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In Appreciation: Alan S. Feldman
Alan S. Feldman, 1981–1982 ASHA president, died Jan. 23, at age 90 in North Potomac, Maryland. Alan S. Feldman Feldman, an audiologist, served in the U.S. Navy and earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and PhD in audiology from Syracuse University. Feldman later ran the Communication Disorder Units at Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He then opened his own practice and promoted autonomy and private practice in audiology. He served in leadership roles for the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the New York State Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology, and on s...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 16, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Nancy Minghetti Tags: Audiology Source Type: blogs

6 Tips to Help Clients With TBI Get Better Sleep
After a traumatic brain injury, 30 to 70 percent of people encounter sleep disturbances. This can cause significant issues because during sleep, the brain remains active. What the brain does as we sleep includes a variety of healing and helpful functions, such as make decisions, learn physical tasks, and form or retain memories. Sleep also allows the brain to do some major cleanup. For example, neurons shrink and create more space, allowing the brain fluid to flush out the day’s toxins. Everyone needs sleep, but sleep becomes even more critical during the recovery process after a brain injury. Lack of quali...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 14, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Emily Dubas Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Executive Functions Traumatic Brain Injury Source Type: blogs

The ‘ Art ’ of Treating Communication Issues
A work of art is a form of language. Paint strokes, paper, shapes, colors and materials come together to form meaningful visual moments. Communication consists of the same basic principle. Sounds don’t have much power on their own, but when coherently strung together, they create meaningful human interaction. For this reason, I find using art in my speech-language sessions a natural fit for working with my students. I always loved how my college professors described the profession of speech-language pathology as “an art and a science.” As SLPs, we provide evidence-based interventions to motivate our clien...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 12, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Erin Milewski Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Language Disorders Schools Source Type: blogs

Congress Repeals Medicare Therapy Caps and Lifts Limits on Speech-Generating Devices
Congress has permanently repealed Medicare Part B therapy caps and permanently extended the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act, which authorizes the purchase of speech-generating devices (SGDs). The measures were included in a continuing resolution passed yesterday that funds the federal government for the next two years. Medicare Part B Therapy Cap The resolution permanently eliminates the hard cap on how much outpatient speech-language, occupational and physical therapy each Medicare beneficiary is allowed per year. Congress has allowed an exceptions process in most of the past 20 years, but this permanent fix repeals the...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 9, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jeffrey Regan Tags: Advocacy Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Technology Source Type: blogs

Working Through Grief: Two SLPs Share Their Stories
Twelve years separated their clinical fellowship (CF) experiences, and one fate united them. Their paths intersected personally and professionally when Phuong Lien Palafox became Leah Joseph’s CF supervisor and they learned of their similar experiences. Here are their CF stories.  Phuong’s CF story 2004 I couldn’t do it anymore. I quit my doctoral program, and the next week I found out Má’s cancer had returned. The timing was impeccable, and I moved home to be with my mother and start my clinical fellowship. My days were spent making mistakes, learning and becoming a profession...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 7, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Phuong Palafox Tags: Speech-Language Pathology audiology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

What I ’ve Learned About School Telepractice
My journey as a telepractice speech-language pathologist began in 2016, when my family relocated to a new area. After spending 18 years as a public school SLP, I was burned out. I wanted a change. I began researching telepractice companies, drawn by the flexibility of creating my own schedule, while still providing services to elementary students. I will admit I was skeptical at first. I wondered how treatment would look and feel. How could I build the same bonds I had with students when working in a brick-and-mortar school? But soon my eyes were opened to a whole new, amazing world! Here’s what I—a seasoned, s...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 5, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Andrea Szwabowski Tags: Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Schools Telepractice Source Type: blogs

