Audiologists: Are Your e-Records Putting You At Risk for an Audit?

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is evaluating electronic health records for fraud vulnerabilities. If fraud is suspected, audiology practices will be subject to fines and penalties. It is essential that audiologists use electronic health records effectively and not take too many shortcuts.

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Bringing Speech-Language Services to Taiwan and Beyond

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I began returning to Taiwan, the place where I grew up, beginning in 1980. I returned to Taiwan every summer for five years, teaching the various subjects of speech and language pathology. I helped to organize many symposia on human communication disorders in Taiwan. Over the last 30 years, many speech-language pathologists and audiologists have been trained there, and there are now five programs of speech language pathology and audiology in Taiwan.

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Using Comic Strips in Speech Intervention

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For the past couple of years, I have used Carol Gray’s materials extensively during my work with adults with developmental disabilities. Creating comic strip conversations has been extremely helpful in facilitating conversation, resolving social issues between peers, taking turns in conversation and providing different social scenarios within various contexts. Since I have worked in creating my own comic strip conversations with my clients for some time now, I decided to experiment using the comics section in the newspaper. My clients are motivated by the local newspaper for many reasons. They enjoy browsing through current events, looking at the pictures in the sports section and reading the comics.

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Three Easy Ways to Collaborate with Teachers

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Often, school SLPs feel lost when it comes to reaching their students in the classroom. Typically, we fall into one of two camps. Either we feel the need to completely take over the classroom lesson to “teach” the teacher something about language or we become too afraid of looking like a “know-it-all” and so do not offer any suggestions. Neither of these offers a solution. Here are three easy ways to collaborate with teachers that provide a balance between the two:

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What School SLPs Want to Know

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If you want to know what the real talk is at an ASHA Schools Conference, you need to pull up a chair at the lunch tables. Here’s what a sampling of attendees report are the most burning issues that brought them to Schools 2014 in Steel City: Pittsburgh.

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SLPs in the Home: What’s Pot Got to Do with It?

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In an effort to educate therapists on the new laws and our responsibility to inform our families of issues that may arise with recreational marijuana use, Jane Woodard, the executive director of Colorado Drug Endangered Children, is traveling the state providing health care professionals the necessary information to keep ourselves and the families we serve safe. SLPs are required by law to report suspected conditions that would result in neglect/safety issues or abuse of children and adults. However, many of our families are simply not aware of the safety concerns and home based therapists are often the first resource for educating those families who choose to partake in using, growing or processing recreational marijuana.

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10 Trillion Microorganisms versus Your Toothbrush

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There are 1 trillion to 10 trillion microorganisms in your mouth. Simply brushing your teeth can get rid of that nasty bacteria film in your mouth. It can also prevent “some of that schmutz” from getting into your lungs. If you are having trace aspiration (saliva, food, and/or liquids getting into your lungs), try to make what gets into your lungs less nasty. You can prevent pneumonia.

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Kid Confidential: Parent Education and Training, Part 1

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Parent education and training is not only an important part of our job as SLPs it is an essential part of our job. Still, I’ve spoken to many SLPs over social media who still feel like they are lacking this particular skill for a number of reasons.

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Collaboration Corner: 10 Easy Tips for Parents to Support Language

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As we make our way through the lazy days of summer, schedules change, and things relax. My usual theme is collaboration; parents can be one of our biggest assets in promoting language development. Parents of young children usually want to know what they can do to support their child’s language development in the absence of a structured day. Here are 10 suggestions.

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CFY (Coming For You)!

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There is no denying the difficulty of grad school. You’re taking classes in everything, even the stuff that might not be your cup of tea. Ideally, your clinical fellowship year is in an area you particularly enjoy and the everyday implementation of book learned skills will certainly give you many ah-ha moments. What can be difficult is the frequent observation, knowing, or maybe not knowing, that someone is on the other side of that two way mirror. There is a feeling of being constantly “on.” Even paperwork remains a performance. I would drop into bed at night, completely spent.

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