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Sloths are Slow, Doyle Bill, Rebuilt Larynx, Reading Comprehension, and ASL

Sloths are Slow, Doyle Bill, Rebuilt Larynx, Reading Comprehension, and ASL

August 11, 2019

Matt left another job this week and is making plans for a trip through Star Wars’ Galaxy Edge after the ASHA Convention this year.  Michael’s private practice continues to grow as he brings in new clients and makes connections with other SLPs and professionals.  Michelle builds up her caseload at the new job, which means more evaluations between pool days.      

 

Matt sat down with Kim Marino, CCC-SLP, the author of Sloths are Slow.  A great interactive and learning book written by a fellow SLP.  The book teaches some great facts about the sloth and asks the child to interact through a series of physical and language based activities.  Also, a portion of the books proceeds each month goes to Gigi‘s Playhouse a local organization that helps people with down syndrome. The Long Island location is opening in the spring of 2020.

 

The US House of Representatives has approved a bill for $1,000,000,000 in funding for Autism.  The Doyle Bill, also known as the Autism Cares Act, would reauthorize a similar bill from 2014.  Now it goes to the Senate to be voted on before the dollars are released.   A young boy was born without a larynx.  Through a tragic accident, his family identified this difficulty during pregnancy and when he was born, the doctors were prepared.  However, they didn’t stop there.  They made plans to rebuild his larynx using his ribs and completed it just after his 2nd birthday.  Linked Story courtesy of WREG News.

 

A newer area for school based SLPs is reading comprehension.  A new study in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Association looks at the effects of a language focused curriculum.  The group looks at how this helps in your speech room.   Delta Airlines will let passengers know which languages their flight attendants speak, starting soon Delta will include ASL as one of these languages.  What does this simple gesture mean in the world of inclusion?

 

 

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NICU Dietitian, SLPA Certification, State Representatives, Vocabulary Teachings, and Batman Voice

NICU Dietitian, SLPA Certification, State Representatives, Vocabulary Teachings, and Batman Voice

August 7, 2019

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Matt had tech training at the new school this week and is struggling with the multiple new student systems.  Michelle’s new job has her learning new documentation systems while she is teaching baby signs at home.  In private practice, Michael’s documentation can differ based on the parental needs. 

 

Sitting down with Michelle this week is NICU Dietitian Martha Ferstl.  Martha works directly with SLPs in the NICU.  She discusses the similarities in our fields and the obstacles she faces on a daily basis.  What is it that a dietian does?  Martha details a time when an MD had to be educated to keep a patient safe when it comes to nutrition.  When should you call on your company’s dietician, Michelle and Martha have the answers.    

 

ASHA would like to certify SLPAs.  What is the impact on SLPs who hold their CCCs?  Would an influx of SLPAs cause demand to drop and pay to suffer or would it be an appropriate way to self-correct the caseload issues and the need for more therapists?  How far would you go to fight for your patients and families?  An audiologist from Kentucky has stepped into the role of a state representative.  Dr. Deanna Frazier, AuD, CCC-A represents the 81st district in Kentucky.  

 

There exists a simple and easy way to improve students’ abilities in the classroom.  The key is to teach vocabulary.  A new study has looked at the way we teach vocabulary.  Experimental vocabulary lessons seem to improve vocabulary better than traditional classroom teachings.    If you were to lose your voice tomorrow, who would you want to be the last person you hear?  A young man lost his hearing and one of the last voices he heard was Batman as portrayed by Kevin Conroy. 

 

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Eating and Autism, Driving and Communication, ABA and Abuse, and Sesame Street

Eating and Autism, Driving and Communication, ABA and Abuse, and Sesame Street

July 28, 2019

Michelle returns this week!  The group opens-up about their thoughts on the ASHA Conference and should you bring children?  Matthew, Michael, and Michelle dissect their participation in Facebook groups for speech and language therapy.

 

What does eating habits have to do with Autism? A recent study states that severe eating habits could be an early sign of Autism.  The group talks about their experiences in this field.  Can you do two or three things at a time?  A student located in the ASHA Journals looked at the link between communication and driving.  How can this knowledge of a decline when doing two things be used to build better therapy trials and sessions? 

