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Stephen Hawking May Have Been the Longest-Living ALS Survivor. Here ’s What We Know

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:52:58 +0100

The world lost one of its most brilliant scientific minds Wednesday, when legendary physicist Stephen Hawking died at age 76. Hawking’s cause of death was likely amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that wears away at nerve and muscle function over time. He was first diagnosed with ALS more than five decades ago, at age 21, and was initially given just a few years to live — making the very nature of his long, illustrious career as much of a scientific marvel as the theories and discoveries it yielded. Here’s what to know about ALS, and what may have allowed Hawking to beat the odds for so long. What is ALS? ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that erodes motor neurons — cells in the...

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Medicare Therapy Caps Repealed by Congress

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:44:03 +0100

17 hours ago ... “Millions of vulnerable patients who need occupational, physical and speech- language therapy will now be protected from an arbitrary limit on how much Medicare will pay for needed therapy,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP's executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer. LeaMond  ... (Source: News)

Knowledge, confidence, and practice patterns of speech-language pathologists working with adults with traumatic brain injury - Riedeman S, Turkstra L.

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:42:48 +0100

PURPOSE: Although speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are important members of the health care team serving adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) with cognitive-communication disorders, little is known about services SLPs deliver and how they rate their... (Source: SafetyLit)

Toughen up, senior snowflakes, swearing at work is good for us | Andr é Spicer

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:00:03 +0100

Evidence suggests that older people are more offended by foul language, but perhaps they should embrace it and find something else to complain aboutTaking offence has become hobby number one among the young. According to some, today ’s teens and twentysomethings are part ofgeneration snowflake. These fragile souls are supposed to find any intrusion into their carefully curated digital universe a form of “symbolic violence”. To protect themselves, they call for “trigger warnings”, “no-platforming”, and “safe spaces”. Now the older generation have had enough. They want a fair share of opportunities to be easily offended too. But instead of being affronted by extreme racism, misogyny o r homophobia, senior snowflakes are upset by the F-bomb.According to a 2010 poll conducted...

Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agency Requirements: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Emergency Preparedness Final Rule

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:09:07 +0100

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 12/12/2017 This 38-page document from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) combines excerpts from the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and the recently released Interpretive Guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a consolidated overview document for the Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services Requirements. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)

Reena ’s story: A bright future with short bowel syndrome

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:00:11 +0100

She’s just 16, but Reena Zuckerman knows exactly what she wants to be doing in another 10 years. “My dream is to play on the press team in the annual Women’s Congressional Softball Game,” says the aspiring political journalist. Since 2009, the event has pitted members of Congress against the press corps, raising nearly a million dollars for charity. “When I’m not doing schoolwork or watching TV, I’m listening to political podcasts and NPR,” Reena confesses. It’s an impressive goal, but one that’s no doubt attainable for this driven teen, who’s been pushing herself to defy expectations since she was a baby. Her accomplishments are all the more remarkable considering that she was born with a serious gastrointestinal condition. A whole new world Reena’s parents, Deena ...

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Pentax adds ASHA ’ s voice problem assessment tools into voice and speech software

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:36:43 +0100

Hoya‘s Pentax Medical said today it inked a licensing agreement with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to incorporate a tool it designed to help assess voice problems into a software modules used in Pentax’s voice and speech assessment products. The Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice tool was developed by the ASHA to “provide a standardized protocol and assessment form for speech-language pathologists to describe and document clinical auditory-perceptual assessments of voice quality,” according to a press release. The iCAPE-V tool will be integrated into a new software module from Pentax of the same name. The new tool will be loaded into the company’s Visi-Pitch and Computerized Speech Lab. “Pentax Medical is dedicated to worki...

Rheumatology leaders praise bipartisan framework to repeal medicare therapy caps

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(American College of Rheumatology) The Medicare therapy caps were originally introduced in 1997 as a part of the Balanced Budget Act. Arbitrary caps on outpatient therapy services covered by Medicare -- including physical therapy, speech language pathology, and occupational therapy -- were put in place in order to reduce federal spending and balance the federal budget. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

$1.25 million grant to improve treating children with autism, other needs

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Penn State) Penn State faculty members have received a $1.25 million federal grant to address a shortage in speech-language pathologists and special educators with master's degrees who have the knowledge and experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) practices, in order to improve school-based services and results for children, teens and young adults with complex communication needs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Augmented tongue ultrasound for speech therapy

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(CNRS) Researchers have developed a system that can display the movements of our own tongues in real time. These movements are processed by a machine learning algorithm that controls an 'articulatory talking head.' This avatar shows the tongue, palate and teeth, which are usually hidden inside the vocal tract. This " visual biofeedback " system, which ought to be easier to understand and therefore should produce better correction of pronunciation, could be used for speech therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

A collaborative model for return to academics after concussion: athletic training and speech-language pathology - Dachtyl SA, Morales P.

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:05:40 +0100

PURPOSE: In this article, we describe an academic concussion management protocol designed for grades Pre-K to 12, called Cognitive Return to Exertion (CoRTEx). Collaboration between the speech-language pathologist (SLP) and athletic trainer (AT) is highlig... (Source: SafetyLit)

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The effect of human engagement depicted in contextual photographs on the visual attention patterns of adults with traumatic brain injury - Thiessen A, Brown J, Beukelman D, Hux K.

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:23:58 +0100

Photographs are a frequently employed tool for the rehabilitation of adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working with these individuals must select photos that are easily identifiable and meaningful to their client... (Source: SafetyLit)

Learning to listen: A journey with deafness

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:30:47 +0100

Before her son’s first birthday, Xi began to worry that something was wrong. “Bosyn was only around a year old, but I could tell he was very distracted — he wouldn’t look up when a phone rang or when a character in a movie yelled,” recalls Xi. “He would respond more to bright lights or colors than to sounds.” The nine months following his second birthday were filled with appointments, inconclusive hearing tests and pediatricians dismissing Xi’s worries because she was a first-time parent. But Xi couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong. The family decided to travel from their hometown in upstate New York to Boston Children’s Hospital to seek a second opinion from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHHP) in the Department of Otolaryngology. There, they met ...

