-bean table—the shared physical space where my students and I connect and learn together. Like a table, the telepractice platform I use helps me present the materials I need for services and interact with my student—over the internet. However,  a platform in telepractice can be as diverse as the office spaces we inhabit in a school building, clinic or private practice. M...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 30, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Andrea Szwabowski Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Telepractice Source Type: blogs

Debunking Misconceptions About What Speech-Language Pathologists Do
“So, you’re the reading teacher, right?” “But their speech is clear, I don’t understand why they need to see you.” “I don’t hear any speech impediment.” I hear these phrases quite a bit and am sure other speech-language pathologists do, too. As this year’s Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) draws to a close, I want to share common misconceptions I face, and strategies I use to educate families and colleagues about what exactly we SLPs do. What’s language got to do with it? Everything is language—from the sounds embedded in a phonics program to...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 29, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Dan Fitch Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Source Type: blogs

Audiologist Shares Insights on Everyday Hearing Loss Dangers
Vacuum cleaners, leaf blowers, rock concerts, chainsaws, and music players can all produce noise above safe listening levels, notes audiologist and ASHA member Natalie Gibbs in a recent interview with The Telegraph—a newspaper serving Macon, Georgia, and surrounding areas. Gibbs describes hearing loss prevalence and causes, including the previously mentioned noisemakers. The audiologist also explains how prolonged exposure to something as seemingly benign as a vacuum cleaner can cause hearing loss. She calls attention to the potential danger of using common items at home or for recreation and not using hearing p...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 25, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Advocacy Audiology News Private Practice Slider Hearing Aids hearing loss hearing protection Source Type: blogs

5 Considerations for the Family/SLP Relationship
Speech-language pathologist Phuong Lien Palafox anticipated a delicate approach for treating her close friend Nada’s son, especially when she realized he had childhood apraxia of speech, not an area of specialty for her.  With the foundation of a trusting relationship, she rallied her resources and dove into treating him, learning valuable lessons about client relationships along the way. Nada’s Story Our speech-language treatment journey began like that of many other families. We trusted our intuition and had our 2-year-old son Sammy evaluated for a speech delay. He qualified for early intervention treatm...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 23, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Phuong Palafox Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Source Type: blogs

Apply for ASHA ’ s New Leadership Mentoring Program
Do you want to be a mentee and… Expand your leadership skills for either your workplace or volunteer leadership? Receive one-on-one guidance you can custom design to support your professional growth? Establish your own goals and take ownership of your learning? Would you like to share your expertise as a mentor and… Provide guidance to those interested in developing their leadership skills? Share your insights as a current or past volunteer for ASHA or your state association? Support those who want to advance their career in the professions? Interested? Then apply within the next month to ASHA’s fre...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 21, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Andrea Falzarano Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Medicare Proposes SNF Payment Overhaul
An overhaul to Medicare’s payment system for beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities—which would use patients’ clinical characteristics, such as diagnoses and other factors—is scheduled to take place Oct. 1, 2019. The proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would eliminate Medicare Part A (inpatient) payment for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) based on the amount of therapy the beneficiary receives. Under the proposal, a SNF would receive payment for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech-language pathology services based on the patient’s di...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 18, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Sarah Warren Tags: Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology medicare reimbursement skilled nursing facility Source Type: blogs

IDDSI Implementation: How ’s It Going?
Last spring, ASHA announced its support for the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) framework. This new framework standardizes terminology and definitions for food textures and liquid thicknesses. The framework was designed to avoid the confusion created by the different names used throughout the world to describe texture-modified foods and thickened liquids, so as to ensure patient safety. The IDDSI framework includes characteristics and examples of food or liquid at each level, testing methods, as well as photos and videos of the testing methods. Public access articles published to support the...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 17, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Luis F. Riquelme Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia Professional Development Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

Is It ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’? The Internet Wants Answers
It’s the question that’s driving the Internet crazy: Is the computerized voice on a viral audio clip saying “Laurel” or “Yanny”? What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I — Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018 First posted on Reddit by a high school student, the clip exploded onto Twitter yesterday. Ever since, the tweets on either side have grown louder and more divided: Some insist the clip says Laurel. Others couldn’t be more convinced that it’s Yanny. It’s all reminiscent of the argument over that dress that some saw as blue and other...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 16, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Bridget Murray Law Tags: Audiology News Slider Source Type: blogs