 

What is your experience with ABA?  Some look at ABA as a punishment and some look at it as the key to non-verbal communication.  The group discuss this and how its link may go back to two communication theories.  Lastly, Sesame Street and the Ad Council have worked together to bring more attention to autism. 

 

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Speech and Language Coaches, Mental Health of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Toy Story 4, and Inspiro-Porn

Speech and Language Coaches, Mental Health of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Toy Story 4, and Inspiro-Porn

July 20, 2019

The show is back on the air.  Between illness, travel, and a summer break the show returns with Michael and Matt this week.  Summer may be in full swing Michael is preparing his clinic for the upcoming school year and Matt transitions from one school district to another one. 

What happens when therapy ends?  A recent article in the ASHA Leader identifies 5 strategies to turn parents from observers to a coaches.  The impact teachers have in the classroom is unmistakable.  Research shows that teachers can support the mental health of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.  Toy Story 4 has come out and made at least one of the hosts bawl, but a small but noticeable detail shows disabilities in the movies.  

Lastly, have you heard of Inspiro-Porn?  Inspiroporn is the act of filming yourself working with a person with a disability and sharing it for “likes.”  Inspiroporn is showing a person completing a daily task but celebrating it in the news because they have a disability.  What can we do to avoid falling in this trap?

 

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Disney and a Disability, Rolling with the Magic, LGBTQ Competency, Diagnosing Dementia, and Conversations with an Toddler

Disney and a Disability, Rolling with the Magic, LGBTQ Competency, Diagnosing Dementia, and Conversations with an Toddler

June 12, 2019

Episode 82: Disney and a Disability, Rolling with the Magic, LGBTQ Competency, Diagnosing Dementia, and Conversations with an Toddler

 

This week Michael talks about taking therapy from the clinic to the real world, Michelle talks swimming with a young child, and Matt is live from Disney World. 

A Facebook post had an SLP state she may not work with a patient if she does not agree with their relationship status.  How culturally competent are SLPs when it comes to LGBTQ populations?  June is Pride Month and a study of 4 countries shows that SLPs have difficulty in identifying the needs of a growing population base.  Why does the right diagnosis matter when it comes to Dementia?  Many families hear the word dementia and think Alzheimer’s.  Its important to educate our families and patients about the differences in dementia and the expected outcomes.   Lastly, a wonderful video has hit the internet showing a dad and son talking.  The son, however, is very young but has picked up some great social language skills.  This video is a wonderful model for all parents. 

How do you do Disney World if you have a Disability?  Melissa Knight from Rolling with the Magic joins the conversation this week to help take away some of the anxiety related to vacationing with a disability.  Melissa is a blogger and Disney Parks enthusiast who visits Walt Disney World several times a year. Melissa started her blog to share her experience as a wheelchair user and loves showing people that the parks are for everyone.

 

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ASHA President, ASHA Convention Talk, Reading Aloud to Middle Schoolers, and Special Education Teacher Shortages

ASHA President, ASHA Convention Talk, Reading Aloud to Middle Schoolers, and Special Education Teacher Shortages

June 6, 2019

Episode 81: ASHA President, ASHA Convention Talk, Reading Aloud to Middle Schoolers, and Special Education Teacher Shortages

 

On this week’s show: Michelle talks orientation, Michael returns from Tahoe, and Matt talks parenting. 

Who is to blame for teacher shortages?  How do we keep teachers in the building?  Is it caused by burnout?  A recent NPR article discusses the rise of special education teacher shortages.  Do you spend time in your therapy setting reading aloud?  Would you read aloud to your middle school students?  Research points out that reading aloud helps not just young students but the older students as well.

ASHA President Dr. Shari Robertson stops by to talk what is happening at ASHA.  She speaks on when she found out she was elected, what her current roles and goals for ASHA are, and what she would like to see in the future.  Dr. Robertson speaks on her initiative to add more imagination to therapy, what we can expect at the ASHA Connect 2019 and the ASHA National Convention 2019, ASHA international outreach, and how to carry over the good will from Better Speech and Hearing month into the rest of the year.   

 

 

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SLPs Helping SLPs, FAS and Receptive Language, Reading and Better Parenting, Aggies Achieve, and Stroke Recovery

SLPs Helping SLPs, FAS and Receptive Language, Reading and Better Parenting, Aggies Achieve, and Stroke Recovery

June 1, 2019

Episode 80: SLPs Helping SLPs, FAS and Receptive Language, Reading and Better Parenting, Aggies Achieve, and Stroke Recovery

 

We at Speech Science are heart broken for the families and friends affected on the Western Part of Ohio.  Because of this, Speech Science has started emergency.speechsciencepodcast.com to allow SLPs to help other SLPs when therapy materials are destroyed due to natural disasters. 

Children with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) exhibit atypical auditory behaviors.  The study this week looks into the impact FAS has on the receptive language of children.  Parents who read to their children may be better parents according to a study out of Rutgers.  Reading with children may be a predictor to the type of parenting style you will employ.  Out of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is a wonderful story about a young stroke patient and her recovery thanks to her SLP.  Lastly, Texas A&M has created a program to allow young adults, no matter the disability, to attend college courses. 

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Ayesha Butt

Ayesha Butt

May 22, 2019

Episode 79: Ayesha Butt

 

Due to Travel and Illness taking down 2 of our 3 hosts we thought we would bring you one of our favorite interviews.  2 years ago, Ayesha Butt, a pioneer in the field in Pakistan. She speaks about creating the masters program, the need for more help, and the troubles of setting up a program in her country.

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Guillain-Barré Syndrome Recovery Part 2, Narratives on Autism, Battling Fake Science, and Soap Box Derby

Guillain-Barré Syndrome Recovery Part 2, Narratives on Autism, Battling Fake Science, and Soap Box Derby

May 18, 2019

Episode 78: Guillain-Barré Syndrome Recovery Part 2, Narratives on Autism, Battling Fake Science, and Soap Box Derby

 

On this week’s episode, Matt recounts his car accident while doing home health care and what it was like in the back of a police car, Michael traveled back to the big apple for family before his end of year evaluations kick in, and Michelle got to celebrate her first Mother’s Day as a mom and prepares for therapy training with horses.    Do you use people first language?  According to a recent study, people with autism may prefer to be called an autistic person.  How does that change your therapy mindset?  The measles outbreak has come on the backs of questionable and false science leading to anti-vaccine movements.  How do we in the clinical setting combat false science?  Lastly, many kids dream of driving a soap box derby car to victory.  One town is allowing children and young adults with disabilities and opportunity to achieve this dream for themselves. 

Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system.  Carly Stoltenberg, M.S., CCC-SLP was working as an SLP for the past 20 years when at the age of 46 her live changed over-night.  On part 2 of her interview, Carly talks about recovery and what her new normal looks like.   How do you handle not being able to communicate when your job was teaching others to communicate?  What would you say to a doctor who told you your recovery chances were low?  Carly handles it like a champ!

 

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Guillain-Barré Syndrome Recovery, Cognitive Impacts on Motor Speech, Occupational Privilege Taxes, and Getting Outside

Guillain-Barré Syndrome Recovery, Cognitive Impacts on Motor Speech, Occupational Privilege Taxes, and Getting Outside

May 9, 2019

Episode 77: Guillain-Barré Syndrome Recovery, Cognitive Impacts on Motor Speech, Occupational Privilege Taxes, and Getting Outside

 

Matt, Michael, and Michelle are all back in the chairs this week.  Matt had a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese, Michael finally saw Avengers: Endgame, and Michelle is preparing to work with horses in therapy.    What impact does cognitive load have on motor speech production?  Increased cognitive processing can impede the speed in which motor production happens.  The group discuss what this may look like in therapy.  Tennessee has recently repealed 22 million dollars in taxes by removing the $400 Occupational Privilege Tax for SLPs and AuDs.  How does our multiple licensures, accreditations, and associations affect our ability to practice. Lastly, your kids are spending too much time inside.  How long should they be outside?  Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system.  Carly Stoltenberg, M.S., CCC-SLP was working as an SLP for the past 20 years when at the age of 46 her live changed over-night.  She tells her story about being intubated, using AAC, and her recovery. 

 

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