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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association The town of Brownwood is not big. A dot on the map, smack in the center of the great state of Texas, Brownwood lies just south of the Pecan Bayou. But in this little town of 10,000, young Roy Spence began formulating some big ideas. His inspiration came from two people he saw as larger than life.
One was his mother, Ruth, and the other was his older sister (by four years), Susan.

Susan was born in the mid-1940s with such a severe case of spina bifida that doctors feared she would die. They wanted to keep Susan in the hospital, but Spence’s mother insisted on taking her home. A driven woman who’d been a high school valedictorian and University of Texas graduate with honors, Ruth was convinced Susan would thrive in the loving care of her family.

Care for her they all did. Spence and his other sister, Mary Gordon, helped her with toileting and rubbed her legs to prevent bed sores. And every day, Spence would push her to and from school in her wheelchair. They were all proud when Susan graduated from high school and went on to community college—“unheard of in those days,” Spence says. In fact, Susan lived to be 49, for which Spence credits his mother. It’s also from his time with Susan that Spence derives his sense of purpose.
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Season 2 of "Atypical" is out on Netflix with a big difference from the first season. After receiving criticism for not casting the main character with an actor who actually has autism spectrum disorder, this season features eight actors and a writing consultant who all have ASD.17.09.2018 at 10:46 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may reap benefits when their teachers receive a classroom-based, teacher-implemented intervention, indicates a study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Benefits measured by Florida State University researchers included improvements in active engagement, adaptive communication, social skills and executive function.16.09.2018 at 09:06 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Are you wondering how to assess and treat resonance disorders? See ASHA's new Practice Portal page on this topic for more information! American Speech-Language-Hearing Association added a new photo.16.09.2018 at 06:49 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association It’s been said that we are all just one accident or illness away from a disability. As a speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years in the field, I never imagined that I would become the patient at the age of 46.

On April 9, 2017, I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare autoimmune disorder. With GBS, the myelin sheaths that cover the nerve axons are destroyed, stopping the nerves from delivering their messages properly. Weakness, tingling and paralysis occur, starting in the toes and working up.

I went from being healthy and able-bodied—skiing on April 4, 2017—to waking up completely paralyzed on April 10. In severe cases like mine, this paralysis can be fatal when it affects breathing and swallowing. I was intubated twice when my breathing was dangerously labored. I also alternated between feeding tubes and modified diets because of problems with aspiration and choking.
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association We are hiring! We are currently looking for a Clinical Research Associate to work with our National Center for Evidence-Based Practice. Is it you? Come work for one of DC's top places to work! #slpeeps #audpeeps #ASHAebp American Speech-Language-Hearing Association added a new photo.15.09.2018 at 11:11 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association How early are you able to accurately diagnose childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)? Do you need help choosing effective interventions?
Watch subject matter expert Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP, discuss in this preview video how her webinar on "Building and Expanding Your CAS Toolkit" can offer you practical tools to help kids with CAS improve their speech.

Tune in to the live webinar ( on October 24, 2018, from 3 to 5 p.m. ET. The on-demand version ( will be available October 26, 2018 through October 24, 2019.
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Learning disabilities in children may have ripple effects that can include anxiety issues and lower quality of life for families, according to a study in the Journal of Learning Disabilities. Using a parent/guardian questionnaire, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital surveyed families of children referred for assessment of learning disorders.14.09.2018 at 04:18 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Our adolescent online conference starts next week. Don't miss it - register now for practical, holistic strategies for meeting the unique communication and emotional needs of adolescents. Earn up to 3.0 ASHA CEUs in 13 days! at 03:30 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Get a glimpse of the content of our aphasia online conference by tuning into our Sept. free course. Take away strategies for improving communication between medical teams and ways patients and families can self-advocate to receive better care. Available through 9/30. Earn 0.05 ASHA CEUs. at 12:03 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Part of inclusivity is education. For typical elementary students, learning more about the disabilities of some of their classmates can be a real eye-opener. Check out this blog post by SLP Lauren Gongre Miley who outlines the "Understanding Uniqueness" program, which helps students open their minds and even their hearts.13.09.2018 at 04:37 pmLike
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Audiologists and speech-language pathologists who provide outpatient services to Medicare beneficiaries will see little change in reimbursement rates in the proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), but the rule makes several reporting changes.12.09.2018 at 08:40 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association We love stories like this! Mozzeria is one of the most talked-about pizzerias in the heart of a vibrant San Francisco neighborhood. Every staff member employed at the restaurant identifies as deaf or hard of hearing.12.09.2018 at 02:01 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Participant: "Is there ever an age or circumstance where you feel it is too late to start exposing a child to their heritage language?"
Yu: "It’s never too late to start learning one’s heritage language. Just as it’s never too late to learn any additional language."
In a recent online chat, SLP and bilingual researcher Betty Yu shares strategies for encouraging students and families to communicate in their heritage language. Read on to see what she recommends!
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Research Tuesday! Network science has been a valuable tool in language research for investigating relationships between complex linguistic elements but has not yet been applied to sound sequencing in production. In this study, the authors used standard error-based accuracy and articulatory kinematic approaches as well as novel measures from network science to evaluate variability and sequencing errors in speech production in children with developmental language disorder (DLD; a.k.a. specific language impairment). Twelve preschoolers with DLD and 12 age-matched controls participated in a three-day novel word learning study. Transcription and articulatory movement data were collected to measure accuracy and variability, and networks of speech productions were generated to analyze syllable co-occurrence patterns. Results indicated that children with DLD were less accurate than children with typical language at the segmental level. These findings did not align with performance at the articulatory level, where there were no differences in movement variability between children with DLD and those with typical language. Network analyses revealed characteristics that were not captured by standard measures of phonetic accuracy, including a larger inventory of syllable forms, more connections between the forms, and less consistent production patterns. Network science provides significant insights into phonological learning trajectories in children with DLD and their typically developing peers. Errors in word production by children with DLD do not surface as a result of weakness in articulatory control. Instead, results suggest that speech errors in DLD may relate to deficits in sound sequencing.11.09.2018 at 10:05 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Audiologists, are you ready to revolutionize learning and evolve your practice? Then join me at the ASHA Convention, November 15–17 in Boston.

Audiology programming at this year’s convention highlights ASHA’s dedication to audiology and provides an opportunity to obtain 30-plus hours of continuing education units. New audiology features this year include a hidden hearing loss mini-symposium, virtual and hands-on labs, and the 2018 inaugural cohort of the Audiology Early Career Professionals program—emphasizing networking and learning opportunities.
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association September is here and along with the beloved pumpkin spice latte, let's not forget to bask in all that's awesome about ASHA's Evidence Maps! Whether your inquiries are about Acquired Brain Injury in adults or Velopharyngeal Dysfunction, the maps have it covered! Plus we are always adding new information (so be sure to check back often)! Want to see more? Visit #slpeeps #audpeeps #slp2b #aud2b #ASHAebp
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Ben Jealous, the Democratic candidate running for Maryland Governor, is like many other candidates running in a tough race this year, with the addition of one factor: his stutter. Recently Jealous visited the National Therapy Center, a small office in Bethesda, and talked with students, teachers and a parent about what it’s like to have a stutter. “I think the least understood thing about stutterers is the extra effort we have to put into ... getting our words out clearly ... When you talk, you know what sounds are likely to catch you up, and you can feel it coming.” To learn more about stuttering, visit at 10:35 amLike