Tech Industry Workers Express Concern About Children and Technology Overuse
Most tech workers responding to a recent ASHA survey say they limit their own and their children’s use of technology. They also think prominent industry figures should speak out about tech overuse. Survey respondents were nearly 200 people who attended the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. As always, children who use low- and high-tech augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC) should continue to use them at all times—and in an interactive way. Respondents felt strongly that tech overuse is an issue. Here are some survey highlights: 88 percent think pro...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 2, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Pierson Tags: Audiology News Speech-Language Pathology Advocacy Technology Source Type: blogs

Emojis, iPads and G-tubes, Oh My!
Have you ever tried to imagine feeding and swallowing treatment from a young child’s perspective? You might remember early negative feeding experiences making treatment challenging. You also might not fully understand concepts like “appetite” or “hunger.” Most likely, you also don’t really get why you work on feeding or what short- and long-term goals mean. Working with young children who don’t comprehend why you’re there and what you’re helping them achieve can add another layer of complications to an already delicate process. Especially when transitioning fr...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 31, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jennifer WIlson Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia Feeding Disorders Health Care Swallowing Disorders Technology Source Type: blogs

5 Steps to Improve Your AAC Skills
Until recently, my biggest regret since finishing graduate school in 2015 was not being proactive enough in learning more about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). If you’re still reading this, you probably understand the challenges we as speech-language pathologists face with AAC assessment and treatment—not to mention actively engaging other professionals, accessing funding, finding opportunities for training and dealing with bureaucratic barriers. You most likely also experienced some other obstacles to success, including time constraints, attitudes, access limitations and student/patient cogni...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 29, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Monica Hudnall Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Professional Development Schools Source Type: blogs

Dealing With Medicare Therapy Caps: What You Need to Know
Because Congress has not yet extended the therapy cap exceptions process for Medicare outpatient services, the hard cap of $2,010 for combined speech-language pathology and physical therapy services is in place. Here’s what you need to know about claims for your Medicare patients who have exceeded that limit: Use the –KX modifier on all claims exceeding $2,010 until Congress acts to extend the exceptions process or repeal the cap. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) will hold claims with the –KX modifier for anywhere from 14 to 30 days before processing, to allow Congress time to reach a...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 26, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Michelle Mannebach Tags: Advocacy Audiology News Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

What Exactly Does ‘ Access to the Curriculum ’ Mean?
Editor’s note: This post is the response to a question posed to Marie Ireland about her recent ASHA Leader feature on how audiologists and speech-language pathologists can and should advocate for their professions. Question from Kathleen Reagan, MA, CCC-SLP: I just read your article in the ASHA Leader titled “Our Voices are Powerful.” I am curious about one thing you mentioned. In the paragraph after SLP shortages, you say, “students must have a documented impairment, as well as a lack of access to the curriculum.” What would that lack of access look like? How do we know a student has a lack ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 22, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Marie Ireland Tags: Advocacy Speech-Language Pathology Schools Source Type: blogs

A New Year and New Ways to Approach Your Audiology Practice
Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from the original post on“An Ear Geek Blog.” We’re already two weeks into the new year—have you kept your resolutions? Try these three action steps for a better perspective in 2018. As an audiologist, I know you are well aware of the changes facing our profession. Navigating the world of third-party payers, PSAPs, and internet sales can be dizzying (and not in a way that can be measured on a VNG [videonystagmography]!). So where do we go from here? How do we gain perspective, and find ways to refresh and push forward this year? The landscape of audiolo...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 17, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss hearing protection Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Know What Your Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Can Do For You
The API Caucus annual meeting this past November at ASHA’s 2017 National Convention in Los Angeles. A young mother and new immigrant to the United States was alarmed. Her 2-year-old son was not yet speaking. Luckily, her pediatrician referred her to early intervention services, which connected her with a bilingual Mandarin/English-speaking speech-language pathologist. This SLP also belonged to ASHA’s Asian Pacific Islander Speech-Language-Hearing Caucus (API Caucus). The SLP worked with this child for a year, taking care to integrate and adapt treatment activities to the routines and language practices of the f...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 16, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Bilingual assessment bilingual service delivery cultural competence Cultural Diversity multicultural constituencies Source Type: blogs

