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Tom Jelen is the Director of Online Communications for ASHA.

Most Popular 2012 ASHAsphere Posts

2012 ASHAsphere Wordle

Since the year will soon be coming to a close, it’s the inevitable time for year-end lists.  Rather than be left out, we want to celebrate the upcoming New Year’s holiday by sharing with you the most popular posts from ASHAsphere for 2012.  A broad range of topics was presented this year.   We want to thank all of our contributors and readers for making ASHAsphere a continued success.  We look forward to another great year in 2013!  If there are specific topics you’d like to see us cover in 2013, please provide them in the comments.

The Best Speech-Language Pathologist Blogs from ‘A to Z’
Heidi Kay presents a fairly comprehensive list of SLP blogs in her popular post. The comments fill in any missing holes in her initial list.  This is a great post to start exploring the SLP blogosphere.

Google Forms and Spreadsheets—Fun Times with Data Collection!
How often are the words “fun” and “data collection” used in the same sentence?  Ruth Morgan shows you how to make your data collection a little more enjoyable with Google Forms and Spreadsheets.

Speech Therapy Ideas for Preschoolers
Sherry Artemenko provides some great tips for parents and SLPs getting started with a preschool aged population.  Key take-away: Play-Doh is an essential.

Habilitation – What it is And Why it Matters to You
Habilitation is getting a lot of national attention right now due to the implementation of the health care reform law. ASHA’s former Associate Director of Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, Amy Hasselkus, gives readers a quick breakdown on what it is and why it matters to SLPs and Audiologists.

Auditory-Verbal Therapy: Supporting Listening and Spoken Language in Young Children with Hearing Loss & Their Families
Todd Houston discusses the trend of parents choosing spoken language options, such as Auditory-Verbal Therapy, for their children with hearing loss.

Fun Resource for Therapy Ideas: Pinterest
ASHA’s Maggie McGary breaks down Pinterest for the uninitiated. “SLPs and other therapists and educators are ‘pinning’ therapy ideas by the hundreds, making Pinterest an invaluable resource for therapy ideas and inspiration.”

Rate That App
“More and more SLPs are using apps in therapy and more and more speech/language apps are flooding the app store.” Deborah Taylor Tomarakos discusses how SLPs can determine which of those apps are appropriate and useful in therapy or educational settings.

Low-Tech Speech Therapy
While high tech tools and apps seem to be all the rage these days, Elizabeth Gretz shares some decidedly low-tech (and “super cheap”) options for speech therapy.

Using Your iPad in Dysphagia Therapy
Tiffani Wallace takes the app theme into the field of Dysphagia therapy.

Picture Books to Improve Your Toddler’s Speech
Kimberly Scanlon selected and reviewed a sampling of picture books for toddlers that are having difficulty producing Ms, Bs, or Ps.

Tom Jelen is the Director of Online Communications for ASHA.

The ASHA Community Turns One!

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It was one year ago this month that we launched the ASHA Community, our online directory and professional network. In the past year

We want to take a moment to thank all of the members who have made the ASHA Community a success!

In August, we started a monthly Community Spotlight on the ASHA Community homepage to recognize some of the individual contributors who have been especially generous in helping answer questions and share their knowledge.We asked each contributor why she participates in the ASHA Community. Here are the answers they gave:

I participate in the ASHA Community because it is a wonderful opportunity to glean from other professionals, respectfully exchange ideas, encourage others, and be encouraged. This is absolutely vital to my growth as a speech pathologist and business owner.”

Pamela RowePamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinical Director
Pamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP, LLC
Longwood, FL

When I received my master’s in 1977, a wise professor told us the most important thing we learned in grad school was the value of learning, reflective thinking, and asking questions. I have always had a commitment to learn something new every day and to ask questions that make me a more critical thinker. The ASHA Community provides a wonderful way to share information, learn from others, problem-solve patients and professional issues.”

Catherine ShakerCatherine Shaker, MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist
Florida Hospital for Children
Orlando, FL

Communicating with and sharing ideas with colleagues is a great way of giving back to my profession. My graduate school mentors set the example as we traveled with them to conferences and sat in during their tenure on committees and boards. I have served on state and national committees and boards and, after more than 50 years in this profession, I still find myself interested in continued participation and energized by ongoing discussion on many varied topics. The ASHA community allows for participation on many levels with colleagues in many different work environments and many different patient/client populations, and I consider these communications a form of continuing education. It is vital that we share our expertise and ideas; the future of our professions is well served by ongoing communication.”

Roberta AungstRoberta Aungst, MS, CCC-A
ASHA Fellow
Atlantic County, NJ

Get Started

If you haven’t had a chance to try using the ASHA Community, it’s easy to get involved. We recommend you follow these steps to get started:

  1. Complete your profile. If you have a LinkedIn profile, you can easily import the information!
  2. Customize your privacy settings, including your contact preferences.
  3. Subscribe to ASHA Discussion Groups, customize how you’d like to receive updates, and start posting comments.
  4. Browse or post content to the community library—including documents, videos, and audio files.
  5. Find an ASHA Community Member to connect with using our online member directory.

If you have any questions or need any help, post a comment below.

Tom Jelen is the Director of Online Communications for ASHA.

Being More Responsive

ASHAsphere in multiple screens

Approximately 14% of the visits to ASHAsphere are now coming from a mobile device. With that in mind, we have implemented a new responsive design theme for ASHAsphere to provide a better user experience for our mobile users. We were previously using two plug-ins to optimize the user experience for tablet and smartphone users, but we think that a responsive theme will provide a more uniform user experience across all platforms. While the design is a little different, all the existing ASHAsphere content and features should still be accessible. If you have any problems or cannot find something, please let us know in the comments. Switching to a responsive theme is part of a larger ASHA strategy to use responsive design techniques to meet the needs of our growing audience of mobile users. Feedback and suggestions are always welcome!

Tom Jelen is the Director of Online Communications for ASHA.

ASHAsphere is coming soon!

ASHAsphere, the official blog of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is coming soon! ASHAsphere will feature the different perspectives of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and aspiring communication sciences & disorders professionals.

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