SAGE Publishing reports continued strong growth in 2017

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:27:11 +0100

SAGE Publishing, one of the world’s leading independent academic and professional publishers, today reported continued strong performance and growth across its journals portfolio in the 2017 Journal Citation Reports (Source: 2016 Web of Science Data). SAGE continues to see consistent growth within the reports. This year 70% of SAGE journals received an increased ranking with 49% of SAGE journals now ranking within the top half of their subject category. 233 titles now place in the top 30% of the JCR and over 100 SAGE journals received a top 10-category rank. 566 titles are now listed totaling a 40% increase in SAGE journals indexed titles over the last five years. In an increase from the 2016 reports, this year also saw 21 titles receive their first ranking. In the SSCI category SAGE now...

Similar improvements between speech language therapy delivered online and in-person

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care) A recent Baycrest study found that patients who accessed speech language therapy over the Internet saw large improvements to their communication abilities that were similar to those of patients doing in-person therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Getting and giving support for cleft lip and palate

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:00:29 +0100

Jack Dolan came into the world with a laugh. His mother, Erin, was mid-chuckle during labor when he was born — “a really joyful entrance,” she says. Looking down at her new son, she and her husband, Jimmy, breathed sighs of relief. “We took one look at him and thought, ‘He’s beautiful,’” she remembers. “We knew then that everything was going to be okay.” It was a happy celebration after a pregnancy sometimes marked by stress and anxiety. During ultrasonography, Erin and Jimmy had learned that Jack would be born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Erin, a nurse practitioner, had noticed that the technician was spending a lot of time viewing his face and head. “We were worried that he might have even more serious problems,” she says. “When they said it was a clef...

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Aphasia recovery via speech therapy related to structural plasticity of the ventral stream

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Medical University of South Carolina) Strengthening the inferior longitudinal fasciculus (ILF) via speech therapy is associated with significant semantic error reductions in aphasic stroke patients, report Medical University of South Carolina investigators in an article published online June 19, 2017 by Annals of Neurology. These findings suggest that speech recovery is related to the structural plasticity of the residual language network, that semantic skills are integrated by the ILF and that strengthening the ILF is possible with therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Expert insight on cleft lip and palate

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:00:34 +0100

Social communication assessment during post-traumatic amnesia and the post-acute period after traumatic brain injury - Steel J, Ferguson A, Spencer E, Togher L.

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:36:03 +0100

BACKGROUND: Social communication impairment is a persisting and debilitating consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, there has been little empirical speech-language pathology (SLP) study focusing on the early stage of recovery after TBI, incl... (Source: SafetyLit)

Figshare Partners With ASHA to Enhance Discoverability and Reuse of Their Research Outputs

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:29:33 +0100

Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, today announced a new partnership with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to showcase supplementary research outputs within the communication sciences and disorders discipline. As a professional society representing 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists, ASHA is committed to the publication of research, and has been for more than 80 years. Research outputs published across ASHA’s peer-reviewed scholarly journals will be aggregated under one portal. The new customized Figshare portal is available at All files uploaded will be given a DOI, making them easily citable. Authors will be able to make use o...

Understanding Aphasia After Brain Injury

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:44:09 +0100

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, and I wanted to share some of what I have learned on my journey through aphasia after brain injury. According to Wikipedia, the term aphasia implies that one or more communication modalities in the brain have been damaged—and are therefore functioning incorrectly. The difficulties for people with aphasia can range from occasional trouble finding words to losing the ability to speak, read, or write; their intelligence, however, is unaffected. Since no two brain injuries are ever the same, the way aphasia affects one person can vary greatly from the next person. In my own experience, I have had trouble finding the word I was expecting to come out of my mouth. I would be saying a sentence, and then all of a sudden, realize I had no idea what th...

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Confronting Autism Early Is The Key To Effective Therapy

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:42:24 +0100

This study, which we called “Grandma Knows Best,” showed that frequent interaction with a grandparent, primarily the grandmother—who isn’t as reluctant to share her concerns—dramatically accelerated the age of diagnoses, by four to five months. This is very significant; an “earlier” autism diagnosis normally refers to a few weeks rather than several months. These results suggest that close family and friends should feel comfortable saying something—and parents should be receptive to hearing it—because doing so may lead to earlier detection and treatment. Help Yourself, Help Your Child If you have a child with autism, it is vital that you become a strong self-advocate, because it can take time, effort, and perseverance to find the right experts for diagnosis and treatment...

Clear spoken language model promotes language learning in children with cochlear implants

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Helsinki) According to recent doctoral study from University of Helsinki, slow, prosodically emphasized and stressed spoken language help children with cochlear implants in language learning. Also the involvement of parents in speech therapy is important. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Living with Rett syndrome, living with hope

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:49:54 +0100

For the first year of her life, Ava Gryniewicz seemed to be developing like any other happy baby. She had learned a few words, including “mama” and “dada,” and was picking up Cheerios with pincer fingers. But by the time she was 14 months old, everything had changed. Ava started to lose these skills and wasn’t reaching other milestones. At the recommendation of her daycare center, she started early intervention. “She wasn’t keeping up and her daycare providers were concerned that standard daycare might be too much for her,” says her mom, Joanne. That’s when Joanne and her husband Jack decided to have Ava evaluated. An evaluation leads to a diagnosis “When we got the results, we knew there was a larger issue,” Jack recalls. Ava had scored in the less than one percentil...

Communication Not at Root of Tantrums in Autism

Wed, 31 May 2017 20:15:09 +0100

Study shows outbursts occur just as frequently among children without speech, language troubles (Source: WebMD Health)

Communication Problems Not At Root of Tantrums in Kids with Autism

Wed, 31 May 2017 18:00:00 +0100

Study shows outbursts occur just as frequently among children without speech, language troubles Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Autism Spectrum Disorder (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)

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Is Health Insurance A Right Or A Privilege?

