Last week you enjoyed a review of your favorite audiology-related posts for 2017. Today, we take a look at those focused on speech-language pathology, as well as a few popular posts for everyone—showing the spirit of interprofessional practice is stronger than ever!
So here you go:
It’s not unusual to see feeding specialist Melanie Potock top our charts. Her posts interest other SLPs, related professionals and parents of picky eaters. Her viewpoints and insights based on her 20-plus years of experience also spark lively discussions. This year, her post “Sippy Cups: 3 Reasons to Skip Them and What to Offer Instead” broke all blog records with more than a million views. Two more of her contributions—“The Great Pouch Debate: Pros, Cons and Compromising” and “Three Structures in a Child’s Mouth That Can Cause Picky Eating”—rounded out the top three biggest hits, so we’re presenting them all together.
Kylie Grace Davis shares her success with using echolalia, a form of verbal imitation, in treating children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). “An increasing body of evidence leads most experts to recognize echolalia as a bridge to meaningful, self-generated speech with communicative intent,” she states in her post. “As speech-language pathologists, we play a part in helping family members and fellow professionals understand the important role echolalia plays in language development and communication of individuals with ASD.”
As part of a series on providing bilingual services, SLP Scott Prath wrote this post with “snazzy charts” to explain similarities and differences in phonological processes between English and Spanish. Prather wrote on the topic because, “In response to a previous article I wrote on identifying and treating bilingual students, savvy ASHA readers asked the question: What about phonology?!”
More then just graduate students found helpful advice in this post from Catherine Shaker, who wrote several widely read posts on working as an SLP in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). “Graduate school coursework alone can’t completely prepare speech-language pathology students for practice in the NICU,” she states in the article. “As a NICU-based SLP for more than 32 years, I’d like to share some key points to help speech-language pathology students prepare for such a delicate placement.”
“In many of our clients battling later-stage dementia, characteristic behaviors—such as lack of focus and wandering—converge to form the perfect storm of unintentional weight loss even before true dysphagia is present,” states Robert Maxwell in his widely read post about the Grazers program he created for patients in one of the skilled nursing facility he serves. “We’ve all seen it. The client can’t focus long enough to stay seated at the table during meals. Much as the name implies, the Grazers Program challenges caregivers to meet residents where they are with nutritional opportunities—literally—versus trying to make them conform with traditional meal routines.”