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ASHA Members Are Wowing Us With Leader Ideas—Submit Yours

by Carol Polovoy
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At the Leader Ideas Lounge at the ASHA Convention, we’re asking members to share their ideas for articles. And their responses are nothing short of amazing!

(To be fair, here’s full disclosure: Submitting an article idea enters you in a drawing for an iPad. And those of you at convention still have plenty of time to give us yours at Booth 638 in the Exhibit Hall—but do it by noon tomorrow, when we do the drawing!)

Consider these personal stories we’ve been hearing: An SLP diagnosed with Parkinson disease was forced into an unexpected career change and has found opportunity in the challenge. A clinician is returning to school for a PhD after almost 10 years in practice. A clinician in flooded Houston turned to a weighted blanket to help calm her clients. Another with a flooded home from Hurricane Harvey and a pregnancy loss came to convention anyway, and found inspiration from Goldie Hawn’s keynote message.

Others have found innovative strategies and methods. A professor started a social interaction group network for students with autism spectrum disorder, and involves speech-language pathology students in the program. A school-based SLP incorporates STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education into treatment. Another has created a core vocabulary specific to students with autism spectrum disorder, using words that resonate with that particular population. An early-intervention SLP has advice about adapting treatment to meet the unique needs of each family.

And members also have questions: Why aren’t hospital-based SLPs at the table for transition plans to avoid re-hospitalization? How can SLPs in skilled nursing facilities reduce the chance of reimbursement claim denials? How can we address the crisis of professional capacity to support families that choose listening and spoken language for their child who is deaf or hard of hearing? How can we moderate civil discourse in an uncivil political season?

As editors, we are fascinated by the stories of our members and their work, as well as by the clinical and professional issues that challenge them. Look for some of these articles in upcoming issues of the Leader.

And if you’re at the convention, stop by the Leader Ideas Lounge (Booth 638 in the Exhibit Hall) to submit your own idea and enter the iPad drawing. We’ll take your idea at any time, but you have until noon on Saturday to enter!

Carol Polovoy is managing editor of The ASHA Leader. cpolovoy@asha.org

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