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2021 SLP Coding, Payment, and Compliance Update (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 1/27/2021
Format(s): Live Webinar
This live webinar (January 27, 2021, 3-5 p.m. ET) covers the basic structure, components, and application of the ICD and CPT code sets as well as the very latest coding and compliance requirements for accurate SLP billing in 2021. Participants will receive instruction for correct use of updated CPT codes for communication technology-based services (CTBS) such as e-visits, remote evaluation of patient videos/images, and virtual check-ins. In addition, the speakers will address current status and compliance issues for provision of telepractice services by SLPs.
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2021 Coding Updates for Audiologists (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 1/28/2021
Format(s): Live Webinar
In this live webinar (January 28, 2021, 1-3 p.m. ET), members of ASHA’s Health Care Economics Committee will explain and discuss recent coding changes, the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Speakers will present new and updated procedure codes for vestibular and auditory evoked potential testing, along with billing requirements. The webinar will include clinical examples to illustrate how audiologists should use these codes for proper coding and billing.
Effective Infection Control Strategies in Schools (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 2/16/2021
Format(s): Live Webinar
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged school personnel to mobilize infection control strategies to protect the health of students, teachers, SLPs, and other school staff. This live webinar (February 16, 2021, 1-3 p.m. ET) will explore evidence-based strategies to improve infection control and promote health within school settings, with a focus on addressing the special needs of children with speech, language, and hearing considerations.
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2021 Coding Updates for Audiologists (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
In this on demand webinar (available beginning January 30, 2021), members of ASHA’s Health Care Economics Committee will explain and discuss recent coding changes, the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Speakers will present new and updated procedure codes for vestibular and auditory evoked potential testing, along with billing requirements. The webinar will include clinical examples to illustrate how audiologists should use these codes for proper coding and billing.
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2021 SLP Coding, Payment, and Compliance Update (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning January 29, 2021) covers the basic structure, components, and application of the ICD and CPT code sets as well as the very latest coding and compliance requirements for accurate SLP billing in 2021. Participants will receive instruction for correct use of updated CPT codes for communication technology-based services (CTBS) such as e-visits, remote evaluation of patient videos/images, and virtual check-ins. In addition, the speakers will address current status and compliance issues for provision of telepractice services by SLPs.
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Effective Infection Control Strategies in Schools (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged school personnel to mobilize infection control strategies to protect the health of students, teachers, SLPs, and other school staff. This on demand webinar (available beginning February 18, 2021) will explore evidence-based strategies to improve infection control and promote health within school settings, with a focus on addressing the special needs of children with speech, language, and hearing considerations.
AAC Considerations for Individuals With ALS [On Demand Webinar]
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
When individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) experience changes in speech, they often look to SLPs for guidance and hope. SLPs have many tools at their disposal that can make a dramatic difference in patients’ quality of life. This on demand webinar (available beginning December 10, 2020) will describe practical, patient-focused methods for AAC assessment and implementation for individuals with ALS that are based on an individual’s current strengths and needs.
Assessments, Report Writing, and Student Engagement During Unexpected Times (SIG 16)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course explores considerations, recommendations, strategies, and resources to support school-based SLPs as they navigate the challenges of hybrid and remote instructional models, which many SLPs are now using due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will discuss practical strategies for conducting assessments in person and via telepractice, recommended language to use within reports and associated documentation, and ideas for increasing student engagement in virtual settings. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 16: School-Based Issues.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Exercise-Induced Laryngeal Obstruction (EILO) (SIG 3)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course addresses assessment standards for confident diagnosis of exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO) for clinicians across settings. Speakers discuss differential diagnoses and complex, co-occurring conditions as well as provide an update on terminology used to describe variants of what used to be commonly known as paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM). The speakers use case examples and research summaries to discuss current, evidence-based, behavioral methods for remediation and resolution of these conditions. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 3: Voice and Upper Airway Disorders.
Global Perspectives on Telepractice Amid COVID-19 (SIGs 17 and 18)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course features a lively discussion with experts in speech-language pathology and telepractice from Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Italy, and the U.S. Each panelist describes the practice of speech-language pathology in their respective part of the world, highlights the challenges and modifications required in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and discusses the inclusion of telepractice in daily service delivery. Panelists also explore the projected impact of remote delivery models on the practice of speech-language pathology worldwide. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 17: Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders and SIG 18: Telepractice.
InSPiRE: Creating Rich Communicative Environments for Aphasia Intervention (SIG 2)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course explores Innovating & Situating Practice in Rich Environments (InSPiRE), a novel approach to aphasia intervention. InSPiRE works with clinicians to recognize discourse patterns typical of restricted and rich environments and to apply discourse practices strategically, both to enrich clinical activities and to promote improved communication between individuals with aphasia and their everyday communication partners. The speakers discuss interactional research and practical strategies for topic management, contingent responses, shaping conversational narratives, creative use of collaborative referencing techniques, and other methods for creating rich communicative environments. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 2: Neurogenic Communication Disorders.
Joint Committee on Infant Hearing 2019 Position Statement: Implications for Practice (SIG 9)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) was established to develop evidence-based guidelines for supporting infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. In 2019, the JCIH published an updated position statement based on expertise from stakeholder groups – including audiologists, SLPs, pediatricians, early intervention providers, otolaryngologists, and professionals from the Deaf community. This course describes the major changes in the JCIH position statement as well as clinical implications for any professional involved in serving children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 9: Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood.
Leveraging the Power of Synchronous and Asynchronous Tele-AAC Services (SIG 18)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
While telepractice and tele-AAC services are often thought of as real-time services provided directly to an individual, asynchronous tele-AAC services that include highly individualized and clinically relevant content can be quite effective also. This course explores tele-AAC services as a continuum of support, highlighting the dynamic role of asynchronous tele-AAC in supporting not only the individual (with implementation and generalization, in particular) but also essential stakeholders, including communication partners. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 18: Telepractice.
Management Options for Unilateral and Asymmetrical Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SIG 6)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course explores the most commonly fit devices for patients whose hearing is significantly poorer in one ear than the other (e.g., single-sided deafness or asymmetric hearing loss) and identify factors that impact device selection and hearing management. Using data analysis and case examples from their clinic, the speakers discuss management options for asymmetrical sensorineural hearing loss, including traditional hearing aids, Bi-CROS devices, bone conduction devices (BCD), and cochlear implants (all with or without assistive devices).This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 6: Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics.
Marginalized Students: Bandwidth Recovery for Academic and Clinical Success (SIG 10)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course explores factors that diminish the cognitive capacity of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) students, including poverty, racism, and discrimination based on socially marginalized identities, including disability. The COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest have created a daily reality of uncertainty, taking up a lot of bandwidth. Although these issues affect everyone in some way, they impact marginalized groups with greater severity. In this course, the speakers share ideas for the classroom and clinical environments to provide instructors and clinical supervisors with practical strategies to help students recover the bandwidth they need to learn and thrive. Speakers discuss the clinical implications of welcoming a diverse group of students into CSD programs and ways to support them. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 10: Issues in Higher Education.
Personnel Preparation for Multicultural Aspects of Communication Disorders (SIG 14)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course explores how instructors and clinical supervisors can address multicultural aspects of speech-language pathology and audiology practice and encourage productive discussions on difficult topics among people who may start with varied experiences and perspectives. Members of ASHA's Faculty Development Institute (AFDI) demonstrate how to incorporate culturally responsive activities and assignments into class or in-service presentations. Presenters provide self-assessment and reflection strategies and additional resources for preparing students to be socially responsive, global citizens and culturally competent clinicians. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 14: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity.
Providing Culturally Responsive Services to Individuals Who Stutter (SIG 4)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course discusses clinical considerations for stuttering assessment and treatment when working with individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Speakers focus on Black, Hispanic, Latino/a/x, and LGBTQIAP+ populations, though principles can be applied to other cultural groups. The course addresses cultural perspectives on stuttering, influence of dialect and bilingualism, family dynamics, stigma, standardized testing, language sampling, counseling, and treatment activities. Speakers explore the importance of clinicians considering the impact of their own implicit biases as well as ways to enhance and deliver culturally responsive services for clients who stutter. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 4: Fluency and Fluency Disorders.
Reframing Auditory Rehabilitation: Needs-Based Approaches Across the Life Span (SIG 7)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course features moderated discussions among a panel of clinicians who collectively provide cochlear implant auditory rehabilitation (AR) to patients of all ages. Topics and discussions demonstrate the need to expand and differentiate intervention approaches based on the unique needs of individual patients with cochlear implants. Panelists review recent studies, present translational applications, share case studies and examples, illustrate multidisciplinary professional roles, and discuss evidence-based assessment and treatment. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 7: Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation.
Should We Treat Cleft Palate Speech Errors With Oral Motor Exercises? (SIG 5)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course explores the use of oral motor exercise in the treatment of children with resonance and/or compensatory speech errors. Speakers discuss theoretical, developmental, and other data sets, with a focus on how to apply critical thinking to treatment planning. Speakers present treatment examples as well as research and its clinical implications. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 5: Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders.