Tips for Teaching Graduate Students About Dysphagia
“When I was in graduate school, we didn’t even have a class on dysphagia,” I sometimes tell my students. But before you hold this against me, I did realize this gap in my education during my clinical fellowship back in 1993, so I attended a course taught by Jeri Logemann. The course helped me connect the dots, but I did my fellowship in an outpatient department for a children’s hospital, so I needed to learn quickly. Fortunately, Joan Arvedson, Bob Beecher and Monica Wojcik continued to shape my pediatric dysphagia knowledge. Now I’m a clinical instructor and guest lecturer teaching a pediatri...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 14, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jennifer WIlson Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia Feeding Disorders NICU Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

Children Who Stutter Speak Out to Build Awareness, Confidence
This past March, seven children who stutter spoke to a crowd that included their parents and 50 graduate students in an effort to deepen others’ understanding of how stuttering affects their lives. They facilitated this “Increasing Stuttering Awareness” event with me and Northwestern University graduate students studying speech, language and learning. The event was held at the Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language and Learning (NUCASLL). The children led presentations on important aspects of stuttering and concluded with a Q&A session. The idea for the event cam...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 11, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Meaghan Moriarty Tags: Academia & Research Health Care News Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Fluency Disorders Speech Disorders stuttering Source Type: blogs

Addressing Disparities in Senior Hearing Health Care
Discussion CDC Study Links Noisy Workplaces to Cardiovascular Disease Participant: Has there been any research that points to a decline in cognition changing the way the auditory system functions? Nieman: I think that reflects on the limitations of our traditional audiograms and reliance on pure-tone audiometry. We know that individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s are able to complete pure-tone audiometry, but higher-order processing that may be required for something like speech-in-noise testing may change for someone with cognitive impairment. Fitting hearing aids or devices for older adults with cognitive impai...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 10, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Carrie Nieman Tags: Audiology Health Care Private Practice Slider Aging and Hearing Loss audiologist disparities health literacy Hearing Aids patient-centered care Source Type: blogs

Host a Career Day to Give Back and Cultivate Future CSD Pros
My parents showed me from a young age the positive results of giving back to your community. One way I recently followed their example was creating the Central High School Alumni Give-Back Service Project: Career Day & Scholarship Contest. I attended Central High School (CHS) Magnet Career Academy in Louisville, Kentucky. At CHS I was in the Therapeutics Magnet program, where I learned about and decided to become a speech-language pathologist. Through the program, I volunteered in the speech pathology department at Louisville Frazier Rehabilitation Center. During this time, I met teachers, mentors and other professiona...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 9, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jamie D. Fisher Tags: Advocacy Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

School-Clinic Collaboration to Serve Students With Hearing Loss
Providing services to school-age children with hearing loss involves a host of professionals from  clinical and school settings, including audiologists, speech-language pathologists and teachers. No single professional can provide everything these children need to achieve optimal outcomes. It takes all of them working together with each other and the child’s parents. Toward this end, we created an innovative program for students with hearing loss at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Like most children’s hospitals, we offer clinic-based audiology and speech-language pathology serv...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 7, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Donna Fisher Smiley Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Source Type: blogs

Poll Shows Need for Raising Awareness of Communication Disorders
May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM)—a time to celebrate our colleagues and collaborators, our clients and the everyday breakthroughs they make under our care, the latest practice and research advancements in the field, and the professions as a whole. This is also a time to look more broadly—and consider what the public at large knows about communication disorders. In this area, there’s work to do, indicate results of a new poll surveying more than 1,100 ASHA members about early identification—and there likely always will be. For example, 69 percent of poll respondents say parents of...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 4, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Elise Davis-McFarland Tags: Advocacy Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Spotlight on SIG 5, Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders
Do you serve patients with cleft palate or craniofacial and velopharyngeal disorders? Then ASHA Special Interest Group 5 can help. Find out what affiliate Amy Morgan Linde gained from being a part of SIG 5. When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join? I first joined SIG 5 in 2010, shortly after taking a position on a cleft/craniofacial team. It was a great way to link up with colleagues who share similar interests and learn more about cleft-palate–related speech disorders and management. How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career? Being active in SIG 5 has allowed me to ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 3, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Amy Morgan Linde Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology cleft palate craniofacial Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Spotlight on Special Interest Group 5, Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders
Do you serve patients with cleft palate or craniofacial and velopharyngeal disorders? Then ASHA Special Interest Group 5 can help. Find out what affiliate Amy Morgan Linde gained from being a part of SIG 5. When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join? I first joined SIG 5 in 2010, shortly after taking a position on a cleft/craniofacial team. It was a great way to link up with colleagues who share similar interests and learn more about cleft-palate–related speech disorders and management. How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career? Being active in SIG 5 has allowed me to ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 3, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Amy Morgan Linde Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology cleft palate craniofacial Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

