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Discover Which CSD Stories Topped the Charts in 2019

by Shelley D. Hutchins
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A lot happened in the world of communication sciences and disorders in 2019. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved cochlear implants for single-sided deafness. Skilled nursing facilities reacted to Medicare reimbursement changes in an unexpected and unfortunate way. A video clip showing comedian D. J. Pryor “talking” with his baby son went viral and demonstrated the benefits of communicating with your child to millions. People with communication disorders made more appearances on big and little screens. One of those featured was a child with a cochlear implant in Pixar’s Toy Story 4.

We covered these events and much more on Leader Live. Audiologists and SLPs also shared their insights on many topics, such as how audiologists can help patients understand the associated risks of hearing loss, such as falling. Our writers also shared ways to use social media in treatment and strategies to manage compassion fatigue.

See which stories captured the attention of CSD professionals in this collection of 2019’s biggest hits.

SLPs in SNFs Share Stories of PDPM-Related Layoffs, Treatment and Pay Cuts

In response to the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that took effect Oct. 1, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) reduced SLPs’ employment and patients’ treatment time. Read what SLPs working in SNFs experienced.

10 Conversation Strategies Highlighted in the Father-Son Viral Video

The viral video of a conversation between a father and his young child highlights key conversation strategies SLPs routinely share with families.

Compassion Fatigue: The Cost of Caring

As audiologists and SLPs, we truly care about our students, clients and patients. Is there such a thing as caring too much? Yes, it’s possible, and it’s known as compassion fatigue.

‘Toy Story 4’ Features a Child With a Cochlear Implant

“Toy Story 4” includes a smiling boy with a cochlear implant in a mainstream classroom, but the entertainment industry in general falls short in including people with disabilities.

Teaching Older Students Pragmatic Skills for Social Media Use

Working with older students and young adults gives SLPs an opportunity to look at goals to enhance community involvement and employment skills. Some of those more interesting life skills involve practicing communication through social media and texting. Social media and cell phone use make up a significant amount of how today’s interactions occur, and students have high interest in these modes of communication.

Hearing Loss and the Increased Risk of Falls

One of our roles as audiologists is to help our patients better connect and communicate with the world around them. Our responsibility includes educating patients about the benefits of treatment, as well as the risks of leaving them untreated. For the elderly, in particular, one such risk involves the increased chance of falls due to hearing loss.

A Letter to My Childhood SLPs

A journalist writes a letter thanking her childhood SLPs for helping her learn to communicate clearly and gain confidence in her voice.

Have You Considered Serving as an Audiologist or SLP in Uniform?

Have you heard of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS)? Often called a “best-kept secret,” the USPHS Commissioned Corps offers audiologists and SLPs a way to serve in uniform while protecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the nation.

New Rules for Student Loan Forgiveness Program Might Help You

An updated version of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is endowed with a huge pot of money. Here’s how to tap it.

FDA Approves Cochlear Implants for Single-Sided Deafness, Asymmetric Hearing Loss

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved MED-EL USA’s cochlear implant system for single-sided deafness and asymmetric hearing loss. This is the first time cochlear implants have been green-lighted for these indications in the United States.

Shelley D. Hutchins is content editor/producer for the ASHA Leader. shutchins@asha.org.

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