Supervision in the Era of COVID-19: Tips from a Trauma-Informed Perspective (SIG 11)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course discusses the challenges of speech-language service provision and supervision during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on the needs of clients, supervisees, and clinicians themselves. The pandemic has created many professional challenges for SLPs, including the need to quickly adjust to telepractice for service delivery and supervision, emotional stressors and trauma that may exacerbate clients’ communication difficulties, and vicarious traumatization of clinicians themselves. The speaker discusses mindfulness, presence, and self-regulation as tools to enhance and adapt speech-language intervention and supervision in the current reality. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 11: Administration and Supervision.
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Clinical Applications of Vestibular Scientific Advancements in Specialized Populations
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 6) articles describe current research, diagnostic, and management techniques for three different vestibular populations, including individuals with Usher Syndrome, Meniere’s Disease, and aging populations. The first article examines age-related changes in vestibular function and discusses findings in animal studies examining specific structural and functional changes occurring within the system. The second article is a review designed to advance understanding of the clinical presentation of individuals with Usher Syndrome and discuss the importance of a multi-disciplinary team in diagnosis and management. Additionally, the latest research in gene-therapy treatments for Usher Syndrome are discussed. The final article is a large scale retrospective study of patients with an active Meniere’s Disease diagnosis. The study examines correlations between disease duration and diagnostic assessment findings.
Ethical Considerations for Voice and Upper Airway Clinicians
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 3) articles address ethical considerations for voice and upper airway clinicians. Speech language pathologists are responsible to conduct clinical and business activities ethically, legally, and with a high level of integrity. Billing questions and reimbursement issues that often arise related to ever-changing insurance regulations and Medicare guidelines will be addressed. Additionally, factors that guide ethical decision-making to determine what comprises medically necessary voice therapy that involves or targets singing voice will be presented.
Best Practices for Assessment & Treatment of Speech Development in Early Intervention (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar explores the nature and typical development of speech sound production in children under age 3 with and without language delays or disorders. The speakers discuss best practices for assessment of speech abilities in young children as well as family-centered strategies to facilitate speech sound development within everyday activities and routines in early intervention.
Getting Together: Group Communication Treatment for Individuals With Dementia (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar presents research evidence and practical examples to help SLPs design person-centered, evidence-based group treatments for individuals with mild to moderate dementia.
Considerations for Academic and Clinical  Training in Craniofacial Anomalies
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 5) articles focus on the status of academic and clinical training related to cleft and craniofacial conditions, a module training series for addressing the gaps in current educational roadmaps, and resources and best practice recommendations are provided.
Voice and Laryngeal Manifestations of Autoimmune Diseases
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives (SIG 3) article provides a thorough review of the literature regarding autoimmune disease and effects on voice and laryngeal function. To maximize patient outcomes, guidelines for differential diagnosis and referral patterns are highlighted.
Management of Pediatric Aerodigestive Disorders (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar explores various aspects of working with pediatric patients with complex aerodigestive disorders. Speaker Kara Fletcher Larson discusses the developmental progression to oral feeding, implementing safe feeding plans, weaning from gastrostomy tube feedings, and working within a multidisciplinary team.
Heritage Language Transmission and Community Engagement
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 14) articles focus on learning about variables and challenges that impact heritage language transmission and incorporating student engagement into the local community as part of cultural diversity training in a communication disorders curriculum. Topics include (a) examining variables that contribute to heritage language transmission in Texas, and (b) increasing student awareness of cultural linguistic diversity within the local communities in and around the Los Angeles, CA area.
Graduate Education and Ethics in School-Based Practice
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 16) articles focus on ethical issues and describe considerations for the development of clinical skills in school-based settings. Readers will reflect upon and learn to resolve common ethical dilemmas, review a model of graduate mentoring from the lens of implementation science, and learn about commonly reported factors that both supervisors and graduate students believe critical within successful school-based internship experiences.
Mental Health and Behavior Management in Adults: The SLP’s Role (On-Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar focuses on effective assessment and treatment of communication challenges in adults with diagnosed mental health conditions, a growing and often underserved population. Speakers Shannon Liem and Jessica Pranke explore how disease progression and medication can affect an individual’s behaviors, social interactions, and communication. The speakers also discuss the roles, responsibilities, and contributions of SLPs working with patients with communication challenges and mental health diagnoses.
Teaching Self-Regulated Strategy Development for Writing (On-Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar explains self-regulated strategy development (SRSD), an instructional approach for strengthening students’ writing abilities. Speaker Michael Hebert introduces and models the approach and discusses how to implement it effectively.
Palliative Care Perspective on Dysphagia Management
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 13) presents clinicians with information across many aspects of feeding and swallowing. Firstly Kendrea Garand, Taylor Thomas, and Rajarshi Dey discuss the physiology of laterality in the clearance of boluses from the pharynx. Next, Jennifer Wilson, Amanda Simmons, and Jillian McCarthy then take us through an interesting description of speech-language pathologists’ experiences and education in pediatric dysphagia and encourage the incorporation of intensive education in this high-risk topic, via various avenues. In the final three articles, Pamela Smith, Jinxu Bridget Xia, and Claire Radford et al., present an in-depth and elaborate perspective on managing patients with dysphagia through a palliative care lens, across the lifespan.
Early Childhood Stuttering: Indirect and Direct Treatments (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar offers detailed guidance to support clinicians' decision-making when selecting appropriate treatments for early childhood stuttering. Presenter J. Scott Yaruss reviews differences and similarities between less-direct and more-direct approaches and provides specific examples of when and why to use each type of treatment.
Medicare: Defining and Documenting Skilled SLP Maintenance Services  (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar explains Medicare's definition of and requirements for skilled maintenance therapy compared with skilled restorative-based care. The speaker discusses the regulatory history and landscape changes related to Medicare coverage of skilled maintenance services. The speaker then provides guidance on best practices for developing maintenance treatment plans and documenting skilled care.
An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Management of Patients With Dizziness & Balance Disorders
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session provides an interdisciplinary (audiology, otology, and physical therapy) perspective on management of patients with dizziness, specifically geared toward cutting-edge management techniques and recommendations for care. The panel presentation discusses surgical and nonsurgical approaches and clinical cases to highlight patient benefits and improved clinical outcomes. A question-and-answer period concludes the presentation. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention. The session was developed by, and presenters invited by, Hearing, Vestibular, Tinnitus - Assessment and Intervention: Adult.
Imagine More! Interprofessional Practice in School-Based Settings
Format(s): eWorkshop
The Exceptional Children Division, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), supports and fosters interprofessional practice between the disciplines of speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. This presentation outlines how a team began this work and used the principles of implementation science to promote best practice in districts/LEAs throughout North Carolina. Several applications to statewide initiatives are presented. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention.
Research Symposium in Hearing: Cellular-Level Diagnosis and Personalized Therapy of Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Format(s): eWorkshop
The presenters discuss their work on optical imaging of the inner ear to enable progress in understanding, diagnosing, and treating human sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). Next, they illustrate their approach to develop personalized therapies for SNHL, using vestibular schwannoma as an example. Finally, they demonstrate the promise of gene therapy, nanotechnology, and computational drug repositioning. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention.
Overview & Case Studies of Bone Conduction Hearing Devices Across the Life Span
Format(s): eWorkshop
This presentation provides an overview of the clinical use of bone conduction hearing devices across the life span. It includes information about clinically available devices, guidelines related to non-surgical and surgical options, and pediatric and adult case studies. The presenters highlight key components of patient assessment, candidacy criteria, and device fitting. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention. The session was developed by, and presenters invited by, Hearing and Vestibular - Assessment and Intervention: Pediatric, Audiology Implantables, and Hearing, Vestibular, Tinnitus: Assessment and Intervention: Adult.
An Integrated Approach to Early Speech Stimulation
Format(s): eWorkshop
Toddlers with a range of communication disorders can be minimally verbal past the age at which children typically begin speaking. This session describes an integrated approach using AAC and interventions that target vocalizations to increase expressive language and speech production in young children who are minimally verbal or nonverbal. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Birth to Three: Working Together to Serve Children and Their Families.”
Earlier Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Format(s): eWorkshop
The majority of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not diagnosed until after age 3, meaning they and their caregivers miss the critical opportunity to access intervention during a developmental period when effective services can have a dramatic impact on their lives. This session discusses how SLPs can contribute to earlier diagnoses of ASD by engaging with a broad range of service providers in routine ASD screening of infants and toddlers. The session also explores the steps for sharing screening results with families and guiding them to appropriate follow-up services after a positive screening. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Birth to Three: Working Together to Serve Children and Their Families.”
Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Toddlers
Format(s): eWorkshop
Feeding and swallowing skills evolve during the first 3 years of life. This session explores the resources needed for effective identification and management of feeding and swallowing disorders in toddlers. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Birth to Three: Working Together to Serve Children and Their Families.”