5 Effective Strategies for Working with Preschoolers
As a preschool-based speech-language pathologist, I help students with severe communication impairments acquire the functional and academic skills they need to communicate at home and school. During the toddler years, children learn through exploration and play. My sessions with preschool students closely follow the framework I see in their classroom instruction. I include both play and structured learning activities. An SLP improves outcomes for early-intervention clients by changing the way she relates with parents. Early Intervention May Speed Language Acquisition in Children With Hearing Loss So You Want to Switch to ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 2, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Lisa Erwin Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Source Type: blogs

Fun Ways to Promote Yourself and the Professions this BHSM
When it comes to promoting the professions to the public at large, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) is the main event. May is also a time when the larger community—media, consumers and allied professionals—are primed to receive information about our work. BHSM sets the scene for our collective voices to generate greater impact. However, practically speaking, it’s also a busy time—whether you’re working in a school, in a health care facility or in private practice. The pre-summer rush gets underway and finding time for extra commitments can be difficult. ASHA will engage in national med...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 1, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Pierson Tags: Advocacy Audiology Events Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Fluency Disorders Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Schools Social Media Speech Disorders Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

Easy, Fun Ways to Promote Yourself and the Professions this Better Hearing and Speech Month
When it comes to promoting the professions to the public at large, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) is the main event. May is also a time when the larger community—media, consumers and allied professionals—are primed to receive information about our work. BHSM sets the scene for our collective voices to generate greater impact. However, practically speaking, it’s also a busy time—whether you’re working in a school, in a health care facility or in private practice. The pre-summer rush gets underway and finding time for extra commitments can be difficult. ASHA will engage in national med...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - May 1, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Pierson Tags: Advocacy Audiology Events Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Fluency Disorders Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Schools Social Media Speech Disorders Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

12 Weeks of Simple Activities to Support Kids ’ Learning All Summer Long
Help your students and their families go from summer slump to summer triumph with engaging exercises families can enjoy together. Below I share 12 weeks of simple activities parents or caregivers can use to help their child—or entire family—build speech, language and literacy skills. Offer the list to parents or hand it out to students to take home! Week 1: Summer bucket list Ask the child to write a list or draw pictures of the student’s top five activities that they want to do over the summer, like go to the pool or zoo. Post the list and check off adventures as you complete them. Week 2: Library love ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 30, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Stacey Glasgow Tags: Audiology Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Feeding Disorders Language Disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Autism Prevalence Rates Increase in 11 States Monitored by CDC
This report covers data from 2014, which compared with the previous report in 2012, shows a prevalence increase of nearly 15 percent. This continues the pattern of consistent growth in prevalence of autism since the ADDM launched in 2000 and found the autism rate to be one in 150 children. ADDM data represent about 8 percent of the nation’s population of 8-year-olds, according to the report. In addition, prevalence varies widely among the states. The lowest rate is in Arkansas, at 13.1 in every 1,000 children age 8, and the highest rate is in New Jersey,  at 29.2 in every 1,000 children age 8. Another report, pu...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 27, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Academia & Research News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

Build Collaborative Teaching and Learning Through Improv
Improvisational theatre—better known as improv—is the art of making things up on the spot. But it’s not just funny business! Improv immerses students with social learning challenges in games and exercises that teach, reinforce and draw upon spontaneous application of social communication skills, such as perspective-taking, reciprocity and interpretation of nonverbal cues. Improv allows students to practice nuanced social skills on their feet by creating and responding to limitless contextual offers in the moment. At Indiana University’s “Camp Yes And,” an improv camp for teens on the aut...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 25, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Rachel Kasthurirathne Tags: Academia & Research Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder social skils Source Type: blogs