Act Now to Fix Medicare Therapy Caps on Your Services
 As of Jan. 1, Medicare Part B recipients may receive no more than $2,010 in combined physical and speech-language therapy services in 2018, with no exceptions process in place for medically necessary services. Congress failed to take action before adjourning last year on repealing or replacing therapy caps—the statutory ceiling on how much outpatient occupational, physical and speech-language therapy each beneficiary is allowed per year. For the past 20 years, a moratorium or an exceptions process has allowed speech-language pathologists to provide medically necessary services above the cap by using the –...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 12, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jeffrey Regan Tags: Advocacy Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Health Care medicare Source Type: blogs

Explaining Language Skill Development to Parents Using a House-Building Analogy
Parents often ask me when their child will start talking. That’s a tough question to address. I’m not a believer in predicting the future or giving false hope by any means. I also don’t want to be negative and dampen parents’ dreams for their child’s future. To navigate this balance in answering, I try to stick to information concerning the here and now. I work hard to explain that when a child lacks expressive language or vocabulary, we should back up a little and evaluate the foundation of those skills. I start by asking parents or caregivers to tell me about interactions at home that might ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 10, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jasna Cowan Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Language Disorders private practice Source Type: blogs

Setting New Year ’s Goals? Even Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference
Whether you think the past year flew by too fast or look to the New Year as a chance to make some positive changes in your life, the change of the calendar can bring some new feelings to the forefront. As audiologists and speech-language pathologists, we look to improve outcomes for our clients, students and patients. Many of us feel overworked and under pressure to help make changes in the lives of the people we serve. Now’s a time to take stock of how to improve our own lives, so we can better prepare to help others. Here are some tips that I used in the past few months to help me clear my mind and be the best clin...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 8, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Dan Fitch Tags: Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

10 Ways to Motivate and Empower Clients to Practice
We all know the importance of consistent home practice to generalize new strategies and promote neuroplasticity. But sometimes, no matter how hard you try to educate clients, your urgency about this just doesn’t seem to carry over. Many variables influence someone’s motivation to work on new skills between sessions. Cognitive impairments, severity of a disorder, family involvement, access to resources, and physical or mental health can all affect at-home practice. Speech-language pathologists can benefit from understanding how people are motivated. People can be motivated intrinsically, extrinsically or only wh...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 4, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Emily Dubas Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Cognitive Rehabilitation Health Care Language Disorders Traumatic Brain Injury Source Type: blogs

No Significant Increase in U.S. Autism Rates for the First Time in Decades
Rates of U.S. autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis may be stabilizing, report Time and other news outlets, who base their reports on a research letter from JAMA. The letter reviews 2014 through 2016 data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which indicate that the prevalence rate for ASD remains statistically flat. It holds at 2.4 percent for U.S. children and adolescents.  Information in the report was based on in-person household interviews, with mostly parents reporting on ASD diagnoses among 30,502 children and adolescents. The report lists the prevalence rate for boys as 3.54 percent and for girl...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 3, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: News Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Language Disorders Research Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

5 Tips For Landing Your Dream Job
Is one of your New Year’s goals to find a new job? Even if you say, “no,” understanding how to position yourself as an expert and show off your skills can benefit you in many ways. These steps helped me find and get fulfilling jobs as a speech-language pathologist in various work settings—from schools to health care in places from New York to Dubai—and I hope they’ll help you, too. SLPs might think because they see plenty of job openings, they can just apply for and get whatever one looks decent. But what about when you find and want to apply for that job that you’re certain is per...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 2, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Natasha Christy Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Health Care Professional Development Schools Source Type: blogs