Mon, 08 May 2017 23:24:49 +0100

Now more than ever, health insurance is a staple story in the 24-hour news cycle. Opinions vary widely on the issue, as do politician’s thoughts on the matter. Debates rage, tensions grow, and deeper divides are formed as our government wrestles with this colossal dispute. Nestled at the heart of it all though is a basic question: Is health insurance a right or a privilege in the United States? I’m alive today because my school district, where I’ve now taught for 20 years, offers the ‘Cadillac of insurance plans.’ On April 26, 2006, I checked into the hospital for a scheduled C-section. Due to scleroderma, I was a high-risk patient, but based on the uneventful delivery of my son 3 years before, doctors anticipated I would go home with my newborn daughter in 4 ...

Learning to Talk Like a Woman (or Man)

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:35:53 +0100

A growing number of speech language therapists cater to transgender clients seeking to retrain their voices. (Source: NYT Health)

Thousands Face Lead Hazards as Trump Eyes Budget Cuts Thousands Face Lead Hazards as Trump Eyes Budget Cuts

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:41:30 +0100

Laicie Manzella lived in a rundown house on Buffalo ’ s east side when three of her children tested with dangerously high levels of lead in their blood. Her oldest son suffered nosebleeds, body rashes and a developmental disorder requiring speech therapy.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Hundreds More Lead Hotpsots Are Identified As Trump Prepares To Gut Programs

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:42:53 +0100

BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) - Laicie Manzella lived in a rundown house on Buffalo’s east side when three of her children tested with dangerously high levels of lead in their blood. Her oldest son suffered nosebleeds, body rashes and a developmental disorder requiring speech therapy. Checking her apartment, county health inspectors found 15 lead violations, all linked to old paint in this blue collar city plagued by lead poisoning. A Reuters investigation found at least four city zip codes here where 40 percent of children tested from 2006 to 2014 had high lead levels, making Buffalo among the most dangerous lead hotspots in America. The rate of high lead tests in these areas was far worse – eight times greater – than that found among children across Flint, Michigan, durin...

Focus on: Autism spectrum disorder

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:00:46 +0100

April is Autism Awareness Month and there is a lot in the news about autism. More and more children — up to one out of 68 — are diagnosed with autism. Sesame Street even has a new character, Julia, who has autism. But what exactly is this condition, how does it affect children and what can you do to help? What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex disorder of very early brain development that is approximately four times more common in boys than girls. Autism spectrum disorder was previously recognized as several separate disorders — including autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger’s disorder. Based on their shared symptoms, these disorders were merged under a single ASD diagnosis in 2013. What are the sy...

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​$20M Adventist Care Center's nursing facility to create 150 jobs (Video)

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:10:03 +0100

The new Adventist Care Center's nursing facility in Kissimmee will create 150 new jobs once it opens in April 2018. “Those jobs will include licensed nurses, speech therapists, certified nursing assistants and other various occupations,” said Michelle Givens, CEO of Adventist Care Centers, during the groundbreaking ceremony on March 30 for Adventist Health System, Adventist Care Centers and Florida Hospital ’s new skilled nursing facility. Givens said the center will hire for the positions… (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

Intensive Speech Therapy Helps Months After Stroke Intensive Speech Therapy Helps Months After Stroke

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:56:23 +0100

Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Intensive speech therapy helps months after stroke

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:23:18 +0100

(Reuters Health) - Even months after a stroke, survivors can make major strides in communication and quality of life with intensive speech therapy, a recent study in Germany suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)

Hearing Loss Predicted to Grow Tremendously by 2060 in U.S.

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 03:48:50 +0100

Untitled by Joel Mwakasege is licensed under CC0. According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine, hearing loss among the U.S. population could jump from 44 million in 2020 to 73.5 million by 2060; the 2060 number would comprise 23 percent of the adult American population, compared to 15 percent in 2020. And in 2060, 55 percent of adults with hearing loss will be over 70. This sort of growth for this health condition is unprecedented, according to Neil DiSarno, chief staff officer of audiology at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The most common cause of hearing loss is exposure to loud noise. To prevent this, it is recommended that people should lower their earphone volume and to limit exposure to firearms, fireworks and loud noises you may hear at work. And besides jus...

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Unprecedented study of hearing aid outcomes in older adults released today

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) The first-ever placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trial of hearing aid outcomes published today in the American Journal of Audiology shows that older adults benefit from hearing aid use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Do YOU struggle with a stammer?

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:40:35 +0100

The Starfish Project has offered an alternative approach to stammering, called 'coastal breathing'. This approach was pioneered by the Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

How These Tennis Ball Chairs Are Helping Kids With Sensory Issues

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:27:01 +0100

Students with sensory concerns are finding help from an unlikely source: tennis balls. Amy Maplethorpe, a speech language pathologist at Raymond Ellis Elementary School in Round Lake, Illinois, used hot glue to attach tennis ball halves on the back and seat of chairs in the school’s sensory room. She told The Huffington Post the chairs are helpful for many kids who have difficulty regulating sensory input within their body and in their environments. Some of the students’ diagnoses include autism, Down syndrome and components of sensory processing disorder. Maplethorpe explained to HuffPost that the tennis balls offer a different texture than regular chairs. “By sitting down on it, it could just be that input that a student needs at that time instead of that flat surf...

Why These Preemie Parents Are Sharing Their NICU Photos

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:22:01 +0100

On Sep. 23, 2015, Jourdan and Matt Moore welcomed their twin son and daughter, Jaxson and Cadence. The babies were born four months early and went on to spend over three months in the NICU. The experience was difficult for the Moores to say the least, but now the twins are healthy and thriving at home. Jourdan and Matt are sharing photos from the NICU, along with images of their progress, to offer a message of hope to other parents in that difficult situation. On this day... One year ago October 16th Jaxson fit inside his daddy's hand. He was 23 days old and weighed 1lb 8oz. Exactly one week prior he had a breathing spell unlike any others. I was there with him when he stopped breathing and his heart dropped so low it almost stopped. I watched an amazing team of NICU staff jump ...