Help Promote Acceptance (Not Just Awareness) of People With Autism
For quite some time, people have been “lighting it up blue” when April rolls around each year. But for the professionals and families supporting people with autism and related disorders, we understand a need to migrate away from awareness and closer to acceptance. There have been recent major gains in that direction. The Netflix show “Atypical” stars a main character with autism, as does ABC’s “The Good Doctor.” Sesame Street created Julia, a child with autism featured on the show and in books. Real people with autism are also gaining prominence. A South Florida car wash—Risi...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 23, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Kimberly Tice Tags: Advocacy Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder social skils Source Type: blogs

Baseball Player With Autism Signed to Minor Leagues
Outfielder Tarik El-Abour—who was diagnosed with autism at age 3—recently signed with the Kansas City Royals. El-Abour joined the team for spring training and is playing in the club’s minor league. Several news outlets, along with the Kansas City Royals’ website, state that El-Abour is the first professional baseball player diagnosed with autism. We have signed outfielder Tarik El-Abour to a minor league contract. El-Abour has handled the challenges presented by autism now earning the opportunity to become a professional baseball player. His signing announcement coincides with tonight's Autism ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 20, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder social skils Source Type: blogs

Using Music Activities to Teach Social Skills to Children with Autism
Meeting the benchmarks for social communication skills is a core challenge for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In typical development, young people often learn these skills by observing others in interactions with adults and peers, or through their own interactions. For children on the spectrum, learning appropriate social skills usually requires direct intervention. As a speech-language pathologist focused on working with children with ASD, I’ve used several different methods to help these young people learn how to interact with their peers and family, many of which are described on ASHA’s P...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 18, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder social skils Source Type: blogs

Giving Voice to Teachers on World Voice Day —or Any Day
Today is World Voice Day! Occurring annually on April 16, World Voice Day is a great time to spread the word about the marvel of the human voice and the importance of taking care of it. Events held in celebration of the day include concerts, performances, educational workshops and vocal screenings. Why limit this event to just one day? As a speech-language pathologists, we can take advantage of this event to raise awareness and help prevent vocal disorders in a highly at-risk group—classroom teachers. Classroom teachers use their voices an average of 49 hours per week to perform their jobs. Add poor room ac...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 16, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Sue Hume Tags: Audiology Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Voice Disorders Source Type: blogs

NYC Exhibition Showcases Products By and For People With Disabilities
A new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City features innovative designs by and for people with disabilities. The exhibition—Access + Ability—runs through September 3. Visitors can view more than 70 products ranging from low- to high-tech. Several items useful to people with communication disorders are included in the exhibit: The Laugh Out Loud Aid (LOLA) is a free app—available for Apple and Android devices—that provides silly social stories to help children with autism with social and daily living skills. A book by Sam Barclay is also on display: “I Wond...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 13, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Health Care Hearing Assistive Technology Source Type: blogs

7 Things I ’ve Learned as a CSD Professional
I’m in the middle of my third year as a speech-language pathologist, working in the elementary school setting for the entire time. I’ve come a long way since the first day of my clinical fellowship, but I still feel uncertain at times. I balance finding the appropriate clinical approaches, learning to work with my colleagues, and pursuing professional development—and these tasks can sometimes pile up. The following seven strategies help me from feeling overwhelmed. I hope others working in communication sciences and disorders will find them useful! You will always have questions. It doesn’t mat...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 11, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Erin Milewski Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Social Communication Disorder and the SLP
Jackson, age 10, is in fifth grade and fits the social communication disorder (SCD) profile. He has difficulty making friends. In an effort to be part of a conversation, he sometimes interrupts or changes the topic abruptly. Jackson doesn’t pick up on nonverbal cues and often misinterprets his classmates’ intentions or feelings. In the classroom, he has difficulty expressing his ideas in an organized way, and he struggles to understand nonliteral language, make inferences and draw conclusions when he reads curriculum materials. His classmates sometimes tease him If you are a speech-language pathologist working ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 9, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Phyllis Bonelli Tags: Academia & Research Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder social communication disorder social skils Source Type: blogs

Sesame Place Theme Park Receives Credential for Autism Preparedness
The first theme park to get a Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation is Sesame Place, according to an article on NBC Philadelphia. The park is located about 30 minutes north of Philadelphia. The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, which provides autism training and certifications, awarded the certification. Is autism being overlooked in girls? A growing body of research says yes. Apps can aid your data-gathering on students with autism. Use these five concepts to figure how to treat students with social communication disorder? Sesame Street Welcomes Character With Autism The certif...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 6, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: News Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder social skils Source Type: blogs