Using Capacity-Building Practices in Caregiver Coaching for Early Intervention
Format(s): eWorkshop
As early intervention providers increasingly emphasize parent- or caregiver-implemented interventions using coaching, they need flexible and effective strategies to promote caregiver capacity. Capacity building occurs when early intervention providers foster caregivers’ confidence and competence to enhance their child’s learning and accomplish family-identified outcomes in everyday routines. This session explores how SLPs and audiologists can strengthen the caregiver–child relationship so that caregiver-implemented interventions produce positive outcomes for both the child and caregiver. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Birth to Three: Working Together to Serve Children and Their Families.”
Addressing the Iceberg of Stuttering: Strategies to Support Acceptance and Openness (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning December 5, 2020) will provide practical, evidence-based strategies that target the psychological, emotional, and social domains of stuttering (the lower, underwater mass of the iceberg) to help clients progress from tendencies of avoidance to acceptance and openness. The speakers will discuss how to integrate basic interpersonal counseling strategies into person-centered treatment and then will guide attendees through creating acceptance-based holistic goals and objectives and documenting progress.
Assessment and Management of Tinnitus in Children and Adolescents (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
In this on demand webinar, speaker Gail Whitelaw discusses assessment and management of tinnitus in the pediatric population, including the potential impacts of tinnitus on all aspects of the lives of children and adolescents.
Assessment and Treatment Approaches for Primary Progressive Aphasia
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar explores state-of-the-art approaches to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for individuals with primary progressive aphasia (PPA). The speaker discusses evidence-based restitutive as well as compensatory treatment approaches and highlights new interventions targeting communication dyads and communication partner training.
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and the SLP: Modern Applications in Schools (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar reviews the evolution of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), examines myths and misunderstandings about this service delivery context, and discusses the essential components of thorough implementation. Presenter Maureen Staskowski highlights the differences among MTSS, RTI, and “treating students off-caseload” and discusses using MTSS to help students with both decoding and language comprehension in the framework of the Simple View of Reading. Lastly, the presenter shares tips for coping with workload issues related to MTSS and advocating for SLPs’ contributions to raising student outcomes using MTSS.
Tele-Ethics: Principles To Inform Ethical Telepractice (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar explores how telepractice (also known as telespeech, teleaudiology, and telehealth) is revolutionizing clinical care and describe how ethical principles can inform and inspire exemplary telepractice that serves to improve the quality of life for individuals with communication disorders. The presenter shares clinical scenarios that present the fundamentals of telepractice, with a focus on the guiding principles in the ASHA Code of Ethics. The webinar discusses lawful practice, ethical communication, and upholding client well-being.
Ethical Challenges in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar addresses situations across practice settings that could present ethical dilemmas, including client abandonment, billing, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, employer demands, and professional or product misrepresentation. The presenter provides strategies to help professionals determine if an ethical dilemma exists, what course(s) of action one might take, and steps one might consider in an effort to avoid such situations in the future.
Understanding Picky Eating: Getting Past the "Ick, I Don't Want That" (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar examines the continuum of picky eating and explores reasons why children become “picky” across several developmental domains. The speaker focuses on the oral motor and sensory skills necessary for transitioning from liquids to puree, meltable, and eventually textured table foods within the first year of life. The webinar presents strategies to enable SLPs to identify and treat skill deficits and ultimately decrease the likelihood of a child being labelled as having a “behavioral feeding disorder.”
Fundamentals of Assessing Writing Samples (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar focuses on how to identify strengths and weaknesses in written language samples by conducting written transcription analyses. The speaker discusses how to assess written language skills of children and adolescents with developmental language disorders at the word, sentence, and discourse levels. The speaker also highlights how to observe and identify the cognitive, linguistic, and motor skills that need improvement for a student to engage successfully in the writing process.
Planning AAC Intervention for Children With ASD (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning July 17, 2020) will present an organizational framework for planning AAC intervention that maximizes communication for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The course will present strategies to support children with ASD and their communication partners, including clinicians, parents, and teachers. The speaker will define the “mask of attention” for children with ASD; discuss factors that contribute to the challenge of looking behind this mask to increase communication; and demonstrate how to plan and organize a goal-driven AAC intervention session.
Supporting Post-Secondary Success for Students With Disabilities
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar addresses the daunting transition from school to college, career, and community for students with disabilities. Speaker Deborah Schwind identifies and discusses factors that predict a successful transition. She discusses examples of strategies that professionals can embed in intervention sessions as well as in classrooms – beginning as early as elementary school – to increase the likelihood of a successful transition after high school graduation.
Using Interactive Whiteboards for Fun, Functional Intervention  (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning December 4, 2020) will discuss and demonstrate interactive whiteboard technologies as an exciting and impactful way to provide meaningful intervention experiences to school-age children and adolescents. The speaker will share creative ideas and specific examples on how to use Promethean and Smart boards in a fun and functional manner.
Working With Children Who Have Dyslexia: The SLP’s Role (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning October 23, 2020) will discuss identification of and intervention for dyslexia, focusing on the critical role the SLP plays on the school-based literacy team. The speaker will dispel myths about dyslexia diagnosis and treatment, discuss how to apply criteria to identify dyslexia in the context of other disorders, and identify evidence-based practices for treating children with dyslexia.
2020 Coding, Payment, and Compliance Update for SLPs (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning January 31, 2020) will describe how to effectively implement the latest coding and compliance requirements for SLP billing, including the new cognitive intervention procedure codes. Speakers will differentiate health care payer sources, payment systems, and sites of service (i.e., Medicaid; Medicare Parts A, B, and C; and private insurance) to help SLPs navigate billing and compliance issues.
Foundations of Writing for School-Age Children and Adolescents (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning September 18, 2020) will discuss the core elements of the writing process to inform SLPs’ work with school-age children and adolescents with and without developmental language disorders. The speaker will highlight theoretical frameworks and current research that speak to the acquisition and improvement of cognitive, linguistic, and motor skills that are required for writing. This is a companion webinar to the “Fundamentals of Assessing Writing Samples” webinar.
Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder: The SLP's Role (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar identifies and discusses specific early pre-verbal, verbal, and social features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and common co-occurring factors. The speaker explains the importance of differential diagnosis of ASD – including the role of the SLP in the process – and discusses ASD-specific assessments and best practice evaluation methods.
Foundations for Audiology Coding and Billing in 2020 (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning March 6, 2020) will discuss correct coding of diagnoses and procedures to maximize coverage and payment for audiology services. The presenters will discuss new CPT and ICD codes for 2020 and share practical clinical examples that illustrate key coding, billing, and coverage concepts.
History and Collaborative Efforts in  the International Cluttering Association
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 17) articles present a collaborative initiative of the Committee of International Representatives of the International Cluttering Association. Reichel et al., discuss the initiative that began with the Inaugural Joint World Congress in Japan in 2018. Van Zaalen and Reichel present and discuss the auditory-visual feedback training methodology. Gosselin and Ward affirm that cluttering is a fluency disorder that is mainly characterized by an abnormally rapid or irregular rate of speech. Their pilot study expanded the evidence base by using a Stroop Task to investigate attention performance in people with cluttering. Hilda Sønsterud discuss the term working alliance as an important concept in cluttering and stuttering therapy and describe the degree to which the therapy dyad is engaged in collaborative, purposive work.
Clinical and Research Topics in Supervision
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 11) articles outlined how using real-time digital recordings of student sessions can support students' ability to self-evaluate, collect data, and prepare for therapy; provided data regarding the use of low-level vs. high-level questions with first- and final-year graduate students; and described a pilot project involving observation-based formative assessment tools for faculty use during clinical supervision.
Clinical Topics in Audiology and Public Health
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 8) articles cover a wide range of audiology and public health topics. Konrad-Martin and colleagues promote effective and standardized coding and third payer billing practices for the audiological management of symptomatic ototoxicity. The article includes relevant ICD-10-CM codes and CPT codes. Myers and Dundas provide a review of the effects of noise on the vestibular system. They note that temporary and permanent effects of noise on the vestibular system have been reported and advocate for further investigations to unpack the complex relationship between the auditory and vestibular systems. Finally, Pletnikova and colleagues conducted a quality initiative project to determine the feasibility and reliability of a tablet-based portable audiometer to identify hearing loss in a cognitively impaired population.
Improving Patient Safety and Patient-Provider Communication: A Clinical Forum
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 12) articles provide an introduction to and description of the rationale for implementation of augmentative alternative communication/assistive technology (AAC/AT) in acute care settings. Barriers associated with implementation of AAC/AT in acute care settings are identified and discussed. Data regarding use of the Noddle, a specific access and communication option, are presented and discussed. A series of case studies illustrate potential solutions to a wide range of both patient-specific and institutional implementation problems.
