Try New ASHA Tools to Simplify Using Evidence-based Practice
When was the last time you thought about evidence-based practice, or EBP? No, not just about research studies or whether a new treatment is “evidence-based,” but all components of EBP: clinical knowledge, patient perspectives, and, of course, the research evidence. The concept of balancing these components might seem straightforward, but applying it to everyday practice can be challenging, especially with everything else you’re doing. ASHA seeks to ease the process by providing updated EBP resources with guidance that turns the theoretical into practical. This new material directs you through all the step...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 16, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Cheryl Swit Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

How to be an Eco-Friendly Clinician
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are used to making a difference. We help our patients, clients, students, and families achieve their communication and hearing goals, and we know our work results in positive, lasting effects on their lives. Given the growing concern over climate change, single-use plastics, water shortages, and other environmental problems, many of us also want to make a difference for the planet. Maybe you recycle at home or you donate to environmental causes. But have you thought about sustainability where you work? A healthy environment is good for us and also for our patients. Did you know...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 15, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Sarah Breeze Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

ASHA Voices: Become Your School ’ s Speech-Language Leader
On this episode of ASHA Voices, we’re looking at how—given their large caseloads—school-based speech-language pathologists can work smarter not harder to maximize their services. We’ll consider the role of creativity in service delivery and how SLPs can advocate for themselves with Kim Murza, an associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado and former school SLP. Murza shares ways SLPs can completely reimagine service-delivery by harnessing the power of their school treatment team: “I went to grad school, like all the other SLPs, to be a therapist and to work with kids. And some ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 10, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Podcast Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Technology Source Type: blogs

Have You Considered Serving as an Audiologist or SLP in Uniform?
Have you heard of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS)? It’s one of the United States’ seven uniformed services and has existed for more than 200 years. During those two centuries, an elite team of 6,500 men and women in health care professions served to protect our nation’s public health. Often called a “best kept secret,” the USPHS Commissioned Corps offers audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) a way to serve in uniform while protecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the nation. As a member of the USPHS, I’ve been ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 9, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Courtney Wood Tags: Audiology Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Schools Source Type: blogs

SLPs in SNFs Share Stories of PDPM-Related Layoffs, Treatment and Pay Cuts
Last Saturday, speech-language pathologist Summer Branch went to work as usual at the two skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) she traversed. Both West Texas facilities contract with a larger rehabilitation company, and Branch was surprised to get a call from the company’s regional manager when she clocked out of work that day. The manager told her that, as of that minute, the job she’d had for four years was terminated due to staffing changes. “I just didn’t see it coming,” Branch says. Suddenly, she no longer had health insurance. But, if she wanted, she could opt for pro re nata (PRN) employme...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 7, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Bridget Murray Law Tags: Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology Cognitive Rehabilitation medicare patient-driven payment model rehabilitation companies skilled nursing facilities SNFs Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

New ASHA Virtual Exhibit Features Early Pioneers
The University of Iowa, formerly known as the State University of Iowa, produced a steady stream of graduates in the 1930s and 1940s who emerged as movers and shakers in the fledgling field of speech pathology. What was it about Iowa that attracted so many students from across the country during a time of extreme economic hardship due to the Great Depression? A new exhibit in ASHA’s online archives has the answer. Most of the credit is given to one man—Lee Edward Travis. Many were drawn to the Iowa program after hearing Travis speak or reading about the program he developed based on a scientific foundation of t...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 3, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Mona Heath Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Events News Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

10 Tips for Public Speaking —Beyond the Words You ’ ll Say
Presenting at the ASHA Convention in Orlando this year? Giving a lunch-and-learn for the hospital staff? Got an upcoming workshop for parents in your community? As a speech-language pathologist and professional speaker, I understand our focus is often on speech, language, words, and content. But seriously, stop worrying about your PowerPoint and your script. No one will know if you forgot to say something you rehearsed 100 times, and audiences forgive glitches. It’s all going to be OK. Still nervous? Then try these tips covering everything but your words to make your next presentation one of your best: Bring your ow...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - October 2, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Melanie Potock MA Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Events Slider Speech-Language Pathology Advocacy ASHA Convention Feeding Disorders Professional Development Source Type: blogs

A Community of Scholars and Clinicians: SIG 19, Speech Science
Joining ASHA’s speech science-focused SIG can broaden your knowledge base and connect you with other like-minded colleagues. What would you say to encourage other colleagues to join SIG 19? Joining SIG 19 is a great way to meet other people interested in speech science. Our affiliates include clinicians seeking to use speech-science techniques in their practice, students with interested in learning more about speech production and perception and how to translate research into clinical practice, and professors who teach speech science and/or research in the area of speech science, among others. You can discuss how to ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 30, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Amy Neel Tags: Academia & Research Slider Speech-Language Pathology communication sciences and disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

ASHA Voices: A New Payment System, Changes in SNFs
On Oct. 1, we’ll see a change in how Medicare reimburses for services at skilled nursing facilities, or SNFs. We’ve heard lots of questions about these changes from speech-language pathologists working in SNFs. So, we’re dedicating the entire second episode of ASHA Voices to this topic. Listen in for a conversation about health care trends, patient outcomes, and the evolving role of clinicians in SNFs. We’ll hear from ASHA’s director of health care services and a panel of SLPs in leadership roles at rehab companies. We’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities they see in this time of ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 26, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Health Care Podcast Slider Speech-Language Pathology Cognitive Rehabilitation Dysphagia Professional Development Source Type: blogs

ASHA Now, Your New, Customizable E-newsletter, Launches Next Week
Attention, ASHA members and other subscribers to the Fresh Ideas or Leader Live e-newsletters, or any of the Access e-newsletters (Access Schools, Access Academics, Access Health Care, or Access Audiology): A new e-newsletter tailored to your specific interests will arrive in your inbox this coming Tuesday, Oct. 1. ASHA Now will consolidate the contents of these six separate ASHA e-newsletters into a biweekly dispatch with content that is relevant to you. Four content options—for audiologists, academics and researchers, speech-language pathologists in health care, and school-based SLPs—will deliver timely, rele...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 25, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Bridget Murray Law Tags: Audiology News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

This Summer ’s Biggest Hits: See What You Missed on Leader Live
Summer is officially over, but you can still enjoy the season’s most popular posts here on Leader Live. See what articles with insights and practical tips for audiologists and speech-language pathologists were read and shared the most. The communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professions featured prominently in the news and social media this summer. A major blockbuster movie featured a character with a cochlear implant, while a major news outlet declared noisy restaurants discriminate against patrons with hearing loss. A father-son viral video demonstrated several clever communication strategies, and Congress i...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 23, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Musician With Autism Wins “America’s Got Talent”
Kodi Lee, a 22-year-old singer and pianist who is blind and has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), won the 14th season of NBC’s reality talent competition show “America’s Got Talent.” Lee, chosen as the winner of the Sept. 18 finale by viewer vote, is the first performer with a disability to win the competition. His performance during his initial audition earned him a “golden buzzer” from judge Gabrielle Union, automatically catapulting him to the finals. Lee was diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia at 3 months old, and with ASD at 4 years. A musical savant, he has perfect pitch, a passion...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 20, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Carol Polovoy Tags: News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

My Ironic Journey as an SLP With ‘ Chemo Brain ’
I defeated breast cancer, but am still battling the cognitive changes left behind after two years of intense treatment. Eight surgeries, six chemotherapy treatments, 25 radiation appointments, and two bouts of infection changed my body forever. I’m OK with that, because everything was done to keep me alive. All signs point to these efforts succeeding. But one remnant of the battle didn’t get left behind with the wigs and empty medicine bottles: chemo brain. “Chemo brain” is a common term used for the attention and memory issues often caused by cancer treatment—although these issues are thought...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 18, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Mary Ann Eller Tags: Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Cognitive Rehabilitation Source Type: blogs

How I Integrated Animal-Assisted Therapy into Practice
As a speech-language pathologist with more than 17 years of experience, I thought I had seen it all. I was starting to wonder, what’s next for me? A specialty? A career change? A facility change? Around this time, we added a bulldog puppy named Teddy to our family. We took him to visit my brother and his family. At that visit, I unknowingly discovered my next path in life. The connection between Teddy and my nephew—recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder—was remarkable. My nephew fell in love with him at first sight. His excitement led to him engaging with us socially—essentially for the fi...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 16, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Ashley Kalosieh Tags: Audiology Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

