Maximize Treatment Minutes by Assigning Homework

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A recently published article in Frontiers of Neuroscience supports what we as clinicians know: The more time clients spend on meaningful treatment tasks, the better their outcomes. Yet there are only so many hours in the work day, so many sessions that insurance covers and only so many minutes of treatment we can give. So […]

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Dental Distress: Helping Children with Autism Successfully Navigate a Trip to the Dentist

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  Do you like listening to podcasts while you commute, run errands or work around the house? Now you can catch up on your audiology or speech-language pathology tips and tricks while you listen. ASHA has produced more than 30 podcasts on topics ranging from “Untreated Hearing Loss in Older Americans” to “Building Language and […]

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Join Us in ‘Speaking Up for Communication’ this May

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Each May, ASHA looks for new, exciting and effective ways to educate the public about communication disorders as part of Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM). We’re excited to announce that this year, we’re debuting a new social media platform for members to allow them to easily share BHSM information and build awareness at the […]

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How Do You Know When it’s a Language Delay Versus a Disorder?

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Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from a blog post that originally appeared on Special Education Guide.  How do you know when it’s a language delay versus a disorder? Unfortunately, there is not always a straightforward answer to this question. A language delay is just that—a delay in acquisition of language skills compared to one’s […]

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10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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I was a practicing speech-language pathologist for five years before my daughter was born. I worked primarily at the elementary and middle-school levels. I took professional development workshops on childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and treated it successfully in three kiddos from my caseload. Perhaps that’s why I was bewildered, angry and utterly devastated when […]

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Interprofessional Pre-screening Shortens the Wait for Autism Diagnoses

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Editor’s Note: In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, we have several posts addressing autism-related issues throughout April. The screening program described here is one of several ASD initiatives at Wichita State University; another that eases children’s visits to the dentist is explored in this month’s April ASHA Leader issue.   Recently, I became passionate about […]

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Top 10 Lessons I Learned from Loving Kids with Autism

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Editor’s Note: Today is World Autism Awareness Day, so we have a special post to celebrate the wonders that people with this unique perspective bring to the world. Read more about autism in this month’s April ASHA Leader issue devoted to the topic, which includes articles on the importance of helping people with ASD predict […]

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A Voice Lift? Is It Really Necessary?

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It’s an image-driven world in which we live. Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter and YouTube launch llamas and two-toned dresses into stardom. We are also definitely not interested in showing our age. Botox and cosmetic surgeries work wonders for our outward appearance. But what is a person to expect as the larynx ages? Is a voice […]

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Want to Work in Acute Care Pediatrics? 5 Traits for Success

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been an SLP for 38 years! For most of that time, I’ve worked in an acute-care pediatric setting. I’m employed at the Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando, where I provide pediatric/neonatal swallowing and feeding services for multiple acute-care services, including neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, newborn nursery, general […]

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Musings on the Funding of Stuttering Treatment

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Editor’s Note: This post is another viewpoint on Speech Pathology Australia’s recent proposal and does not necessarily reflect the views or position of ASHA.  Volunteer firefighters are not presently supported by government funding; instead they rely on local fundraising and private donations. Everyone values their work, and all agree that firefighters should be compensated. The professional […]

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