Top 2017 Posts for Just About Anyone
Recently, we shared this year’s most popular posts focused specifically on audiology and speech-language pathology. Many of our most-read blog posts in 2017, however, offer insights to just about anyone in communication sciences and disorders, regardless of profession, title or work setting. Really, who couldn’t use information on paying off student loans and other financial issues, dealing with burnout at work, and gifts for children that don’t involve staring at a screen? Here’s what you all liked! Navigating Student Loan Forgiveness for Audiologists and SLPs For the recent graduate, the soon-to-b...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 28, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology Events Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention Early Intervention Professional Development Schools Source Type: blogs

ASHA Issues a Statement About Reports of Federal Ban on Words
The Washington Post—along with several other reputable news outlets—recently reported that federal government administrators banned the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from using certain words and phrases in 2019 budgeting documents.  The article lists the seven forbidden words and phrases: “evidence-based,” “science-based,” “diversity,” “fetus,” “transgender,” “entitlement” and “vulnerable.” ASHA issued an official statement in response to the word ban, expressing concern about the action and the resulti...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 27, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Advocacy Audiology News Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Top Speech-Language Pathology Posts for 2017
Last week you enjoyed a review of your favorite audiology-related posts for 2017. Today, we take a look at those focused on speech-language pathology, as well as a few popular posts for everyone—showing the spirit of interprofessional practice is stronger than ever! So here you go: It’s not unusual to see feeding specialist Melanie Potock top our charts. Her posts interest other SLPs, related professionals and parents of picky eaters. Her viewpoints and insights based on her 20-plus years of experience also spark lively discussions. This year, her post “Sippy Cups: 3 Reasons to Skip Them and What to Offer...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 26, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Bilingual assessment bilingual service delivery dementia Feeding Disorders Health Care Source Type: blogs

Top 5 Audiology Posts for 2017
Here are the most popular audiology posts from the past year—we’ll bring you the top five speech-language pathology posts next week! Does Auditory Processing Disorder Meet the Criteria for a Legitimate Clinical Entity? You wanted to know more about both side of the auditory processing disorder controversy. We ran a series of articles, and this installment from audiologist Andrew Vermiglio, director of the Speech Perception Lab at East Carolina University, garnered the most views. In the post, he states that the “concept of the clinical entity is important when addressing controversial conditions such as a...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 21, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Advocacy Audiology Health Care Hearing Aids Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Language Disorders Source Type: blogs

House Committee Passes Bill Proposing New Federal Student Loans Limits
The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act proposes changes in support for higher education access, including capping borrowing for student loans and sun setting loan forgiveness. Late on Dec. 12, 2017, the House Education and the Workforce Committee passed the act (HR 4508) by a 23–17 vote. If passed by Congress, it reauthorizes and amends the Higher Education Act (HEA). Institutional aid, student aid, grants, loans, work-study and accreditation are all conducted in accordance with the HEA. Committee Chair Virginia Foxx (R-NC) stated her primary goal was to streaml...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 20, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Neil Snyder Tags: Advocacy Audiology News Speech-Language Pathology higher education Schools students Source Type: blogs

The Importance of Advocacy —Why You Need to Be Involved
In the summer of 1999, I was a first-year graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. I was eager to enter the field, and excited to take a course about professional issues in speech-language pathology. During the course, I listened to several guest speakers talk about their experiences in the field. They spurred my interest in learning more about my future profession. They also spurred concern when they mentioned a law had been passed placing a Medicare cap on outpatient rehabilitation therapy services, including speech-language pathology services. Many of the speakers talked about how this cap threatened jobs and s...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 19, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Craig Coleman Tags: Advocacy Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Prioritizing Communication in the Workplace: 5 Questions to Help Create a More Civil 2018
I will get straight to the point because, quite frankly, I don’t have a lot of time. I’m stressed out, double-booked and overwhelmed. Yes, every school year is replete with schedule conflicts and new referrals, but this year has felt like more than I can handle. Halfway through the school year, my schedule continues to change, my list of evaluations just gets longer, and I haven’t even started my professional growth plan—not to mention that a few weeks ago I had it out with a fellow speech-language pathologist over a total misunderstanding about an email! Working in the public schools can feel chaot...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 14, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Kylie Grace Davis Tags: Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Practice Management Professional Development Schools Source Type: blogs

