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Kristin Martinez and Teletherapy Discussion Part 3, Literacy and Dementia, Cameras in the Therapy Room, Reading Rates and Aphasia, and the Annie Glenn Award

Kristin Martinez and Teletherapy Discussion Part 3, Literacy and Dementia, Cameras in the Therapy Room, Reading Rates and Aphasia, and the Annie Glenn Award

November 20, 2019

The Discord is up and ready for people to interact with the crew 24/7. Matt and Michelle are prepping for ASHA this week!  As this goes live, Michelle will be in the air and Matt will be driving through the foothills of Tennessee. Are you making your plans to see the live taping at ASHA? Head over to Xceptionaled.com for more information to see the crew live in Florida.  Matt is presenting on the Ethics of Podcasting and Michelle is hosting a live Speech Science Event.

 

Teletherapy looks to be the future of speech and language pathology. What is the best way to handle the increase and demands? Michelle sat down with Kristin Martinez from PresenceLearning for a 3 part interview diving into the nuts and bolts of Teletherapy. This week on part 3, they talk about discharge and answering all of your questions about teletherapy. Kristin Martinez is the head of Clinical Standards and Outreach at PresenceLearning.

    

Did you know there may be a link between literacy and dementia.  Recent research shows that literate patients or patients that are life long readers may have a less chance at cognitive decline and dementia.  How does literacy impact your ability to correctly identify cognitive decline.  How comfortable would you be with a camera in your therapy session?  Who should or shouldn’t access it?  A school district in Dallas wants cameras in every special education classroom. 

 

The reading rate of speakers may be impacting people with Aphasia.  A study looked at rates of 120, 150, and 180 words per minute to identify the appropriate speed.  Could this impact receptive language students in the classroom?  It is ASHA week, what are your plans?  Make sure you tag #SSPOD in all of your ASHA podcasts and visit the hosts live on the show floor. 

 

 

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Kristin Martinez and Teletherapy, Structural Changes in the Brain, PDPM and Dysphagia, Switches and Communication, and Stem Cell Grown Larynx

Kristin Martinez and Teletherapy, Structural Changes in the Brain, PDPM and Dysphagia, Switches and Communication, and Stem Cell Grown Larynx

November 17, 2019

The Discord is up and ready for people to interact with the crew 24/7. Matt, Michael, and Michelle jump right into the topics this week as they prep the week before ASHA. Are you making your plans to see the live taping at ASHA? Head over to Xceptionaled.com for more information to see the crew live in Florida.

 

Teletherapy looks to be the future of speech and language pathology. What is the best way to handle the increase and demands? Michelle sat down with Kristin Martinez from PresenceLearning for a 3 part interview diving into the nuts and bolts of Teletherapy. This week on part 2, they discuss what therapy looks like and general questions about Teletherapy. Kristin Martinez is the head of Clinical Standards and Outreach at PresenceLearning.

    

Screen based media has risen many concerns in the realm of therapy and parenting.  The risks of increased ADHD or language deficits have always been a concern but now a study from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital shows structural differences caused by screen time.    PDPM is back in the news, again.  If your patient has a modified diet, you will get more funding.  What strains does this put on a therapist in a SNF?  Could there be more pressure to put someone on a modified diet and they don’t need it?

 

An SLP taught her dog to communicate using switches.  Matt dives into why he doesn’t like the way switches or buttons are used in therapy and the crew discuss better ways to use them with a purpose.  Science continues to push bar and some days it feels like science fiction versus science facts.  A group of scientists have grown a Larynx using a persons stem cells.  Lastly, Speech and Language Pathology is listed as a top paying job where you don’t have to work 40 hours, fact or fiction? 

 

 

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Evaluating in Teletherapy, Juvenile Detention and Special Education, Equine Therapy, Games and Vocabulary, and Push-In Therapy

Evaluating in Teletherapy, Juvenile Detention and Special Education, Equine Therapy, Games and Vocabulary, and Push-In Therapy

November 9, 2019

The Discord is up and ready for people to interact with the crew 24/7.  Matt questions the ethical concerns of Spookily the Square Pumpkin due to watching Halloween Cartoons too much.  Michael is ramping up for the fall by increasing his pumpkin intake.  Michelle and family prepped for Halloween by having baby Speech Science dress as an Avocado.    Are you making your plans to see the live taping at ASHA?  Head over to Xceptionaled.com for more information to see the crew live in Florida. 

 

Teletherapy looks to be the future of speech and language pathology.  What is the best way to handle the increase and demands?  Michelle sat down with Kristin Martinez from PresenceLearning for a 3 part interview diving into the nuts and bolts of Teletherapy.  This week on part 1, they discuss the ways to orchestrate evaluations using Teletherapy.   Kristin Martinez is the head of Clinical Standards and Outreach at PresenceLearning.

    

Students with disabilities or who receive special education services are more at risk for Juvenile Detention.  Would an increase in early intervention help to lower the risk of students ending up here?    Equine Therapy is a new approach for speech and language therapy and other related services.  A study in Nebraska looks at its positive affects for students on the spectrum. 

 

Increases in vocabulary have shown an increase in language growth and reading comprehension, but could we grow vocabulary through games alone?  A recent student looked at this exact topic and the games through Vocabulary. Com.  There are multiple ways to see your students in the school setting and Push-In may be the most desirable.  However, only half of studied SLPs serve less than 25% of their students in a push-in model. 

 

 

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Low Initiation and Autism, The Virginia Bridge Project, Vocabulary Effects, and Best Therapy Games

Low Initiation and Autism, The Virginia Bridge Project, Vocabulary Effects, and Best Therapy Games

November 3, 2019

This week Michelle is traveling and Matt and Michael are flying solo.  Michael has been working closely with the school based SLPs and participating in school visits for his private clinic patients.  Michael talks about the hurdles he comes across as being the outside SLP.  Matt was wrapping up his progress reports and balancing the paperwork with the amount of therapy time while on the personal side of watching his youngest turn 3. 

   

How important is joint attention?  A new study looks at the link between a lack of joint attention and a future diagnosis of ASD.  The Virginia Bridge project helps students with special education needs get ready to thrive in the classroom. 

 

How often do you target vocabulary during your therapy sessions?  A recent study looked at the important of vocabulary and improving language skills.  Lastly, the best games to use during therapy are the ones that engage the students the most.  A look at the best games for therapy via Play On Words.

 

 

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Lyra App, ABA and SLPs, Deafening Cinemas, Special Education Funding, and Tongue Strength and Articulation

Lyra App, ABA and SLPs, Deafening Cinemas, Special Education Funding, and Tongue Strength and Articulation

October 25, 2019

Michael returns to the show after traveling the country helping the non-profit the Focus Foundation.  Michelle celebrates her birthday this past week and continues to adjust to motherhood and her career.  Matt used his extended weekend from Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day to complete his progress reports. 

 

If you had a family member that needed a way to communicate, what would you do?  On today’s episode March Rogers sits down and talks with Matt to discuss the way Lyra was designed, a symbol to speech app he and a team developed.  He and Cat Noone talk about the process of developing the app, watching March’s daughter use it, and the future to use Lyra with others.    

    

SLPs and ABA have been at odds with each other over the scope of their fields.  Recently ASHA submitted a letter to Arizona asking that a line about Communication be removed from licensure pertaining to ABAs.  How loud is too loud?  Hugh Grant recently spoke out that movies have gotten too loud, but cinemas say that they keep the sound below 85 dB.  How loud is too loud and how long can you sustain it? 

 

Funding in every state is strained.  In Pennsylvania, special education classes have grown larger than expected.  This rise in student population means that the current funding strategy is wrong.  Lastly, what is the link between tongue strength and articulation?  A new article shows the link or lack there of between tongue strength and articulation. 

 

 

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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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