How I solve speech problems for a living

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:26:24 +0100

The mid-80s was a pivotal time for Lynda Katz Wilner. She was a then new-to-Baltimore clinical speech and language pathologist working in a hospital setting. And when the opportunity arose, Wilner jumped on at the chance to explore a new market in her field, accent modification. “That was a sweet spot for me because I’m a transplanted New Yorker ,” she said. “I know what it’s like to be noticed because of the way you’re speaking and not necessarily because of what you’re saying.” She… (Source: Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

Factors associated with speech-language disorders in motorcycle accident victims - Silva MG, Silva VL, Vilela MR, Gomes AO, Falc ão IV, Cabral AK, Lima ML.

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:17:31 +0100

PURPOSE: To investigate factors associated with speech-language disorders in victims of motorcycle accidents. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study. Victims of motorcycle accidents studied were treated at Hospital da Restaura METHODS: ção betw... (Source: SafetyLit)

Stronger together: Families of girls with SPG47 find support in each other

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:32:23 +0100

Imagine your child is diagnosed with a rare neurological condition. So rare that there are only a handful of reported cases, and those are from halfway around the world. This was the case for Chris and Kasey Edwards of Massachusetts and Kevin and Angela Duffy of Pennsylvania. Their daughters’, Robbie and Molly, are among only 11 children in the world to be diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disorder, called spastic parapalegia-47 (SPG47). “When they told us how rare this was, our minds were going in a thousand directions,” says Kasey, Robbie’s mom. “We didn’t know what to think.” The two families thought they were all alone, until they found each other. And on a recent warm fall afternoon, these two adorable girls and their parents met in person for the first time at Bo...

Aging Care Is A Big Business -- That Fails The Patient

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:21:21 +0100

I was thrust into the role of being a family caregiver for my husband about six months ago and if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: Aging is a big money-maker for a lot of people. No, not for family caregivers like me who don’t get paid a nickel, but for pretty much everyone else who comes in contact with an older patient. I can almost hear the ka-ching of their cash registers as they offer to “help.” The goal of the health-care industry is to keep people alive for as long as they can. And if you ask me, there is only one reason for this keep-’em-breathing approach: You can’t make money off dead people. Harsh? Not really. Think about it: Once someone is dead, doctors can’t run expensive medical tests to prove what they alr...

Elijah laughs: Augmentative communication device helps boy with cerebral palsy

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:11:35 +0100

A computer voice utters a simple statement. Sometimes, it’s “My name is Elijah.” Other times, “My parents are Brian and Leah,” or “I feel happy.” For the first time in his life, Elijah can tell his mother, ‘Yes, I want a hug.’ Another phrase — “I love the Patriots” — is often repeated. And a brown-eyed, curly-haired kindergartener’s eyes light up. He smiles and laughs out loud. It’s a whole new world for 5-year-old Elijah Gauthier, says his mom, Leah. Leah and her husband Brian have taken Elijah, who has severe cerebral palsy and is non-verbal, to the Augmentative Communication Program at Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham since he was a baby. Alycia Berg, Elijah’s speech language pathologist, introduced a variety of augmentative communication o...

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Computer-brain interface helps locked-in patient communicate, albeit slowly

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:57:42 +0100

(Reuters) – Doctors in the Netherlands say they have successfully tested an implantable computer-brain interface that allowed the mind of a “locked-in” patient to spell messages at the rate of two letters per minute. The system was tested on a 58-year-old woman in the late stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Unable to speak or move her muscles, she had to identify the letters by imagining that she was moving her right hand. Previously, her only method to communicate was through eye movements and blinks. “We’ve built a system that’s reliable and autonomous that works at home without any extra help. There’s not a single system that even comes close to this,” chief author Nick Ramsey of the Rudolf Magnus Brain Center at the Universi...

Juli Stec Named COO of Mercy Hospital (Movers & Shakers)

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:00:00 +0100

Juli Stec has been appointed to chief operating officer at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. In her new position, she will oversee cardiology services, working with Mercy Clinic Chief Operating Officer Amy Fore. Stec will also oversee oncology services, lab services, environmental services, facilities, security, food and nutrition, wound care, rehabilitation services, home-based services, the sleep disorder center and the Regional Critical Access Facilities in Ozark, Paris, Booneville and Waldron. Stec has more than 30 years of health care experience. Most recently, she served eight years as the chief executive officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Smith. Stec received her master’s degree in speech language-pathology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. See ...

The many adventures of Wesley: Specialty care helps toddler with heart disease reach neurodevelopmental milestones

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:24:55 +0100

Will and Alicia Ethridge knew their unborn son would need complex open-heart surgery soon after birth, due to a serious congenital defect that was detected in utero. Wesley suffered from a genetic form of cardiomyopathy, which meant the walls of his heart muscles were thickened, and blood flow to the left side of his body was restricted. The knowledge about their son’s disease prepared them for many things about the impending medical journey (including arranging for cardiac surgery at the Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Center, just a few hours’ drive from their home in Maine) but there were many more things about the months to come that they did not expect. Immediately after birth in October 2013, baby Wesley was transferred to the (CICU) at Boston Children’s. His case quick...

Staff Time Spent on Bureaucracy Robs Stroke Patients of Therapy Staff Time Spent on Bureaucracy Robs Stroke Patients of Therapy

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 17:05:05 +0100

Staff and organizational factors, rather than patient factors, are the main barriers to more intensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy during the acute phase of stroke recovery, a study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)

Referral patterns as a contextual variable in pediatric brain injury: a retrospective analysis - Ciccia AH, Lundine JP, Coreno A.

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 23:28:16 +0100

In this study, we examined patterns of SLP referral and factors affecting referral during the acute period following brain i... (Source: SafetyLit)

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The Heart of Mental Health and Well-Being at the United Nations

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:42:56 +0100

In the normally staid halls of the U.N., energy exploded as Bolivian musician Hillario Soto entered a large conference room at the back, playing his home-made bass flute, followed Pied-Piper-style by a troupe of musicians, adult vocalists, and youth singers. Leading the revelry on keyboards was internationally-acclaimed composer and singer/songwriter Russell Daisey performing his original anthem "Happy People, Happy Planet" that celebrates a joyful connection between people and the environment. Bass flute player Hillario Soto leading the troupe in the event open. Photo: Mamadou Dabo. As they paraded down the aisle to the front of the room, the performers tossed soft stuffed globes into the air - called Hugg-A-Planets - and into the hands of the energized audience. Pianist/composer ...