Proposed Legislative Changes Would Limit Student Loan Options
Proposed plans to reauthorize the Higher Education Act—created in 1965 as a way to support students attending colleges and universities, as well as the institutions themselves—include reducing options for securing and repaying student loans. According to an article in U.S. News and World Report, “Republicans on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce…unveiled the 500-plus-page PROSPER Act, which stands for Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform.” If Congress passes the PROSPER Act in its current form, beginning July 1, 2019, students could only ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 13, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Advocacy Audiology News Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Talk to Your Legislators … You Never Know Where It Can Lead
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins meets with members of the Lafayette, Louisiana, chapter of the National Stuttering Association. During a visit to the ASHA National Office last March, ASHA’s Federal Advocacy team asked me if I would talk to my members of the U.S. Congress about legislative issues affecting our professions. I said yes. I made appointments with an aide to Sen. John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), but got an appointment directly with Rep. Clay Higgins (R-Louisiana). Higgins was an incoming freshman, so I actually thought his staff made a mistake when they said he would meet with me in person. I showed up as scheduled and,...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 12, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: John Tetnowski Tags: Advocacy Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Fluency Disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

How to Make Nonfiction Appealing for Middle-School Literacy Intervention
Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a two-part series on literacy. The first post covers pre-reading activities for building solid literacy foundations. Middle school requires high performance when it comes to students comprehending what they should learn and questions they can answer about new material. Students need to extrapolate meaning from text to make predictions and identify critical features of a problem—who’s involved, how it’s solved, is it dangerous or not—or an interaction. Many of the middle school students on our caseloads, however, still lack the foundational quest...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 7, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Scott Prath Tags: Speech-Language Pathology bilingual service delivery Language Disorders Schools Source Type: blogs

Two Texas-Based SLPs Teach 12-Year-Old Recipient of Cochlear Implants to Talk
Jeffrey Mota Jeffrey Mota—who was adopted from China three years ago and has severe hearing loss—is 12 years old and learning to communicate verbally for the first time. Last year, the boy received cochlear implants and began processing sounds once they were activated early this year. He works with two speech-language pathologists as he learns how to talk. A local ABS affiliate in Austin, Texas, interviewed the SLPs and Jeffrey’s father. Expanded Cochlear Implant Candidacy Amidst renewed debate about teaching signed versus spoken language to children who are deaf, professionals call for emphasizing ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 6, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology Speech-Language Pathology bilingual service delivery hearing loss private practice Schools Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Call me ….Maybe? 5 Suggestions to Improve Communication With Other Health Care Professionals
I recently had a family come to me for feeding treatment. They wanted to feed their child an age-appropriate diet of finger foods, but the child didn’t have the necessary oral-motor skills. When I expressed safety concerns to the client’s mother, she seemed to write me off. I called the client’s pediatrician and expressed my concern for a severe choking hazard. We share a medical records system, so I saw my voicemail was received and transcribed by the physician’s office. The physician responded with one word, “noted.” Sometimes, it’s frustrating to deal with other medical professi...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - December 5, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Julie Schmidt Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Health Care interprofessional practice Source Type: blogs

Try These 3 Engaging Activities for Children With Acquired Brain Injury
As a speech-language pathologist who has practiced for a few years now, I realize that I need to be a little more selfish. I think to myself, “What helps me be the best SLP I can be?” The answer for me involves a full stomach and choosing treatment tasks to create a fun session for my patients and me. Working primarily with children with acquired brain injury at a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, I constantly think of new ways to target functional skills for this population. I find three tasks particularly suited for targeting skills with these kids, while also providing a fun and interactive time for us both...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 30, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shayne Kimble Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Cognitive Rehabilitation Health Care Traumatic Brain Injury Source Type: blogs