Shoot for the Moon: Measuring Outcomes for Cochlear Implant Recipients
Format(s): eWorkshop
There is not much consensus or standardization in the practices professionals use to measure outcomes for cochlear implant (CI) recipients. This session examines outcome measurement, providing clear and concise recommendations for assessment of outcomes in adult and pediatric CI recipients. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Interprofessional Education and Integrating Coursework and Clinical Experience
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
In these Perspectives (SIG 10) articles, Frazier, Whitby, Kucharczyk, Perryman, Thomas, Koch, and Bengtson focus on interprofessional education (IPE) as it relates to transition planning for students with significant disabilities. Musaji, Self, Marble-Flint, and Kanade examine the use of a translational model as a tool for identifying limitations of IPE research. Benigno, McCarthy, Reese, Wright, and Tewanger introduce a pilot study to examine the goals, outcomes, and skills attained by graduate students while participating in clinical experiences integrated with coursework.
Dysphagia Treatment in Individuals With Head and Neck Cancer
Format(s): eWorkshop
Dysphagia is multifactorial in head and neck cancer survivors, with tumor type, comorbid conditions, and specific treatment (e.g., surgery, radiotherapy, systemic treatments) contributing to the dysphagia presentation. This session reviews common issues – including soft tissue fibrosis, lymphedema, and neuropathy – as they relate to cancer treatments and swallowing function. The session proposes an algorithm to provide standard yet personalized management of dysphagia considering diverse treatment scenarios along the continuum of survivorship, from proactive models of pre-habilitation to management of late effects in long-term survivors. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Cancer Care: Enhancing Communication, Swallowing, and Quality of Life.”
Supporting Morphological Skill Development for  School-Aged Children and Adolescents
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives (SIG 1) forum focuses on supporting students in a school setting in improving morphological skills. Authors discuss key components of intervention, collaboration with other professionals, and practical strategies for clinicians.
Clinical Considerations in Telepractice Service Delivery
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 18) articles include topics on workload strategy for speech and language services in schools; vocal quality change during telepractice interactions and its potential impact on the services offered; a review of audiological interventions through telepractice; and the perspectives of clients who stutter who received treatment through telepractice
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and Other Topics in Dysphagia SIG 13
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 13) articles review the functional anatomy underlying different pharyngeal swallow mechanics and swallowing performance goals, discuss the application of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in the treatment of dysphagia, and provide critical information to help clinicians build assessment skills and provide evidence-based options for mothers who breastfeed their infants.
Speech, Surgical, and Psychosocial Considerations for 22Q Deletion Syndrome SIG 5
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 5) articles focus on 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and the associated communication, feeding/swallowing, psychosocial, and surgical factors associated with this condition.
Cleft Palate Speech: What Do I Hear? What Do I Do? (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Children with cleft palate often require speech intervention post-surgical repair to normalize their phonological learning of the high intraoral pressure consonants. In many cases, SLPs may find it challenging to differentiate between speech characteristics that are a result of persisting velopharyngeal insufficiency and those that are learned, habituated speech behaviors. This webinar addresses both structural and speech challenges that can co-exist in children with repaired cleft palate so that SLPs in all clinical settings can help these children achieve their best outcomes for speech production.
Diet Texture Modifications for Adults With Dysphagia: Improving Swallow Safety and Quality of Life (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar explores texture modifications for foods and liquids and their effects on swallow biomechanics and quality of life for adults with dysphagia. Using clinical scenarios and case studies, presenter Luis Riquelme discusses working with patients to achieve the optimal diet texture modifications to maximize outcomes, including patient compliance and satisfaction.
International Perspectives on CAPDs
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session will feature an international panel of speakers discussing cutting-edge issues and research in CAPD. The group will explore what practices from around the world can tell us about optimizing diagnostic evaluation of CAPD, formulating a management plan based on diagnostic evaluation findings, and managing CAPD through improved access to auditory information. The panel will focus on using evidence, client characteristics, and a multidisciplinary approach in evaluation and intervention planning. This course is a recorded session from the 2018/2019 online conference “Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD).”
Patient-Centered Testing for CAPDs
Format(s): eWorkshop
Selecting and interpreting a CAPD test battery that is appropriate to the individual patient is critical to securing much-needed services and achieving positive outcomes. Many audiologists use a standardized, normative-scored CAPD test battery rather than a test battery driven by specific patient characteristics because they do not know how to appropriately select a comprehensive test battery or because of beliefs that testing cannot be performed for certain populations (e.g., children younger than age 7). This session will discuss tips for putting together patient-driven testing options, including how to administer and score them. This course is a recorded session from the 2018/2019 online conference “Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD).”
Person-Centered Assessment and Treatment for Adults Who Stutter (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar presents assessment and treatment strategies that lead to personalized, functional, and meaningful outcomes for adults who stutter. Speaker Vivian Sisskin uses video clips of person-centered approaches to diagnostic interviews and intervention sessions to illustrate key concepts.
The SLP’s Role in Conversion Disorder (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Conversion disorder, also commonly known as functional neurological symptom disorder, is a complex and often misunderstood condition that can affect an individual’s communication, cognition, and movement. This webinar will explore all aspects of the psychological disorder, including etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, counseling, and related issues to inform the SLP’s assessment and treatment of the disorder. The speaker will also discuss the SLP’s role specifically in working with children and teens with the disorder as they complete treatment and return to school.
Complex Considerations for Treating Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 1) articles provided an overview of how the core deficits of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impact reading comprehension, proposed the use of a client-directed model of intervention called social currency, and reviewed characteristics of narrative language that make it a critical context for advanced language development in adolescents with ASD.
A Language-Based Approach to Managing Echolalia (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will discuss all aspects of echolalia, a complex and often misunderstood language phenomenon. The speaker will discuss the origins of echolalia and review the evidence that supports it as a positive indicator of language development. The speaker will describe how to perform ongoing assessment before and during mitigation, and share intervention strategies to facilitate the transition to self-generated language.
Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology of the Adult Swallow
Format(s): eWorkshop
This video course introduces the components of the normal adult swallow across all phases. The course features clearly labeled animations and videos of instrumental studies – e.g., videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing (FEES) – at different speeds to guide clinicians’ ability to interpret the imagery. The course also includes interactive “quizzes” throughout, which provide feedback on application of concepts. The course is designed to give clinicians the confidence to discuss normal anatomy and physiology of all phases of adult swallowing with patients, caregivers, and medical professionals, and to use their knowledge to accurately assess swallow function.
Six Principles of Intervention for Children With Hearing Loss (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Early intervention programs and technological advances have made it possible for children born with hearing loss to attain levels of spoken language proficiency not previously possible. But these children need appropriate intervention to acquire spoken language at their optimal level. This webinar explores six principles of intervention that can effectively facilitate the acquisition of spoken language. Speaker Susan Nittrouer discusses relevant research and case studies to support the six principles and their role in maximizing outcomes.
Using Exercise-Based Treatments in Dysphagia Intervention
Format(s): Streaming Video
This video course will focus on using evidence-based exercise practices in swallowing rehabilitation. The speaker will discuss the theoretical background and evidence for exercise science and then present exercise-based techniques that SLPs can implement with patients. Specific topics will include motor learning, skill vs. strength training, and muscle structure and function. Specific exercises will be discussed, including isometric lingual strength training, expiratory muscle strength training, chin tuck against resistance, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, and more.
Hearing Loss and Dementia (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
The association between hearing loss and dementia has received significant press coverage. This webinar explores this association and discusses clinical implications. The speaker reviews the literature surrounding hearing loss and dementia to better describe the association, explains potential mechanistic pathways, and describes practical impacts on clinical practice.
The How and Why of Executive Functions: Impacts on Language and Learning (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Children’s verbal skills differ for many different reasons. Some may have a specific deficit in learning language rules and structures; for others, the differences in expression may result from underlying limitations in memory skills, or in the cognitive control and flexibility needed to plan and monitor communication. This webinar examines how limitations in working memory and other executive functions affect language and learning generally. The speaker discusses assessment and intervention strategies related to executive functions.
Clinical and Research Topics in Voice SIG 3
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 3) articles provide learners with diverse information including valuable insight on considerations for the role of the speech-language pathologist in working with trans youth, keys to build a successful telepractice, and a review of the electrolarynx (past and present).
Childhood Maltreatment: Communication Outcomes and Services (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists may or may not be aware that an individual has been exposed to one or more types of maltreatment, including emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse and/or neglect. Maltreatment influences an individual’s neurobiological structure and function; cognitive processes such as attention, memory, social cognition, and executive function; as well as communication development and behavior. This webinar will explore the incidence of maltreatment; developmental outcomes; assessment, intervention, and prevention strategies; and the role of communication professionals.
Dysphagia Management: Ethics and Evidence (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar addresses the roles and responsibilities of the SLP – especially when it comes to ethical considerations – in interprofessional management of swallowing and feeding difficulties. The SLP is one cog in a complex machine of stakeholders (including patients, their families, and other professionals) and can be the linchpin in ensuring optimal care.
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Emergent Literacy and AAC for All Ages (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Emergent learners who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) – no matter their age – can benefit from literacy instruction. This webinar reviews important elements of literacy and language instruction, especially for those who are early in their AAC use and language development. The presenter discusses the elements of a strong literacy curriculum – including a voice for all, learner engagement, an enthused knowledgeable reader, the alphabet, actual text, and shared environments and experiences – and how SLPs can incorporate them when working with AAC users on language and literacy goals.