Free Webinar: A Beginners Guide to Creating Accessible Documents

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:20:36 +0100

Are you interested in learning how to make your documents accessible to people with disabilities? The Institute on Disability is offering this free webinar tomorrow at 12:30 Pacific Time. From their website: “Description: During this webinar, participants will learn the steps for creating an accessible document and the importance of having content accessible. Areas to be explored include the use of alternative tags, styles, headings, and hyperlink texts. Pitfalls for creating accessible materials will be explored and elements to be avoided will also be analyzed. By the end of the session participants will have the knowledge to make every document moving forward accessible. Who Should Attend: Anyone who creates print or digital documents and anyone who wants to know why this is impor...

Victims seeking help from speech-language pathologists: bullying, preparedness, and perceptions - Blood GW, Blood IM.

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:07:45 +0100

This study examined if victims seeking assistance for bullying contacted speech-language pat... (Source: SafetyLit)

Sign language may be helpful for children with rare speech disorder

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:59:54 +0100

Using sign language with intensive speech therapy may be an effective treatment for children with a rare speech disorder called apraxia of speech, according researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Speech therapy for children with dysarthia acquired before three years of age

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:30:59 +0100

Children with motor impairments often have the motor speech disorder dysarthria, a condition which effects the tone, strength and co-ordination of any or all of the muscles used for speech. Resulting speech difficulties can range from mild, with slightly slurred articulation and breathy voice, to profound, with an inability to produce any recognisable words. Children with dysarthria are often prescribed communication aids to supplement their natural forms of communication. However, there is variation in practice regarding the provision of therapy focusing on voice and speech production. Descriptive studies have suggested that therapy may improve speech, but its effectiveness has not been evaluated. To assess whether any speech and language therapy intervention aimed at improving the spee...

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In Klinefelter Syndrome Patients, What are the Common Behavioral Problems?

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:57:49 +0100

Discussion Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is a common genetic abnormaly with a prevalence of 1 in ~650 male births. It was first described in 1942 by Dr. Harry Klinefelter. It is associated with at least one extra X chromosome with the most common karyotype (~80% of patients) being 47 XXY. Other karyotypes are seen along with mosaicism. It is believed that although it is very prevalent, only about 25-33% of people with KS are identified. About 10% are identified before puberty with the rest usually identified because of hypogonadism and tall stature especially in teenage years or due to infertility in adulthood. KS is diagnosed by karyotype. The phenotype varies but most commonly is associated with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, infertility, gynecomastia and tall stature. The tall stature is r...

From silence to songs and silliness: R óisín’s cochlear implant journey

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:20:07 +0100

When her daughter Róisín started preschool, Margaret Morgan sat in her car, parked just outside of the school building. “I was waiting for someone to call and say, ‘She needs you. She needs you.’” The call never came. Róisín, now 4, is a social butterfly who loves everything about preschool — from belting out her favorite songs to dancing with her friends. It isn’t the outcome Margaret imagined when she learned of Róisín’s severe-to-profound hearing loss at age 1.We were terrified, but after months of seeking answers to no avail, we finally felt like we were in safe hands. “From the time Róisín was very small I knew something wasn’t quite right. She was the best baby; so smiley and so happy, but she wouldn’t always turn toward me when I walked into a room or re...

Deep brain stimulation surgery while asleep brings relief from dystonia

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:57:54 +0100

Treatment TermsParkinson's and other movement disorders CategoriesTreatments/research advancementsWomen's healthMen's health Additional SEO Keywords deep brain stimulation, dbs surgery, dbs, brain stimulation, dystonia, SEO Meta Description Thomas Galvin suffered dystonia symptoms for decades —until technology at Duke allowed him to have deep brain stimulation surgery while asleep Overview Raleigh resident Thomas Galvin suffered involuntary muscle contractions for decades —until technology at Duke allowed him to have surgery while asleep to quell the repetitive movements. Hero Imagetom_galvin_photo2.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Section Header Image/Videoimri.jpg Section Features Images/Media Text Content Section Header Image/Videotom_galvin_photo1.jpg ...

Helping Transgender People Find Their Voice

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:34:35 +0100

Speech therapist Wendy Chase helps transgender people make their voices sound like their gender identity. She says how people communicate affects how they are perceived. (Source: NPR Health and Science)

Family and community predictors of comorbid language, socioemotional and behavior problems at school entry - Hughes N, Sciberras E, Goldfeld S.

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:27:23 +0100

OBJECTIVES: To identify the prevalence and family and community-level predictors of comorbid speech-language difficulties and socioemotional and behavioral (SEB) difficulties across a population of children at school entry. METHODS: The School Entr... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Best Plan For Autism Starts With Behavioral Therapy

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:56:35 +0100

Although there is no cure for autism, various interventions can help diminish the symptoms, sometimes profoundly. Since both social and communication differences are part of the diagnosis, behavioral and speech language therapy are typically the foundation of intervention. But one challenge in planning, and a stress for parents, is that no single educational plan works for all children. From a research point of view, the most proven approach for children with autism remains behavioral therapy. While behavioral intervention sometimes seems meant only for overly rambunctious children who act out, that's not the case. It's also the main tool we have to develop social skills. Just as a varsity athlete continues to work to improve even when things are going well, a behavioral therapist acts ...

Speech-language pathology in acute pediatric chemical or button battery ingestion injury - Follent AM, Rumbach AF, Ward EC, Dodrill P, Lewindon P.

Sat, 28 May 2016 06:14:45 +0100

We describe patterns of early PO intake, and referral to speech-langu... (Source: SafetyLit)

Observations From Below: Transitioning Into College

Fri, 27 May 2016 15:48:12 +0100

One of the first things I learned graduating high school and going to college, was that college requires a lot more responsibilities and work. In high school, you may have had a whole support group behind you, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc. In college, you're on your own to find the help you need, even if you don't know what that need is yet. The following are a few tips to assist in your quest for higher education. Start early. I started visiting colleges during my sophomore year of high school. Make sure to get an appointment with the disability services (this term goes by various names at different colleges) office to discuss what they have to offer you. Listen to what they say. The disability services office can make or break your choic...

