U.S. Parents Worried About Child's Communication Skills
TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 -- One-quarter of parents with children younger than age 8 years are concerned about their child's ability to communicate, according to poll results released by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Between... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
SNF Medical Directors and Clinicians in PDPM Have Vital Role
On October 1, 2019, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) will change how skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are reimbursed for post-acute care provided to Medicare A recipients. The major change from the existing Resource Utilization Group (RUG IV) system is the shift in focus from therapy to patients ’ clinical characteristics and services rendered. This is a natural transition because the role of SNFs has evolved over time, from rehabilitation to subacute care for medically complex patients. PDPM separates therapy and nursing as distinct payment drivers and further distinguishes physical ther apy, occupational th...
Source: Caring for the Ages - April 27, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Rajeev Kumar Tags: Guest Editorial Source Type: news
Foreman Therapy Services: finalist
Foreman Therapy Services is a finalist for the Entrepreneurial Opportunity Contest in partnership with BBVA Compass. For more information on the contest, click here. Company description: Foreman Therapy Services (FTS) is a healthcare staffing company providing physical, occupational and speech therapists to home health agencies across the country. Our mission statement is to change the culture of the home health industry. This ties in everything from t he type of staff we want to hire, the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 17, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: The Business Journals Content Studio Source Type: news
Foreman Therapy Services: Entrepreneurial Opportunity Contest finalist
Company description: Foreman Therapy Services (FTS) is a healthcare staffing company providing physical, occupational and speech therapists to home health agencies across the country. Our mission statement is to change the culture of the home health industry. This ties in everything from the type of staff we want to hire, the type of work environment we want to create, the type of team we want to build and the level of quality we want to deliver to our patients. The ho me health industry… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 10, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: The Business Journals Content Studio Source Type: news
CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for Its Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech Language Pathology Services Accreditation Program
Final notice from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the approval of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) as a national accrediting organization for outpatient speech language pathology and physical therapy services at public health agencies, clinics, and rehabilitation agencies that want to participate in Medicaid or Medicare programs. The approval is effective April 4, 2019 through April 4, 2025. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news
Einstein Adds Curriculum on Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
BRONX, NY—(February 28, 2019)—Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have long benefited from the training pediatricians receive to treat autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, or other disorders. Their doctors often connect these young patients with many professionals—from physical, occupational, and speech therapists to psychologists, social workers, and special-care dentists. But as children grow up, they soon discover there are far fewer physicians aware of their unique needs. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - February 28, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
Electrical stimulation of brain trialled as aid to treating stutter
Technique could help speed up fluency training and make the effects more permanentPeople who stutter are being given electrical brain stimulation in a clinical trial aimed at improving fluency without the need for gruelling speech training.If shown to be effective, the technique – which involves passing an almost imperceptible current through the brain – could be routinely offered by speech therapists.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 25, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Neuroscience Language Medical research Source Type: news
Health Tip: Before You Get Help for Stuttering
-- Different speech therapists have differing approaches for stuttering, so it's important to evaluate your needs before choosing a therapist, the Stuttering Foundation says. Before starting treatment, the Foundation suggests asking therapist... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
What is Genomic Imprinting?
Discussion Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) is a rare genetic syndrome first characterized by Silver in 1953 and Russell in 1954. Patients with SRS have characteristic growth patterns and clinical findings, although within an individual patient there are phenotypical differences. Patients are born small-for-gestational age (SGA) but have a relative macrocephaly. There is postnatal growth failure and difficulty feeding, with a very low body mass index. Body asymmetry (e.g. hemihypertrophy) and facial features (i.e. protruding forehead, triangular facies, micrognathia, dental anomalies, downturned mouth corners, and ear anomali...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 26, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
Incalculable harm to special needs education | Letters
Guardian readers respond to our report on the rise in families desperate for educational support for their childrenAn increasingly effective framework of support for some of the nation ’s most vulnerable children and their families, young people with special educational needs and disabilities, that has shown steady progress since the groundbreaking 1978 Warnock report, has been destroyed by the policies of Michael Gove and George Osborne (Crisis looms for special needs education, 23 October).As a former local education authority (LEA) senior adviser and higher education lecturer for special educational needs (SEN), I...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 24, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Special educational needs Disability Society Michael Gove Politics George Osborne Austerity Economics Business Teaching Schools Psychology Science Conservatives Source Type: news
Social communication assessment after TBI: a narrative review of innovations in pragmatic and discourse assessment methods - Steel J, Togher L.
