For all the SLPs out there working tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with speech and hearing impairments…here are some stories that we hope will inspire you even through the most routine of days. Mind Over Matter: A Dutch ALS quadriplegic mother is given the gift of communication with a ….
For “Better Speech and Hearing Month” #89 we have accumulated a list of 10 unique gifts to show your favorite SLP (or yourself) how much you value what they (you) do. Sounds Like An SLP: A stylish way to display professional pride on any wall. Take Your Breath Away: Chocolate that says they leave you ….
Technological innovation is changing not only the way we live, but the way we perform our work. Here are five current and future SLP tech innovations that we thought worth noting: Swivl: A robotic turntable for tablets that rotates to capture individual speakers and uploads video to a secure cloud site. UK’s University of Manchester ….
On LinkedIn, PT Joshua Lee recently wrote that healthcare professionals are essentially in the business of hope…hope that providing a patient centric and engaged patient rehabilitation process will result in successful/complete healing. Lee suggests that this kind of hope can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, but he admits that patients’ hopes must be tempered by evidence-based ….
SLPs Wanted at “The Crossroads of America”…Indiana! It is said that “all roads lead to Rome”, but in the history of the U.S…”all roads lead through Indiana”. In fact, Indiana boasts more interstate miles per square mile than any other state. The state’s history as a transportation hub includes over 24,000 river miles and over ….
Almost 800,000 people a year suffer a new or recurrent stroke according to the American Heart Association. While mortality is declining, stroke remains the leading cause of adult disability. Prevailing wisdom has been that improvement from stroke-induced aphasia maximizes at one year post-incident. However, a new study suggests quite the opposite. All study participants were ….
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the future looks bright for Speech Language Pathology as the profession will enjoy growth of 23 % by the end of this decade, thanks in no small part to the aging of America. Are you just entering the field or looking to make a career move? Ever wonder ….
Each year, more than 100,000 Americans acquire aphasia, the total or partial loss of verbal and written communication usually following a stroke or other left brain injury. Post injury, aphasia recovery may be a slow, drawn out process requiring caregivers and patients alike to acquire alternative methods of communication that are case specific. Studies have ….
If you follow “American Idol”, the story of a Lazaro Arbos, a young man with a profound stutter and an equally profound singing voice, was nothing short of inspirational. May 13-19, 2013 marks National Stuttering Awareness Week, the perfect time to recognize those who will not be defined by their speech impediment, but by their ….
The Boston Marathon and the West, Texas incidents present a perfect opportunity to spotlight trauma induced hearing loss. Following these events, the incidence of acoustic trauma rose, the severity of the injury depending on proximity to the explosions. Medical personnel are treating patients with a range of symptoms: from pain, difficulty hearing higher pitches, and ….
An “Old” Technique Finds New Purpose. Trisomy occurs when chromosome pairs fail to separate properly during meiosis, and a second copy of one of the chromosomes forms. Autosomal trisomies, identified by affected chromosomal number, result in varying degrees of congenital malformations, organ defects and developmental disabilities. The three most common autosomal trisomies surviving to birth ….
More preterm infants are beginning their lives in the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) of U.S. hospitals. Thanks to advances in technology and medicine, babies are able to survive even earlier outside the womb, despite the developmental and functional disabilities that often accompany their births. Teams of highly skilled doctors, nurses, dieticians, respiratory therapists, and ….
Since ancient Greece, animals have been used to improve the emotional and physical well-being of humans, particularly the mentally challenged, psychologically impaired, elderly and physically handicapped. There is substantial research in these populations to support the effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT). More recent studies and anecdotal field evidence suggest that AAT can be an innovative ….
In film as well as television, characters with speech impediments, particularly stuttering, have often been portrayed in a less than positive way. Arguably, “The King’s Speech” may going forward change perceptions, both in Hollywood and the rest of society, of people suffering from various communication disorders. Nonetheless, we would like to recommend the following movies ….
May 7-13, 2012 is National Stuttering Awareness Week and watching the Academy Award winning film, “The King’s Speech”, is the perfect way to mark the occasion. It tells the true story of George VI of England, the stutter that threatened his reign, and Lionel Logue, the Australian speech pathologist who helped mitigate his disability. For much ….
It is no wonder Texans are known for their hospitality; their state’s name is derived from a Hasinai Indian word, tejas, meaning allies or friends. From “Big D” (Dallas) in the north to “SA-Town” (San Antonio) in the south; from the wildflowers and wineries of Hill Country to the hardwood forests and oil rigs of ….
May has been designated as “Better Hearing and Speech Month” by ASHA. Building on the slogan, “Connecting People Through Communication”, the goal is to raise public awareness concerning various communication disorders that affect about 14 million Americans. Some of these are “curable”, but for those that aren’t, Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) can teach their clients ….
Mention yoga and it conjures up a picture of health-conscious, modern age hippies intoning cryptic chants and contorting their bodies into uncomfortable positions. However, in its most basic form, yoga is a system of physical and mental exercises, originating in India over 3,000 years ago, designed to reinforce the mind-body connection. In particular, yoga’s “pranayamas” ….