Speech-language pathologists can help kids who struggle to read

Wed, 25 May 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(University of the Pacific) Classroom teachers may not employ the strategies that can help students master complex written language, according to speech-language pathology researchers at University of the Pacific. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Stroke victims abandoned after they leave hospital as experts attack aftercare

Tue, 17 May 2016 08:45:07 +0100

A report, based on interviews with 1,200 stroke patients in England, reveals that many are left without the physiotherapy, speech therapy and rehabilitation they need to rebuild their lives. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Hear me roar: A mother hunts down answers for her son

Tue, 10 May 2016 12:11:06 +0100

If it’s true that raising boys is not for the fainthearted, then Nicole Laws is truly lionhearted. A nurturer and a protector, beautiful and strong, this mother of four boys will hunt down the best solution to a problem … no matter what stands in her way. Mason was born on Jan. 28, 2011, in Syracuse, New York. A month premature, he struggled with eating and breathing, but Nicole wasn’t overly worried. “This was our fourth child. The first three had reflux, so I was thinking, ‘This will be a piece of cake!’” Mason was observed for a few days at the local hospital and sent home. Unfortunately, Mason’s issues persisted. Nicole and her husband Cliff had to hold their son in just the right position and give him frequent breaks to feed him. Sleeping was a struggle, to say the lea...

Management of persistent cognitive symptoms after sport-related concussion - Sohlberg MM, Ledbetter AK.

Tue, 03 May 2016 06:33:31 +0100

PURPOSE: This case review examines treatments speech-language pathologists at our clinic delivered to middle school, high school, and college students for the management of persistent cognitive symptoms after sport-related concussion. The goal is to examin... (Source: SafetyLit)

Playing Ping Pong with Disability

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:53:51 +0100

Table tennis players train at Majd Sports. Majd Sports is a recreational centre catering for people with disabilities in Ramallah, occupied West Bank. Credit: Silvia Boarini/IPSBy Silvia BoariniRAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank, Apr 28 2016 (IPS)Despite formally adopting progressive laws, such as Law Number 4, and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, Palestinian authorities still struggle to get beyond rhetoric when it comes to supporting the 7 to 11 per cent of the population that is affected by disability. As the ongoing Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza continues to block the development of the quasi-Palestinian state, the advancement of the rights of people with disabilities remains at the bottom of a long list of priorities that sees R...

Perfect Piece to the Puzzle

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:59:41 +0100

Every year more and more families are getting the news that a loved one is on the autism spectrum. While at first, the news can be overwhelming, scary, and send you on an emotional rollercoaster, over time families learn the best ways to proceed and provide the best care. April is the national month for autism awareness, blue has become the main color associated with the awareness, along with the beloved puzzle piece. I wanted to write this piece because autism has been a very big part of my family. I have seen firsthand what this disorder can do to families and all of those affected. My younger brother is on the spectrum, and let me tell you, it has been quite the journey for us all. When we first got the diagnosis all I can remember is my mother playing "The Battle is Not Yours" by go...

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Based in Brain and Movement Sciences

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:50:21 +0100

This study for Fast ForWord was a national U.S. field trial. Another study 452 students had similar findings; M.M.Merzenich et al 1999. Fast ForWord training in children with low reading performance. Nederlandse Vereniging voor Lopopedie en Foniatrie: 1999 Jaarcongres Auditieve Vaardigheden en Spraak-taal. [ Proceedings of the 1999 Nederlands Annual Speech-Language Association Meeting] Merzenich's team began to hear that Fast ForWord was having a number of spillover effects on eg. Handwriting, attention and focus, i.e., it led to some general improvements in mental processing. Doidge, N. 2007. The Brain that Changes Itself. New York: Viking Penguin. Pp72-3 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal con...

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Lyrica Plus Speech Therapy May Help in Chronic Cough (CME/CE)

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:35:05 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Benecial effects continued for at least 4 weeks after cessation of pregabalin (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)

Microcephaly: Alainah’s story

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:29:21 +0100

Sixteen-month-old Alainah Therrien of Cape Cod was probably never exposed to the Zika virus. But she has a smaller-than-normal head and was diagnosed with microcephaly even before she was born. “I was told when I was 24 weeks pregnant that we would have a daughter who was mentally retarded,” recounts her mother Melissa. Melissa’s labor was induced at 36 weeks because Alainah had stopped growing. After Alainah was born, a tiny 5 pounds, Melissa saw the word microcephaly for the first time on the bottom of a medical form. The pediatrician didn’t know what microcephaly was, but thought perhaps the bones of Alainah’s skull had fused together prematurely. If so, she would need neurosurgery. “I’m going to refer you to a neurosurgeon in Boston,” she told Melissa. Alainah’s skull...

Rehabilitation utilization following a work-related traumatic brain injury: a sex-based examination of workers' compensation claims in Victoria, Australia - Guerriero EN, Smith PM, Stergiou-Kita M, Colantonio A.

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 06:34:47 +0100

OBJECTIVES: To report on and examine differences in the use of four types of rehabilitation services (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, and speech therapy) by men and women following a work-related traumatic brain injury in Victoria, Austral... (Source: SafetyLit)

Kelsey’s transformation: From stroke survivor to motivational speaker

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:57:14 +0100

“When I woke up after my stroke, all I wanted was to be normal again,” recalls Kelsey Tainsh. Normal — as in a healthy teen athlete who could brush her teeth and shower on her own, who wasn’t wheelchair-bound, who wasn’t compelled to hide her paralyzed right hand in her pocket everywhere she went, one who hadn’t lost all of her high school friends except for her two triplet sisters. Now, this world-champion athlete not only learned to walk and talk again but also to embrace her differences. “Our hardest obstacles can be our biggest opportunities,” she says. Kelsey’s first taste of being different came at age 5. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor — an optic pathway pilocytic astrocytoma. Her parents brought her from their home in Winter Park, Florida, to Boston Childr...