BACKGROUND: Social communication assessment after traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains a challenging area within speech-language pathology (SLP) clinical practice. Difficulties include the lack of TBI-specific standardized assessment instruments and limite... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
WATCH: A speech therapy session with US's youngest face transplant recipient
A year after her surgery, Katie Stubblefield is still adjusting to life with her new face, which includes learning how to talk again. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nightline Source Type: news
How speech-language pathologists can minimize bullying of children who stutter - Yaruss JS, Reeves N, Herring C.
This article summarizes six key steps, based on the work of Murphy and colleagues, that clinicians can take to minimize th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Stealthy TheraNova spinout Piccolo Medical raises $2.3m
Piccolo Medical, a stealthy spinout from medical device incubator TheraNova, yesterday reported raising a funding round worth more than $2 million. The San Francisco-based company, founded in 2016, is developing catheter navigation technology, according to its LinkedIn page. Founder & CEO Alexey Salamini (an Olympic gold medalist in rowing) also started Speech Buddies, which sells pediatric speech therapy devices and connects patients with speech therapists. Salamini also co-founded miraDry developer Miramar Labs, which was acquired for $20 million in cash and another $14 million in potential milestones last ...
Source: Mass Device - August 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Catheters Funding Roundup Piccolo Medical Source Type: news
Brain Stimulation May Significantly Improve Post-Stroke Aphasia Brain Stimulation May Significantly Improve Post-Stroke Aphasia
Researchers looking to offer relief to people who have aphasia after experiencing a stroke assessed noninvasive brain stimulation as a way to boost gains from speech therapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news
Recognizing Early Childhood Speech Problems
MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 -- You eagerly await baby's first words and delight at his growing vocabulary. But that excitement may cause you to miss speech problems that should be corrected quickly. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
Bham investment firm acquires $27M Austin hospital
A Birmingham health care real estate investment company has made a multimillion purchase in a suburb of Austin. The Sanders Trust acquired Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital at 5980 Kyle Parkway in Kyle, Texas, in a $27 million deal. The two-story, 54,400-square-foot hospital is leased by a joint venture between Post Acute Medical, Seton Healthcare and Medcore Partners. In addition to medical rehabilit ation management, the hospital provides physical therapy, speech language pathology, occupational… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news
Health Tip: Recognizing Hearing Loss in Infants
-- If an infant has hearing loss, it can affect the child's ability to develop speech, language and social skills, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. An infant's first hearing screening is recommended typically within the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
Tablet computers can be of use in speech therapy for kids
(Kazan Federal University) Thus, computer games have been established to be a potential benefit for speech therapy and for children's motivation and satisfaction from classes. Moreover, games can be used both in hospitals and in outpatient activities. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
How Tech As Therapy Can Be Big Business
How a speech therapy app is helping children to overcome speech impediments, and have fun in the process. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alice Bonasio, Contributor Source Type: news
What is the Developmental Outcomes of Patients with 22q11 Deletion Sequence?
Discussion 22q11.2 deletion sequence (22q11) is the most common micro-deletion syndrome. Most deletions are de novo. It affects ~1 in 2000-4000 live births. As it is autosomal, it affects males and females equally. Childhood mortality is low and often associated with congenital heart defects. Its phenotypic expression is highly variable. Some of the most common medical problems are: Congenital heart defects especially conotruncal abnormalities Palatal problems especially velopharyngeal incompetence and/or cleft lip/palate Immunodeficiency especially T-cell lymphopenia, but also abnormalities of IgG production, autoimmu...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 11, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
Medical News Today: How to stop or reduce a stutter
An estimated 70 million people worldwide are affected by stuttering. For some, it can significantly impact communication. Here, we discuss the types of stutter and ways to manage them. Learn tips to use on a daily basis and which long-term solutions can help, including speech therapy and altered auditory devices. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology / Neuroscience Source Type: news
Many Parents Miss Speech Disorders in Young Kids
The poll of more than 1,100 audiologists and speech-language pathologists across the United States found that 69 percent said parents of young children are not aware of the early warning signs of speech/language disorders. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
French Man First to Have Second Face Transplant
Along with medicines to reduce the risk that the second transplant is rejected, Hamon is also receiving mental health support and speech therapy. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is accepting public comment on an information collection for the request for certification in Medicare and Medicaid programs for providers of outpatient physical therapy and/or speech-language pathology which is used to determine if the provider conditions of participation are met. Comments are due by May 14, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 13, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news
New Drug Could Help Treat Core Symptoms Of Autism
BOSTON (CBS) – Currently 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder in the United States and there’s no drug yet to treat it, but now researchers at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York are studying whether a first-of-its kind drug, called Balovaptan, could make a difference. Balovaptan prevents a molecule from binding to brain receptors and is designed to improve social interaction and communication in people with autism. Previous research in adults has been promising. Researchers say this treatment would not be a cure and that kids would still need speech therapy, occupational therapy and educat...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Autism Autism Drug Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news
Stephen Hawking May Have Been the Longest-Living ALS Survivor. Here ’s What We Know
The world lost one of its most brilliant scientific minds Wednesday, when legendary physicist Stephen Hawking died at age 76. Hawking’s cause of death was likely amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that wears away at nerve and muscle function over time. He was first diagnosed with ALS more than five decades ago, at age 21, and was initially given just a few years to live — making the very nature of his long, illustrious career as much of a scientific marvel as the theories and discoveries it yielded. Here’s what to know about ALS, and what may have allowed Hawking to beat th...
Source: TIME: Health - March 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news
Medicare Therapy Caps Repealed by Congress
17 hours ago ... “Millions of vulnerable patients who need occupational, physical and speech- language therapy will now be protected from an arbitrary limit on how much Medicare will pay for needed therapy,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP's executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer. LeaMond ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - February 10, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news
Knowledge, confidence, and practice patterns of speech-language pathologists working with adults with traumatic brain injury - Riedeman S, Turkstra L.
PURPOSE: Although speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are important members of the health care team serving adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) with cognitive-communication disorders, little is known about services SLPs deliver and how they rate their... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
Toughen up, senior snowflakes, swearing at work is good for us | Andr é Spicer
Evidence suggests that older people are more offended by foul language, but perhaps they should embrace it and find something else to complain aboutTaking offence has become hobby number one among the young. According to some, today ’s teens and twentysomethings are part ofgeneration snowflake. These fragile souls are supposed to find any intrusion into their carefully curated digital universe a form of “symbolic violence”. To protect themselves, they call for “trigger warnings”, “no-platforming”, and “safe spaces”. Now the older generation have had enough. They want a ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Andr é Spicer Tags: Work & careers Older people Freedom of speech Language Psychology UK news Source Type: news
Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agency Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 38-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services Requirements. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit:...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news
Reena ’s story: A bright future with short bowel syndrome
She’s just 16, but Reena Zuckerman knows exactly what she wants to be doing in another 10 years. “My dream is to play on the press team in the annual Women’s Congressional Softball Game,” says the aspiring political journalist. Since 2009, the event has pitted members of Congress against the press corps, raising nearly a million dollars for charity. “When I’m not doing schoolwork or watching TV, I’m listening to political podcasts and NPR,” Reena confesses. It’s an impressive goal, but one that’s no doubt attainable for this driven teen, who’s been pushing h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 10, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation Dr. Tom Jaksic G-tube short bowel syndrome (SBS). volvulus Source Type: news
Pentax adds ASHA ’ s voice problem assessment tools into voice and speech software
Hoya‘s Pentax Medical said today it inked a licensing agreement with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to incorporate a tool it designed to help assess voice problems into a software modules used in Pentax’s voice and speech assessment products. The Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice tool was developed by the ASHA to “provide a standardized protocol and assessment form for speech-language pathologists to describe and document clinical auditory-perceptual assessments of voice quality,” according to a press release. The iCAPE-V tool will be integrated into a new soft...
