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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Nationwide, about 13% of students qualify for services under IDEA, but the number varies significantly from state to state. 04:50 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association According to new research published in the JAMA (, healthy lifestyle might reduce the risk for dementia, even in people with a high genetic risk. To learn more about dementia and how speech-language pathologists treat people with dementia, visit 10:32 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association If Early Hearing Detection and Intervention is your passion, check this out! Applications due Nov. 8!18.07.2019 03:23 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Be on the lookout this fall for a slew of new emojis that are embracing more inclusion and diversity! We are most excited about the ear with a hearing aid (but are kind of intrigued by the flamingo, too)! 10:54 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Want to go to #ASHA19 in Orlando? July 29 is the deadline to enter to win a VIP package to convention, including convention registration, a three-night hotel stay, dinner for two, and two tickets to ASHFoundation events. Purchase your raffle tickets now! 08:40 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 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, which would 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. To follow along be sure to follow ASHA Advocacy!17.07.2019 06:37 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Anna and Brian completed their master’s degrees and are beginning their speech-language pathology fellowships. Anna starts seeing patients independently during her first week of work. Brian’s facility requires him to achieve clinical competency before seeing patients independently. He first observes a clinical preceptor and then gradually begins seeing patients with supervision and feedback. After demonstrating his knowledge and skills by meeting a checklist of requirements, Brian starts seeing patients independently.

When Anna and Brian meet up three months later, Anna says she is often unsure of what to recommend for her patients, and that coworkers sometimes change the plan of care she developed. On the other hand, Brian is confident—by working with a preceptor and mastering the competency checklist, Brian established a consistent level of care before providing clinical services independently.

Anna and Brian are fictional, but Anna’s story may sound familiar—to new graduates working in medical speech-language pathology, to experienced clinicians starting new positions, and to experienced clinicians who are frustrated by coworkers who provide inconsistent clinical services.
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Many young children develop a stutter as they learn to speak—as their brains are processing thousands of new words and sounds in the first few years of their lives. For the majority of these children, the stutter will go away on its own. But for others, the right treatment with a speech-language pathologist can make a big difference. Check out this post featuring ASHA member and SLP Kristin McKee about how to tell the difference. For more information about how speech-language pathologists can help treat stuttering, visit 10:15 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association "The world of app development was a steep learning curve. But I quickly learned that SLPs possess remarkable managerial skills, given how many tasks we juggle in our workday. People often view product development and entrepreneurial work as creative and free-flowing. But in my experience, entrepreneurship actually involves a whole lot of leading." 05:46 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Research Tuesday! To guide the development of future trainings in the inpatient rehab setting, the authors this study aimed to expand the current understanding of (a) the experiences of SLPs who work in inpatient rehab settings when providing AAC services to individuals with complex communication needs and (b) the challenges and facilitating factors related to AAC services within this context.

They used an online focus group to explore experiences of 11 SLPs who work within inpatient rehab settings. The authors gathered information about (a) the role of the inpatient SLP in AAC service delivery, (b) rehab team service delivery, (c) successes and challenges to supporting individuals with complex communication needs within this setting, and (d) communication training opportunities.

Themes that emerged included: (a) the complicated logistics of rehab; (b) the centrality of the rehab team; (c) the limited AAC tools, knowledge, and trainings for rehab providers; and (d) SLPs’ attitudes.

Participants reported navigating complicated logistics unique to the inpatient rehabilitation re. time constraints, limited AAC funding, the continuum of rehab care, and limited AAC policies in attempting to meet patient needs. Generally, participants suggested successful team collaboration, yet limited time, expertise, tools, and training opportunities challenged attempts to support individuals with complex communication needs.

Increased access to AAC tools and the development of AAC trainings are recommended to equip rehabilitation professionals with skills to build interprofessional and AAC skills so patients with complex communication needs can maximally participate in the rehabilitation experience.
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Eighteen months after new rules took effect, clinicians are still getting used to Medicare’s system for keeping tabs on how much therapy a beneficiary receives.
What was the change? Congress repealed Medicare therapy caps—the maximum outpatient speech-language treatment and occupational and physical therapy a beneficiary could receive per year—in February 2018 as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association We are smack dab in the middle of summer and it's time to get outdoors! But how do you get your kids off their devices and get moving?* SLP and ASHA member Samah Saidi offers eight suggestions to help families get the most out of their summer. For more information on ASHA's Healthy Communication & Popular Technology Initiative, visit (*AAC devices excluded)15.07.2019 10:03 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association I wanted to do something to help others better understand and learn to befriend and support children with ASD. One study reported that as many as 77% of kids on the autism spectrum are bullied at least once a month, with 43% bullied weekly. I wondered: If people had a better understanding of what it is like to have ASD, would they be more kind to people on the spectrum?

I decided to hold an autism-understanding community event to educate neurotypical people of all ages about what it might feel like to have ASD, and what they could do to be a better friend and support to those on the spectrum.
12.07.2019 05:29 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Elections are coming and a new study is out showing that the number of voters with disabilities is on the rise. Are you doing anything to help your clients learn how to navigate the process (obviously without trying to sway their opinions)? 12:40 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Ever wonder what it’s like to collaborate on newborn hearing screening and early intervention services in a developing country? In the July Access Audiology feature article, find out how a team of hearing health professionals, through the work of the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, established a comprehensive pediatric hearing program in Mongolia.
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Unfortunately the number of children who experience trauma is increasing. These students need to feel safe and loved before they can begin making headway on their communication goals. Speech-language pathologist Cayla White offers four strategies to help everyone begin to move forward.11.07.2019 10:18 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association What would 1,100 of the world’s leading technologists, tech scholars, and future-casters say if you asked what they think about the future of truth?10.07.2019 08:33 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association On the lookout for a new, audiology-focused CE course? You're in luck! We have two new online journal courses that are just for you.
In the 2017 Audiology Research Highlights journal course, you will explore a collection of research articles that reflex the diversity of the field.
In Innovations in Audiology, you'll learn about teleaudiology, eHealth services, as well as Internet programs and smartphone applications that can help with managing hearing and hearing-related issues.
Both of these journals are 20% off through the end of August, so take advantage of these savings before time runs out!
10.07.2019 01:00 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association After opening Mozzeria, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria in San Francisco that employs only deaf individuals, Russ and Melody Stein are coming to Washington, D.C., with their dream to open the same restaurant concept in the same neighborhood as Gallaudet University. Check out this article by the Washington Post and start to plan your road trip now!10.07.2019 10:27 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Katharine G. Butler, 1978 and 1996 ASHA president, died on June 17, 2019.
"For many of us in the speech and language world, Kay was nurturer-in-chief who provided the push we needed to leave her protective professional and personal nest. In Kay’s unique, forward-looking style, she taught us to break traditions that needed to be broken, to “fight the good fight” in language-learning disabilities and the expanding role of speech-language pathologists in literacy. Kay took on many issues before they became issues. She had an amazing ability to look beyond the curve in the road and figure out what the next challenge might be, how it might present itself, and what to do about it."
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