Are People Who Ask Questions More Likeable?
This morning’s Morning Edition, a radio broadcast hosted by NPR, was all about asking questions. A new study by researchers at Harvard University says people who ask more questions, particularly follow-up questions, are perceived as more likeable. Asking questions makes them seem curious, attentive and responsive. We like people more who ask us questions rather than just answering them and talking about themselves.  Speech-language pathologists know the importance of asking questions in conversational interactions. They also know people with social communication disorders—such as those with autism—mi...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 29, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Diane Paul Tags: News Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Language Disorders Source Type: blogs

10 (Non-Tech) Holiday Gift Ideas to Build Kids ’ Language, Learning
As the holidays approach, children fill their wish lists with items like tablets, video gaming consoles, smart watches, and even Internet-connected traditional toys such as dolls and teddy bears (advertised as being able to “converse” with kids). But—as I wrote in a blog post last year—audiologists and speech-language pathologists can take advantage of this time to help clients, family and friends find a technology balance and spread awareness about high-quality, off-line activities to help build children’s language skills and promote learning. As always, children who use low- and high-tech au...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 28, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Diane Paul Tags: Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Early Intervention Language Disorders Technology Source Type: blogs

12 Ways to Include Adults With Hearing Challenges in Family Gatherings
This article was originally published in December 2015. Kimberly Swon Lewis, MEd, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric SLP in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the author of the Activity Tailor blog. kim.lewis@activity.tailor.com. (Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases)
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 23, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Kim Swon Lewis Tags: Audiology Speech-Language Pathology Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Source Type: blogs

Helping Families of Clients With Autism Handle the Holidays
Many parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) report the holiday season as a time filled with stress and anxiety instead of festive fun. Changes in routine, family gatherings and new experiences increase frustration and set the scene for meltdowns—from children and parents alike! Speech-language pathologists use many techniques to set up clients with ASD for success. Try suggesting some of these tried-and-true methods to caregivers to help set up a smooth season.  SLPs prepare clients for social success. We prepare our clients for new situations by helping them create social stories about their ex...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 21, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Venita Litvack Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Feeding Disorders Language Disorders Source Type: blogs

Treating Families in Crisis Part 1: Reaching Goals Despite Obstacles
Working with children in early intervention can feel like flying a kite. You create your game plan, you hope for perfect conditions and you cross your fingers that both the child (kite) and the family (string) feel like flying that day. What happens if it rains or is too windy? What if the kite and the string are simply unable to focus on flying that day? As speech-language pathologists, we know not everything goes according to plan. Sometimes our backup plan needs a backup plan. And no matter how hard we try, some days speech-language treatment might be the furthest thing from the family’s mind. During family-center...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 16, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: April Anderson Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Feeding Disorders Source Type: blogs

Audiologists and SLPs Share Inspirations and Practical Tools at Convention
If you couldn’t make it to Los Angeles last week for the 2017 ASHA Convention—or even if you just didn’t get to all of the sessions you flagged—Leader editors did go. And we gathered more than 200 article and blog ideas to share with you over coming months. If you don’t want to wait that long, take a peek at some of the intriguing ideas we captured from your colleagues in our #ASHA17 daily blog posts. We kicked off the convening of over 14,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, hearing and speech scientists, and communications sciences and disorders students on Thursday by asking atte...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 14, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Advocacy Audiology Events Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention Health Care Practice Management private practice Professional Development Schools Source Type: blogs

What Will You Do Differently at Work Monday?
As ASHA’s 2017 Convention wrapped up on a typically bright and sunny LA Saturday, the Convention Center was abuzz with new ideas for clients’ treatment We joined the conversation. We asked audiologists and speech-language pathologists what they plan to change up at work, based on convention sessions and conversation. Their inspirations were as varied as the conference subject matter, ranging from rebranding themselves to connecting clients to the community to using a new evidence-based tool for autism treatment. Here’s a sampling of what they plan to do differently this week. Reframe my branding: Because...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 11, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Bridget Murray Law Tags: Audiology Events Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Health Care Hearing Assistive Technology Schools Source Type: blogs