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Ethically and Legally Defensible Speech-Language Services in Public Schools (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar examines legal cases from around the U.S. that address common challenges that school-based SLPs face when making recommendations and providing services. The course incorporates the ASHA Code of Ethics to highlight relevant ethical principles and also reviews conflict resolution steps to facilitate work relationships that benefit student services.
Getting the Most Out of Language Sampling and Analysis (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Robust language sampling provides a treasure trove of information about children’s syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic skills. But time is a challenge when completing this form of assessment. This webinar describes strategies busy SLPs can use to squeeze the most information from a language sample in an efficient manner. The speaker reviews five essential language sampling assessment steps: Collect-Listen-Decide-Analyze-Compare.
Working With Children With Social and Emotional Issues (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will answer common questions SLPs may have about working with children with social and/or emotional issues: What types of social/emotional issues (including and beyond those associated with autism spectrum disorder) can children exhibit? Do these issues impact communication development and, if so, how? How can we identify early signs, symptoms, and risk factors of social/emotional disorders in young children? What roles do SLPs play when working with children with social/emotional deficits – in language assessment/intervention and beyond? When do we treat? When do we refer?
Working with Selective Mutism: The SLP’s Role (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Evaluating and treating children with selective mutism (SM) presents challenges. These children have the ability to speak but may not do so in social situations where they feel uncomfortable and are expected to speak. A substantial number of children with SM have speech-language deficits and vocal tension, affecting their ability to vocalize and verbalize. To determine a child’s actual communication abilities and plan appropriate treatment, it is important to conduct a comprehensive evaluation with expressive output. This webinar describes a validated evaluation procedure and treatment methods to improve vocal output, enhance meaningful verbalizations, and expand language in individuals with SM.
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: What SLPs Can Do With Images (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs face busy schedules, varied client needs, and little time to plan. Visually cued instruction is an evidence-based practice that can include using photos and drawings to target a variety of client needs. Images make language more visible to our clients in order to scaffold language comprehension, expression, and other objectives. This webinar will highlight easy-to-use free and low-cost ($5 and less) technology tools, accessible via multiple platforms, that SLPs can use to incorporate images into their clinical practice.
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Assessment and Communication Development of Bilingual Children (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Whether they themselves are monolingual or bilingual, SLPs must be able to conduct communication assessments with bilingual children. During the assessment process, clinicians must determine whether a child is following a typical process of dual language acquisition or exhibiting an atypical pattern of development. This webinar discusses typical communication development in bilingual children and explore valid assessment practices for this population. The speaker addresses common questions from bilingual and monolingual clinicians regarding appropriate assessment and reporting procedures, including what to do during early stages of English language acquisition and how to prevent language loss.
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Selecting Complex Intervention Targets for Children With Phonological Disorders (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Children with phonological disorders make up a large portion of the caseload for school-based SLPs who work with students ages 3–7. But SLPs rarely use the complexity approach in treating these children due to a lack of familiarity with the approach, despite the evidence to support its use. This webinar walks clinicians step-by-step through how to apply the complexity approach so they can feel confident in this addition to their clinical toolbox. Presenter Holly Storkel uses case studies to illustrate how to select complex treatment targets.
Strategies for Engaging in Difficult Conversations in the School Setting (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Speech-language pathologists in the school setting frequently encounter challenging conversations and/or conversational partners – including parents, colleagues, and administrators. In this webinar, speaker Gail Richard discusses strategies for conversing with confidence and introduces a template tool SLPs can use when preparing for a difficult conversation. Finally, the webinar presents various scenarios and offers suggestions for engaging in different types of difficult discussions.
Using SCERTS to Identify Evidence-Based Practices for Children With Autism (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Infants, children, and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) vary greatly in their needs, as the core challenges differ depending upon developmental level, family and child preferences, and more. This webinar illustrates how to use the evidence-based SCERTS framework in assessment as well as intervention planning and delivery to support social communication and relationship development. The webinar focuses on children at three different developmental levels – before using words, emerging language, and conversational.
Perspectives, SIG 17, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Blake and McLeod describe the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF’s) purpose, development, contents, and coding. This article discusses the framework used by speech-language-pathologists and audiologists in practice and research to investigate body structures/functions and restrictions these may place on an individual’s ability to participate in activities. McNeilly confirms the need for ICF to become an integral part of clinical preparation providing insight regarding functional clinical outcomes of individuals, maximizing habilitation and rehabilitation outcomes. Ma discusses how the ICF is used to support clinical research, practice and education in Hong Kong with the hope of more global efforts by researchers and clinicians. Papathanasiou describes the principles of the ICF framework, encouraging the early introduction to students, using a framework for course curriculum, clinical competencies, and interprofessional education. Enderby discusses how the ICF is used to develop an outcome measurement approach, Therapy Outcome Measure, with application in a research study.
 Perspectives, SIG 5, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The articles address the coding system for health care billing relevant to speech-language pathology practice. Articles also address the role of the speech-language pathologist during velopharyngeal imaging assessments and implementation of a quality of life scale. Imaging methods, articulation analysis, speech sampling techniques, and clinical evaluation of velopharyngeal insufficiency-specific quality of life are outlined. Case studies are used to guide learning and illustrate how information from the evaluation impacts billing, patient quality of life, and collaboration between professionals for the assessment of velopharyngeal dysfunction.
Perspectives, SIG 13, Vol. 3, Part 4, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This collection of articles reviews and presents current evidence related to novel treatment approaches in dysphagia management across the lifespan. Georgia Malandraki and Kate Hutcheson begin by providing clinicians with an overview of intensive dysphagia therapy programs; more specifically the Intensive Dysphagia Rehabilitation (IDR) approach and the MD Anderson Swallowing Boot Camp protocol for patients with neurogenic dysphagia and dysphagia after treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC) respectively. Next, Maggie-Lee Huckabee and Emma Burnip summarize the conceptual basis for skill training in dysphagia management and review the existing evidence to support its clinical application. Finally, Emily Zimmerman and Kelsey Thompson extend the discussion to the pediatric population and provide a detailed review of new technologies used for dysphagia management in infants, along with their current evidence collection of articles primarily focused on the evidence-based use of screening techniques to identify swallowing disorders in patients with a variety of medical diagnoses.
Perspectives, SIG 2, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Part of Perspectives addressed ethics in neurogenic communication disorders including decisional capacity and the role of the speech-language pathologist in the decisional capacity process, the role of the SLP in supporting medical decision-making for people with neurogenic communication disorders, cognitive-communication factors that place people at risk for impaired decisional capacity, and how aphasia awareness can impact ethical decision making.
Perspectives, SIG 13, Vol. 3, Part 3, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Authors Carmin Bartow, Nina Collins, Eugene Kopp, and Oscar Guillamondegui discuss the goals, development, and benefits of a multidisciplinary tracheostomy team in the acute care setting, while highlighting the role of the speech-language pathologist as an integral member of this team. Next, authors Arwen Jackson, Shaunda Harendt and Christopher Baker provide a review of existing evidence and propose a model of collaborative decision-making to guide clinicians managing swallowing disorders in children with tracheostomies. Further, authors Allison Holman, Gemma Clunie, Justin Roe, and Tessa Goldsmith describe the nature of laryngotracheal stenosis in adults as well as the diagnosis and management options for dysphagia in this population following surgery. Lastly, authors Steven Leder and Heather Warner investigate if clinicians are using evidence from the literature to guide clinical bedside swallow examinations (CSE) by comparing ratings of the exact same swallows from simultaneously recorded CSE and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing assessments.
Perspectives, SIG 11, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The first article examines an application of the Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision Training’s newly available training resources into the supervisory responsibilities of clinical educators in the college setting. The second article examines the student learning outcomes from pre- and post-surveys completed by graduate students after participation in a hospital orientation program. The final article explores using a concrete, visual aid (e.g., flowchart) to teach comprehensive and consistent goal-writing techniques to be used across settings.
Perspectives, SIG 5, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The articles address the anatomy and physiology of the velopharyngeal mechanism and the development of velopharyngeal closure. Identification of muscle morphology related to velopharyngeal closure and velopharyngeal dysfunction is described. Additionally, assessment of the orofacial structures is outlined and a clinical checklist is provided.
Perspectives, SIG 6, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The first article discusses how electrophysiological measures can supplement traditional audiometric evaluation in assessment of age-related hearing loss (ARHL). Perceptual consequences of ARHL in part, can be attributed to a reduced ability to accurately process temporal and frequency cues of speech. The frequency following response and cortical-auditory evoked potential measures may be used to identify deficits in the neural processing of speech and guide management of ARHL. The second article shares current evidence supporting an association between cognitive impairment and hearing loss. Research is ongoing to determine whether management of hearing loss with amplification devices and auditory rehabilitation reduces the risk for cognitive decline. The third article highlights a novel pharmaceutical intervention for ARHL. Specifically, the paper focused on AUT00063, a small molecule that modifies a critical ion channel, Kv3, involved in repolarization of a neural action potential within the central auditory pathway. The final article focuses on the aspects of cognition that are most relevant to behavioral auditory research and provides an overview of cognitive hearing science, auditory neuroscience, and electrophysiological measures ideal for studying how the brain processes speech.
Perspectives, SIG 7, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The theme for these articles is using technology to enhance aural rehabilitation for adults with hearing loss. Manchaiah introduces the issues related to direct-to-consumer hearing devices. Major topics include important definitions, a summary of the literature, and discussion of risks and benefits associated with the use of direct-to-consumer devices by adults with hearing loss. Olson and colleagues summarize current mobile apps for auditory training designed for adult learners. Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets were reviewed for their content, usability, and potential clinical applications as supplements to aural rehabilitation outside of the clinical setting or in lieu of direct service delivery. Leavitt reviews considerations for individualized recommendations of wireless connectivity to link hearing aids or cochlear implants with other devices such as telephones, remote microphones, induction loops, infrared and personal FM systems. The article includes a process for decision-making and documentation of clinical data to support individualized recommendations. In summary, the articles address three areas of technology in aural rehabilitation for adults that are currently evolving and clinically applicable.
Perspectives, SIG 3, Vol. 3, Part 3, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The articles provide readers with various perspectives ranging from outcomes in pediatric voice therapy, postural impacts on voice production, muscle tension dysphonia and multidisciplinary care, and how to apply basic exercise physiology principles to special populations.
Perspectives, SIG 12, Vol. 3, Part 3, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Hurting, Alper, and Berkowitz discussed the financial and ethical implications of preventable adverse events. The authors stress the need to use a multipronged approach, which increases awareness of and support for speech-language pathology services. Ogletree, McMurry, Schmidt, and Evans considered the three realities facing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) providers. These included: (a) users who are not homogeneous with respect to culture and language, (b) a traditional team-based AAC assessment process that may not be the preferred route, and (c) assumptions about AAC symbol transparency that are not supported by data. Caron, Holyfield, Light, and McNaughton explored displaced talk using video visual speech displays (VSDs). The findings revealed that there is potential in utilizing video VSD to support participation for displaced talk in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. When using VSD’s, the individual in the study takes more communication turns and is more engaged in his social interactions.
Perspectives, SIG 16, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The articles addressed the role of the school-based speech-language pathologist in working with children with dysphagia, working with speech sound disorders, and understanding phonological awareness in children with apraxia of speech.
Building and Expanding Your CAS Toolkit (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) can be challenging for seasoned and newer clinicians alike. How do we efficiently and effectively assemble and grow our CAS “toolkit”? This webinar will discuss practical tips – rooted in the principles of evidence-based practice – to strengthen SLPs’ diagnosis and treatment of CAS to enhance child outcomes.
Perspectives, SIG 14, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These articles include two qualitative studies that provided insight into various aspects of services for culturally diverse and linguistic (CLD) populations. Topics include: (a) a qualitative study conducted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Multicultural Issues Board designed to extract CLD clinicians’ beliefs on how their backgrounds affect their career choices and practice, as well as their suggestions on how to be most responsive to CLD clients; (b) a qualitative analysis of caregivers’ views on services they received for their CLD children during home-based treatment and; (c) a cross-disciplinary review of 40 years of literature on children who use African American English.
Maximizing Intelligibility in Children and Adolescents With Down Syndrome
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will discuss the anatomical, physiological, neurological, and cognitive factors that affect the speech intelligibility of children and adolescents with Down syndrome. Although there are similarities among people who have this genetic disorder, evaluation and treatment are highly individualized based on specific factors that influence a particular individual’s speech. The speaker will discuss evaluation and treatment planning, including forms that clinicians can use right away in their own practice.
Perspectives, SIG 10, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The articles focus on how higher education might increase the number of PhD graduates from communication sciences and disorders (CSD) programs, highlighting responses from interviews with PhD Program Coordinators. Authors describe a survey designed to determine if undergraduate students are participating in known opportunities for research and if such undergraduate research experience is related to interest in pursuing a master’s thesis or PhD. Finally, authors describe an interdisciplinary teaching and outreach initiative in which diverse non-communication sciences and disorders undergraduate students were immersed in the field of CSD due to their collective interest in music.
Perspectives, SIG 3, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The articles provide affiliates with information about pediatric instrumental examination and variations in vocal fold vibratory parameters and voice therapy approaches in the pediatric population. From there, authors explore the knowledge of the speech-language pathologist regarding how hormones effect voice function and concepts related to motor learning and voice rehabilitation.
Assessment and Treatment of Age-Related Voice Disorders (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Voice disorders are a prevalent and persistent problem in older adults. As the number of people over age 65 continues to increase, SLPs likely will see a growing demand for their services to treat age-related communication problems, including disorders related to the “aging voice.” This webinar will explore the typical age-related changes in each of the three major subsystems involved with voice production (respiratory, laryngeal, and resonatory) and explain how these changes affect vocal quality and ability. The presenters also will discuss appropriate assessment and intervention options, providing an overview of medical, surgical, and behavioral treatments.
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Evaluating Product Characteristics for Infant Feeding and Non-Nutritive Sucking
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Clinical decisions regarding infant feeding not only affect nutritional status but also respiratory function in medically fragile populations. The articles in this journal self-study examine products designed to promote safe infant feeding and sucking patterns. Importantly, they compare and contrast products so that clinicians are equipped to make informed decisions that do not rely on marketing claims. The first two articles focus on bottle nipple characteristics that promote safe milk ingestion and respiratory effects and the third examines a range of pacifiers to determine which characteristics promote the most productive non-nutritive sucking pattern.
Perspectives, SIG 2, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives was the first open call issue for SIG 2 with a specific focus on functional assessment and intervention for a variety of neurogenic communication disorders. Topics covered included the role of language and cognitive abilities in the life participation approach for people with aphasia, functional assessment and treatment in acquired and traumatic brain injury, cognitive-communication treatment groups for student training and post-concussion syndrome, and the use of voice therapy for a teen with athetoid cerebral palsy.
Perspectives, SIG 12, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
In these articles, authors explored various alternative access methods for augmentative and alternative communication with a variety of populations. One author introduces brain-computer interfaces (BCIs, reviews both the misconceptions about them and the important factors to consider when evaluating a BCI for use by someone with CCN. In another article, the author describes advances in access technology already being employed as access solutions to SGD’s and highlights areas for advancement and refinements of access technologies. Another author reviews research evidence related to eye tracking and gaze technologies with various populations. The final article focuses on teaching switch access for individuals who have significant communication, physical and sensory disabilities and who are unable to use direct selection. In this article, the use of switch access with scanning is explored in terms of how to teach motor/cognitive aspects with aided language receptive input and expressive use.
Perspectives, SIG 13, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This collection of articles primarily focused on the evidence-based use of screening techniques to identify swallowing disorders in patients with a variety of medical diagnoses. Kara Maharay and Kelly Salmon reviewed specific dysphagia screening tools for the neurologic population and provided readers with tips for implementing a screening protocol for patients with acute stroke, with a focus on multidisciplinary collaboration. Next, Joy Gaziano and Stephanie Watts provided an overview of the utility of screening for esophageal impairments during videofluoroscopic swallow studies. Mario Alberto Landera, Donna S. Lundy, and Amanda Demane extended the discussion by describing key considerations for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) managing dysphagia in patients with head and neck cancers and the importance of SLP participation in the multidisciplinary head and neck tumor board. Finally, Debra Suiter provided clinicians with an overview of some of the challenges and controversies associated with current dysphagia screening tools.
Perspectives, SIG 1, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives focused on current issues in the treatment of individuals with autism. The authors offered practical strategies for clinicians and families, answers to frequently asked questions, and information about specialized topics such as bilingualism and African American English.
TBI in Children and Adolescents: Developments in Clinical Practice
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Pediatric traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are underreported, which means that many children and teens are not getting needed services to help with post-injury cognitive issues that, though often mild, can cause academic and other difficulties. This webinar will discuss recent advances in the characteristics, recovery trajectories, assessments, and interventions for children and adolescents with TBI. Discussion will include evidence-based approaches to assessment and treatment that SLPs can implement immediately in clinical practice. The speaker will also discuss the important role of the SLP as a multidisciplinary team member treating this patient population and advocating for patients/clients/families.
Perspectives, SIG 13, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The five articles presented in Part 1 elaborated on several vital issues within the topic of dysphagia. Authors Jessica Zarzour, Loretta Johnson, and Cheri Canon discussed strategies to employ to minimize clinician and patient exposure to radiation during a fluoroscopic evaluation of the swallow. In the second article, authors Tsega Temtem and Mark Corkins educated the audience on the development and function of the gastrointestinal tract and the mechanism of digestion of foods into nutrients and waste. Next, author Adele Evans presented an extraordinary perspective of the laryngeal system focusing on the differences between the infant and adult laryngeal anatomy and its subsequent impact on laryngeal function. The application of the popular Ice Chip Protocol and the concept of safe aspiration are discussed by authors Susan Langmore and Jessica Pisegna. Lastly, authors Jamie Mahurin-Smith and Catherine Genna comprehensively highlighted the importance of providing competent assistance to breastfeeding mothers.
Changing Developmental Trajectories of Toddlers With ASD: Strategies for Bridging Research to Practice (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
The need for community-viable, evidence-based intervention strategies for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a national priority as earlier diagnosis becomes more common. This webinar will present strategies for taking evidence-based research and applying it to practice. Using video examples, the presenters will discuss the findings from the randomized controlled trial of the Early Social Interaction Project (ESI), which teaches parents how to embed evidence-based intervention strategies and supports in everyday activities in natural environments to promote their child’s active engagement. The webinar will also illustrate strategies for utilizing the Autism Navigator, a collection of web-based courses and tools using extensive video footage, for parents, professionals, and others with the goal of improving outcomes for young children with ASD.
Assessing School-Age Children With Language Disorders (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Language is a highly complex human behavior, and yet SLPs often are expected to assess children for language disorders by administering a single, standardized test. However, this "one-size-fits-all" approach often yields inadequate results. This webinar will describe steps to help SLPs develop clear rationales and clinical decision-making strategies to assess fundamental language skills more effectively and facilitate intervention planning. The speaker will identify and discuss models that align the clinical questions underlying an evaluation with desired diagnostic outcomes.
Assessing School-Age Children With Speech-Sound Disorders (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs often assess school-age children for speech-sound disorders using a single, standardized test. However, this "one-size-fits-all" approach can yield results that do not account for the impact of speech-sound disorders on other aspects of academic performance. This webinar will describe steps to help SLPs develop clear rationales and clinical decision-making strategies to assess speech-sound skill areas more effectively and facilitate intervention planning.
Early Identification of Autism in Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
The differential diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children who have a hearing loss is challenging, due in part to the lack of valid standardized assessments for this population. This webinar will explore communication characteristics of children with both ASD and hearing loss and those who are deaf/hard of hearing but do not have ASD, focusing on distinguishing attributes. Awareness of the features that are unique to ASD in the deaf/hard of hearing population will enable clinicians to more accurately identify ASD in these children and lead to earlier access to appropriate and much-needed intervention. The webinar will also highlight the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration when working with children with co-occurring hearing loss and ASD.
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Exposing Hidden Hearing Loss
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Noise exposure and aging are common causes of acquired sensorineural hearing loss, marked by damaged hair cells and evident in threshold audiograms. Recent studies have shown that well before overt hearing loss is apparent, a more insidious process frequently occurs, one that doesn’t kill hair cells, but instead permanently interrupts their communication with cochlear neurons. This cochlear synaptic loss can be dramatic, even in ears with normal threshold audiograms, where it has been called “hidden hearing loss.” This webinar will review hidden and overt effects of noise and aging on the ear and hearing, focusing on documented synaptopathic and neurodegenerative outcomes and predicted functional consequences, including speech-in noise difficulties, tinnitus, and hyperacusis.
Early, Persistent, and Remediated Speech Sound Disorders: There Is More to the Story (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Do you wonder why you have children on your caseload who have had the same speech sound production errors for years? Do you wonder what you can do to help the 5th grader who continues to have trouble with the /r/ sound? Do you wonder what happens to these children after they are off your caseload? This webinar will discuss these and other questions that the presenter herself had as a practicing school-based SLP and that she now attempts to solve as a researcher. In this webinar, she will explore the factors that influence language, literacy, and cognitive skills for children with early, persistent, and remediated speech sound disorders. Discussion will include how SLPs can help these children more quickly as well as assessment considerations for ensuring the best outcomes from intervention.
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Management of Swallowing in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer: Fine-Tuning Your Decision-Making
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Clinicians often conduct instrumental evaluations of swallowing for patients who have been treated for head and neck cancer, and making decisions regarding oral vs. non-oral nutrition and specific diet type can be challenging. This webinar will discuss how to make judicious decisions concerning eating and diet, and what variables to incorporate into the decision-making process with this population.
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Transgender Voice and Beyond: Voice and Communication Training for Gender Expression
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Voice modification services for transgender individuals or those with gender-diverse identities is an emerging area of practice for SLPs. While research-based methods for services exist, many SLPs are not sufficiently prepared to serve this population. This webinar will explain the cultural and clinical factors involved in gender-based voice and communication services and describe inclusive practices to support individuals with unique perspectives and concerns. The presenters will share research and clinical cases to illustrate best practice standards for assessment and intervention. Rationales for these standards are based on research regarding communication factors that influence gender attribution by others, factors that influence speakers’ own perception and satisfaction with their voice, and effects of treatment.
Demystifying Swallowing and Feeding in the School Setting
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Many school-based SLPs recognize a need to identify and treat swallowing and feeding disorders in their school’s student body but are uncertain about how to do this. In some cases, SLPs are unsure exactly how to start and proceed, and in other cases, their supervisors and/or districts are not supportive of these efforts. In this webinar, the presenter will discuss common apprehensions/fears about swallowing and feeding programs in schools and how to alleviate these concerns. She will provide ideas for implementing these programs in schools as well as strategies for gaining support from administrators and others. The webinar will also include suggestions for working as part of a school-based team to identify and treat students who have swallowing and feeding disorders.
Effective Solutions to Ethical Dilemmas in AAC (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be life-changing for many individuals, but due to its complex and commercial nature, it also comes with a myriad of potential ethical concerns. Clinicians can improve AAC assessment and intervention outcomes for those they serve by being confident they are making ethically informed decisions about AAC use. This webinar uses case studies to discuss common ethical dilemmas encountered in the use of AAC, leaning on the ASHA Code of Ethics for support. The presenter outlines a process for ethical decision-making and shares trends in school and health care settings that affect ethical decision-making as it relates to AAC use.
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Early Literacy: Intensive, Individualized Interventions
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will focus on how to select early literacy interventions for students with language-based learning disabilities, including dyslexia. The presenter will describe approaches to individualizing interventions based on student assessment data and discuss the implications for and roles of the SLP.
Cluttering and Other Fluency Disorders: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Differential diagnosis of stuttering from cluttering, atypical disfluency, language-disorder-related disfluency, and covert stuttering can be confusing and challenging. This webinar will provide strategies and methods for differential diagnosis of these disorders as well as ideas for developing treatment plans for each.
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Improving Communication Outcomes for Children With Hearing Aids
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Initiatives such as universal newborn hearing screening and early hearing detection and intervention programs have improved the early identification of hearing loss so children can receive intervention services at a young age. But many of these children still experience significant delays in communication development as they get older. This webinar will discuss what audiologists and speech-language pathologists can do to support optimal communication outcomes in children who use hearing aids. The webinar will explore evidence-based assessment of audibility, monitoring and supporting consistent hearing aid use, and tools for documenting outcomes.
Supporting Early Infant Feeding in the NICU
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
To support infants in the NICU setting and maximize oral feeding outcomes for these babies, SLPs need to consider the maturational status of premature infants, medical conditions of ill newborns, and positive and negative experiences in the NICU. This webinar will address the maturation of the oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal phases of swallowing, which directly affect safety and efficiency, as well as medical conditions that increase an infant’s risk of feeding disorders. We will explore evidence-based interventions designed to improve feeding experiences, taking into account maturational and medical status, and discuss the concept of homeostasis and its importance in the NICU.
Nine Building Blocks of Supervision
Format(s): eWorkshop
Many clinicians find themselves responsible for supervising students, externs, clinical fellows, other clinicians, or support personnel, but have little or no training on how to supervise. This course presents nine core “building blocks” that are essential elements of every supervision experience. Presenters will walk through practical planning exercises so that clinicians with little familiarity or formal training in supervision can create a structured supervision experience that will provide supervisees with the support and feedback they need to become independent, reflective practitioners.
Beyond Cleft Palate: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
A history of cleft palate is the most common cause of velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD), but there are many other causes, including other structural anomalies of the velopharyngeal valve, neurophysiological disorders that result in inadequate velopharyngeal movement, and even faulty placement of the articulators due to mislearning. Differential diagnosis of the cause of these VPD speech characteristics and the contributing factors is essential to determine appropriate treatment, whether it be velopharyngeal surgery, a prosthetic device, and/or intervention with an SLP. In this webinar, the presenter will show videos and discuss various causes of abnormal resonance and nasal emission due to non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction. The presenter will also discuss a variety of treatment options that are appropriate for various causes of VPD.
Possible Effects of Medication on Communication and Swallowing: What SLPs Need to Know
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Medication can have a significant impact on a client’s swallowing or communication deficit, and this webinar will give SLPs much-needed information to ensure they are considering medication effects when evaluating and treating their clients. The webinar will explore the latest evidence-based research to help SLPs recognize drug interactions and know how and when to report them to a health care team member. The presenter will discuss examples of medication interactions and recommend actions SLPs can take during assessment and treatment to ensure the best outcomes for their clients.
