The Speech Science Podcast

Dysphagia Outreach Project, Social Connections and Cognition, and Contentious IEP Meetings

November 22, 2020

After taking a few weeks off following the elections, Matt, Michael, and Michelle come back together.  The group discusses the ordeal of voting in their individual precincts.  Matt is coming to terms with his reports being too long checking in at over 12 pages.  Michelle and her family were enjoying the unseasonable warm weather in the beginning of November.  Michael has noticed an increase in virtual cases as Covid numbers increase near his clinic.                      


On today’s show, we discuss the link between diverse social connections and cognition, how to handle contentious IEP meetings, and we sit down with the Dysphagia Outreach Program.  This week’s Informed SLP looks at.  We also look at our SSPOD Shoutouts and Due Process.  The weekly news headlines return and the ASHA spotlight looks at their media awards.    


The Discord is up and ready for people to interact with the crew 24/7 with a new website,

SSPOD Shoutout: Do you know an SLP who deserves a digital fist bump or shout out?  We want to know your #SSPODSHOUTOUT, which is recognition for someone doing something awesome somewhere.  Martin Addison, 44, speech pathologist from Waldwick, NJ worked at St. Joseph's University Medical Center, where he specialized in the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia passed away due to complications from Covid. 

SSPOD Due Process: Your opportunity to message us about a problem in your area that you would like us to talk about, use the #SSPODDUEPROCESS.  This week, a question about why we have to do both progress reports and quarterly reports for students on an IEP.  What do we gain from writing up a progress report every 4.5 weeks?


Topic #1:    The link between social connections and cognition continues to be explored.  Does isolation make out patient’s cognition skills decline or do social skills decline because of a cognition decline?     


Topic 2: IEP meetings can be very easy when everything goes right.  But when things go wrong, they can be very contentious.  The group discuss ways to make IEP meetings work a bit easier.    


The Informed SLP: A spooky look into the world of Oral Motor Mysteries.


ASHA Spotlight: The Yearly Media Awards, but Speech Science was not nominated!




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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

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The Informed SLP:


Interview – Dysphagia Outreach Program



SSPOD Shoutout


Social Connections and Cognition


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