What Will You Do Differently at Work Monday?
As ASHA’s 2017 Convention wrapped up on a typically bright and sunny LA Saturday, the Convention Center was abuzz with new ideas for clients’ treatment We joined the conversation. We asked audiologists and speech-language pathologists what they plan to change up at work, based on convention sessions and conversation. Their inspirations were as varied as the conference subject matter, ranging from rebranding themselves to connecting clients to the community to using a new evidence-based tool for autism treatment. Here’s a sampling of what they plan to do differently this week. Reframe my branding: Because...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 11, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Bridget Murray Law Tags: Audiology Events Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Health Care Hearing Assistive Technology Schools Source Type: blogs

ASHA Members Are Wowing Us With Leader Ideas —Submit Yours
At the Leader Ideas Lounge at the ASHA Convention, we’re asking members to share their ideas for articles. And their responses are nothing short of amazing! (To be fair, here’s full disclosure: Submitting an article idea enters you in a drawing for an iPad. And those of you at convention still have plenty of time to give us yours at Booth 638 in the Exhibit Hall—but do it by noon tomorrow, when we do the drawing!) Consider these personal stories we’ve been hearing: An SLP diagnosed with Parkinson disease was forced into an unexpected career change and has found opportunity in the challenge. A clinic...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 10, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Carol Polovoy Tags: Advocacy Audiology Events News Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Richard, Hawn Kick Off Convention; ASHA Members Gear Up for Learning
This is ASHA Convention “number 24 or 25” for Stuart Settle. He’s a speech-language pathologist working in a skilled nursing facility outside of Atlanta. His background, however, is in research, so he appreciated ASHA President Gail Richard’s attention to research as she kicked off the convention’s opening session. She emphasized staying connected to research in everyday practice. Whether she’s spotting the football field or serving as an association president, Gail Richard’s focus is teamwork and progress. Keynoter Goldie Hawn also impressed him with her pursuit of brain science a...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 9, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology Events News Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention Professional Development Source Type: blogs

What Barriers Face Students With Hearing Loss?
  The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University wants to know what you see as the significant barriers facing students who are deaf and hard of hearing, ages birth through high school. This is your opportunity to share your experiences. The Clerc Center is mandated by the 2008 Education of the Deaf Act “to establish and publish priorities for research, development, and demonstration through a process that allows for public input.” Now is the time for ASHA members to share their input! The center will use your responses to identify priorities for the Clerc Center Strategic Plan 2...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 8, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Mary Ann Kinsella-Meier Tags: Advocacy Audiology Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Language Disorders Schools Speech Disorders speech-language pathology Source Type: blogs

What Barriers Face Students With Hearing Loss?
  The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University wants to know what you see as the significant barriers facing students who are deaf and hard of hearing, ages birth through high school. This is your opportunity to share your experiences. The Clerc Center is mandated by the 2008 Education of the Deaf Act “to establish and publish priorities for research, development, and demonstration through a process that allows for public input.” Now is the time for ASHA members to share their input! The center will use your responses to identify priorities for the Clerc Center Strategic Plan 2...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 8, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Mary Ann Kinsella-Meier Tags: Advocacy Audiology Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Language Disorders Schools Speech Disorders speech-language pathology Source Type: blogs

IDDSI —Next Steps, Tools & Tips for Smooth Implementation
IDDSI Framework Conservative estimates suggest more than 560 million people worldwide live with swallowing disorders—dysphagia. Many of those people eat specially prepared foods and liquids that are safer and easier to swallow. In recent years, a number of countries developed standardized terminology for texture-modified foods and thickened liquids to improve care and safety. However, the various published national standards only added to the confusion globally, mainly because of their varied terminology, labels, number and levels of food texture, and liquid thickness. Patient safety is affected as a result. In 2012,...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 7, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Luis F. Riquelme Tags: Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia Feeding Disorders Health Care Schools Source Type: blogs