Hearing Aids and the Brain: Implications for Auditory Rehabilitation
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Many seniors are exposed to considerable amounts of information about hearing loss and hearing health and can find it difficult to separate facts from fiction. Meanwhile, others do not get enough information about these important topics. This webinar will explore educational tools and resources to help older adults meet their individual communication needs. The presenter will share information and resources that you can pass on to your patients regarding hearing aids and the brain, as well as tools to promote healthy hearing as patients age.
An Expanded Approach to Clinical Practice in Dysphagia
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will explore an expanded approach to dysphagia assessment and treatment designed to maximize an individual’s eating and swallowing safety, efficiency, and pleasure. Traditional management approaches typically view dysphagia as a mechanical and/or physiologic problem. By contrast, the expanded approach explained in the webinar strives to give the clinician a more holistic portrait of the patient’s lived experience with dysphagia. The expanded approach to evaluation incorporates a wider array of measurement tools from across health care domains while maximizing efficiency so the broader assessment does not require additional time. The expanded approach to treatment includes recommendations for diet changes as well as tips for facilitating the use of evidence-based practices.
Using Pretend Play to Improve Communication in Young Children With Autism
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will explain how improving pretend play skills in preschool children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can “play it forward” to improve a wide array of social and communication skills. The presenters will provide practical information to aid speech-language pathologists in selecting goals and strategies that will support the expansion of pretend play in young children with ASD.
Dysphagia Management: Documentation and Goal Writing
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course provides an overview of the documentation requirements for Medicare reimbursement for dysphagia-related services, including evaluation, treatment plans, treatment notes, progress notes, discharge summaries, and common diagnostic and procedure codes. The speaker discusses frameworks – including the SMART and International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) frameworks – to help focus treatment plans on meaningful, measureable, and functional goals, giving examples of long- and short-term goals. The course also includes tips for streamlining documentation and suggestions for documenting progress to show skilled service.
Theoretical Basis of Exercise and Treatment of Dysphagia
Format(s): eWorkshop
In order to select the appropriate treatment techniques for oral and pharyngeal dysphagia in adults, clinicians need to understand the physiology of swallowing. This introductory course discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence base for dysphagia treatment and reviews the principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning as they relate to the effects of injury to the central nervous system and the potential results of swallowing intervention. The presenter discusses examples of neuromuscular treatment for pharyngeal dysphagia and gives tips on analyzing evidence and applying a theory-driven approach.
Successful Classroom Engagement for Students With ASD
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often struggle to maintain engagement in classroom settings. Students who are unable to stay engaged miss valuable learning opportunities in the classroom and may also exhibit challenging behaviors. This webinar will describe a variety of evidence-based practices and strategies that can support engagement in individual, small group, and large group settings in the classroom.
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Pediatric Feeding Assessments and Interventions
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course will focus on managing feeding difficulties in young children ages 1-6 years. The presenter will discuss and demonstrate assessment tools as well as intervention approaches, highlighting evidence-based techniques.
Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Considerations in Dementia Management
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course is a recorded session from the 2016 online conference “Maximizing Functional Outcomes for Patients With Dementia.” Individuals with dementia and their loved ones face many challenges, including functional decline, loss of independence, and decisions related to end-of-life medical and social interventions, among others. This session reviews key principles and medical-legal precedents related to the ethical issues that SLPs might encounter when working with individuals with dementia, focusing on changes in communication, decision-making capacity, and ability to sustain nutrition and hydration. The conference included a total of 13 sessions, with the broad goal of describing a range of evidence-based clinical care techniques to get to the heart of patient-centered dementia care.
Family-Guided Routines-Based Intervention and Coaching in Early Intervention
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will highlight the integration of adult learning and family-centered principles as the foundation for organizing a home visit that supports family decision-making, participation, and parent-provider partnership in early intervention. Family-guided routines-based intervention incorporates a flexible framework for home visiting that includes four components: setting the stage, observation and opportunities to embed, problem-solving and planning, and reflection and review. Within each component, SLPs can incorporate coaching strategies to support the caregiver in embedding communication intervention within the child’s everyday routines and activities.
Using Curriculum-Based Language Assessment to Evaluate School-Age Students
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Curriculum-based language assessment is one way for SLPs to create a comprehensive picture of a student’s oral and written language needs and pinpoint areas to target in intervention. In this webinar, the speaker will discuss how to perform curriculum-based language assessment, beginning with the selection of areas of the curriculum to work on. Participants will explore how to use dynamic assessment to identify a student’s particular strengths and weaknesses and answer four questions based on selected curricular tasks: (1) What does the task require? (2) What does the student currently do when attempting the task? (3) What does the student need to do differently to be more successful at the task? (4) What, if any, modifications to the task are needed to support the student’s success? The course will demonstrate how to integrate formal and informal assessment data to understand students’ individualized needs and plan intervention that can improve language/literacy skills and foster better academic outcomes.
Using Curriculum-Based Language Intervention to Meet Individualized Goals
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Curriculum-based language assessment and intervention is one way for SLPs to create a comprehensive picture of a student’s oral and written language needs and pinpoint areas to target in intervention. This webinar will focus on how to use information from curriculum-based language assessment to provide curriculum-based language intervention in classroom or pull-out settings. The course will discuss techniques such as using actual curricular materials to target students’ individualized goals while meeting core curriculum standards in classroom-based writing labs and small group contexts. The course also will offer case studies of students across grade levels (and encourage participants to reflect on their own examples) to illustrate techniques for addressing problems of word structure knowledge, vocabulary, sentence structure, and discourse formulation and comprehension across all modalities. Discussion will include how to decide when pull-out approaches might be necessary to supplement intervention in classroom-based contexts.
Peer-Mediated Interventions for Preschool and School-Age Children With ASD
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Implementing effective approaches to enhance social communication with peers in natural environments is critical to improving core deficits in communication, joint engagement, and play skills. This webinar will discuss how SLPs can provide peer-mediated interventions (PMIs) for the students on their caseloads. The course will highlight the key components of setting up the environment, recruiting and training peers, teaching a range of communication skills, and measuring child-peer social progress. The webinar will describe approaches for increasing intentional communication of nonverbal preschool children using AAC as well as basic communication and conversation skills for school-age students, with an emphasis on matching the intervention context and strategies to specific student skills and needs.
Phonological Intervention With Bilingual Children: The Complexity Approach
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will explore evidence-based methods for treating bilingual children with speech sound disorders. Participants will learn the fundamentals of typological complexity theory, discuss past treatment research in this domain, compare and contrast the complexity approach with developmental approaches to treatment, learn target goal selection, and discuss case studies related to these concepts.
Working with Interpreters: Best Practices for Audiologists and SLPs
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and SLPs who work with individuals whose primary language is not English may find themselves in a situation where they need to use an interpreter. Being prepared with a plan of action for accessing an interpreter as well as having policies and procedures for the collaboration can ensure the client/patient receives the best possible services. This webinar will describe how to develop a plan of action and offer guidelines for fostering a collaborative and culturally sensitive relationship between the clinician, client/patient, and interpreter.
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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: What SLPs Need to Know
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Since 2004, Response to Intervention (RTI) has been implemented in varying degrees across the United States. Recently, RTI has shifted to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), which are more encompassing systems for supporting all learners. This webinar will explain MTSS and how SLPs can provide supports for students who are struggling with speech and language development in an academic setting.
Apps and Web-Based Materials for Telepractice
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Clinicians providing therapies through telepractice environments face some technical challenges but can leverage a variety of interactive web- and app-based resources to engage clients while building speech and language skills. This webinar provides strategies and resources to locate and organize digital materials and explains how repurposing websites and apps using a speech and language lens can open doors to relevant, fun, and effective activities. The webinar also will offer demonstrations of how to individualize authentic contextual materials.
SLP Roles for Treating Adults With Concussions: Expanding the Toolbox (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Adults with post-concussive syndrome often struggle with challenges in work, family, and quality of life. Our professional roles continue to evolve as concussion is better understood at both a physiological and functional level. The diffuse injury that is concussion results in highly variable presentations, and as SLPs we are tasked with being ready for anything. This webinar will briefly cover concussion assessment and then focus mostly on evidence-based intervention for adults. It will consider a breadth of clients, including those with sports injuries and blast injuries as well as those with falls and accidents.
Speech and Language Assessment in Multicultural Populations
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Assessing individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds can be challenging. This webinar will give SLPs the tools and processes needed to confidently make diagnostic decisions for their students and clients from diverse backgrounds. The webinar will evaluate formal assessment tools and describe effective informal assessment approaches that can help SLPs confidently tease apart difference from disorder.
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Teaching Approaches to Vocabulary and Word Learning
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
A strong vocabulary is essential to social, academic, and professional success. Many people on the SLP's caseload learn words slowly and, as a result, accrue a small, limited vocabulary. T