School-based speech-language pathologists' knowledge and perceptions of autism spectrum disorder and bullying - Ofe EE, Plumb AM, Plexico LW, Haak NJ.

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:19:44 +0100

PURPOSE: The purpose of the current investigation was to examine speech-language pathologists' (SLPs') knowledge and perceptions of bullying, with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHOD: A 46-item, web-based survey was used to addres... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Better Speech Therapy for Children with Down syndrome

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:20:50 +0100

Study shows children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed (Source: Disabled World)

More effective speech therapy approach for children with Down Syndrome

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:08:48 +0100

Children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients, a new study indicates. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Study suggests more effective speech therapy approach for children with Down syndrome

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Vermont) A new study indicates that children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Ask the Expert: Is my child’s language development on track? 10 things to consider

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:11:42 +0100

It’s normal for children to acquire speech and language at different rates — just as they learn to walk at different rates. But if you feel your child is having more trouble communicating than she should, don’t ignore your concerns. Early understanding and expression of language can affect other parts of your child’s development such as play skills, social interaction and the ability to self-regulate. When should you request an evaluation? Drs. Carol Wilkinson, of Boston Children’s Division of Developmental Medicine, and David Urion, of the Department of Neurology, offer their advice and 10 tips on things to watch for. Don’t wait too long: It’s true that children start to talk at different ages, but you should see steady progress over time. If you’re concerned about your ...

Proton beam therapy 'effective' and 'causes fewer side effects'

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0100

ConclusionThis phase II study looked at the long-term side effects of using proton radiotherapy as part of the treatment of children with medulloblastoma. The treatment was used alongside standard surgical removal and chemotherapy. The current study is reported to be the longest prospective follow-up study available on this treatment for medulloblastoma.Overall, 12% of the study's participants had severe hearing loss three years after proton radiotherapy, and 16% at five years. This was reported by the authors to be less than the equivalent 23 Gy dose of standard (photon) radiotherapy, which was said to cause hearing loss in about a quarter (25%) of those receiving it. However, as the researchers say, these comparisons are not completely reliable because of the different doses used. Cognit...

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UTEP professor shows that hearing aids improve memory, speech

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0100

(The University of Texas at El Paso) A recent study by Jamie Desjardins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the speech-language pathology program at The University of Texas at El Paso, found that hearing aids improve brain function in persons with hearing loss. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Augmentative Communication and ALS: A conversation with John Costello

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:15:02 +0100

John Costello, MA, is the director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Augmentative Communication Program. Costello has been a speech-language pathologist specializing in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication at Boston Children’s Hospital for 30 years. He works with children who are non-speaking or whose speech is severely impaired. For the past six years, Costello has also been working after hours and on weekends with adult patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Now, thanks to the partnership of a private donor, Boston Children’s Hospital is transforming Costello’s efforts on behalf of the ALS community into a formal program — the Augmentative Communications Service for People with ALS at Boston Children’s Hospital. Costello s...

What Is the Rate of Stuttering Recovery?

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:36:17 +0100

Discussion Stuttering is defined as to utter with involuntary repetition of sounds. This commonly occurs in young children especially of initial sounds (Li-li-li-like he can’t do that!) but it can be whole word repetition (Like-like-like he can’t do that!). Stuttering as a normal utterance markedly decreases by age 6, so by age 7 if the child has stuttering the child should be evaluated by a professional speech and language pathologist (SLP). Indications for referral to a SLP for stuttering and other problems can be found here. A recent review of stuttering epidemiology found: Initiation of stuttering occurs usually before age 5, most often around 3 years of age Females are more affected than males Higher socio-economic status has been shown to occur in some studies, but ther...

These Lab-Grown Vocal Cords Sound Like The Real Thing

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:18:58 +0100

A team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has bioengineered vocal cord tissue capable of vibrating and generating sound as well as natural tissue. The feat is being hailed as a scientific first. The lab-grown tissue may one day be used to restore the voices of patients with damaged vocal cords or those who may have lost theirs to cancer surgery or injuries, according to a study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday. "I was surprised and even shocked at how well the tissue performed," Dr. Nathan Welham, a speech-language pathologist at the university and lead author of the study, told The Huffington Post. "You always engage in research because you hope for the best, but I certainly didn't expect that the function would be as exquisite an...

International Aphasia Awareness Month - October 2015

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:16:19 +0100

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Mother with life-long stammer now spends all day of the phone - thanks to speech therapy

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:19:13 +0100

Yinka Dolan, 49, from Warrington, developed her stammer as a child after being scolded by her stepfather for talking too fast. She now runs a support group for other stammerers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Factors influencing choices of contextualized versus traditional practices with children and adolescents who have traumatic brain injuries - Koole H, Nelson NW, Curtis AB.

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 03:57:16 +0100

PURPOSE: This preliminary investigation examined speech-language pathologists' (SLPs') use of contextualized practices (i.e., functional, personally relevant, non-hierarchical, and collaborative) compared to traditional practices (i.e., clinical, generic, ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))

The Most Beautiful Dance I Ever Enjoyed With My Husband

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:44:39 +0100

This past weekend my husband, Dan danced at our friend's daughter's wedding. Well, if you consider swaying from side to side dancing, then it qualifies. While it may not seem so remarkable, the fact that Dan wiggled on a dance floor is amazing and wonderful! It was just five years ago that his life took a cruel turn and he suffered a devastating stroke. He couldn't walk, talk or eat. He had a feeding tube in his stomach, and we were told he was "gravely" ill. The stroke had affected his brain stem where bodily functions were regulated, paralyzed the optic nerve and traveled beyond. He received tPA -- tissue plasminogen activator -- in the hours following the stroke, a sometimes lifesaving clot busting treatment, but after a brief period of lucidity, he lapsed back into oblivion. Dan was ...

More than 13,000 awaiting assessment for speech therapy

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100

Backlog a ‘disgrace’ requiring coherent reponse, says FF health spokesman Billy Kelleher (Source: The Irish Times - Health)

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Mason’s story: A newborn with a peach-sized tumor

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:09:58 +0100

When Tara Johnson found out— after 10 years of trying to get pregnant—she was carrying boy-girl twins, she was thrilled. “It was so exciting, it felt like a double blessing,” she remembers. The pregnancy progressed normally until her 21-week checkup when everything changed. Doctors found a large growth on the neck of her unborn son. Tara’s care was transferred to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and doctors from Endocrinology and Otolaryngology at Boston Children’s Hospital formed a team to manage her son’s care. When she was 31 weeks pregnant, Tara and husband Bruce were in Boston to meet with Boston Children’s Associate Otolaryngologist-in-Chief Dr. Reza Rahbar for the first time, when she unexpectedly went into labor. Doctors were able to stop the labor, and Tara was put ...

WebPT acquires Therabill to bolster EHR

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:34:18 +0100

WebPT, which develops online electronic health records for rehab therapists, announced this week its acquisition of Therabill, maker of Web-based practice management tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Grayslake, Ill.-based Therabill focuses on PM software for physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and behavioral health specialists. Mergers & Acquisitions read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)

WebPT buys Chicago firm to create own billing solution

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:45:03 +0100

WebPT has acquired a Chicago-based software company to offer its own billing solution to its more than 50,000 members. Therabill, based outside of Chicago, makes web-based practice management software for physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and behavioral health specialists. Financial terms for the deal were not disclosed. It was announced Tuesday but closed at the end of July. WebPT, the Phoenix-based electronic medical record solution for physical therapists, has… (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

“When you hit rock bottom…the only way to go is up.”

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:33:55 +0100

The Franciscan Hospital for Children Heartbreak Hill 5K on June 14, 2014, was a special day for Justin Ith. It was the first time the 16-year-old, who weighed a mere 70 pounds at the time, had been outside for months. As a nurse pushed the wheelchair-bound teen across the finish line, he turned to her and vowed, “Next year, I’m going to finish this race by myself.” Justin at his first 5K in 2014 and his second in 2015 after nine months of rehabilitation A few months earlier, Justin had been living the life of the average high school student. Skateboarder. Guitar player. Anime aficionado. “I thought I was invincible. I thought nothing could ever happen to me.” Justin’s road to rock bottom started in December 2013. His joints were swollen and sore, and it hurt to move. The activi...

Patient effort in traumatic brain injury inpatient rehabilitation: course and associations with age, brain injury severity, and time postinjury - Seel RT, Corrigan JD, Dijkers MP, Barrett RS, Bogner J, Smout RJ, Garmoe W, Horn SD.

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 20:29:30 +0100

OBJECTIVE: To describe patients' level of effort in occupational, physical, and speech therapy sessions during traumatic brain injury (TBI) inpatient rehabilitation and to evaluate how age, injury severity, cognitive impairment, and time are associated wit... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))

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Becoming More Interdisciplinary

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:40:50 +0100

I study the brain. I examine how language and hence communication is represented in a brain and the impact disorders such as autism have on it. While my scientific training is primarily about study of speech and language, I have often lamented not being able to take an interdisciplinary approach to my work. I would like to work with a psychologist, to understand how emotional and mental health impact communication. Or involve an occupational therapist to examine how improvement in motor skills improve cognitive and communication skills. A biologist would study the changes in the brain's biochemical milieu as a result of speech-language and occupational intervention. Such an interdisciplinary approach not only brings together the depth of expertise of faculty from different disciplines, bu...

USPSTF: Evidence Insufficient to Screen Children for Speech, Language Issues

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 20:55:00 +0100

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the AAFP found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for speech and language delay and disorders in children age 5 or younger in the primary care setting. (Source: AAFP News)

Congress makes a big telehealth push

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:44:20 +0100

Another bipartisan piece of legislation has been introduced in Congress that, if passed, would mean huge advancements for telehealth nationwide. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif.; Gregg Harper, R-Miss.; Diane Black, R-Tenn. and Peter Welch, D-Vt., would add physical therapists, speech language pathologists, audiologists and others to the list of providers eligible to administer telehealth services. Telehealth read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)

USPSTF: Data Lacking for Speech, Language Screening in Kids USPSTF: Data Lacking for Speech, Language Screening in Kids

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:49:04 +0100

The task force has found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening of children aged 5 years and younger in primary care. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

Stuttering Is No One's Fault

Tue, 12 May 2015 16:04:46 +0100

Last week the rapper Scroobius Pip was interviewed on the BBC talking about his stutter. In the midst of a great piece on the ways he has been shaped by his speech, Pip starts to talk about the causes of his condition, "Pip's stutter emerged when he was four or five. He thinks it may be related to nearly drowning on a holiday in France - a fact which came to light during a hypnosis session as a teenager. His parents had maintained the incident hadn't been serious but re-living the event made him believe he had been in real danger." Pip isn't alone. It turns out that nearly everyone has a family tale for why they stutter. They range from falling out of trees to traumatic tonsil operations. Predictably, perhaps, they revolve around physical pain, emotional repression, illness and death. In ...

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“I got a bike!”: Adaptive bike brings freedom to boy with cerebral palsy

Tue, 05 May 2015 14:57:27 +0100

Seven-year-old Hunter Ripley is a boy of few words. There’s a rare “bye-bye” to his mother as he sets off for school and an occasional “whee” when he’s pushed on his adaptive swing.  So when Hunter screamed, “I got a bike!” at the local pool where he does aquatic therapy every Thursday evening, everyone in the pool went silent. “Then the cheering started,” recalls his mother Bekah Ripley. In February, Bekah and her husband Bart learned about The Great Bike Giveaway, a national contest in which children with special needs can win their own adaptive bike. In order to win, Hunter needed votes and lots of them. Within 48 hours of entering the contest, Hunter had 500 votes—not enough to win, but enough for Bekah to believe that it was possible. So she pulled out all the s...

Speakability and the Stroke Association Join Forces

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:56:36 +0100

(Source: Speakability)