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Transgender Voice Therapy, PDPM Fall Out, Virtual Reality Rehab, OTC Hearing Aides, and Down Syndrome and Voice

Transgender Voice Therapy, PDPM Fall Out, Virtual Reality Rehab, OTC Hearing Aides, and Down Syndrome and Voice

October 15, 2019

Matt recounts his weekend camping with his son in the cub scouts.  Michelle continues to improve her ability as a therapist and living on a military base. 

 

Tina Babajanians, aka the Voice Stylist, is an SLP who left the typical therapy routes and works with the transgendered voice.  Tina talks to Michelle about her road to speech and language therapy and its impact on her life.  Tina discusses the strategies in working with a transgender voice patient and ways to ensure generalization through Gender Affirming Voice Training. 

    

Patient Driven Payment Model has officially taken its toll and people’s paychecks have been affected.  Pay cuts, layoffs, and 15 minute group therapy is affecting SLPs across the country, what have you seen from PDPM?   On November 1st, a new rule goes into affect for over the counter hearing aides.  Is this a good thing to help those that need it or will this become a bigger problem that wouldn’t have happened if a person went and saw an audiologist to start with?

 

How do you target real world simulations in therapy?  Would virtual reality help?  A new study is looking at virtual reality and concussion rehab.  Lastly, a study looks at the relationship between voice output and a person with Down Syndrome.  What does the results mean for your therapy?    

 

 

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Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, PDPM, Executive Functioning, and Hippotherapy

Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, PDPM, Executive Functioning, and Hippotherapy

September 18, 2019

Speech Science has a guest host all the way from Seattle, Julie Fechter.  Julie, a PRN SLP in a variety of positions, weighs in on the news around speech and language.  Matt and his kids began their donut trail, Michelle returns from a vacation, and Michael has begun working with local school districts.   

 

Matty Manley and Megan Meyer met at Rare Disease Week on Capital Hill and something clicked between them.  As parents to children with congenital muscular dystrophy, they decided to educate others and find a way to help their children along the way.  Two Rare Mama Bears Podcast was born.  Matty and Megan sit down with Matt to talk about their journey.   

 

Patient Driven Payment Model goes into effect in less than 2 weeks.  What does this look like for the therapists?  Some therapists have been told their hours are getting cut while others are being told to see patients in a group while some have gotten a 3% pay cut. 

 

Do you target executive functioning in your therapy sessions?  What exactly is our role and how do we target this?  Michael talks about how he looks at it in his clinic.  Michelle explains hippo therapy and how it can help. 

 

 

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Teletherapy, Communication Concerns, AAC Vocabulary, Cochlear Implants, and Surf Therapy

Teletherapy, Communication Concerns, AAC Vocabulary, Cochlear Implants, and Surf Therapy

September 2, 2019

Matt and Michelle hold down the fort this week.  Matt has begun seeing his students and after 2 weeks of planning, he runs into MAP testing, which means schedule changes.  Michelle is planning a trip back to Colorado and continuing her therapy positions.  The crew continues to plan for ASHA and a special offer for Patreon donors! 

 

Teletherapy can be considered the wild west of the therapy realm.  Eric DeGrove from Blink Teletherapy Sessions breaks down how therapy looks and works via teletherapy.  Eric DeGrove is the founder and president of Blink Session, a telehealth platform designed specifically for speech therapy. Blink Session's story started back in 2016 when Eric and his wife, Rikki, a speech pathologist, looked into adding teletherapy to their private practice in Colorado Springs, CO where they live. They soon learned that there were no live video platforms out there with the features therapist would need to help replicate Online, what SLPs do in person. Since Eric’s background is in software development, he explored the potential of building a platform that would include features that would help SLPs do amazing therapy Online, and that is how Blink Session was born.

 

One in 4 parents are concerned about their children’s communication abilities.  How does a therapist help reach out to those parents?  How much time do you put into deciding the vocabulary to be used for AAC?  Four variables are listed to identify appropriate vocabulary to use in AAC therapy. 

 

Cochlear implants have been implanted for dual hearing losses.  Now the FDA has cleared the way for hearing loss in one ear and the use of Cochlear implants.  Lastly, the importance of whole body therapy is shown daily.  A group working with students to learn to surf allows therapy to be targeted in the ocean. 

 

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PTSDSLP, Sesame Street, Autism and the NFL, and Eye Tracking Research

PTSDSLP, Sesame Street, Autism and the NFL, and Eye Tracking Research

August 24, 2019

Matt starts at his new school job which means building the puzzle pieces of a therapy schedule.  Michelle welcomed family from across the country into her home.  Michael has been collaborating with local SLPs to prepare for the upcoming school year.  Matt’s youngest son can be heard in the background during parts of the show.          

 

Imagine sitting in your therapy room with a student when the sound of a firework goes off.  But its not a fire work, its an active shooter.  Some of us have been through trainings such as Alice.  But no one talks about what happens afterwards.  Rachel Archambault, MA CCC-SLP, has been a speech and language pathologist serving in the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida.  She was working with students when shots rang out.  Rachel has taken this experience and began the PTSDSLP to help therapists cope and work with students who have been through a traumatic experience.  She also speaks about her journey to bring in a therapy animal.

 

The new school year has begun and with that, the influx of students and parents with tech.  ASHA has released 7 resolutions to curve the tech appeal.  The Autistic Self Advocacy Group does not agree with Autism Speaks and the message they are fostering in the new Julia ads from Sesame Street.  The Autistic Self Advocacy Group has pulled their support but what does this mean on how we treat our families and what language do we use?

 

How familiar are you with eye gaze?  How much time do you spend on coordinating the board to allow for greater accuracy in choices?  A new research article discusses how we can help our patients use eye gaze more accurately.  Lastly, the NFL continues to make strides to help families with disabilities.  The Philadelphia Eagles has opened an autism friendly room for their games on Sundays. 

 

 

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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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