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DSHA will be at this year’s ASHA Convention in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!  Stop by and say “Hi”!


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association It’s long been known that abnormal clumping of proteins—known as tau proteins—in the brains of people with dementia is linked to changes in nerve cell activation and death. Now it appears that there are two structurally different forms of tau and that each plays a distinct and different role in the development of dementia.
The findings come from an international team of researchers, who expressed the two forms of human tau in nerve cells of fruit fly brains, and examined their effects on nerve cell survival and activation, fly movement, and memory formation.
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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association If you are on the back-to-school countdown in your house and tensions are rising, check out this article by ASHA President Gail J. Richard and ASHA Associate Director, School Services Stacey Ellison Glasgow that provides a 10-day countdown of activities to help start the year off strong!18.08.2017 at 11:00 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Speech-language pathologists are experts in speech and language development but parents are experts in their children. Here are four tips from SLP Jonathan Suarez on how to bring the two fields of expertise together and help a child make progress.17.08.2017 at 05:15 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association added 3 new photos to the album: Sprout Social Photos.17.08.2017 at 03:29 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association “The school district said it wasn’t the speech department’s job to work with her. The school psychologist refused to see her, so the school counselor worked with her [but] refused any input from me. By the end of the school year she had whispered one word to the teacher … [then she] moved before the next school year.”
—Meghan, a school-based speech-language pathologist
Have you experienced a similar situation to the one described above from a school-based SLP? Selective mutism is a disorder in which a child does not speak in some situations—typically school—but does speak in others, such as at home.
Professional consensus designates anxiety as the core of this disorder, with an array of other variables interacting with anxiety and contributing to the mutism. These variables can include a reticent or withdrawn temperament, second-language learning, environmental stressors and underlying articulation or language disorders.
16.08.2017 at 04:17 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association College football is right around the corner and here's one player to look out for! Cornhusker Todd Honas, who is 90 percent deaf, relies on his hearing aids, his other senses, his teammates and his will to play to help the team each season. Go, Todd!16.08.2017 at 10:45 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association If you work in the schools and work with children with hearing loss, keep reading! SLP and Associate Professor at Idaho State University Kristina Blaiser tells you about how ASHA SIG 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, is providing its affiliates with up-to-date information and resources to help serve this population and are here to help!15.08.2017 at 05:04 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Research Tuesday! Limited research has examined the interrelationships among cardiometabolic parameters, physical activity, and hearing function. Hearing function was this study’s purpose. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003–2006 were used in the path analyses. Physical activity and hearing function were both objectively measured. Various cardiometabolic parameters were assessed from a blood sample. Subjects were adults 30–85 years (N = 1,070). Physical activity was negatively associated with triglycerides and insulin. Triglycerides and insulin were positively associated with high-frequency pure-tone average (HPTA). The direct path from physical activity to HPTA was nonsignificant. The study concluded that physical activity was associated with select cardiovascular disease risk factors—several of which were associated with hearing function.15.08.2017 at 10:53 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association As a speech-language pathologist, I may be overly sensitive when it comes to vocabulary use, but every time I hear the word “tolerance” in reference to cultural and linguistic diversity, I shudder. I hope that as SLPs, we can work to move past “tolerance” to “appreciation.”
“Tolerance” has in the past been a buzzword in education, churches, business, politics and the media in attempting to ease cultural tension while highlighting our need to become more aware of cultural differences in our country. Tolerance may be necessary to start building a strong foundation of cultural competence, but it cannot end there.
As a woman of color, I am an advocate for addressing diversity in an attempt to reduce the incidence of hate crimes, racism, bigotry and discrimination. The many programs that have been developed to promote tolerance education are excellent ways to help us become more aware of cultural and linguistic differences while learning to live and react amiably with those who are different from ourselves.
14.08.2017 at 03:23 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association According to a new study published in the journal Exceptional Children ( children who are African-American, Hispanic and/or come from non-English speaking households are less likely to receive speech and language services in kindergarten than white children who are otherwise similar to them. ASHA’s focus continues to be on appropriate identification, discerning difference from disorder and advocating for needed services for all children. To learn more visit our Practice Portal on Cultural Competence: at 11:01 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association One week after Katie Schwartz started a new job, the hospital where she worked closed its entire speech department. The hospital gave Schwartz three months’ warning of the closure, and she took the time to figure out the right career move.
The speech-language pathologist knew from working in hospitals and schools that she enjoyed working with adults and wanted enough flexibility to spend time with her family. She also wanted to do something different.
“During those months, I noticed several people who work in my community—the bank manager and other professionals—had speech disorders,” Schwartz says. “So one night after I put my daughter to bed, I decided to try to start my own business being an SLP for businesspeople.”
13.08.2017 at 09:01 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Speech-language pathologists who need to assess multilingual children with suspected speech sound disorders can turn to a new tutorial for help. Written by the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech and published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, the tutorial draws on international research evidence and professional expertise to provide a comprehensive overview of working with multilingual children with suspected speech sound disorders.12.08.2017 at 05:22 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Get new strategies and tools to make more informed diagnostic decisions by participating in our live webinar, Speech and Language Assessment in Multicultural Populations. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association added a new photo to the album: Sprout Social Photos.11.08.2017 at 06:35 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Children who use handheld screens—smartphones, tablets and electronic games—before they begin to talk may be at higher risk for speech delays, according to research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. A team led by Catherine Birken, the study’s principal investigator and a staff pediatrician and scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids Foundation) in Toronto, examined 894 children (ages 6 months to 2 years) participating in TARGet Kids!, a Toronto practice-based research network, between 2011 and 2015.11.08.2017 at 02:19 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association The school year is almost here! Are you ready? Be sure to follow our School-Based SLPs Pinterest board for ideas, resources and more! Let's make this the best school year yet!11.08.2017 at 12:02 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Too much to do and too little time to do it can lead to increased stress! Check out these three tips from SLP Dan Fitch on how to save just a little bit of time here and there that can add up to more time for you.10.08.2017 at 05:20 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Throwback Thursday! A recent addition to ASHA's archives, this is a small ladies celluloid ear trumpet that was manufactured in Paris, France circa 1920s. The earpiece is able to collapse into the trumpet thereby allowing the device to be easily concealed in the hand which was very popular with women at the time.The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association added a new photo to the album: Sprout Social Photos.10.08.2017 at 10:00 amLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association In a segment on the reality-TV show “For Peete’s Sake,” Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney role-play a traffic stop with their 19-year-old son RJ, who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Robinson Peete quizzes him on what he’d do if he got scared.
“Call my mommy,” says RJ.
“Nooooooo,” says Robinson Peete. “Because then you have to reach into your pocket and get your phone, and that would be a problem because …”
“They will shoot you?” asks RJ.
“They will shoot you?” asks RJ.
“It’s a little more complicated than that,” responds Robinson Peete. “And it happens not just to black kids, but sometimes more often to black kids.”
Rodney Peete jumps in: “Unfortunately, a lot of it has to do with the color of your skin. You have to be extra careful. You do not reach into your pocket. You do not make any sudden movements. Everything you do has to be extra slow.”
“You just have to do everything they say, OK?” says Robinson Peete.
Processing all this, RJ looks slightly bewildered. “OK,” he says slowly, and ultimately answers correctly when his parents drill him on proper protocols like keeping his hands up and saying, “Yes, sir” and “No, sir.” Later in the segment, Robinson Peete shares that she wishes these conversations weren’t necessary. But they are, especially for a young black man with ASD.
09.08.2017 at 04:07 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Davis E. Henderson is the first Navajo to join the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi, where he says he plans to research ways to more accurately assess the speech and language abilities of Navajo children. "What I would like to do is to look at the speech sounds Navajo people produce—how do they produce the English sounds, what Navajo influences carry over into their English that should not be counted as errors but as cultural speech differences?”08.08.2017 at 04:15 pmLike
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Self-advocacy skills can help students who stutter adopt an attitude of openness and self-acceptance by taking an active role in creating a safe and nurturing environment in their school.08.08.2017 at 12:23 pmLike