Early Intervention

The Early Intervention Committee of DSHA was formed to address the needs of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists working in preschools, daycares and homes in our community. This team of five members has planned evening meetings including “Traveling Through Transition” with a panel discussion and networking opportunities for therapists with children transitioning from early intervention services to schools.

New members and ideas for meeting topics are welcomed. Please email: dsha@dsha.org with suggestions.

Early Intervention news

The Too Small to Fail initiative is a partnership between Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation that is committed to helping individuals, communities and businesses take action to improve the health and well-being of America’s children ages zero to five.

They’re using social media outlets to share early childhood developmental milestones, tips for improving and increasing language skills, and are working with Univision to target the language and literacy gap in Latino children. Lots of focus on helping Spanish speaking families, currently only one up-and-running/hands-on program in Tulsa.

http://toosmall.org/

Providence, RI – Project called Providence Talks is targeting low socioeconomic families and Spanish speaking families to reduce knowledge gap using a recording device called “Lena.” Lena records and analyzes how many words are spoken to the child in a day and also records conversational turn taking. Family and teacher then discuss strategies for improving communication based on the recordings. Program reports that all recordings are erased as soon as they are downloaded and analyzed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/us/trying-to-close-a-knowledge-gap-wor…

Most recent CDC numbers show 1 in 68 diagnosed with autism in 2010. ASHA blog response: SLPs need to learn to differentially diagnose between autism and new DSM-5 diagnosis of “social communication disorder.” However there is currently minimal assessment, treatment, and reimbursement for SCD – so we early intervention SLPs need to develop these as well as assist fellow practitioners/team members in the correct dx of ASD. ASHA is encouraging earlier dx of both disorders, around age 2. Also recommending increased education for Black and Latino communities as there is a gap in autism diagnoses when compared to white children.

http://blog.asha.org/2014/03/31/skyrocketing-autism-numbers-a-call-to-ac…