New Hearing Aid Apps Stream Sound, Translate Calls, Sync With Your House
Manufacturers are stepping up efforts to integrate hearing assistive technology with smart phones and Bluetooth technology, according to a recent article from NextAvenue—a PBS media outlet for older adults. The article describes apps that work directly with hearing aids from Audibel, NuEar, Oticon, Phonak, Starkey, and others. The apps allow users to stream sound directly to their hearing aids, translate calls into text, and sync with smart home systems. Others automatically turn off the lights when you turn off your hearing aid at night, alert you when someone rings the doorbell, or use your phone as a microphone to...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 13, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Source Type: blogs

ASHA Voices Podcast Premiere: Communication Disorders and the Justice System
On the first episode of ASHA Voices, we take a look at the intersection of cognitive-communication disorders (CCDs) and the justice system. We’ll meet an SLP and a retired police lieutenant working to de-escalate police encounters by teaching young adults with autism how to communicate effectively with police officers. “[W]e have a full weekend of working with young people to basically talk about their behavior,” says CEO and founder of the L.A. Speech and Language Therapy Center Pamela Wiley. And, we’ll hear from a Howard University professor who says shares what she’s learned about cognitiv...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 12, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Audiology Podcast Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Language Disorders Source Type: blogs

Contact Your Elected Reps to Improve Medicare Access to Audiologists
As a result of joint advocacy by ASHA, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), a new Senate bill aims to improve access to audiologists for Medicare beneficiaries. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019 (S. 2446)  earlier this week, following the introduction of identical House legislation (H.R. 4056) in July. What do these bills aim to achieve? On the patient side, the legislation would remove unnecessary barriers to  patients’ receipt of appropriate, timely, and cost-effecti...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 11, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jillian Kornak Tags: Advocacy Audiology Health Care News Slider Hearing Aids Hearing Assistive Technology medicare Source Type: blogs

Creating Healthy Clinical Boundaries With Patients and Clients
In our work helping our clients and patients, creating boundaries can be hard. We audiologists and speech-language pathologists do this work because we care, and we care deeply. We want to be there for our patients and their families. We want them to know we care, and we want them to feel supported. Additionally, in our professions, we often see patients every week and sometimes multiple times a week. We develop bonds formed on the foundations of trust and compassion. However, if we aren’t careful, the line between healthy and unhealthy boundaries can blur. We might not even realize we have moved beyond healthy bound...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 9, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Ginger Jones Tags: Audiology Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Practice Management Source Type: blogs

Understanding How Changes in Medicare Payment to SNFs Affect SLPs
By now, most speech-language pathologists in health care setting have heard about major changes coming to the way Medicare pays skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), effective Oct. 1. The patient-driven payment model (PDPM) bases Medicare reimbursement to SNFs on a patient’s clinical presentation rather than on the amount of time they need treatment. Here are the PDPM facts and  tips—both financial and clinical—for SLPs in SNFs. Know the facts Medicare is changing how it pays SNFs, but not the longstanding requirement that only medically necessary services are reimbursed. The Centers for Medicare and Me...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 6, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Sarah Warren Tags: Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Understanding How Changes in SNF Medicare Payment Affect SLPs
By now, most speech-language pathologists in health care setting have heard about major changes coming to the way Medicare pays skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), effective Oct. 1. The patient-driven payment model (PDPM) bases Medicare reimbursement to SNFs on a patient’s clinical presentation rather than on the amount of time they need treatment. Here are the PDPM facts and  tips—both financial and clinical—for SLPs in SNFs. Know the facts Medicare is changing how it pays SNFs, but not the longstanding requirement that only medically necessary services are reimbursed. The Centers for Medicare and Me...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 6, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Sarah Warren Tags: Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Announcing the New ASHA Leader Podcast: ASHA Voices
Get your earbuds ready. Just one week from now, the Leader will debut its new podcast, ASHA Voices. A show about how we communicate and how communication changes our lives, ASHA Voices is brought to you by the team behind the ASHA Leader magazine and hosted by J.D. Gray. The show’s first episode premieres here on Leader Live Sept. 12, but you can hear a preview today. Listen to the trailer now: The first episode of the new podcast looks at the link between cognitive-communication disorders and the justice system. We’ll hear from a duo that teaches young adults with autism how to interact safely with the police...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 5, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care News Podcast Private Practice Schools Speech-Language Pathology episode listen Source Type: blogs

Why We Created a Virtual Support Group for PhD Students in CSD
No one ever said being a doctoral student is easy, but getting support from your peers along the way makes a big difference. Based on personal experiences navigating the first four years of two different doctoral programs, we realized how much the support of other PhD candidates in communications sciences and disorders (CSD) will help us succeed as future independent researchers and university faculty. Doctoral programs involve a significant amount of “learn-as-you-go” knowledge not directly passed on by your academic mentor or through courses. Peers provide a safe space to ask questions we might hesitate to as...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 4, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Natalie Covington Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology communication sciences and disorders Professional Development Source Type: blogs

5 Tips for a Smoother Post-Vacation Transition to Work and School
Backpacks replace beach bags, the air gets cooler and …  are those pumpkin-spice lattes I smell? Summer break and the accompanying vacations might be over, but it just means now is the time to start the best school year ever! And even if you don’t work in a school or university, the start of a school year often generates a spike in new clients and referrals for audiologists and speech-language pathologists across work settings. Easier said than done, though. If you’re like most people—even those who don’t work in schools—starting off a new school year or coming back after a vacatio...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - September 3, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Megan Arney Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

6 Tips to Ease Data-Gathering During Group Sessions in Schools
Taking data for speech-language groups isn’t easy.  Whether you’ve been an SLP for a long time or are just getting started, chances are you have—at some point—found it pretty tricky to record data for group treatment sessions (especially big groups) with a variety of goals (especially goals in different areas). You aren’t alone. I struggle, too, so here are some tips that help me get through. My hope is they help you, too. Keep goals on an index card When getting to know new students, I write each one’s main goal or goal area on a different note card. I know my schedule will go thro...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 28, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Want to Improve Your Cultural Competency? Check Out SIG 14, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
This special interest group focuses on the intersection of sociocultural factors with audiology and speech-language pathology services. 1. What would you say to encourage other colleagues to join SIG 14? SIG 14 has an amazing community of professionals, and I enjoy the discussions and information shared. I appreciate being able to tap them on the shoulder when I have a complicated case. Having access to Perspectives is also a great perk of SIG 14, with articles focused on culturally and linguistically diverse populations across the lifespan and across disabilities. 2. How has your involvement in this SIG improved your unde...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 26, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Melissa White Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Bilingual assessment bilingual service delivery Cultural Diversity multilingual Source Type: blogs

FDA Approves Cochlear Implants for Single-Sided Deafness, Asymmetric Hearing Loss
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved MED-EL USA’s cochlear implant system for single-sided deafness and asymmetric hearing loss. This is the first time cochlear implants have been green-lighted for these indications in the United States. MED-EL Cochlear Implant Systems, including SYNCHRONY and the recently FDA-approved SYNCHRONY 2, are now approved for people 5 years and older with single-sided deafness who have profound sensorineural hearing loss in one ear and normal hearing or mild sensorineural hearing loss in the other ear. They’re also approved for people 5 years and older with asymmetr...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 23, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jillian Kornak Tags: Audiology News Slider Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss hearing loss treatment Source Type: blogs

Back-to-School: The Ideal Time to Educate About Your Services and Expertise
It’s the most hectic time of year for many, so make use of ASHA’s ready-made resources! Summer is winding down, and for many ASHA professionals, that means it’s back to school. If you’re among those entering this hectic period, educating parents, other professionals, and administrators about your role and value of your services might not rank high on your priority list. But doing so can contribute to greater appreciation from colleagues and students alike—as well as their parents or caregivers—and help fulfill your sense of job satisfaction. Try these simple approaches to spreading the w...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 22, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Pierson Tags: Advocacy Audiology Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Strategies to Help Children with Autism Overcome Challenges at the Dentist
Many people feel anxiety when they go to the dentist. For a child with autism, the sensory elements of the dentist might overwhelm them and make them resist visits. However, through home practice, familiarization appointments, and support, most children with autism or other communication disorders can overcome their anxieties about dental care and enjoy positive appointments for years to come. I’ve been practicing family dentistry for 17 years. I always try to make patients as comfortable as possible during visits. I share this list of tips for a successful and positive dental experience with professionals who treat ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 19, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Greg Grillo Tags: Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Language Disorders Source Type: blogs

Please Don ’t Leave My Voice on the Shelf: 5 Tips to Improve AAC Use in School
Do you ever walk into a classroom to find your student’s augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device sitting quietly on a shelf? Does everyone on the school team think of it as a voice? After experiencing AAC access challenges with many well-meaning educators on a number of occasions, I probed deeper. I soon discovered other school-based speech-language pathologists encountered similar challenges. When I asked them for theories as to why this was happening, several themes emerged. ‘Alexa, Call My SLP’: Using Smart Tech to Boost AAC Transitioning Into Adulthood for Students Using AAC   Re...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 14, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Claudia Doan Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

Advising Families on Screens: 7 Resolutions for the New School Year
It’s that time of year: back to school. Whether you are celebrating or mourning the end of summer, this time marks a fresh start for families. As parents consider how to best help their child achieve success this school year, audiologists and speech-language pathologists know how much tech use can affect a child’s school achievement. This makes it an ideal time to guide parents toward better balance after the all-too-common summer screen-time binge. Editor’s note: As always, children who use low- and high-tech augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC) should continue to use them a...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 12, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jaumeiko Coleman Tags: Audiology Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Technology Source Type: blogs

Insights on IEP Meetings as a Parent and SLP
When I began working as a school-based speech-language pathologist six years ago, I’d already experienced IEP meetings. I first encountered IEP meetings as a parent, when my daughter was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. My experiences help me understand how it feels to sit on either side of the table. My experiences as a parent I often felt overwhelmed at IEP meetings—especially those to discuss my daughter’s evaluations. I found it difficult to sit among a group of professionals who I felt measured my child’s weaknesses. Observation reports minutely describing her atypical behaviors in clas...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 8, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Gulino Tags: Audiology Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Three Out-of-the-Box Mindfulness Hacks
When I say the word mindfulness what type of picture pops into your head? Maybe it’s someone sitting cross-legged on the floor with their eyes closed, dressed in beautiful garb with a flower tucked behind their ear? I’m here to say, you don’t need a yoga mat or a guru to start incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine. What is this whole mindfulness thing anyway? Mindfulness is the ability to be aware in the present moment without judgment. In other words, you’re in the driver’s seat of your own life. The opposite of mindfulness is mindlessness where our brain is essentially on autop...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - August 5, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Kathryn Samples Williams Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

Tips to Share With Parents: Fun Ways to Get Kids Back In Learning Mode
As summer winds down, parents might look for ways to help their kids get back into the swing of school, including working on speech or language goals. Help caregivers take advantage of these last weeks of summer with easy activities that organically incorporate speech-language practice into daily routines. Here are the tips I share with parents any time of year, but especially in summer when they spend more time with their kids: Books. This is my number-one suggestion. Reading with your child is a great way to target language. Go to the library and spend time comparing different books, putting them into categories and vot...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 31, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Kim Delude Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Language Disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Connect With Colleagues About Speech and Language Lifelong Development
This article changed the way I consider measuring language use and also increased my interest in language sampling. It is a must-read for clinicians working with children who demonstrate deficits associated with social communication disorder and/or autism spectrum disorder. Nichole Mulvey, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University. She is an affiliate of SIG 1 and SIG 16, School-Based Issues. namulvey@eiu.edu. The post Connect With Colleagues About Speech and Language Lifelong Development appeared first on Leader Live — Happening now in the speech-l...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 29, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Nicole Mulvey Tags: Academia & Research Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology developmental language delay language development Language Disorders Source Type: blogs

Two CSD Researchers Receive Presidential Award
Two ASHA members and researchers in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) recently received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Suzanne Adlof, PhD, associate professor, University of South Carolina Suzanne Adlof, associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina, and Cara Stepp, a...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 26, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jillian Kornak Tags: Academia & Research News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: blogs

An Audiologist Applies Her Communication Skills to a Political Career
As communication sciences and disorders health professionals, we work to improve communication abilities for our patients and their families. And, as an audiologist, I constantly experienced conversations in which people with hearing loss would either withdraw from situations due to a lack of confidence or would dominate verbally so they could drive the conversation. I began to see a similar pattern in politics—and how it led to a disconnect between constituents and their elected officials. I ran for political office (and won—I was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives last November) because I recogn...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 24, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Deanna Frazier Tags: Audiology News Private Practice Slider Source Type: blogs

Connect Attendees Share the New Ideas They Plan to Try
In the wake of ASHA Connect 2019’s wrap-up on Sunday, SLPs who attended are returning home, ready to implement a host of new strategies, from slowing down time to using the 3:1 workload model in schools to better gauging severity of speech sound disorders. Here are the new ideas just a few of them plan to try out across health care, private practice, and school settings. New insights: Valorie “Lorri” Andrews begins a new job as an SLP in the Sahuarita Unified School District outside Tucson, Arizona, on July 31. She attended ASHA Connect 2019 in preparation for her new position. “I’d like ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 22, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Heard at Connect: How to Slow Down Time and Just ‘ Do You ’
ASHA Connect 2019 draws to a close tomorrow, but many of the record-breaking number of attendees will go home knowing how to trigger their brains’ amygdalas to slow the passage of time during intensely enjoyable moments. Many will also understand how tapping into emotional intelligence can benefit them and their students, patients, or clients. Keynote speaker—and former Olympic silver medalist speed skater—John Coyle launched the conference with tips on improving the quality and experiential length of life. His wonder as a speed skater at how 3/100s of a second can make such a difference in people’s...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 20, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Academia & Research Events Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

How to Slow Down Time and Effectively Use Emotional Intelligence
ASHA Connect 2019 draws to a close tomorrow, but many of the record-breaking number of attendees will go home knowing how to trigger their brain’s amygdales to slow the passage of time during intensely good moments. Many will also understand how tapping into emotional intelligence can benefit you and your students, patients, or clients. Keynote speaker—and former Olympic silver medalist speed skater—John Coyle launched the conference with tips on improving the quality and experiential length of life. His wonder as a speed skater at how 3/100s of a second can make such a difference in people’s lives ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 20, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Academia & Research Events Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

New Legislation Would Boost Diversity in the Professions
Congressional representatives introduced a new act to increase workforce diversity in audiology and speech-language pathology—an initiative that supports ASHA’s ongoing commitment to this goal in its Strategic Objective #6: Increase the Diversity of Membership. Last week, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) introduced the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act of 2019 (H.R. 3637) in the House of Representatives. It was included as an amendment to H.R. 2781, a bill that reauthorizes several health care workforce programs of the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee&...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 17, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Michelle Mannebach Tags: Advocacy News Slider audiology Cultural Diversity speech-language pathology Source Type: blogs

How I Created a Treatment App for SLPs, Step-by-Step
I walked into the opening ceremony at the 2016 ASHA Convention in Philadelphia like everyone else—eager to hear the speakers tackle the theme “Everyday leadership. Leadership every day.” My idea that leadership is reserved for a few changed as keynote speaker Drew Dudley explained how we all can show leadership in our daily actions. After Dudley’s talk, I knew it was time to take a shot on a wild idea I’d been considering for two years—creating an app for speech-language pathologists to show patients, clients, or students images of what happens inside the mouth when speaking. My wild ide...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 15, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Keri Jones Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Speech Disorders Swallowing Disorders Technology Source Type: blogs

ASHA, Other CSD Organizations, Collaborate to Raise Communication Disability Awareness at the UN
Miles Forma really doesn’t like when people think he is stupid because he’s unable to talk. “I’ve had many experiences in my life where people assumed because I am a non-speaking person and sit in a wheelchair, I’m not intelligent,” Forma said recently using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The young man wasn’t saying this to just anybody. His audience included people with the power to change things—attendees at a major conference on disability at United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York a few weeks ago. Mies Forma addresses the United Nations Forma was a...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 12, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Joseph Cerquone Tags: Academia & Research Advocacy Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Language Disorders Professional Development Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

ASHA, Other CSD Organizations, Collaborate to Raise Communication Disability at the UN
Miles Forma really doesn’t like when people think he is stupid because he’s unable to talk. “I’ve had many experiences in my life where people assumed because I am a non-speaking person and sit in a wheelchair, I’m not intelligent,” Forma said recently using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The young man wasn’t saying this to just anybody. His audience included people with the power to change things—attendees at a major conference on disability at United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York a few weeks ago. Mike Froma addresses the United Nations Forma was a...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 12, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Joseph Cerquone Tags: Academia & Research Advocacy Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Language Disorders Professional Development Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

Strategies for Working With Students Who ’ ve Experienced Trauma
It’s a Monday morning in the New Haven (Connecticut) Public Schools. Every Monday, my speech-language treatment sessions kick off with one of my kindergarten students. Every week with this student is a new adventure. This Monday, he wears his typical soiled clothes and clings to the arms of the paraeducator bringing him to the session. He is not crying. He is not mad. He is clearly preoccupied, resulting in his usual withdrawn demeanor. He clings harder to the helper as I approach, places his head down and falls asleep within seconds as if he didn’t sleep the night before. We finally make it to my office but no...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 10, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Cayla White Tags: Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Language Disorders social skills Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

In Appreciation: Katharine G. Butler
Katharine Gorell Butler, 1978 and 1996 ASHA president, died on June 17, 2019, at age 94, in Monterey, California. The world became a less dynamic and interesting place on June 17. One of the most influential, respected, and loved people in our field passed away in Monterey, California, leaving behind a legacy that will endure through her ever-present spirit and through all of us who were fortunate enough to bask in her light for a brief time. Katharine G. Butler, known simply as Kay, will be sorely missed. For many of us in the speech and language world, Kay was nurturer-in-chief who provided the push we needed to leave he...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 8, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Geraldine Wallaxch Tags: News Slider Language Disorders Speech Disorders speech-language pathology Source Type: blogs

‘Toy Story 4’ Features a Child With a Cochlear Implant
Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” which debuted in theaters worldwide June 20, introduces a new character—a child with a green cochlear implant (CI). Two aspects of this child are notable: He is part of a mainstream classroom and is smiling. Inclusivity and happiness are often missing in media portrayals of people with hearing loss, and this positive portrayal has sparked a hubbub of celebration online from audiologists, parents, and people in the deaf and hard of hearing community alike: Belinda Barnet, mother of a 6-year-old CI user, shares her daughter’s reaction to seeing a child with a CI on the big...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 3, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Regina Escano Zappi Tags: Audiology News Slider Uncategorized Advocacy Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Source Type: blogs

When Viral Videos Fuel Parent Expectations
I’ll never forget the session. She said, “Look at this,” as she pulled out her phone and opened her Facebook app. My client’s mom reached over her toddler to show me a video. “Look at this man,” she said as the video began to play. “He has Down syndrome, too. Look at how he’s talking.” On plays a viral video of a gentleman with Down syndrome speaking before Congress. We watched it briefly in the middle of our speech session, with her little one seated between us. She looked at her child then up at me, her eyes filled with both hope and despair. She put her hand on her k...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - July 1, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Danielle Newcombe Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Advocacy Autism Spectrum Disorder social skills Source Type: blogs

Noisy Restaurants Are More Than Annoying —They ’ re Discriminatory
Loud is in when it comes to eating out. The trend of loud restaurants began with design—modern spaces filled with hard surfaces and featuring high ceilings—making voices bounce around the space. Some restaurants purposely amp up the noise level by playing loud music, forcing diners to shout above it. More recently, diners and even food critics are rebelling against the trend by pointing out annoying noise levels in reviews and ratings. A recent article in The Washington Post goes even further by detailing how noisy restaurants discriminate against patrons with hearing loss. People with “hidden” hea...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 28, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Audiology News Slider hearing loss hearing protection Source Type: blogs

Planning for Parental Leave as a Private Practice Owner
For many private practice owners, their clinic is their baby. My business partner—audiologist Melissa Wilson Beer—and I constantly joke about our clinic being our first child with all the highs (and lows) that come with raising a little one! The dedication and attention given to the business helps it improve and grow. This time and attention can also become a challenge when a real baby comes along. As women business owners, we navigate the world of business while carving out time to learn the world of parenting. As I prepare to welcome my first little one into the world—in just a few weeks—I spent ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 26, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jody Vaynshtok Tags: Audiology Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Practice Management Source Type: blogs

5 Tips to Create Positive Food Memories for Pediatric Feeding Groups
Think about a favorite food memory. Do you remember only the taste of the food or does the entire scene—the smell of the dishes served, the sounds of the bustling restaurant or conversation of the friends’ home, the sight of the table setting and plating of the food—spring to mind? Food can trigger memories and emotions in a way other experiences can’t. How do these multi-faceted sensory memories created by good—or bad—food experiences affect our pediatric population when it comes to feeding? Using this question as my guide, I tried to find ways to create positive memories between food ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 25, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Cindy Herde Tags: Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Feeding Disorders Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs