Launching This Week: Your New Leader Live Website
For the past year, ASHA has been building a single-source website for all Leader content. Now prepare for the unveiling: This new, dynamic, frequently updated site launches Wednesday. You can find everything Leader contributors and staff produce—magazine articles, online-only columns, podcasts, blog posts, news—in one place. The site will display the “Leader Live” name and tagline—”happening now in the world of CSD”—to highlight our ability to publish quickly and responsively. Discover t...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 13, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Academia & Research Advocacy Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

ASHA Learning Pass Offered Free of Cost During COVID-19
Let’s face it—daily life feels more hectic than ever, as audiologists and speech-language pathologists juggle unprecedented COVID-19-related changes and challenges, professionally and personally. While it’s hard to find a spare second, tapping continuing education (CE) online is one way to pivot to new practice approaches, such as telepractice, while also meeting CE requirements (as in-person conferences and professional-development events are cancelled). To help out, ASHA has made its ASHA Learning Pass free for all members through June 30, 2020. Existing ASHA Learning Pass subscribers have had their sub...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 10, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Leslie Katz Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Practice Management Professional Development Source Type: blogs

ASHA Voices: SLPs in Quarantine and a Look at PDPM 6 Months Later
This week on the podcast: What happens when health care workers are exposed to COVID-19? We hear from two SLPs who share their experiences with potential exposure and self-quarantine. We also check in on the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) six months after it went into effect in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Read the transcript for this episode.  If you work in health care, there’s a possibility you will encounter a patient who has COVID-19. And if you are exposed without personal protective equipment (PPE) … What happens next? In the first half of this episode, ASHA Voices speaks with two SLPs ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 9, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Health Care Podcast Slider Speech-Language Pathology covid COVID-19 medicare PDPM Source Type: blogs

Home Practice Guidance for Parents During COVID-19
With schools closed and treatment moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic, parent involvement is more important than ever to support children with their speech-language homework. Some parents and caregivers may be well prepared to take this on, but others may have trepidations: Some may see it as too time-consuming, while others might be concerned that they won’t do it correctly. Making speech carryover practice easy to implement can increase the likelihood of parent/caregiver participation. Here are some strategies I share with parents to help them effectively incorporate speech and language practice into their ev...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 8, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Kim Delude Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

Keeping Adult Clients Motivated at Home During Physical Distancing
We’re in the midst of unprecedented physical distancing to stay safe and reduce exposure to COVID-19. With remote working, school closures, and virtual learning, everyone is forced to abandon previous daily routines and create new ones at home. This disruption is affecting our speech-language clients and their families across the health care continuum. For those of us working in hospital outpatient settings in hospitals, the challenge is providing clients at home with enough consistent and intensive practice during a critical time in their recovery. When adult clients are at home, they can be easily distracted and ca...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 7, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Emily Dubas De Oliveira Tags: Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology COVID-19 Telepractice Source Type: blogs

In Appreciation: Sandra C. Holley-Carter
The Leader is grateful to the Holley-Carter family for providing this tribute. Dr. Sandra C. Holley-Carter, 1988 ASHA president, died in her home in Mesa, Arizona, on March 9, 2020. Holley-Carter was born Sandra May Cavanaugh, March 30, 1943, in Washington, D. C., the daughter of Clyde Howard and Rebecca Naomi (Arthur) Cavanaugh. She was that rare blend of kindness, brilliance, and grace that is only found in natural and inspiring leaders. She commanded perfection and brought elegance and class to everything she did. Holley-Carter was a remarkable and relentless trailblazer, history maker, and visionary. As a child growing...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 6, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: ASHA Staff Tags: News Slider Speech-Language Pathology audiology Source Type: blogs

Masks Pose Barriers for People With Hearing Loss: Here ’s a Novel Solution
Federal health officials are on the brink of recommending face coverings to help stem the spread of COVID-19, according to recent news reports. But masks and other face coverings muffle the wearers’ voices and prevent people from reading their lips, writes University of Florida graduate student Laken Brookes in a CNN article. For people who are hard of hearing, that’s a problem, she says. Brookes, who has tinnitus, connected with a number of people with and without hearing challenges about communication problems related to masks. She notes that the fallback method—using a whiteboard passed back and forth&...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 3, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Carol Polovoy Tags: Audiology Health Care Slider audiologist COVID-19 face masks Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Source Type: blogs

Coping with a Loss of Income During COVID-19 — or Anytime
Planning cures panic. At least it’s always made me feel better. Whenever I get hit upside the head with anxiety, the first thing I do after taking a few deep breaths is to figure out what actions I can take to regain some semblance of control and peace of mind. We’re all trying to control as much as we can during this unprecedented time. If—among other things—you’re feeling on edge because you’ve recently seen a loss of income, or you’re afraid it may happen to you soon, here are the steps to take. Evaluate your emergency fund The first step is figuring out your essential monthly e...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 2, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jacob Parish Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology COVID-19 Practice Management Source Type: blogs

‘Not Just Dots On a Map’: SLPs Speak Their Truth From the COVID-19 Battlefront
Tuesday, March 10. Speech-language pathologist Fatima Warren was grocery shopping with her grandmother when she first noticed the painful body aches. Chalking it up to the rainy day and an earlier workout, she ran a hot bath. Wednesday, March 11. Warren woke up with chills, fever, and worsening aches. She drove straight to the closest ER in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. There, staff ran numerous tests, but not for COVID-19. The 45-year-old didn’t qualify because she hadn’t traveled outside the country and couldn’t name a contact with the virus. Thursday, March 12. Worried about infecting her 13-yea...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - April 1, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Bridget Murray Law Tags: Slider Speech-Language Pathology Uncategorized acute care Cognitive Rehabilitation Dysphagia FEES Health Care MBSS personal protective equipment skilled nursing facilities Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 and Audiology: Closed Practices, Empty Campuses, Halted Research
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the country, most everyone has had to adapt in some way to accommodate this strange new normal—audiologists and hearing researchers included. With calls and procedures for self-quarantine and guidance for small businesses and universities varying from state to state, hearing care professionals may find themselves thrust into new situations. Some are being asked to adopt telepractice for the foreseeable future, and others are quickly switching to virtual-only learning for their audiology students. ASHA is constantly monitoring the situation as it evolves daily. For more inf...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 31, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jillian Kornak Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Slider audiologist COVID-19 Telepractice Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: Ethical Considerations for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
Many ASHA members are calling with questions, as almost all types of service delivery are changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donna Euben, ASHA’s ethics director, along with our practices teams, pulled together some of the most frequently asked ethics-related questions during this unprecedented time. Read her answers to these questions, which also include links to numerous resources. Plan for providing uninterrupted services.  I’m an audiologist at an outpatient/inpatient hospital clinic. Am I at risk of client abandonment if I refuse to treat patients to minimize my exposure to the virus that causes C...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 30, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Donna Euben Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology COVID-19 Professional Development Technology Telepractice Source Type: blogs

UHC, Cigna, Tricare Health Plans Expand Telepractice Coverage
Three major health plans—United HealthCare (UHC), Cigna, and Tricare—have expanded telepractice coverage for speech-language pathology services, potentially affecting more than 70 million American subscribers. UHC’s coverage includes commercial plans, Medicaid managed care plans, and Medicare Advantage plans, which together cover about 45 million Americans. ASHA has been building relationships with UHC for two years through ASHA’s Private Payer Summits and has been advocating for several weeks for telepractice coverage in the wake of COVID-19. UHC announced the coverage expansion Thursday, March 26,...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 28, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tim Nanof Tags: Advocacy Health Care News Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology COVID-19 Telepractice Source Type: blogs

10 Ways Children With Language Disorders Can Maintain Both Physical Distance and Social Connection
Social distancing—or more accurately, physical distancing—is now our way of life. As difficult as it is, it’s our new normal, at least for the short term.  Even with physical distance, we find ways to connect socially. We call or use video chats to stay in touch with friends and family, email jokes or stories, and post on social media. Other community activities continue virtually: worship services, fitness classes, concerts, and more. We discover ways to maintain social distance without losing social connections. Children with language disorders, however, find social interactions challenging in...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 27, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Diane Paul Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder COVID-19 Language Disorders social skills Source Type: blogs

ASHA Voices: How COVID-19 is Changing Our Work Lives
In this episode, we talk with audiologists and SLPs throughout the country about the pandemic’s immediate and drastic effects on their work. From the Seattle area to New York City, they are facing significant challenges, but they are also rising to those challenges. Read the transcript for this episode.  Featuring voices of professionals in schools, private practice, academia, and health care, this episode delivers snapshots of what members are experiencing in various workplace settings, including skilled nursing facilities. Before I can clock in, we have to go and take our temperature and record that. And...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 26, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Podcast Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology audiologist Augmentative Alternative Communication communication sciences and disorders COVID-19 hearing loss Social Medi Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: Private Practitioners Report on Office Closures and Telepractice
As schools and businesses shut down the week of March 16 in response to social distancing and shelter-in-place directives related to COVID-19, private practitioners put the brakes on in-person treatment. To keep their services going in this uncertain time, many have embraced telepractice—a new medium for some. State and individual payer regulations vary on telepractice coverage; check state and payer websites regularly for updated information. ASHA is continually updating webpages on telepractice and COVID-19 (also listed below in the resources section), and has also released new guidance on providing private-p...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 25, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Carol Polovoy Tags: Advocacy Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology COVID-19 medicare Source Type: blogs

ASHA Revisits Guidance on Medicare Telepractice
Audiologists and SLPs may provide telepractice services to Medicare Part B (outpatient) beneficiaries who choose to pay privately, according to ASHA’s new interpretation of Medicare laws. This determination stems from ASHA’s direct communication with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services staff and consultation with Medicare law experts and other professional associations. Very simply: A federal statute excludes audiologists and speech-language pathologists from Medicare reimbursement for telepractice. Therefore, because telepractice is not a covered benefit when provided by an audiologist or SLP, such serv...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 24, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Neela Swanson Tags: Audiology News Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Health Care medicare Telepractice Source Type: blogs

10 Strategies to Train Parents and Improve Carryover for Students Using AAC
Editor’s note: We’re hearing from school-based speech-language pathologists who want resources to share with parents during the COVID-19 disruption. Several SLPs told Leader editors they want to help parents ease changes in structure that might significantly affect their children with communication disorders, while also providing activities to continue their speech-language progress. Look for a series of blog articles starting soon that feature members’ stories of how they’re handling COVID-19 by work setting. Often when I visit schools as an AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) consulta...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 23, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Rebecca Eisenberg Tags: Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Source Type: blogs

5 Steps to Get Started in Telepractice
Over the last few weeks, many schools and clinics nationwide—well, really worldwide—have been shutting down in response to COVID-19. While this is an uncertain time for all of us, fortunately many audiologists and speech-language pathologists might be able to offer services for clients using telepractice. Editor’s note: Per ASHA guidelines, use of telepractice must be equivalent to the quality of services provided in person and consistent with adherence to the Code of Ethics, audiology scope of practice, speech-language pathology scope of practice, state and federal laws, and ASHA policy. Even before this...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 18, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jessi Andricks Tags: Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Technology Telepractice Source Type: blogs

Using Telepractice to Provide Early Intervention Services to Families
Editor’s note: This post was previously scheduled for next month. In light of the closures and increased demand for telepractice services due to COVID-19, we posted it now. A post scheduled for later this week will detail steps for launching new and/or expanding existing telepractice services. In addition, ASHA staff have compiled telepractice resources for members.  I work for an early intervention practice offering speech-language, occupational, and physical therapy in Southern California. Like many early childhood service providers, we practice and understand the benefits of family coaching. We progress much ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 16, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Ryan Landinguin Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology bilingual service delivery Early Intervention Source Type: blogs

West Virginia Is First of 3 States to Pass Interstate Compact for the Professions
West Virginia is pioneering flexible practice, becoming the first of three states to pass legislation approving the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC). This legislation would allow audiologists and speech-language pathologists to legally and ethically practice across state boundaries and through telepractice with a single license. In addition, Utah and Wyoming just passed similar measures. How did West Virginia achieve this milestone? Basically, we networked with legislators and with  professionals from other professions who had succeeded in passing their respective interstate compa...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 13, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Vickie Pullins Tags: Advocacy Audiology News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Telepractice Source Type: blogs

ASHA Voices: Talking Work Wellness With the SLP Happy Hour Hosts
We all experience work stress, so let’s talk about it. Maybe you’re feeling depleted or experiencing burnout in some way. Once that cycle starts, it can get harder to step back and revitalize. “I got home just feeling completely exhausted. It was hard for me to even carry my bag up the stairs.” – Kristin MacInnis On this episode of ASHA Voices, we talk with Sarah Lockhart and Sarie Wu, the hosts of the podcast SLP Happy Hour, about how to get some of that headspace back. Courtesy: SLP Happy Hour They share what they’ve learned from producing a show about healthy work and personal l...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 12, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Podcast Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development social skills Source Type: blogs

E-luminations: Racing Cars Helps Me Live With Degenerative Swallowing Disorder
It’s not often that a person growing up among the cotton fields of southwest Oklahoma goes on to become a successful manager of global technology companies, but Leland White is not your average person. During his career, he built and managed semiconductor manufacturing plants around the world and provided management consulting services to large corporations and federal agencies. After a successful business career, he retired in Colorado to pursue two passions: downhill skiing and high-performance driving. Referred to by family and friends as “Lee,” he turned 78 last spring. I talked to Lee about the chall...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 11, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Sharon Baker Tags: Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

Why Participate in Medicare Quality Reporting? (Even if You Don ’ t Have To)
If you treat Medicare Part B beneficiaries, you might be required to report quality measures to Medicare. But even if you are not required to participate this year, you could be included in the future—so it might be a good idea to voluntarily participate now just for practice. You may even choose to opt-in to the program to earn financial incentives if you can participate successfully. Some clarity Medicare’s quality reporting program, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), requires some providers to report their compliance with certain patient interaction measures. A provider’s failure to parti...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 9, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Sarah Warren Tags: Audiology Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology medicare private practice Source Type: blogs

Everyday Ethics: Dos and Don ’ts for Clinical Supervisors of Students
What if a graduate student doing their speech-language pathology clinical placement—or audiology externship—was asked by their supervisor to perform a procedure on their own. And they are unsure about their readiness to do such a procedure flying solo. The short answer? As a student, you aren’t yet obligated to abide by ASHA’s Code of Ethics. However, your ASHA-certified supervisor is so obliged. The answer to the questions below raises some ethical considerations a supervisor should consider. I’m a graduate student, and my clinical placement is in a hospital. SLP graduate student clinician:&...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 6, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Donna Euben Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development supervision Source Type: blogs

Protecting Those You Serve, Co-Workers, and Yourself From COVID-19
ASHA is sharing information and resources about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to help you protect yourself, staff, clients/patients/students, and other individuals involved in your audiology or speech-language pathology practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide regular updates as the situation unfolds. ASHA suggests you routinely check with these agencies for up-to-date guidance on prevention and treatment. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with and follow any official COVID-19 guidance issued by your employer. The CDC provides infor...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 5, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Diane Paul Tags: Audiology Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology COVID-19 infection control Practice Management Source Type: blogs

The Importance of Hearing Screening in Our Youngest and Most Senior Clients
In recognition of World Hearing Day today, I am sharing guidelines and insights—from nearly four decades as an audiologist—on providing hearing screening for clients and patients at critical junctures. Communication sciences and disorders professionals continue to learn more about the effects of hearing loss on speech, language development, and cognition. Obviously, audiologists conduct hearing screenings, but they often aren’t on treatment teams in many of these situations. Speech-language pathologists are on the front lines of communication services in rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health agenci...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - March 3, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Kathy Dowd Tags: Audiology Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Source Type: blogs

ASHA ’ s New Tool Can Help You Discover What You Know —Or Don’t—About Professional Interactions
ASHA debuts a new engagement experience to help boost your interactions with clients, students, families, colleagues, and others in your professional world. That’s Unheard Of offers you information in quick, digestible bites, catering to the few minutes you might every so often—waiting in line for coffee, store checkout, airport check in, carpool, or for a doctor’s appointment. What is “That’s Unheard Of”? Not your typical digital tool, the new site provides resources you can take advantage of during those wasted minutes. What if during those times you could take a brief quiz designed to...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 28, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Andrea Moxley Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Cultural Diversity Professional Development Source Type: blogs

ASHA ’ s New Tool Can Help You Discover What You Know —Or Don’t—About About Professional Interactions
ASHA debuts a new engagement experience to help boost your interactions with clients, students, families, colleagues, and others in your professional world. That’s Unheard Of offers you information in quick, digestible bites, catering to the few minutes you might every so often—waiting in line for coffee, store checkout, airport check in, carpool, or for a doctor’s appointment. What is “That’s Unheard Of”? Not your typical digital tool, the new site provides resources you can take advantage of during those wasted minutes. What if during those times you could take a brief quiz designed to...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 28, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Andrea Moxley Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Cultural Diversity Professional Development Source Type: blogs

ASHA Voices: Language and Identity —Shifting Away from a Deficit Perspective on African American English
In our second of two episodes in honor of Black History Month, we’re addressing African American English, or AAE. AAE is a language variation. Maybe you’ve heard it called a dialect. It sounds different from Mainstream American English. It has its own rules and grammar, and it emerged from a long language tradition. But when AAE is not recognized, it can be misdiagnosed as a language disorder. Read more from our guests: Megan-Brette Hamilton: An Informed Lens on African American English Dionna Latimer Hearn: Don’t Get It Twisted – Hear My Words We explore the link between identity and language. &...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 27, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Academia & Research Podcast Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Cultural Diversity Source Type: blogs

Are You Passionate About Working With People With Hearing Loss?
Aural rehabilitation is a growing part of hearing health care. Joining SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, is a chance to delve more into the research and meet like-minded colleagues. What would you say to encourage other colleagues to join SIG 7? If you have an interest in networking with professionals around the globe who are passionate about working with people with hearing loss, SIG 7 is for you. The group has excellent discussions and great resources provided throughout the year. How has your involvement in this SIG improved your understanding of and engagement with the field of aural rehabili...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 26, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Rachel Glade Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Private Practice Slider Aging and Hearing Loss aural rehabilitation early hearing detection and intervention hearing health care Source Type: blogs

3 Pros of Building Up Assets Versus Paying Off Debt
Snowball. Avalanche. Gazelle. Search engine optimization (SEO) words for the National Geographic, you ask? Maybe, but they’re also terms for debt-payoff strategies popularized by personal finance commentators. Being debt-free, and getting there as fast as possible, are widely promoted in the personal finance community. This is, of course, a good thing. Having no debt is a great accomplishment and can come with some real emotional benefits. Some people feel less stress just knowing they don’t have debt payments. With that said, here’s my zag—I think this idea has been over-emphasized. The general poi...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 24, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jacob Parish Tags: Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

ASHA, HLAA Offer Resources for Members to Use as World Hearing Day Approaches
A long-standing champion of World Hearing Day, ASHA uses the opportunity to spread relevant public health messages and provide members with the tools to educate consumers. The World Health Organization (WHO) organizes World Hearing Day, recognized annually on March 3. Each year the WHO creates a new theme and offers specialized resources, published in a dozen languages, and hosts activities at its Geneva headquarters and around the world. Dovetailing on the WHO themes—this year it’s “Hearing for Life”—ASHA generates national campaigns and tools to help spread the message. ASHA and HLAA provide...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 21, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Pierson Tags: Academia & Research Advocacy Audiology Events Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Source Type: blogs