Source: Mass Device - November 9, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Diagnostics Software / IT Hoya Corp. Pentax Medical Source Type: news
Rheumatology leaders praise bipartisan framework to repeal medicare therapy caps
(American College of Rheumatology) The Medicare therapy caps were originally introduced in 1997 as a part of the Balanced Budget Act. Arbitrary caps on outpatient therapy services covered by Medicare -- including physical therapy, speech language pathology, and occupational therapy -- were put in place in order to reduce federal spending and balance the federal budget. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
$1.25 million grant to improve treating children with autism, other needs
(Penn State) Penn State faculty members have received a $1.25 million federal grant to address a shortage in speech-language pathologists and special educators with master's degrees who have the knowledge and experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) practices, in order to improve school-based services and results for children, teens and young adults with complex communication needs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Augmented tongue ultrasound for speech therapy
(CNRS) Researchers have developed a system that can display the movements of our own tongues in real time. These movements are processed by a machine learning algorithm that controls an 'articulatory talking head.' This avatar shows the tongue, palate and teeth, which are usually hidden inside the vocal tract. This " visual biofeedback " system, which ought to be easier to understand and therefore should produce better correction of pronunciation, could be used for speech therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
A collaborative model for return to academics after concussion: athletic training and speech-language pathology - Dachtyl SA, Morales P.
PURPOSE: In this article, we describe an academic concussion management protocol designed for grades Pre-K to 12, called Cognitive Return to Exertion (CoRTEx). Collaboration between the speech-language pathologist (SLP) and athletic trainer (AT) is highlig... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
The effect of human engagement depicted in contextual photographs on the visual attention patterns of adults with traumatic brain injury - Thiessen A, Brown J, Beukelman D, Hux K.
Photographs are a frequently employed tool for the rehabilitation of adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working with these individuals must select photos that are easily identifiable and meaningful to their client... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news
Learning to listen: A journey with deafness
Before her son’s first birthday, Xi began to worry that something was wrong. “Bosyn was only around a year old, but I could tell he was very distracted — he wouldn’t look up when a phone rang or when a character in a movie yelled,” recalls Xi. “He would respond more to bright lights or colors than to sounds.” The nine months following his second birthday were filled with appointments, inconclusive hearing tests and pediatricians dismissing Xi’s worries because she was a first-time parent. But Xi couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong. The family decided to ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 2, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Andrea Vega Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Dr Jennifer Johnston Margaret Kenna Otolaryngology Department Terrell Clark Source Type: news
SAGE Publishing reports continued strong growth in 2017
SAGE Publishing, one of the world’s leading independent academic and professional publishers, today reported continued strong performance and growth across its journals portfolio in the 2017 Journal Citation Reports (Source: 2016 Web of Science Data). SAGE continues to see consistent growth within the reports. This year 70% of SAGE journals received an increased ranking with 49% of SAGE journals now ranking within the top half of their subject category. 233 titles now place in the top 30% of the JCR and over 100 SAGE journals received a top 10-category rank. 566 titles are now listed totaling a 40% increase in SAGE j...
Source: News from STM - July 21, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: European Featured Source Type: news
Similar improvements between speech language therapy delivered online and in-person
(Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care) A recent Baycrest study found that patients who accessed speech language therapy over the Internet saw large improvements to their communication abilities that were similar to those of patients doing in-person therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Getting and giving support for cleft lip and palate
Jack Dolan came into the world with a laugh. His mother, Erin, was mid-chuckle during labor when he was born — “a really joyful entrance,” she says. Looking down at her new son, she and her husband, Jimmy, breathed sighs of relief. “We took one look at him and thought, ‘He’s beautiful,’” she remembers. “We knew then that everything was going to be okay.” It was a happy celebration after a pregnancy sometimes marked by stress and anxiety. During ultrasonography, Erin and Jimmy had learned that Jack would be born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Erin, a nurse ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 13, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Cleft and Craniofacial Center cleft lip and palate Dr. John Mulliken Olivia Oppel Source Type: news
Aphasia recovery via speech therapy related to structural plasticity of the ventral stream
(Medical University of South Carolina) Strengthening the inferior longitudinal fasciculus (ILF) via speech therapy is associated with significant semantic error reductions in aphasic stroke patients, report Medical University of South Carolina investigators in an article published online June 19, 2017 by Annals of Neurology. These findings suggest that speech recovery is related to the structural plasticity of the residual language network, that semantic skills are integrated by the ILF and that strengthening the ILF is possible with therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Expert insight on cleft lip and palate
Learning that your baby has a cleft lip or palate can be upsetting, but these birth defects are quite common. They occur early in pregnancy when tissue from each side of the head grows together to form the face. If these tissues don’t completely join, the result is a cleft, or gap, on one or both sides of the upper lip. A cleft palate occurs when the tissue that forms the roof of the mouth doesn’t fully come together, leaving an opening between the mouth and nose. It’s not clear what causes a cleft lip or palate, but a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors appears to be involved. “Al...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 6, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Ask the Expert Diseases & Conditions Cleft and Craniofacial Center cleft lip Cleft lip and Palate Program cleft palate Dr. Ingrid Ganske Source Type: news
Social communication assessment during post-traumatic amnesia and the post-acute period after traumatic brain injury - Steel J, Ferguson A, Spencer E, Togher L.
BACKGROUND: Social communication impairment is a persisting and debilitating consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, there has been little empirical speech-language pathology (SLP) study focusing on the early stage of recovery after TBI, incl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
Figshare Partners With ASHA to Enhance Discoverability and Reuse of Their Research Outputs
Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, today announced a new partnership with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to showcase supplementary research outputs within the communication sciences and disorders discipline. As a professional society representing 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists, ASHA is committed to the publication of research, and has been for more than 80 years. Research outputs published across ASHA’s peer-reviewed scholarly journals will be aggregated under one portal...
Source: News from STM - June 23, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Featured World Source Type: news
Understanding Aphasia After Brain Injury
June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, and I wanted to share some of what I have learned on my journey through aphasia after brain injury. According to Wikipedia, the term aphasia implies that one or more communication modalities in the brain have been damaged—and are therefore functioning incorrectly. The difficulties for people with aphasia can range from occasional trouble finding words to losing the ability to speak, read, or write; their intelligence, however, is unaffected. Since no two brain injuries are ever the same, the way aphasia affects one person can vary greatly from the next person. In my own expe...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Confronting Autism Early Is The Key To Effective Therapy
This study, which we called “Grandma Knows Best,” showed that frequent interaction with a grandparent, primarily the grandmother—who isn’t as reluctant to share her concerns—dramatically accelerated the age of diagnoses, by four to five months. This is very significant; an “earlier” autism diagnosis normally refers to a few weeks rather than several months. These results suggest that close family and friends should feel comfortable saying something—and parents should be receptive to hearing it—because doing so may lead to earlier detection and treatment. Help Yourself,...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Clear spoken language model promotes language learning in children with cochlear implants
(University of Helsinki) According to recent doctoral study from University of Helsinki, slow, prosodically emphasized and stressed spoken language help children with cochlear implants in language learning. Also the involvement of parents in speech therapy is important. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Living with Rett syndrome, living with hope
For the first year of her life, Ava Gryniewicz seemed to be developing like any other happy baby. She had learned a few words, including “mama” and “dada,” and was picking up Cheerios with pincer fingers. But by the time she was 14 months old, everything had changed. Ava started to lose these skills and wasn’t reaching other milestones. At the recommendation of her daycare center, she started early intervention. “She wasn’t keeping up and her daycare providers were concerned that standard daycare might be too much for her,” says her mom, Joanne. That’s when Joanne and h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Alycia Berg Augmentative communication Dr. Jonathan Picker rett syndrome Rett Syndrome Program Suzanne Rose Source Type: news