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Best Practices for Assessment & Treatment of Speech Development in Early Intervention (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 10/29/2020
Format(s): Live Webinar
This live webinar (October 29, 2020, 1–3 p.m. ET) will explore the nature and typical development of speech sound production in children under age 3 with and without language delays or disorders. The speakers will 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.
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Ethical Challenges in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 11/4/2020
Format(s): Live Webinar
This live webinar (November 4, 2020, 1–3 p.m. ET) will address 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 will provide 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.
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Using Interactive Whiteboards for Fun, Functional Intervention (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 12/2/2020
Format(s): Live Webinar
This live webinar (December 2, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. ET) 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.
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Addressing the Iceberg of Stuttering: Strategies to Support Acceptance and Openness (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 12/3/2020
Format(s): Live Webinar
This live webinar (December 3, 2020, 1-3 p.m. ET) 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.
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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.
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Best Practices for Assessment & Treatment of Speech Development in Early Intervention (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning October 31, 2020) will explore the nature and typical development of speech sound production in children under age 3 with and without language delays or disorders. The speakers will 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.
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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.
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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.
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Management of Pediatric Aerodigestive Disorders (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning June 25, 2020) will explore various aspects of working with pediatric patients with complex aerodigestive disorders. Speaker Kara Fletcher Larson will discuss the developmental progression to oral feeding, implementing safe feeding plans, weaning from gastrostomy tube feedings, and working within a multidisciplinary team.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Medicare: Defining and Documenting Skilled SLP Maintenance Services  (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning October 15, 2020) will explain Medicare's definition of and requirements for skilled maintenance therapy compared with skilled restorative-based care. The speaker will discuss the regulatory history and landscape changes related to Medicare coverage of skilled maintenance services. The speaker will then provide guidance on best practices for developing maintenance treatment plans and documenting skilled care.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 on demand webinar (available beginning August 13, 2020) will explore state-of-the-art approaches to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for individuals with primary progressive aphasia (PPA). The speaker will discuss evidence-based restitutive as well as compensatory treatment approaches and highlight 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.
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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.
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Ethical Challenges in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning November 6, 2020) will address 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 will provide 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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Started With FEES for Swallowing Evaluations (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will walk SLPs through the procedures used in flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES; also known as fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) to evaluate patients with dysphagia. The course will provide a thorough explanation of the laryngeal and pharyngeal anatomy that can be viewed using FEES and guide attendees through exam interpretation.
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.
Perspectives, SIG 7, Vol. 2, Part 2, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Part addresses considerations for enhancing the service and delivery of hearing health care. Boothroyd inspires a more holistic approach to audiology in response to changes in consumer independence, access to new technologies, and emerging scientific knowledge. Luey and Wise address the role of public health policy to meet needs of hearing health care worldwide and provide insights into potential barriers to hearing services for individuals experiencing deprived socioeconomic circumstances. Ross, interviewed by Cienkowski, offers insights into the development of audiology and notable historical events, as well as challenges to the future of the profession. Heacock and Preminger focus on the inclusion of adult children in the aural rehabilitation process of family-centered health care and offer suggestions for their involvement.
Perspectives, SIG 9, Vol. 2, Part 2, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This part of Perspectives covers a diverse range of topics including a review of auditory verbal therapy, reducing bullying for children who are D/HH, the current state of audiology services for central auditory processing, and, finally, guiding parents in managing their child's behavior in order to increase hearing aid use. The articles provide current practical information for clinicians who serve children who are deaf and hard of hearing, including audiologists, early interventionists, speech-language pathologists, and teachers.
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.
Using iPad Apps to Increase Student Motivation and Engagement During Language- and Literacy-Focused Intervention
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will discuss exciting iPad apps that can increase the motivation and engagement of school-age children with various communication difficulties during treatment sessions. The presenter will share creative ideas and specific examples of how to use the highlighted apps during language and literacy-focused intervention. Participants will engage in discussions related to skills and foundational knowledge.
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. The good news is that word learning is a fairly tractable problem space. In this webinar, we will explore different approaches to word learning and how best to tailor word teaching to your clients.
Unilateral Neglect and Awareness Deficits After Right Hemisphere Brain Damage
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Two deficits commonly caused by damage to the right hemisphere are unilateral neglect and anosognosia. Unilateral neglect is reduced attention to one region of space, and anosognosia is reduced awareness of deficits. These deficits commonly co-occur and have an impact on how well a patient participates in and responds to treatment. This webinar will discuss characteristics, assessment, and treatment of both disorders.
Assessing Acquired Apraxia of Speech: Practical Solutions to Common Challenges
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Differentiating apraxia of speech (AOS) from other acquired speech and language impairments is important clinically as it provides a framework for understanding the signs and symptoms of the disorder, which in turn influences which specific treatment method will be applied. However, diagnosis remains challenging since it hinges on expert-based judgment of speech features, with minimal guidance on the frequency, severity, or clustering of features required for positive diagnosis. This course provides a brief overview of the current diagnostic method and its limitations, followed by discussion and demonstration of effective objective and semi-automated speech measures for identifying acquired AOS in both stroke and progressive forms. Video case examples and demonstrations of these measures will be provided so that clinicians can immediately begin putting this knowledge into practice.
Treating Acquired Apraxia of Speech: Practical Solutions to Common Challenges
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Acquired apraxia of speech (AOS) typically occurs alongside aphasia. Clinicians are often challenged with questions such as, “What should I work on first, and why/how?” and “How can I deliver intensive therapy in today’s healthcare system?” While there are a number of treatment approaches available for AOS, there are very few large-scale investigations of treatment efficacy to inform practice and limited studies that tackle the issues around intensity and concomitant disorders. This course summarizes the pros, cons, and similarities of impairment-based approaches to treatment for individuals with AOS plus aphasia. The outcomes from our latest Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences systematic review on treatment for AOS will be discussed along with more recent work. The course will provide demonstrations and detailed discussion of the rationale and procedures for those approaches with the strongest evidence to support clinical use, so that participants can immediately begin implementing these techniques in the clinic.
Speech Sound Disorders: Impact on Language and Literacy
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course includes two recorded sessions from the 2016 online conference “Improving Intelligibility in Children With Speech Sound Disorders.” These sessions focus on the role of phonological representations, vocabulary, and working memory in assessment of children with speech sound disorders, as well as the importance of evidence-based phonological awareness intervention to enhance literacy success.
Audiology Practice: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will examine the realities of hearing health care today and identify strategies audiologists can use to address the challenges of present-day and future practice. The course will scrutinize the issues raised by government and consumer organizations and evaluate how they represent and impact the realities of audiology practice. The program will look at the latest MarkeTrak (MT9) survey results and explore how the data reveal patients’ expressed experiences with their current hearing technology and providers as well as how the data can drive changes to how audiologists define their practice. The webinar also will explore recent research into the associations between hearing health and other conditions such as cognitive decline, depression, falls, and diabetes, and the valuable opportunities these findings present for audiologists to fundamentally and effectively redefine the nature of the patient-provider relationship. Lastly, the webinar will conclude with an evidence-based list of the “top 10” best practice strategies that audiologists can put into place right away to redefine their practice and successfully face future challenges.
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School Service Delivery: Practical Tools for Assessing Your Results
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
All areas of speech-language pathology practice require practitioners to demonstrate their value and contributions with specific, measurable outcomes. Preschool and K-12 school settings are no exception. Indeed, the call for results-driven educational practices, systematic methods of measuring educational outcomes, and accountability has never been greater. In this webinar, speaker Jean Blosser presents practical tools for determining outcomes in school speech-language programs so SLPs can advocate with administrators, modify intervention practices, and improve communication with educators and parents. The framework emphasizes three interrelated areas of service delivery: (1) student outcomes, (2) interprofessional collaboration outcomes, and (3) systemic outcomes. Participants focus on their own programs while learning to apply several practical outcomes-measurement tools – including satisfaction surveys, feedback forms, performance improvement plans, team assessments, progress monitoring, and more – that can improve their services for the benefit of their students.
Strengthening the Breadth and Depth of Your Collaboration With School Professionals
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs who work in preschool and K-12 school settings engage in interprofessional collaboration since they regularly partner with other professionals – teachers, assistants, school psychologists, occupational therapists, and others – to deliver services to students. In some cases, SLPs may find that these collaboration efforts could be enhanced. This webinar presents a fresh approach to planning and offering integrated, classroom-based services. The approach allows school clinicians to transform their programs by strengthening their relationships with fellow school professionals and improving the breadth, depth, and quality of collaboration that is already happening. The course describes a unique, six-stage collaboration process that fosters a common frame of reference and meaningful relationships with education colleagues. Each stage incorporates a goal, ready-to-implement strategies, and interactive tools and resources SLPs can employ to encourage buy-in and engagement. Throughout the webinar, participants are guided to think about the process from the perspective of their own role, organization, school culture, school partners, student population, services, and goals. Participants will create an action plan for reframing their own programs.
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A Roadmap to Integrating AAC Into the Classroom
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will explore how augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be effectively integrated into the classroom. The presenter will share a roadmap to walk SLPs through the particular considerations and decision-making process for selecting and implementing AAC in an educational setting. The webinar will explore the importance of the SETT Framework and a core vocabulary organization as well as highlight specific strategies for programming an AAC device, including modeling and color coding.
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School-Age and Adolescent Stuttering: Assessment and Treatment
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar discusses assessment and treatment for school-age and adolescent children who stutter. The particular focus is on how to write measurable treatment goals and design activities to help children who stutter improve their overall communication, decrease their own negative reactions to their stuttering, decrease physical tension and secondary behaviors, and improve speech fluency. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to assess and treat the affective, cognitive, and behavioral components of stuttering.
Elements of a Comprehensive Voice Evaluation (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
A comprehensive voice evaluation to create a complete profile of an individual’s voice capabilities and limitations requires both instrumental and non-instrumental methods. But many speech-language pathologists do not have access to the sophisticated equipment used to conduct voice evaluations in large, national voice centers. This webinar presents the objectives and a recommended methodology for completing a comprehensive voice evaluation with and without instrumental procedures. The speaker offers guidance to SLPs across work settings on approaches for achieving a comprehensive voice evaluation, making the most of your available resources.
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The Many Gray Areas of Ethical Decision Making
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Defining what is ethical is not always clear cut and readily obvious; rather, most situations are multifaceted and involve many layers of ethical decision making in order to achieve the best possible result. This webinar utilizes scenarios to illustrate the ethical decision-making process as it relates to professional practice and the recently revised ASHA Code of Ethics (2016), effective March 1, 2016. Scenarios illustrate specific violations of the Code of Ethics, and the presenters discuss the most appropriate manner of resolution – and any potential sanctions – for each violation.
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Preschool Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Approach
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Speech-language pathologists often face uncertainty about whether, when, and how to treat young children who may be showing signs of early stuttering. This webinar is designed to reduce that uncertainty by presenting strategies for evaluating the risk factors that may contribute to the development of chronic stuttering. The program describes key features of common treatment approaches that support the development of appropriate communication attitudes and involve changes to the communication environment as well as modifications to the preschooler’s speech production and communication abilities. The course helps clinicians evaluate treatment outcomes so they can apply the principles of evidence-based practice in helping young children overcome early stuttering.
Feeding Tubes in Adults With Advanced Illness: Use, Overuse, and the SLP’s Role
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Studies on feeding tubes in individuals with advanced illness have raised doubts about the long-term benefit and potential overuse of feeding tubes. SLPs are often asked to offer recommendations about a person’s ability to eat and drink by mouth but may be concerned that restrictions on oral intake could lead to the use of feeding tubes. The boundaries of professional roles are often blurred, further complicating the issue. This course addresses the clinical research surrounding the use of feeding tubes, offers evidence-based practice guidelines, and provides solutions to the challenges facing SLPs with regards to feeding tube overuse.
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Causes, Assessment, and Treatment of Esophageal Dysphagia
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Get the essential information you need to assess and treat patients with esophageal dysphagia and know when to refer them for medical evaluation. This webinar describes anatomy and physiology and discusses disorders of the esophagus that can lead to esophageal dysphagia. The presenter explains various complementary diagnostic assessments for esophageal dysphagia and delineates the medical and surgical options for treating esophageal disorders.
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Counseling Skills for Professionals in Communication Disorders
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs and audiologists are trained to help people improve their communication abilities and functioning in daily life, and in doing this, they often need to address people's emotional well-being too. This webinar provides clinicians with basic information about counseling people of all ages who experience communication disorders, as well as their families, drawing on standard practice in counseling psychology. The session will introduce what counseling is and how counseling procedures relate to overall therapy for people with communication disorders. Participants will learn several specific counseling strategies to help them understand the client's (or family member's) perspective, provide helpful responses to clients' statements of emotion, and support clients in taking responsibility for changes in treatment. Other topics include: the nature of the emotional reactions clients may experience, how to further develop your counseling skills, and, in particular, which aspects of the counseling process are within the SLP's and audiologist's scope of practice and which situations should be referred to other professionals.
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Treating Dysarthria in Adults
Format(s): eWorkshop
Using videos and case studies, this session demonstrates how to identify, assess, and document appropriate treatment goals, strategies, and outcomes for adults with dysarthria. The session uses the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health classification system to evaluate clinical treatment approaches—including motor learning concepts—that address impairments of function, communication activity, and participation.
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Assessing Dysarthria in Adults
Format(s): eWorkshop
Using videos and case studies, this session explores clinical methods for using physical and behavioral observations to evaluate adults for dysarthria. Accurate differential diagnosis of dysarthria can help clinicians diagnose neurological conditions and aid speech-language pathologists and patients in managing these conditions.
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Addressing Swallowing in a Fluctuating Health Care Environment
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Speech-language pathologists working in health care are faced with many challenges, including an ever-changing reimbursement and regulatory landscape and varied patient population. These challenges require ongoing education and training, as well as knowledge of evidence-based practices and appropriate roles and responsibilities. This self-study addresses issues that SLPs working with dysphagia need to consider so that they can help their patients achieve the best possible clinical outcomes. The course begins with a discussion of the role of the SLP in addressing cough and then delves into a further discussion of sensory processing and how that may affect swallowing. It continues with a detailed description of issues the SLP must consider in long-term care settings and when providing palliative care. SLPs working with individuals with dysphagia can use this information to improve services and advocate for their role in the challenging health care environment.

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