A Dozen Ways to Use Muffin Tins in Sessions
Looking for new activities? Limited space? No time to prep? No problem. Just grab a muffin tin and gather small objects or print little images to add 12 simple activities to sessions. A muffin tin serves multiple purposes for a variety of skill levels and ages on your caseload. I use muffin-tin activities to target articulation, phonology, expressive and receptive language, vocabulary, and more. Try one or more of these activities : Focused stimulation. Use small objects or pictures with targeted phonemes. Have the child identify the targeted object/photo from the field of 12 after producing the target word. Production pr...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 19, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Klaire Brumbaugh Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Early Intervention Language Disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

What Are Your Pronouns? CSD Faculty Members Share Theirs
“Good morning, boys and girls!” “Hello, ladies and gentlemen.” It might surprise you to learn these common greetings can be exclusionary—or a microaggression—for people in the LGBTQ+ community. As a cisgender communication sciences and disorders (CSD) faculty, we learned from our students and colleagues how simply changing the language we use to address people creates a more inclusive environment. What’s the big deal about pronouns? No one set of pronouns fits all. It’s impossible to know what pronoun a person uses without asking them. As speech-language pathologists, we unde...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 18, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Shelley D. Hutchins Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Microneedles Offer Possibilities for Inner Ear Treatments
Researchers at Columbia University’s medical and engineering schools are developing 3D-printed microneedles that may safely deliver drugs to the largely inaccessible inner ear. Because of the ear’s anatomy, delivering drugs—including promising gene therapies and other drugs for hearing loss—to the inner ear is challenging. The inner ear is almost completely surrounded by bone, and is shielded from substances in nearby blood vessels by a barrier similar to the blood-brain barrier. Study Identifies 38 New Hearing-Related Genes in Mice ASHA Voices: What If Permanent Hearing Loss Could Be Reversed? New...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 14, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Carol Polovoy Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Slider hearing loss Source Type: blogs

ASHA Voices: Ijeoma Oluo Talks Race, Conversation, and Microaggressions
We know it can difficult to talk about race, but today’s guest, author Ijeoma Oluo, says that difficulty shouldn’t stop us from having those conversations. The best-selling author spoke as a special guest of ASHA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at the 2019 ASHA Convention. She delivered OMA’s 50th Anniversary Address.   Joined by 2018 ASHA President Elise Davis-McFarland, I spoke with Oluo at the convention. We explore the challenges and opportunities in discussing race, and also talk about microaggressions. In honor of Black History Month, we’re focusing our entire episode on th...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 13, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Podcast Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention communication sciences and disorders Cultural Diversity social skills Source Type: blogs

4 Insights on AAC I Learned From My Son With Autism
As a young professional in the field of communication sciences and disorders, I wanted to specialize in something. I just wasn’t sure what, exactly. Little did I know my son’s autism diagnosis would foster a passion for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). My son Colin was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old. He also has childhood apraxia of speech. So I knew early he needed some type of AAC. A few months later, Colin began his journey using a communication device. I, in turn, dived into the world of speech-generating devices (SGDs). Within a few days of using his communication device, Co...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 12, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Deidra Darst Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Augmentative Alternative Communication Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

Tips to Help Caregivers Educate Others About Their Child ’ s Dysphagia
Parenting is hard. Trying to parent in the world of parent-shaming is really hard. It’s not enough to raise a child to be a functional member of society. It’s dealing with all of the information and “help” from well-meaning people that causes parents to feel insecure, isolated, and criticized. Parents often hear “Just give them a taste. They’ll like it,” from family members about their kid with feeding aversions. “I gave them some and they were fine,” to the parent of a child who is NPO (nil per os or nothing by mouth). Some may even use more extreme methods to “d...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 10, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Heather Riga Tags: Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia Early Intervention Feeding Disorders Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

Supporting Families in Educating About Children ’ s Dysphagia
Parenting is hard. Trying to parent in the world of parent-shaming is really hard. It’s not enough to raise a child to be a functional member of society. It’s dealing with all of the information and “help” from well-meaning people that causes parents to feel insecure, isolated, and criticized. Parents often hear “Just give them a taste. They’ll like it,” from family members about their kid with feeding aversions. “I gave them some and they were fine,” to the parent of a child who is NPO (nil per os or nothing by mouth). Some may even use more extreme methods to “d...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 10, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Heather Riga Tags: Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia Early Intervention Feeding Disorders Swallowing Disorders Source Type: blogs

Communication and Goals: Keys to Successful Mentoring
Discussion group on health care to learn about hot topics. A six-month completion date for covering this topic. Goals don’t need to be complicated, but keep them clear, measurable, and completed within an established time frame. Even a general question can help get you both started on setting goals. Try something like: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Then you can work backward to create the action steps needed to get there. At times, mentees might not have a solid direction for their career, and that’s OK. Just keep up consistency of communication. ASHA offers many ways for you to mentor...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 5, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Andrea Moxley Tags: Audiology Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Using Books to Start the Conversation About Big Feelings in Young Students
Being a small child with big feelings is hard. The glow of holidays and winter break has faded and it’s a long time until summer. For my 4- to 6-year-olds, this time of year often brings on those big feelings. I can easily find tons of age-appropriate resources covering emotions like happy, sad, and angry. But what about creating an environment to discuss disappointment? Anxiety? Guilt? We live in a time in which these more complex feelings can come out earlier, last longer, and more intensely affect young developing minds. I’ve discovered several approaches to work on processing these types of feelings with my...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - February 3, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Nicole Corin Tags: Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Language Disorders social skills Source Type: blogs

Strategies to Support Parents Caring for Adult Children with Disabilities
Parents caring for their adult children with communication disorders walk a tight rope. They precariously inch along the wire of life, balancing their own responsibilities plus those of their children. They also balance myriad schedules, health care professionals, therapies, medications, and special equipment necessary for activities of daily living. Many of these visionary parents rejected the prevailing past trends to institutionalize their children. These parents might have been active in making sure their children received appropriate services in school, or home schooled. Many also advocated to change laws improving e...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 31, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Nola Radford Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs

ASHA Voices: Innovations on Strengthening Feeding And Swallowing Services
We delve  into feeding and swallowing disorders on this episode of ASHA Voices. From incorporating exercise science values into dysphagia treatment to developing new tools for measuring biofeedback, the work of today’s guests is shaped by their unique personal and professional experiences. With a background in exercise science, speech-language pathologist Lori Burkhead Morgan brings an interdisciplinary lens to dysphagia treatment. Learn why Morgan would only take a surface electromyography device with her to a deserted island. “If you are at the point that you want to eat three times a day, then I’...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 30, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Podcast Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Dysphagia eating Purdue swallowing Telepractice Source Type: blogs

TBI Leaders Respond to Comments Dismissive of Traumatic Brain Injury
Reporters recently asked President Trump about news that U.S. troops had sustained various degrees of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an Iranian missile strike. He responded, “I heard they had headaches and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can report, it’s not very serious.” An outcry followed these remarks, with military leaders and others noting that TBI has been called a “signature injury” among U.S. troops in the recent conflicts in the Middle East. Fifty U.S. troops are reported to have TBI resulting from the Iranian strike.  Research has tied mild TBI (mTBI, the pred...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 29, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Bridget Murray Law Tags: Audiology Slider Speech-Language Pathology blast injuries Cognitive Rehabilitation cognitive-communication disorder hearing loss TBI tinnitus Traumatic Brain Injury Source Type: blogs

5 Reasons I Switched from a Salaried Employee to a 1099 Independent Contractor
For several years before I got married, I worked as a salaried employee for a large agency. “W-2” employment provided me, a young speech-language pathologist, with certain benefits while allowing me to work in a wide range of clinical settings. The agency automatically withheld my Social Security and Medicare taxes, for example. Once I got married, however, my husband and I started thinking more about what employment situation would work best for our family.  We ultimately decided that the best fit for me involved switching to an independent contractor. Here’s why: Flexibility Working for a staffing ...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 27, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Lauren Goldslager Tags: Audiology Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Health Care Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Your Advocacy Brings Legislative Successes and Opportunities
The legislative pace in Congress is often slow and unpredictable. However, thanks in large part to ASHA member advocacy, we saw significant progress in 2019 on issues important to ASHA members and their clients. And as the second session of the 116th Congress begins, ASHA is ready to seize opportunities to achieve key public policy priorities in 2020 and beyond. Once again, sustained member advocacy is key. In 2019, we worked on Medicare coverage for audiology services, as well as audiology and speech-language telepractice. ASHA—working with the American Academy of Audiology and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology&md...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 22, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Brian Altman Tags: Academia & Research Advocacy Audiology Health Care Speech-Language Pathology Cultural Diversity Early Intervention medicare Telepractice Source Type: blogs

Spotlight on Special Interest Group 5, Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders
Peer support. Engaging exchanges on velopharyngeal surgery. Access to timely resources. SIG 5 offers all that and more. What would you say to encourage other colleagues to join SIG 5? Angela Dixon: For much of my career I was the only SLP in my state who specialized in cleft/craniofacial disorders. That was a lot of pressure and can be very isolating. It was difficult to not have an easy team of SLPs to learn from, bounce ideas off, etc. Joining SIG 5 provided that for me. I met a group of SLPs who had passions similar to mine, and SIG 5 allowed me an opportunity to network, learn, grow, and eventually even make friends. M...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 21, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Alison Scheer-Cohen Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Slider Speech-Language Pathology communication sciences and disorders craniofacial craniofacial disorders Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

ASHA President: Is Parents ’ Smartphone Use the New Secondhand Smoke?
In a prominent “USA Today” op-ed—featured in the newspaper’s online Opinion section and reprinted by publications all over the country—ASHA 2020 President Theresa Rodgers addresses adults’ digital usage habits. Rodgers writes about how parents’ preoccupation with smartphones can negatively affect their children’s speech and language development. Parents’ diverted attention deprives children of essential day-to-day human interaction. This crucial early interaction fuels language development and communication skills. In the piece, Rodgers writes: “But anyone raising...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 17, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Francine Pierson Tags: Advocacy Audiology News Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Language Disorders social skills Speech Disorders Source Type: blogs

ASHA Voices: What If Permanent Hearing Loss Could Be Reversed?
On this episode of ASHA Voices, we dive into the research behind hearing loss reversal. While investigating a genetic form of hearing loss affecting transduction, researcher Jeff Holt  found he could successfully reverse hearing loss in mice. How did the researcher test the rodents’ hearing? By unexpectedly playing loud music and looking for a response in the subjects, nicknamed Beethoven mice. “A deaf mouse doesn’t jump at all, no matter how loud a sound you play. But after introducing our gene therapy into the ears of Beethoven mice, we find they jump again,” says Holt. Also on the show, sens...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 16, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: J.D. Gray Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care Podcast Slider Speech-Language Pathology ASHA Convention audiologist Hearing Assistive Technology hearing loss Source Type: blogs

5 Tips for Communicating With Educational Advocates Before and During IEP Meetings
“There’s an educational advocate coming to the IEP meeting.” Believe it or not, those were some of the first words I heard minutes into my first day of being a school-based speech-language pathologist. I began working as a school-based SLP in Los Angeles five years ago. I worked in an elementary school with a large special education population. Within my first few days at the school, the administrator who ran IEP meetings told me education advocates often came to meetings and asked a lot of questions. Insights on IEP Meetings as a Parent and SLP AAC Goes to School SLPs: Ideas to Build Your Brand With Co...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - January 15, 2020 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Jasmin Nikzad Davoodi Tags: Audiology Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs