What I Learned at ASHA Convention to Put Into Practice Today
On the first day of last week’s highest-attended ASHA Convention in history, Leader editors asked attendees what challenges they wanted to overcome by being there. As the convention drew to a close, we asked: “What did you learn that you can put into practice when you get home?” Based on answers we received, attendees greatly appreciated the hands-on labs running throughout the convention, as well as what they learned from exhibitors, session presenters and conversations with fellow attendees and ASHA staff. Throughout convention, we also asked members what you want to hear on our new podcast launchi...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 19, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: ASHA Staff Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Events Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

What Challenges Did You Come to ASHA Convention to Help Overcome?
On the first day of the largest ASHA convention in the organization’s history, Leader editors talked to around 600 of the thousands of attendees. We asked about topics we should cover in our new podcast, launching next year. We’d like you to share, too! Please list any topics or experts from the professions you’d like to hear about on the coming Leader podcast in the comment section below. We also asked attendees why they came to Boston in November. We wanted to know what challenges members face and the strategies they hope to learn to help them overcome those challenges. See what your peers shared below....
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 16, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: ASHA Staff Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Events Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Advocacy ASHA Convention Autism Spectrum Disorder Dysphagia Early Intervention Professional Development social sk Source Type: blogs

SLP to Head of Arizona Department of Education
Democrat Kathy Hoffman, a speech-language pathologist in the Peoria (Arizona) Unified School District, won a tight race to become Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction in the Nov. 4 election. The novice politician was declared the winner over Frank Riggs, an experienced politician, after a post-election vote count, according to a report on ABC15-Arizona. A first-time candidate, Hoffman won two political upsets—first by besting David Schapira, a veteran politician, in the Democratic primary over the summer, and then by narrowly overtaking Riggs, a former California congressman who also headed a nonprofi...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 14, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Carol Polovoy Tags: News Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Uncategorized education political leadership Source Type: blogs

Strategies for Person-Centered Approach to Mild TBI: An Interprofessional Perspective
Approximately 42 million people worldwide experience mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) each year. Even if they don’t exhibit verifiable cognitive symptoms, they might experience cognitive inefficiency in their daily lives. How can health care professionals, such as speech-language pathologists and psychologists, help them? The Joint Committee on Interprofessional Relations of ASHA and the American Psychological Association (APA) suggests taking a person-centered approach to treatment that focuses on education, counseling, and use of compensatory strategies to help patients re-engage in meaningful daily activities. A...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 12, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Joint Committee on Interprofessional Relations APA-ASHA Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention Cognitive Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury Source Type: blogs

Why Use Literary Interventions for Diverse Populations
How we can better support our diverse caseloads? This means supporting the communication needs of students and clients of color, those exposed to two or more languages, and members of the LGBTQ+ communities. When supporting diverse populations, I find carrying out out the following two activities prior to speech-language treatment yields positive outcomes. Build rapport Building rapport and trust with the client/student yields greater outcomes for gains in speech, language and social-pragmatic skills. Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade, an associate professor at San Francisco State University, studies elements of effective teachi...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 9, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Phuong Palafox Tags: Academia & Research Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention Autism Spectrum Disorder Bilingual assessment bilingual service delivery Early Intervention Language Disorders social skills Speech Disor Source Type: blogs

In Appreciation: Daniel R. Boone
Daniel R. Boone, 1976 ASHA president, died Oct. 27, 2018, at age 90, in Tucson, Arizona.  Boone joined the U.S. Army in 1945, and after several stateside assignments was deployed in 1946 to Korea. After his honorable discharge in 1947, he attended the University of Redlands, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology in June 1951. From 1951 to 1953, he worked as an SLP in the Long Beach VA Hospital with World War II and Korean War veterans who had aphasia. Boone received both a master’s and PhD from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he was an assistant professor. He ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 8, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Richard Zraick Tags: Academia & Research News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Speech Disorders Voice Disorders voice therapy Source Type: blogs

How to Set Up and Run a Curriculum-Based Session
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on curriculum-based intervention. Read part one: “4 Reasons to Use Curriculum-Based Intervention.“ Speech-language pathologists can reduce planning time and successfully move children through their goals using curriculum-based intervention. But the questions remain: How do you do it efficiently and what does it look like? Let’s talk about why curriculum-based intervention is so powerful and then jump in to a minute-by-minute example of how you can make it a reality. Curriculum-based intervention succeeds for three main reasons: We don’t m...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 7, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Scott Prath Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Language Disorders Source Type: blogs

Headed to Convention? Navigate Boston With These ‘Wicked Good’ Apps
ASHA Convention travels this year to my hometown: the historic city of Boston. While a very walkable city, Boston isn’t known for an easy-to-navigate street grid! This selection of apps will help you explore and learn in The Hub (of the solar system, or the universe—whichever you prefer). Revolutionary touring The birthplace of the American Revolution is famous for its many historical sites, from the location of the Boston Massacre (King Street) to the USS Constitution in Charlestown and the Black Heritage Trail® in Beacon Hill. (Boston’s black community was a leader in movements to end slavery and es...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 5, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Sean Sweeney Tags: Audiology Events Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Power Up, and Mix With Other Stars and Champions at Convention!
Want to promote your certification and professional services? Raise your profile in the community? See the professions featured more in the news? Become the next ASHA Member Media Champion? Learn how to do all this and more at the 2018 ASHA Convention. ASHA’s Public Relations Department is sponsoring a variety of opportunities in Boston for certified members—focused on helping you promote yourself in the community, online and in the media. Read on to learn all these offerings November 15-17: Take part in the “Value of the CCCs” campaign photo shoot By now, you’ve probably seen ads for the ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - November 2, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Pierson Tags: Advocacy Audiology Events News Slider Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Ideas to Build Your Brand With Colleagues and Clients, SLPs
The job of a speech-language pathologist continues to expand. And as demand for our expertise increases, so does our workload. Awareness about our profession seems not to grow as much, however. New SLPs, for example, might quickly learn about others’ sometimes-limited understanding about our scope of practice. It can be frustrating when others don’t understand what an SLP does, but we can teach them by advocating for ourselves. As a school-based SLP, I educate many of my co-workers about the extent of my skills and expertise. Let’s learn to represent our brand, fellow SLPs. I hope these strategies work as...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 31, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Erin Milewski Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Advocacy Source Type: blogs

Tips for Targeting Curriculum-Based Language and Literacy
As a speech-language pathologist, I’m fascinated by the effect of language on literacy. I’m constantly learning, sharing ideas, and collaborating with other professionals on strategies for improving students’ phonemic awareness, morphology, syntax, comprehension, spelling or written expression.  I’m so interested in this topic, that a few years back, I initiated a Facebook group, “The Speech-Language Pathologist’s Role in Language and Literacy.” Below, I share strategies to target comprehension for expository text and vocabulary instruction. Two primary areas SLPs can target t...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 29, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Sarah Warchol Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Language Disorders literacy Source Type: blogs

Where Will the 500,000 Teens With Autism Work When They ’ re Adults?
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor. Although this has been a designated event—in various forms—since 1945, few companies actively recruit people with disabilities. A structured UPS on-the-job training program helps young adults with autism prepare for life and work.   Job Programs for People With Autism Show Promise   Website Connects Employers to Job-Seekers With Autism A recent article in the Houston Chronicle highlights this issue. The headline shares a statistic from advocacy group Autism Speaks, estimating that 500,000 teens with au...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 26, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

When Sam Found Language
I will never forget the day that I met Sam. He came into my room cautiously and sat quietly. I greeted him and he smiled tentatively in return. Sam came to me like most of my other students—severely language deprived. He was 8 years old, with bilateral cochlear implants, unable to speak, sign, read or write. Although he was a typical child developmentally and cognitively, he used tantrums to communicate. I asked him how he was doing. He smiled again. I pointed to myself and signed my sign name. “Kim.” Then I pointed to him and gestured for him to introduce himself. “Eh,” he said. “How ol...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 24, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Kimberly Sanzo Tags: Audiology Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Apraxia of Speech Augmentative Alternative Communication hearing loss Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Spotlight on Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
SIG 12 is dedicated to improving the quality and availability of AAC services to consumers throughout the life span. Read on for why affiliate Kathy Beatty finds this SIG so professionally rewarding. When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join? I have been a proud member of SIG 12 since 2010. I was presenting at the ASHA Schools Conference and spoke with a SIG 12 Coordinating Committee member about the benefits and support that I would receive by joining SIG 12. It was definitely a wise choice. How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career? Oh my goodness, in so many ways! The w...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 22, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Kathy Beatty Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology AAC assistive technology Augmentative Alternative Communication communication sciences and disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

New Director Named for OSEP
The U.S. Department of Education has named special educator Laurie VanderPloeg as the new director for the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). According to the announcement, VanderPloeg has nearly four decades of experience working in special education. She taught middle and high school for 15 years, then moved into administration. VanderPloeg leaves her most recent role as director of special education for the Kent Intermediate School District—an organization operating as an intermediary between local districts and the state—in western Michigan to become the new OSEP director. A school-based SLP cont...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 19, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Advocacy Audiology News Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Why SLPs Need to Pay Attention to CPT Code Surveys
Don’t delete that email! Starting Oct. 22, emails may appear in speech-language pathologists’ 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 SLP, you can help determine fair rates by completing Current Procedural Terminology (CPT® American Medical Association) code surveys related to cognitive treatment. Are you ready to make a difference? Learn how a CPT code becomes a code and your role in the process. The American Medical Association’s step-by-step guide shows you how to accurat...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 17, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Neela Swanson Tags: Academia & Research Advocacy Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

What Was the Name of ASHA ’ s First Journal?
Next month we turn our clocks back as daylight-saving time ends for most of the country. Here at ASHA—at least for those of us maintaining the archives—we already turned back to the year 1936. In honor of October being American Archives Month, the ASHA Archives staff created a new online exhibit sharing the history of our scientific journals. In launching the journals’ long and distinguished history, ASHA printed the first issue of its first journal, Journal of Speech Disorders, in March of 1936. The first issue contained four articles spread across 34 pages. ASHA saw a steady growth in its journals progr...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 15, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Mona Heath Tags: Audiology News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Character with Dyspraxia Featured on ‘ Doctor Who ’
When viewers tuned in to the international premiere of “Doctor Who” last week, the hit science fiction show introduced several new characters, including one with dyspraxia. In the episode, the audience meets 19-year-old Ryan Sinclair, who admits he’s frustrated about not knowing how to ride a bike at his age. Ryan is revealed to have the developmental coordination disorder dyspraxia, which prevented him from mastering this skill as child. Even though his grandmother and step-grandfather try to help him, Ryan continues to struggle and fall off his bike. In reality, the actor playing Ryan (Tosin Cole) does ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 12, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jillian Kornak Tags: News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Apraxia of Speech Childhood Apraxia of Speech communication sciences and disorders dyspraxia motor speech disorders Source Type: blogs

Replacing the Countdown for Young Kids With Autism
Counting down is one of the most commonly used strategies for transitioning children from one activity to another. At school, children often hear their teachers say something like, “In five more minutes, we’re going to line up and go back to class.” However, as those of us who work with children with developmental delays are aware, children with communication disorders, sensory processing issues and autism can experience more difficulties transitioning than other children. And for these kids, because of issues with language and flexibility, a countdown might actually make them more dysregulated and upset....
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 10, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Source Type: blogs

4 Reasons to Use Curriculum-Based Intervention
Not using curriculum-based intervention?  You may be working too hard. As a young speech-language pathologist, I was confronted with a large and staggeringly diverse caseload. It nearly brought an immediate end to my early career. I worked across two campuses with 65 Spanish-speaking students and conducted evaluations on another five campuses. Nearly half of my students were 3-year-olds in a half-day program, and many of them had multiple disabilities. I wasn’t alone. Educators in my district also taught students from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Working with students from diverse backgrounds ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 9, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Scott Prath Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Language Disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Interactive Musical Created for Children With Autism
Adjusting live performances to fit the needs of audience members with autism or other sensory issues is nothing new. Creating an interactive show especially suited to a neurodiverse audience is less common. Staff and students from Michigan State University’s (MSU) theater department created “Farm! A Musical Experience,” to fit exactly that niche. According to articles published by ABC News, MSU theater faculty member and outreach coordinator Dionne O’Dell worked with a class of students last year to create “Farm.” First, O’Dell visited and worked with theater companies special...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 5, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Language Disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Social Skills Training Built for Real-World Transfer
In a recent online chat, Jed Baker advocates for ASD social skills training that addresses relevance and motivation, matches language ability, and ensures generalization. Participant: If a participant were to remember or put into practice only one idea from your session, what would that one key takeaway be? Jed Baker: Perhaps the most important issue that is often overlooked is generalization. What you do in a session may not transfer unless you prime, coach and review systematically. Participant: How you ever experienced pushback from a school about incorporating non-physical activities during recess time for all students...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 3, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jed Baker Tags: Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology autism Autism Spectrum Disorder communication sciences and disorders social communication disorder social skills Source Type: blogs

Tips for Making a Successful Cleft Palate Team Referral
A school-based speech-language pathologist is assessing Eleanor, age  6, when she notes an unusual articulation pattern and nasal quality to Eleanor’s speech. Although Eleanor does not have a cleft palate, the SLP has concerns about palatal function and wants to refer her to a team of professionals specializing in disorders of resonance and velopharyngeal function for further assessment. She asks, “Where do I begin?” Most people with a cleft palate begin working with an interdisciplinary team at birth. However, SLPs occasionally need to seek the guidance of such a team when they suspect velopharynge...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 1, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology cleft palate Speech Disorders velopharyngeal dysfunction Source Type: blogs

ASHA Responds to WSJ Op-Ed on Rapid Prompting
In a letter to the editor published in the Sept. 27 Wall Street Journal, ASHA President Elise Davis-McFarland defends ASHA’s positions that discourage the use of facilitated communication and the rapid prompting method (RPM). The letter is in response to a Sept. 23 op-ed piece in the same publication, written by a blogger with “nonspeaking autism” who claims he learned to communicate with RPM. “Readers [of the op-ed] may come away with the impression that ASHA is the only organization that doesn’t recommend RPM,” Davis-McFarland says in the letter, noting that the associations for c...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 28, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Carol Polovoy Tags: News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Source Type: blogs

11 Tips to Improve a Child ’s Communication Using Signs
We see it every day with our young clients: When they’re hungry, thirsty, hurt, tired, or want a specific toy or activity, they whine, scream, point or grunt as their means of communication. This nonverbal communication creates a guessing game for the parent, caregiver or speech-language pathologist. Sometimes they guess correctly, but when they don’t, everyone involved can get frustrated, especially the child. If you work with clients who fit this description, I find signing provides good results with most young children and their families. Signing offers a useful and calming communication tool for many situat...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 26, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jill Eversmann Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Early Intervention hearing loss Language Disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Transitioning Into Adulthood for Students Using AAC
As a speech-language pathologist focusing on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for nearly 20 years, I worked with all ages and a variety of complex communication needs. This broad experience helped give me perspective on how communication changes over the life span, specifically in the transition from school to adulthood. I think it’s important to understand and anticipate future communication needs of our clients. How does communication change after transitioning from school age to adulthood? Goals. For school-based SLPs, many treatment targets focus on specific curriculum and other academic goals. Al...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 24, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Rebecca Eisenberg Tags: Advocacy Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Punk-Rocker-Turned-Audiologist Protects Musicians ’ Hearing
Audiologist Anthony Kovacs understands the hearing dangers of being a musician. Before he began spending his days protecting peoples’ hearing, he put his own at risk. Kovacs sang with punk band Shot Baker—he still performs and records with them occasionally—and worked at live music venues when he wasn’t on stage. Now he focuses his full-time practice on treating people with tinnitus. He still goes to music festivals and performances, but usually as more than an audience member. Last month he took a group of audiology students from his alma mater—University of Northern Colorado—to the Boh...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 21, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology Health Care News Slider tinnitus Source Type: blogs

5 Ways to Simplify Fall Transitions for Students —and SLPs, Too
Transitioning to the school routine after the summer break can challenge anyone. Any child might struggle with pushing bedtime back when it’s still light out and adjusting to eating lunch at a new time. Those with speech-language or social communication deficits find the shift in routine especially difficult. As speech-language pathologists working with children, we can help our clients or students tackle this transition every year. During my more than 20 years working with children, I’ve discovered a few strategies to lay the groundwork for a more productive fall. Admit and recognize that transitioning is hard...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 19, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Kristina Peterkin Tags: Academia & Research Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Spotlight on SIG 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics
Members of SIG 6 work to provide a forum for collaboration between researchers and clinicians to translate research into evidence-based practice related to hearing and balance.  Read on for Keith Wolgemuth’s first-hand experience. When did you join your ASHA special interest group (SIG)—and what made you want to join? I joined SIG 6 in early 2016, initially to complete a one-year term left by a colleague who needed to fulfill other professional commitments. Within three months, I was in a position to fill a vacancy as the SIG 6 associate coordinator, by virtue of being the only person on the committee...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 17, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Keith Wolgemuth Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Schools Slider Aging and Hearing Loss Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss treatment hearing research Source Type: blogs

‘Atypical ’ Season 2 Adds Actors and Consultant With Autism
The Netflix series “Atypical” shares the story of a high school boy with autism facing the challenges of romance and achieving independence. The show originated last year and the second season recently aired. The first season was criticized for not using an actor with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to play the main character, Sam. The show has responded with new episodes that include eight actors and a writing consultant who all have ASD. Through improv, teens with autism tap into their inner comedian while building social-communication skills.  Broadway Performances Aimed at Audiences With Autism Childre...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 14, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

How to Help Elementary Students Understand ‘ Uniqueness ’
“Do you know what a disability is?” I asked this question to students in third- through fifth-grade classes. Some students gave an answer, but most struggled to form thoughts on the topic. I decided to raise our students’ awareness of their classmates with disabilities. At South Walker (Louisiana) Elementary, I treat students in our significant disabilities classroom, several resource classes and two special-needs pre-K classes. I wanted our typical students to better understand their special education classmates, so I hosted an event called “Understanding Uniqueness.” The event helps educate ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 12, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Lauren Miley Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Advocacy Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

How SLPs Can Foster Bilingual Skills in Students on the Autism Spectrum
In a recent online chat, SLP and bilingual researcher Betty Yu shares strategies for encouraging students and families to communicate in their heritage language. Participant: Is there ever an age or circumstance where you feel it is too late to start exposing a child to their heritage language? Betty Yu: It’s never too late to start learning one’s heritage language. Just as it’s never too late to learn any additional language. A common occurrence in the U.S. is people start seriously learning (or re-learning) their heritage languages as adults, often in college, once they’re mature enough to underst...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 10, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Betty Yu Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Apraxia of Speech Autism Spectrum Disorder bilingual Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Dangers of Increased Earwax With Age
Earwax protects our delicate hearing mechanism from dirt and other airborne particles. And any audiologist or physician will tell you there’s typically no need for most people to clean the goop out of our ears. (In fact, improper cleaning could injure the eardrum and ear canal.) However, as people get older, the chances of potentially harmful earwax (cerumen) buildup increase. According to an article from CNN, approximately two-thirds of the more than 2 million people living in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in the U.S. might have a severe buildup of earwax called impaction. “The excessive ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 7, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Academia & Research Audiology News Slider Health Care Source Type: blogs

Why I Went to ASHA ’ s Advocacy Day and Plan to Go Back
Do you remember those cellular commercials that bombarded us with the catchphrase, “Can you hear me now?” Guess what? Over time, it worked. A number of people switched their phone service to the company … maybe not because of the catchphrase itself, but possibly because of the totality of the message, repeated time and time again. A simple and efficient message changed minds and perspectives. And we can do the same when it comes to advocating for our professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. I’m an audiologist and not a minister, so I don’t need to preach to the choir regarding ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 5, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: David Alexander Tags: Advocacy Audiology Slider Schools speech-language pathology Telepractice Source Type: blogs

3 Questions to Ask Clients About Their Vocal Care
Our voice represents our rich inner world of thoughts, feelings, wants and needs. It is an instrument—and every instrument needs careful maintenance for optimal function When providing voice treatment to my clients, I can’t stress enough the importance of a vocal hygiene protocol. Some recommendations are standard, such as adequate water intake and using a humidifier at home. But to give my clients the best opportunities for improvement, I like to go beyond the basics. To accomplish this, I take a holistic dive into the diet, lifestyle and environment the client encounters daily. This insight can shed light on ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 4, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tina Babajanians Tags: Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Speech Disorders Voice Disorders Source Type: blogs

Summer ’ s Greatest CSD Posts
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists, did you miss some of what’s happening in the CSD world this summer? Don’t worry—this list can help you catch up on the most popular posts from the past months. Many audiologists and SLPs wanted to learn about beneficial telepractice platform features, a community-wide campaign to limit screen time, the hearing health dangers of spin class, and ASHA’s new certification program for audiology and speech-language pathology assistants. Here are the top 10 posts your peers clicked on, read and shared: Clear video, screen-sharing and a zoom feature are just so...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 29, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder hearing loss Schools Technology Telepractice Traumatic Brain Injury Source Type: blogs

Speak Up for Communication Rights (#SpeakUp4CommRights)
This year we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This important document includes 30 articles describing a variety of rights that apply to all people across the world. One key section—article 19—especially applies to audiology and speech-language pathology : Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. Article 19 is frequently cited to promote freedom of speech, such as in the media, but t...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 27, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Advocacy Audiology Events Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

New Brewery Founded By Craft Brewers Who are Deaf
Thanks to three Gallaudet University graduates, Hyattsville, Maryland, is now the first East Coast location of a brewery fully owned and operated by people who are deaf. Streetcar 82 Brewing Co., founded by Jon Cetrano, Mark Burke and Sam Costner, is currently in a “soft launch” phase, with operating hours announced via its Facebook and Instagram accounts. According the brewery’s website,  the company derives its name from the 82 Streetcar line, which ran from 1888 to 1958 from downtown Washington, D.C., along Rhode Island Avenue, where the brewery is located. Plus, all found...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 24, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jillian Kornak Tags: Audiology News Slider American Sign Langauge ASL deaf culture hard of hearing hearing loss Source Type: blogs

What My Son ’s Autism Diagnosis Taught Me as an SLP
Communication sciences and disorders professionals are often planners and fixers. We like to prepare for everything, and we want to “fix” everyone’s communication disorders. We got into this field because we wanted to help people, after all! Late last year, I found myself in a personal situation for which I hadn’t prepared and I couldn’t “fix.” My son was diagnosed with autism at age 4. People often ask me how I handled his diagnosis. Overall, I think I handled it well. I mean, I knew. I had seen the signs, and I knew what to expect—eventually. The official diagnosis didn&rsq...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 22, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Deidra Darst Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

Word APP! Use Apps to Build Vocabulary Interactively
Students with language disorders may struggle to learn, retain, describe and connect vocabulary words, causing them problems with functional and academic communication. Apps to the rescue! Clinicians can tap a number of app- and web-based tools to help students connect vocabulary to material in and beyond the classroom. Picture power Photos, semantic maps and other visual supports can be key to bolstering word learning. Quickly create photo arrays to define words using the app Pic Collage (free for iOS/Android). You can do this via the app’s precise, relevant web search (using a restricted, kid-friendly version of Mi...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 20, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Sean Sweeney Tags: Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Language Disorders Source Type: blogs

Hearing Care Organizations Submit Guidance to FDA on OTC Hearing Aids
ASHA and three other professional hearing care organizations are advocating to include appropriate labeling and adequate consumer-protection provisions in regulations for a new over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid category. These and other recommendations are included in “Regulatory Recommendations for OTC Hearing Aids: Safety and Effectiveness,” a consensus paper developed by representatives from ASHA, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the International Hearing Society (IHS). Under the OTC Hearing Aid Act of 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 17, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jillian Kornak Tags: Advocacy Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Uncategorized Aging and Hearing Loss audiologist Hearing Aids Source Type: blogs

The (Potential) Problem With Your 403(b) Retirement Plan
Saving for retirement is important. This is a simple and obvious statement. The challenge involves figuring out how best to save for retirement. And the answer isn’t always simple or obvious. For example, a 403(b)—the most common retirement plan offered to speech-language pathologists and other communication sciences and disorders professionals by their employers—can be complicated and, in some instances, problematic. The issue starts with the fact that there are two different types: ERISA and non-ERISA. The Department of Labor requires ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) plans to...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 15, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jacob Parish Tags: Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Making Today ’s Media Environment Work for the Professions—and You
Most ASHA members would like to see communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professions featured in the news. Some have taken this desire a step further and have reached out to the media (print or on-air) in their communities to discuss topics they care deeply about. Others want to do so, but don’t know where to start or what resonates with reporters. So what are reporters interested in hearing about? “Old school” still works: government statistics on communication disorders, new research findings, an awareness month or week—to name a few examples. In past columns, I provided advice on how to tak...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 13, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Pierson Tags: Advocacy Audiology Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

ASHA Discourages Use of Facilitated Communication and the Rapid Prompting Method
At their August in-person meeting, ASHA’s Board of Directors approved two new position statements regarding use of Facilitated Communication (FC) and the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). The ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on FC and RPM developed these statements during a year-long process involving extensive study and discussion. The board established the committee in response to member requests urging ASHA to update its 1995 FC position statement and provide guidance on RPM, a similar technique. ASHA’s position is that FC should not be used. Multiple systematic reviews conducted around the world and across decades reveal...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 9, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: ASHA Staff Tags: Academia & Research Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

Spotlight on SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Science and Disorders
Are you a communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professional interested in collaborating with others on an international level? Read on to learn about SLP Joyce Huh’s experience in SIG 17. When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join? I joined SIG 17 in 2014, and have been serving on its coordinating committee since 2016. I was interested in joining SIG 17 to be a part of a community of like-minded thinkers and leaders in the field, and to learn how to best conduct clinical work on a global level, with sustainability and cultural sensitivity at the forefront. How has your involvement with the...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 8, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Joyce Huh Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology communication sciences and disorders global communication Source Type: blogs

Debunking 8 Telepractice Myths
As a tele-practitioner for the past six years, I’ve come across many misconceptions about telepractice. Here are eight common myths I’ve heard, along with what I believe to be the corresponding truths. Myth #1: Telepractice is easier than working onsite. ASHA states telepractice services must be equivalent to those provided onsite. Our professionalism and commitment should remain as strong as if we see clients in person. Telepractice is not a “shortcut.” In fact, I spend just as much time planning, doing paperwork and attending meetings as when I worked in schools. Myth #2: Telepractice can’t ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 6, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tracy Sippl Tags: Audiology Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Telepractice Source Type: blogs

All Employees at New Starbucks Can Sign
This October, Starbucks plans to open its first store staffed completely by people who know American Sign Language (ASL). The store will focus on hiring people with hearing loss, according to an article in The Washington Post, but will also accept applications from people who can hear as long as they can fluently sign. In addition to hiring employees who are able to sign, the store will also use a visual display to confirm orders and indicate when they are ready. Starbucks already operates a location in Malaysia where employees know Malaysian Sign Language. The store will be located within walking distance of Gallaudet Uni...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 3, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology News Slider hearing loss Source Type: blogs

Co-Occurring Conditions in Children with Autism: Assessment to Intervention
In an online chat, SLP Donna Murray discusses how to address co-occurring conditions to create an effective learning environment for children with autism spectrum disorder. Participant: If a participant was to remember or put into practice only one idea from your session, what would that one key takeaway be? Donna Murray: I think the most important takeaway is to consider co-occurring conditions when making accommodations for successful intervention. For example, anxiety is very common in children with ASD and providing use of visual supports to predict upcoming activities as well as ending of activities can be very helpfu...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 1, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Donna Murray Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology anxiety autism Autism Spectrum Disorder social communication disorder Source Type: blogs

Rewire, Don ’ t Retire: Volunteer Professionally
Instead of retiring from our careers as speech-language pathologists, my friend Claire Gilgannon and I decided to look for volunteer positions incorporating our skills as SLPs. That’s how we met. And here’s how we went about volunteering. For both of us, our love of New York City combined with our interest in art led us to volunteer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We took a chance and YES! We still could learn a new skill even after 30-odd years of being SLPs! Volunteer training at The Met is intense, but over about 18 months we successfully transitioned, almost without even being aware, into our new roles a...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 30, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Heidi Katz Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Language Disorders Professional Development Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs