The Speech Science Podcast

Changing Special Education, ASHA PAC and You!

April 6, 2021

Michael, Matt, and Michelle are back together for the show.  Michelle returns from her trip to Texas and returns as a homeowner!  Michael is loving being a new father, except for his sleep pattern.  Matt took advantage of his Spring Break and got work done around the home he needed to complete. 


On today’s show, we reimagine what special education should look like, a look at the ASHA PAC, the Informed SLP looks at Social Media and TBI, and the Speech News Headlines.    


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Topic #1: We have witnessed a dramatic shift in Special Education over the course of the last 12 months. Should we take this opportunity to reimagine and change the way we look at our services?     


Topic 2: Why doesn’t ASHA do more for us?  Legally they can only do so much, and this is where the ASHA PAC comes into the conversation.  How much did the PAC raise last year?  The number will be surprising and disappointing.      


The Informed SLP: we know that written communication can be easily misinterpreted because it’s lacking tone, body language, and context. Add in social communication deficits (like people with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) often have, for example) and social media can become a source of stress instead of connection.





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Intro Music: Please Listen Carefully by Jahzzar is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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The Informed SLP: At The Count by Broke For Free is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Closing Music: Slow Burn by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


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