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Rare Diseases and Disorders: SLP Assessment and Intervention
Event Dates:3/13/2024-3/25/2024
Format(s): Online Conference
This online conference provides information on several rare diseases and disorders, focusing on the speech, language, hearing, feeding, and swallowing implications, so SLPs can feel prepared when you encounter a child or adolescent with one of these conditions.
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Hearing Aid Technology in Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) Environments (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 3/14/2024
Format(s): Live Webinar
In sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) environments, hearing aid features such as Bluetooth and bidirectional microphones—which allow seamless communication between hearing aids and communication devices—are considered security risks. This live webinar (March 14, 2024, 3–4 p.m. ET) will address considerations for hearing aids for patients who work in secure locations as well as share strategies currently being used by providers within the National Capital Region.
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Amplified Stethoscopes for Medical Professionals With Hearing Loss (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 3/19/2024
Format(s): Live Webinar
Medical professionals who use hearing aids can face challenges when they need to perform auscultation (listening to sounds from various organs, most often with a stethoscope) as part of their job. While the options may not seem straightforward, audiologists can play a key role in helping these medical professionals find an amplified stethoscope solution that works for them. This live webinar (March 19, 2024, 1–2 p.m. ET) will discuss key considerations, potential options, and practical steps for helping medical professionals with hearing loss obtain the best solution.
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Speech Evaluation and Intervention for Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 3/28/2024
Format(s): Live Webinar
This webinar will guide SLPs in knowing what to listen for in the speech and resonance of children with cleft palate, cleft lip and palate, and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction and will discuss how to differentiate active, passive, and adaptive articulations. The speaker will address how to decide what to treat with speech interventions vs. what requires treatment from the medical team and will review evidence-based intervention techniques.
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Neurodiversity-Affirming Speech-Language Services and Early Intervention (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 4/4/2024
Format(s): Live Webinar
Many SLPs who provide early intervention (EI) services are aware of the neurodiversity paradigm and neurodiversity-affirming practices but might also have questions like, Where do I begin? How do I get parents and colleagues on board with neurodiversity-affirming practices? How do I write affirming goals and still adhere to Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) criteria? What does a neurodiversity-affirming session look like? In this webinar, the presenter will review practical resources and evidence-based practices for implementing neurodiversity-affirming care in the EI setting, including practical strategies for assessment, goal writing, parent coaching, and intervention.
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Airway Fundamentals: Considerations for SLP Decision-Making
Event Dates:6/5/2024-6/17/2024
Format(s): Online Conference
This online conference provides essential information about whole body systems and the impacts of airway disease and associated medical interventions on communication and swallowing
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The Business of Audiology: Private Practice Development (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 9/4/2024
Format(s): Live Webinar
Are you curious about opening or growing a private practice that goes beyond hearing aid sales and service? How do you develop a knowledge base on practice management topics rarely covered in our specialized graduate education? This live webinar (September 4, 2024, 1–2 p.m. ET) will explore a range of considerations for audiology private practice, including tips for business management and administration, working with insurance companies, considerations for staffing, and planning for growth.
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Speech Evaluation and Intervention for Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will guide SLPs in knowing what to listen for in the speech and resonance of children with cleft palate, cleft lip and palate, and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction and will discuss how to differentiate active, passive, and adaptive articulations. The speaker will address how to decide what to treat with speech interventions vs. what requires treatment from the medical team and will review evidence-based intervention techniques.
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Neurodiversity-Affirming Speech-Language Services and Early Intervention (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Many SLPs who provide early intervention (EI) services are aware of the neurodiversity paradigm and neurodiversity-affirming practices but might also have questions like, Where do I begin? How do I get parents and colleagues on board with neurodiversity-affirming practices? How do I write affirming goals and still adhere to Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) criteria? What does a neurodiversity-affirming session look like? In this webinar, the presenter will review practical resources and evidence-based practices for implementing neurodiversity-affirming care in the EI setting, including practical strategies for assessment, goal writing, parent coaching, and intervention.
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The Business of Audiology: Private Practice Development (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Are you curious about opening or growing a private practice that goes beyond hearing aid sales and service? How do you develop a knowledge base on practice management topics rarely covered in our specialized graduate education? This on demand webinar (available beginning September 6, 2024) will explore a range of considerations for audiology private practice, including tips for business management and administration, working with insurance companies, considerations for staffing, and planning for growth.
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Amplified Stethoscopes for Medical Professionals With Hearing Loss (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Medical professionals who use hearing aids can face challenges when they need to perform auscultation (listening to sounds from various organs, most often with a stethoscope) as part of their job. While the options may not seem straightforward, audiologists can play a key role in helping these medical professionals find an amplified stethoscope solution. This on demand webinar (available beginning March 21, 2024) will discuss key considerations, potential options, and practical steps for helping medical professionals with hearing loss obtain the best solution.
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Hearing Aid Technology in Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) Environments (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
In sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) environments, hearing aid features such as Bluetooth and bidirectional microphones—which allow seamless communication between hearing aids and communication devices—are considered security risks. This on demand webinar (available beginning March 16, 2024) will address considerations for hearing aids for patients who work in secure locations as well as share strategies currently being used by providers within the National Capital Region.
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2024 Coding and Payment Update for Speech-Language Pathologists (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning February 25, 2024), will discuss key 2024 coding and health care payment updates for SLPs. Topics include new CPT codes for caregiver training, updates to ICD-10 diagnosis codes, the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and common coding and billing challenges and solutions. The speakers will present scenarios across a variety of settings and patient populations.
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What’s New in Ototoxicity Management?
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
Ototoxic medications and chemical agents in the workplace can put individuals' hearing and vestibular health at risk for permanent injury. Proactive ototoxicity management (OtoM) strategies aim to minimize exposure, avoid onset of symptoms, provide ongoing monitoring, and manage auditory and vestibular changes as the clinical needs of the patient evolve. During a 2021 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Groups Open House, members of the International Ototoxicity Management Group discussed how best to integrate OtoM into routine clinical practice, what tools to use, and what special considerations need to be understood to best support patients and their families. Here, we have summarized their viewpoints to encourage widespread adoption of improved OtoM services for at-risk individuals. The field of audiology needs to move to a place where we better understand the full extent of ototoxicity and can agree on expanding minimum guidelines that can be implemented more universally to mitigate, detect, and manage the damage from ototoxic exposures. Only recently has our field seen a therapeutic drug that can protect against ototoxicity; however, the population served is restricted only to children receiving treatment for nonmetastatic carcinoma. This is hopefully just the beginning of future therapeutic interventions to come, but, in the meantime, ototoxicity resulting from other medications in different patient populations and chemical agents persists.
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Redefining the Work: Passion, People, and Perspective
Format(s): eWorkshop
Many clinicians may feel they lack the time, skills, or competence to effectively address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); it might feel like one more thing on an already-long list of considerations and requirements. But if we focus on our passion for working with people and change our perspective about providing culturally responsive services, then it's not more work, it is the work. This course discusses the value of addressing DEI as part of audiology and SLP services and provides practical ideas for doing so.
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Dysphagia: Gelatin-Based Desserts, Thickening, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
These SIG 13 articles underscore the importance of being up to date of dysphagia intervention as the diagnosis has many complexities in assessment and treatment. Larsen et al. surmise that current characteristics and physiological rationale may overestimate the skills required for gelatin-based desserts and inappropriately classify them as nontransitional foods. Therefore, as with all products, individual gelatin-based desserts should be tested at the time of presentation to the patient. Mancopes et al. discuss the importance of strategies for facilitating safe and functional bottle feeding in children with dysphagia include selecting nipples that reduce flow rate, pacing, altered positioning, and thickening liquid consistencies. Their study aims to determine the impact of slightly thick liquids on swallowing through retrospective review of a convenience sample of clinical videofluoroscopies (VFSS) from 60 bottle-fed children (21 male, mean age 9.9 months) referred due to suspected aspiration. Garand et al. perform a retrospective analysis of persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using modified barium swallow studies and recommend use of functional scales to help evaluate and treat this special population.
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Conversations on Parent Coaching in Early Intervention (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand conversation features Naomi Grinney, a licensed clinical social worker and infant mental health specialist, who discusses strategies for building parent capacity to support social-emotional skill development for children with both language and social-emotional delays.
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Neurodiversity-Affirming Practices
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 1 activity focuses on neurodiversity-affirming practices. The first article provides an outline of what neurodiversity is, why it is central to the provision of evidence-based practice, and how to educate speech-language pathologists on the need for neurodiversity-affirming care. The second article discusses research design and reporting in autism intervention research that should be considered by intervention providers. The third article examines the knowledge, experience, and training of schoolbased professionals and their familiarity with early communication access for autistic children. The fourth article discusses a study that investigates themes in spoken narratives produced by autistic adults whose genders are marginalized in comparison to those of cisgender men. The fifth article describes gestalt language processing as one of the natural styles of language acquisition in children and a protocol for assessing the language acquisition of autistic and non-autistic individuals who utilize a gestalt process to acquire language.
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Counseling for Individuals Who Stutter and Their Families: The What, Why, and How (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Individuals who stutter--as well as their families--can experience a range of emotions, thoughts, and interactions around stuttering that can negatively impact quality of life. Counseling is a critical area of SLP practice to address these needs. This on demand webinar addresses the need for counseling, essentials of counseling, and principles of effective and practical counseling for individuals who stutter and their families.
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Working Together to Support Elementary Students' Academic Language Knowledge (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Students who learn and think differently commonly struggle with academic language knowledge, and class time for single vocabulary word instruction is limited. This on demand webinar reviews key academic language components that influence literacy outcomes, outlines effective strategies to enhance elementary students' academic language performance, and delivers actionable tips for collaborating with educational personnel to support students' literacy outcomes.
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Leveraging Classroom-Based Service Delivery (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar explores approaches to enhance education through classroom-based service delivery models. The presenter discusses how to integrate a variety of models into your current modes of service delivery. The webinar showcases successful case studies and best practices for fostering collaborative practices and improving student outcomes within a classroom setting. You will walk away with practical strategies and tools to transform your practices for both professional and student growth.
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Evidence-Based Practices in Literacy for Word Reading, Morphology, & Vocabulary
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 1 activity focuses on evidence-based practices in literacy related to word reading, morphology, and vocabulary. The first article highlights the relationship between literacy and vocabulary learning and provides a tutorial on treatment options for vocabulary-based interventions for children with identified vocabulary deficits. The second article describes the developmental sequence of alphabet knowledge and demonstrates how to address this knowledge within three different service delivery modules. The third article explains the importance of targeting morphology in schoolbased speech and language therapy to support the literacy development of students with developmental language disorders. The final article describes the skills required for successful word reading and outlines how a speech-language pathologist can carry out an evidence-based approach for both assessment and intervention.
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A Learning Exercise in Pediatric Hearing: Dichotic Listening, Literacy Screener for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, and Fathers' Linguistic Input
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The three authors of these SIG 9 articles discuss topics relevant to pediatric hearing and hearing loss. Though the topics are varied, they all point to the importance of continued research in listening, literacy, and paternal linguistic input for children who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH).
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Hispanic/Latina Student Perspectives on Mindfulness
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In this SIG 20 activity, Medina and Mead share a study of Hispanic/Latina SLP graduate students’ perceptions of mindfulness. Participants in this study discuss the benefits of mindfulness and their willingness to practice; however, stigmatizing beliefs and lack of education about mindfulness within their cultural communities need to be addressed. Readers of this article will gain a better understanding of how to promote mindfulness in future speech-language pathologists.
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Pediatric Voice Case Studies
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In this SIG 3 activity, experts in pediatric voice disorders present a series of interactive cases to help speech-language pathologists develop their knowledge and skills completing voice evaluation and treatment planning for children with bilateral benign vocal fold lesions, unilateral vocal fold paralysis, and sulcus vocalis.
Hearing Difficulty in Adults With Head Injury (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar discusses evaluation and treatment strategies for adults with self-perceived hearing concerns after a head injury, despite normal (or near normal) audiometric thresholds, with a focus on veterans. The webinar reviews comorbid conditions associated with self-perceived hearing difficulties and how treatment of the comorbidities can improve self-perceived hearing ability. The presenter discusses the current gaps and debates in the literature to highlight questions that need further exploration to provide the best, evidence-based hearing health care.
The Audiologist's Role in Adult Traumatic Brain Injury (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists play a vital role in the evaluation and management of individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This on demand webinar discusses the special considerations for testing and managing auditory and vestibular concerns of adult patients with TBI. The speakers discuss comprehensive audiometry, auditory processing, and vestibular testing as well as share strategies for working with adults with TBI and resources you can pass on to your patients.
Audiological Considerations for Children With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
What is the audiologist's role in providing care for children and adolescents who have experienced concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)? This on demand webinar discusses advanced testing of the central auditory and vestibular pathways for young people with concussion/mTBI as well as those with post-concussion syndrome. Whether you have equipment and are ready to start an mTBI protocol in your clinic or you want to learn more about the nature of the symptoms of mTBI, this course provides the tools to help you assist your pediatric patients.
Reducing Bias in Assessment: Tools for Addressing Disproportionality in Special Education (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Multilingual children are often over- or under-identified as having speech- and/or language-related disorders. This on demand webinar reviews the underlying causes of this disproportionality, the role that SLPs can play in prevention, and the importance of nonbiased assessment. The presenter discusses how SLPs can improve the accuracy of language-related disorder identification in schools by leveraging their unique skill set. The webinar presents a framework for disproportionality prevention as well as information about specific assessment methods.
Feeding and Swallowing in Schools: Crafting Culturally Responsive, Evidence-Based IEPs (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar discusses ways to foster the development of evidence-based IEPs (individualized education programs) when targeting feeding and swallowing in the public-school setting. The speaker addresses working with related professionals and interprofessional practice opportunities within and beyond the school setting to enhance student outcomes. The speaker also provides strategies for family-centered care and culturally responsive practices.
Executive Function Strategies for Children and Adults (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar will discuss the M-E-T-A™ (Mindful Examination of Thinking and Awareness) intervention approach and related evidence-based strategies to help children and adults improve executive functioning and achieve positive outcomes. The presenter will share strategies that children and adults can use to enhance goal-directed planning and future-forward thinking as well as build emotional resilience, gratitude, compassion, and pride.
Amplification Effects on the Acoustic Change Complex in Older Adults With Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
As a step toward developing an electrophysiologic method for validating the speech feature discrimination benefits of amplification, the article in this SIG 6 activity evaluates the effect of stimulus level and amplification on the acoustic change complex in adults with sensorineural hearing loss.
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Factors in Adult Dysphagia: Thickened Liquids, Facial Burns, Head & Neck Cancer
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This trio of SIG 13 articles provides information regarding managing and treating dysphagia with adult patients. First, Abrams and co-authors underscore the importance of hydration and discovered that individuals consuming thickened liquids are often at risk for dehydration. Factors to increase fluid intake through different strategies are discussed. Next, Arguello and Kerr discuss the mechanism of a facial burn injury and how it may cause functional impairments that can be directly impacted through early intervention utilizing speech-language pathology services. Finally, Warner and colleagues completed a pilot study investigating the prevalence of pretreatment dysphagia in oncologic patients and individual factors influencing post treatment dysphagia.
Strategic Language Use: Supporting Secondary Students (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs who work in secondary schools have an essential role in helping students with communication disorders develop disciplinary literacy so they can learn and communicate their knowledge in various subjects. This on demand webinar presents strategies and ideas for developing programs and engaging in evidence-based practices that leverage collaboration to help middle- and high-school students learn how to use language strategically to gain and communicate their knowledge.
Dynamic Conversations: Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination for Neurodivergent Individuals (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Self-advocacy and self-determination skills are important for engaging in successful interactions, achieving goals, and promoting shared perspective-taking, particularly for individuals with autism and other neurodivergent individuals. This on demand webinar explores strategies SLPs can use when working with neurodivergent and autistic children and adolescents to support their self-advocacy and self-determination skills so they can effectively express their preferences and goals.
Conversations on Visually Cued Instruction (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on-demand conversation features SLP Sean Sweeney, who discusses visually cued instruction, an evidence-based practice that uses photos, drawings, and other images to target a variety of client needs. This conversation is a follow-up to the webinar A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: What SLPs Can Do With Images.
Implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Current Issues
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
These SIG 12 Perspectives articles offer opportunities to extend augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) clinical practice through the inclusion of critical topic areas. They describe survey results and recommendations on disaster preparedness for SLPs to support people who use AAC; propose strategies for clinicians to create a “friendship mindset” in AAC assessment and implementation; offer strategies for designing and implementing Visual Scene Displays (VSDs) as a component within AAC systems for clients across the lifespan; and describe how perspectives of adult part-time AAC communicators support assessment and intervention with beginning communicators who have intermittent, unreliable, and inconsistent speech.
Impact of Student Clinicians on SLPs’ Productivity in Medical Settings and Graduate Students' Perceptions of Simulated Experiences During the Pandemic
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 11 Perspectives activity addresses the productivity impact of SLPs supervising student clinicians in medical settings and explores graduate students' perceptions of their experiences participating in simulated learning experiences during the pandemic.
Intervention & Assessment of Developmental Language Disorders in CLD Populations
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 1 activity focuses on best practices, perspectives, and challenges in the assessment and intervention of developmental language disorders (DLD) in culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) populations. The first article provides clinicians and researchers with resources to interpret and use common standardized language assessments in English for CLD school-age youth. The second article introduces the online program, Video- and App-Based Language Instruction (VALI), to increase caregivers’ use of language-promoting strategies in everyday activities with Spanish infants and toddlers. The third article discusses how to most effectively treat bilingual children and plan treatment to promote progression in both languages.
Digital Resources in Auditory Rehabilitation: Unlocking the Potential
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In the rising digital era, and especially since the pandemic, implementation of telehealth and provision of auditory rehabilitation (AR) using digital platforms have notably increased. This has changed the outlook of service provision by audiologists and speech-language pathologists alike. Digital platforms have the potential to positively impact AR practices by improving accessibility of rehabilitation services as well as by facilitating a more effective way to share resources with both professionals and end users. This SIG 7 activity includes two articles about the accessibility and effectiveness of digital platforms to provide AR services for both adults and children with hearing difficulties. The first article discusses the differences in the distribution strategy, users’ experience, and satisfaction for two digital platforms (a static website and an active blog) offering AR materials for professionals. Their study concludes that social media–focused active distribution is effective because it results in more total traffic, a greater number of users, more frequent access, and an overall high level of satisfaction with the quality of information and resources. The second article discusses the details of a Zoom-based telepractice initial evaluation protocol used by speech-language pathologists serving children who are hard of hearing and their families. This clinical protocol was designed to synchronously share resources and questionnaires with family members of children who are hard of hearing. Authors suggest that providing AR services through telepractice facilitates high-quality diagnostics and counseling to the same extent as that of in-person diagnostic sessions.
Trauma-Informed Care: Applications for Audiology (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Trauma-informed care is a patient-care model that acknowledges the prevalence of trauma and its impact in our society. By incorporating trauma-informed practices, we can increase patient engagement and efficacy of care. This on demand webinar examines the basic tenets of trauma-informed care, suggests modifications audiologists can make to daily practices, and shares resources for patients and providers.
Addressing Postsecondary Social-Emotional Communication Needs (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Many young adults with mild-to-moderate communication disorders struggle to achieve their postsecondary goals. This on demand webinar equips SLPs working in private practice, health care, or school settings to utilize language-based social-emotional coping strategies to help young adults with language impairments improve their self-efficacy, career readiness, and employability.
Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in School-Based Swallowing and Feeding (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar is designed for school-based SLPs who serve children with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders (PFD). The course will review the ASHA Code of Ethics and an ethical decision-making approach, with application for SLPs serving children with PFD. Case studies will guide discussion of resources and approaches that can help resolve ethical issues.
Destination Collaboration: Service Delivery Ideas for Elementary, Middle, and High School SLPs (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs charged with delivering collaborative services in elementary, middle, and high schools face a variety of considerations. You may have questions like, how do I find consensus and shared goals? How can I find time for shared planning and execution? How do I overcome barriers to collaborative practice? This introductory-level on-demand webinar reviews practical resources, strategies, and evidence-based practices for collaborative service delivery.
Cluttering: Preadolescence to Community Leaders
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In this SIG 4 activity, learners will read three peer-reviewed articles centered on cluttering in preadolescent through adult speakers. The first article is a case study of a preadolescent with cluttering. In this paper, the authors highlight brain development during adolescence, adolescent cognitive and emotional development, and the effects of a therapy approach based on objective speech measures. The second article is a research study concerned with disfluency clusters produced by adults with cluttering in natural conversations. The authors describe how disfluency clusters are affected by the nature of the relationship between speakers. The last article presents qualitative data from a focus group of adults with cluttering who have emerged as community leaders. Their reflections include recommendations for listeners and support groups, self management, and their thoughts on labels and acronyms.
Prevalence and Identification of Communication Disorders in Japan, Guatemala, & Global Contexts
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This course focuses on the prevalence and identification of communication disorders in Japan, Guatemala, and global contexts. The first study, conducted in Japan, examines the prediction of special educational needs in children who stutter using a screening test for three neurodevelopmental disorders. The second study explores clinical practices for speech sound disorders in Guatemala, particularly the use of nonspeech oral motor exercises. The third study provides insights into the frequency of aphasia worldwide.
An International Perspective on Clinical Research in SLP Cleft Care
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 5 activity includes three articles from a forum aimed at sharing research conducted in clinical settings around the world. Two research articles analyzed surgical and parent-led therapy approaches for improved speech and resonance outcomes. A third tutorial described characteristics needed in an evaluation to analyze clinically obtained data for research purposes. The first research article is based in Brazil. It demonstrates positive long-term outcomes in children with hypernasality/velopharyngeal dysfunction using the Sommerlad procedure of palatal re-repair to treat residual velopharyngeal insufficiency. The reported scores were in the categories of: “hypernasality, global impression of velopharyngeal function, and/or active speech symptoms.” Overall, this study shows significant improvement in a large percentage of children, with less effect on older individuals ages 17–22 years. The second research article includes parents from a previously published twocenter study in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The aim was to analyze parents’ experiences with parent-led articulation therapy (PLAT) following in-depth training. After a detailed outline is provided regarding inclusion and teaching of the participants, four main themes are identified. These include growth of parents, undertaking PLAT, changes in children, and the future. Ultimately, the majority of parents are in favor of a parent-led therapy approach with the caveat that in-depth training and direct supervision from a speech-language pathologist is needed. The third article, a tutorial, addresses the research–clinical practice gap. A description is provided of a perceptual speech assessment protocol for cleft palate speech, to enable clinical data to be used for research purposes. The article provides detail related to determining the most appropriate standardized assessment tools as well as the best ways to collect and analyze this data. Further details related to implementation within the clinical setting are outlined. The data is easily accessible through networking between cleft teams and Sweden’s national cleft lip and palate registry, making retrospective research attainable in a clinical setting.
A Review of Recommendations for Families Raising Multilingual Children With Autism and Examining Types of Support Received by Multicultural Individuals Who Stutter
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 14 activity reviews recommendations for families raising multilingual children with autism and examines types of support received by multicultural individuals who stutter. Topics include (a) a review of recommendations for families raising multilingual children with autism and (b) concepts of family support in stuttering.
Health Care Utilization Disparities Among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients and the Potential Role of Audiologists in Screening for Cognitive Impairment
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This course contains two articles: one that discusses health care disparities and the need for better communication access for people with hearing loss, and one that addresses the potential role of audiologists in screening for cognitive impairment.
Ethics for Audiologists (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar is intended for audiologists who are interested in how ethical practice issues relate to their work. The speaker will provide an overview of the theories of ethics, their application to the audiology profession, and sample case analyses to illustrate ethical decision-making.
Building Cultural Responsivity in Speech and Language Services for Professionals
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The theme for this SIG 14 activity is building cultural responsivity in speech and language services for professionals using simulations and factors related to college major selection in communication sciences and disorders. Topics include (a) using simulations for professional development and (b) factors related to college major selection in communication sciences and disorders.
Frontiers in Motor Speech Disorders: What’s New in Assessment and Treatment
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In this SIG 2 activity, participants explore innovative articles regarding a range of topics in the assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders. The first article describes a case of anarthria in which the speech-language pathologist thoroughly described the patient’s motor speech presentation, thereby contributing to his overall neurologic diagnosis. The second article examines the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a promising method of eliciting behavior change through brain stimulation, on the speech of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The third article explores the speech and language profiles of children with apraxia of speech as their primary diagnosis, as compared to children with other concomitant diagnoses.
Billing and Payment Compliance Considerations for Supervision in Outpatient Health Care (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and SLPs who work in outpatient health care settings and supervise graduate students, clinical fellows (CFs), and assistants need to comply with payer requirements to avoid denials or unfavorable audits that could lead to recoupment and civil or criminal penalties. This on demand webinar outlines the state and federal legal supervision requirements as well as payment considerations when supervising students and support personnel.
Esophageal Dysphagia: A Primer for SLPs (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar is a practical primer for SLPs who work with patients with dysphagia regardless of setting. The webinar explores the interrelationship between the oropharynx and the esophagus, reviews vital anatomy and physiology, discusses advocating with your interprofessional team about of the role of esophageal scans during videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS), and explains what to do when you suspect esophageal involvement as part of your patient's dysphagia.
Billing and Payment Compliance Considerations for Supervision in Inpatient and Home Health Care (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and SLPs who work in inpatient and home health care settings and supervise graduate students, clinical fellows (CFs), and assistants need to comply with payer requirements to avoid denials or unfavorable audits that could lead to recoupment and civil or criminal penalties. This on demand webinar outlines the state and federal legal supervision requirements as well as payment considerations when supervising students and support personnel.
Contextualized Language Intervention at the Secondary Level: Practical Ideas for Supporting Language and Literacy (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
In this webinar for school-based SLPs, the presenters will discuss the unique needs of middle- and high-school students with language disorders in the context of the "hidden curriculum" of the secondary classroom. The webinar will address how SLPs can empower successful language learning through contextualized language and literacy instruction.
Billing and Payment Compliance Considerations for Supervision in Schools (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and SLPs who work in schools and supervise graduate students, clinical fellows (CFs), and assistants need to comply with payer requirements to avoid denials or unfavorable audits that could lead to recoupment and civil or criminal penalties. This on demand webinar will outline the state and federal legal supervision requirements as well as payment considerations when supervising students and support personnel.
Individuals With Developmental Disabilities: Communication Myths and Realities (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs who work with individuals with development disabilities across the life span are often confronted with myths that may limit the communication of their clients, students, and patients. This on demand webinar examines some of these myths and how they affect the delivery of communication services and supports. The speakers share evidence and case examples that debunk these myths and explain strategies you may use to change perceptions.
Community Re-Engagement for Adults With Acquired Brain Injury (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
A focus on community re-engagement and return-to-work can provide meaningful and purpose-filled goals related to life participation for adults with acquired brain injury (ABI). This on demand webinar discusses collaborative strategies to engage clients with returning to work and overcoming barriers to community re-engagement. The presenter highlights a model of community-based, return-to-work functional rehabilitation that professionals can adapt in their own local communities.
Parent Coaching to Support Social-Emotional and Communication Development in Early Intervention (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar is for SLPs in early intervention who support families of children with both language and social-emotional delays. The webinar explores evidence-based strategies for supporting social-emotional skill development, examines the impact of grief and trauma on parent engagement and language, explains attachment styles, and shares strategies for building parent capacity.
Clinical Applications of Meta-Therapy in Speech-Language Pathology
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
Meta-therapy is an integral pillar of clinical practice; however, the lack of formal training in this area often makes the concept and application of meta-therapy elusive to clinicians. The goal of this SIG 3 activity is to disseminate how meta-therapy can be effectively utilized in the clinical domains of voice disorders, fluency, dysphagia, and cognitive communication and aphasia.
A Collection of Perspectives in Speech-Language Pathology
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 19 activity bundles four articles providing perspectives on a broad variety of topics in speech-language pathology. First, Bunta and Gósy discuss how speech-language pathologists and audiologists could utilize acoustic analyses in their clinical practice. They provide specific examples ranging from aphasia to speech sound disorders and various linguistic contexts to demonstrate the utility of these tools. The authors suggest acoustic analyses can be a valued supplement in clinical evaluations. Next, Diekhoff and Lulich examine speech-language pathology students’ conceptualization and description of American rhotic Sounds. They discuss the differences in descriptions of rhotic sounds by students who had experience with those sounds compared to those who did not have experience with those sounds. The role of direct instruction regarding rhotic shapes is highlighted. Then, Gurevich and Kim discuss quantifying allophonic coverage in commonly used reading passages. In summary, they suggest a need for new speech materials that could provide allophonic coverage. Finally, Jung, Jing, and Grigos investigate the accuracy and consistency of students’ perceptions/ratings of speech errors in children. They report that student clinicians’ ratings matched with expert speech-language pathologists’ ratings with training. The importance and need for listening training in speech-language pathology programs are also discussed.
Clinical Considerations in Older Adults
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This collection of articles provides valuable information on clinical practice in the elderly, including the relationship between physical frailty and cognitive functioning in older adults, communication challenges in older adults in group care settings and the potential factors that contribute to meaningful interactions and engaged communication in these settings, and the importance of providing graduate students opportunities for skill development for end-of-life situations.
Adapting Your Protocols to Evaluate OTC Hearing Aids (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
How can I know if the hearing aid is good quality? What is the point of real-ear verification if I can't adjust the hearing aid settings? How can I know if the features in the hearing aids work? How should I counsel a patient in how to best use their devices? This on-demand webinar explores practical methods for evaluating and fitting OTC hearing aids to optimize outcomes for all patients, regardless of their technology level.
Supporting Transgender and Nonbinary Students: A Guide for School-Based Audiologists and SLPs (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Transgender and nonbinary (TGNB) students often have to deal with negative responses that can take a serious toll on their mental health. Research shows that having just one supportive adult in the child's life can significantly reduce these harmful outcomes. This on demand webinar explores—and provides opportunities for practicing—skills for communicating with students and coworkers in gender-inclusive ways and developing a toolbox of allyship with TGNB students.
Comparing Audiology Service Delivery Models: Bundled vs. Unbundled (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
The profession of audiology is going through a period of transition. With new disruptions such as over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, it can be challenging to determine what service and billing model may best meet the needs of your patients and your practice. This on demand webinar explores the pros and cons of bundled and unbundled models, reviews how audiologists can evaluate their existing service delivery model, and outlines the process of transitioning to a new model.
Safety Challenges in Audiology: Starting the Conversation and Making Changes (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
The dynamic profession of audiology includes unique settings and equipment, some of which introduce safety concerns, such as communication challenges specific to working in an isolated space. These challenges are important to address in view of increased violence in the health care workplace. Audiologists may lack information and resources to discuss and address their unique concerns. This on demand webinar discusses safety concerns, advocacy strategies, and resources, with a goal of identifying solutions to create a safe environment for yourself, those receiving care, and your fellow employees.
Unbundling Your Services and Implementing Hybrid Payment Models (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
In the evolving environment of over-the-counter hearing aids, big box stores, and changing reimbursement, should audiologists charge differently for hearing aid services? This on demand webinar explores why itemizing services or providing a hybrid model of service delivery could be beneficial, how this model was implemented at one medical center, and how to determine what to bill.
Measure By Measure: Feeding and Swallowing Assessment to Support Feeding Goals in the Schools
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session is designed for school-based SLPs who support children with complex oral feeding and swallowing needs. The speaker discusses the components of a robust assessment-and how that assessment informs decisions surrounding a student's feeding needs. The session examines effective and realistic goal development to address feeding needs within an IEP.
Providing Effective Service to Students in Remote Areas
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores how school-based SLPs can provide students in remote areas with services that are of equal value and effectiveness as those they provide to students in larger population centers. Speakers share resources and service delivery options to empower SLPs to provide and promote remote service delivery. This course is a recorded session from the 2022 ASHA Schools Connect online conference.
Working With Adolescents Who Stutter
Format(s): Journal (Online)
The articles in this journal self-study explore a variety of aspects of working with adolescents who stutter. Using different research methods, the articles discuss assessment procedures, readiness for change, stuttering management, mental health, and interactions with peers, family members, and teachers.
Telepractice Perspectives From Today and Tomorrow: Students, Clinicians, and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The three articles in this SIG 18 activity were selected to provide information on the present and future of telepractice service delivery from the perspectives of current speech-language pathologists and graduate student clinicians. The first article by Page, Hughes, and Woody investigates the initial perceptions of graduate student clinicians following the implementation of telepractice. Findings reveal themes including comparisons between in-person services and telepractice regarding learning technology, managing environmental distractions at home, and caregiver involvement. The second article by Douglass, Lowman, and Causey-Upton provides a metaanalysis study on clinicians’ perceptions of telehealth across disciplines within rehabilitation and other allied health fields. Several themes are identified, including acceptance, lack of telehealth training, and the flexibility of telehealth. The third article by Edwards-Gaither, Harris, and Perry presents a viewpoint for the future of telepractice in speech-language pathology. Challenges and opportunities for the longevity of telepractice service delivery are discussed, including consensus on telepractice terminology, designating a service delivery model, and exploring telepractice occupational culture.
Conversations on Echolalia (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on-demand dialog features SLPs Marge Blanc, Barry Prizant, and Alexandria Zachos, who discuss a language-based approach to managing echolalia. The discussion is a follow-up to the webinars "A Language-Based Approach to Managing Echolalia" and "From Echolalia to Self-Generated Language: Case Studies in Natural Language Acquisition."
Professional Advocacy Considerations for Dysphagia Management (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Professionals and patients face a variety of challenges that are unique to age and health care setting and that can influence outcomes in dysphagia management. In this on-demand course, a panel of experts explores both professional- and patient-related advocacy considerations that impact evidence-based practice and dysphagia management across a variety of adult and pediatric medical settings.
Ethics and Culturally Responsive Care (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and SLPs often face challenging ethical dilemmas related to evaluation and intervention with multicultural and multilingual populations. Interpretation and application of the revised ASHA Code of Ethics (2023) may seem daunting and leave you with questions such as, "How do these changes impact me?" and "Can I refuse to provide services if I don't feel competent to treat a non-English-speaking individual?" This on demand webinar reviews the provisions of the revised Code of Ethics related to culturally responsive intervention and shares problem-solving strategies to work through ethical dilemmas you might encounter in professional practice.
Dysphagia: A Different Take
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
These SIG 13 articles provide helpful information in dysphagia practice. Tasia Gibbons, Sophia Werden Abrams, Nazia Mohsin, Rebekah Guastella, Stefania Oppedisano, and Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald endeavor to validate a new device to measure lingual strengthening and swallow function. Kelsey Thompson, Cara McComish, and Suzanne Thoyre’s work aims to introduce dynamic systems theory to pediatric feeding clinicians. Margaret Wright and Justin Sleffel demonstrate the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach and the vital role of speech-language pathologists in the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia of unknown etiology. Hollie-Ann Lee Shortland, Gwendalyn Webb, Anne E. Vertigan, and Sally Hewat aim to explore the use of myofunctional devices and how speech-language pathologists gain better understanding of this modality.
Student Perceptions and Experiences in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 10 activity focuses on student perceptions and experiences. In the first article, the experiences of SLP graduate students who previously worked as Speech-Language Pathology Assistants are compared with students who did not come into their programs with such experience. Implications for prospective students and program development are discussed. Next, authors investigate experiences of students and graduates of clinical doctorate programs, including the application process, their career goals and outcomes, and their general reflections on their decision to pursue the doctor of speech-language pathology degree. Third, authors present an examination of SLPs’ perceptions of graduate students in CSD who speak with vocal fry (a low-pitched, grating voice quality). Finally, in a mixed-method study, graduate and undergraduate students participate in a learning-by-teaching experience in two CSD courses. Three years of data is presented.
Be MINDful: Going Beyond Dialect Variation in Assessment and Treatment (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
When evaluating and treating a client, patient, or student for any type of disorder, audiologists and SLPs need to consider the individual's culture, including the language and dialect they speak. This on demand webinar discusses the acronym MIND (Minority Indigenous Nonstandardized Dialects) and explores the social stigma and unfair treatment individuals often experience due to their language or dialect (known as linguicism).
Pediatric Hearing Loss Providers’ Points of View: Counseling, Comfort Levels, and Certification
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
These three articles center on aspects of audiology and speech-language pathology providers in pediatric hearing loss. First, “eHealth Coaching: Counseling Characteristics of Coaches Used With Parents” centers on identifying clinician communication behaviors and missed opportunities during an eHealth intervention. Themes were identified within each category. Trends included greater use of close-ended questions over open-ended questions, frequent responses to parent emotions, and engagement in a shared process through providing information and exploring progress on parent goals. Missed opportunities occurred within each category. Coaches' communication behaviors demonstrated support for parent learning that was positively received. Joint planning to address parent challenges was a missed opportunity to support parent behavior changes regarding hearing-aid routines. The aim of “Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Auditory–Verbal Certification: Self-Perceived Benefits and Barriers to Inform Change” was to explore the professional's viewpoint on the path to the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) certification. There were 295 participants from different parts of the world: certified LSLSs, mentees pursuing certification, and professionals interested in certification. The study addressed motivation, self-perceived gains, challenges, and barriers in an international cohort. The purpose of the study was to guide future changes within the certification system. Several indicators pointed to the need for more awareness of significant gains LSLS certification can bring to professionals. There is also a need to address, minimize, and overcome perceived barriers in the process. Similarly, research is warranted to explore obtaining LSLS certification outside English-speaking countries and with a larger, more population-based sample. In the closing article, “Comfort Levels of Providers Serving Children Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Discrepancies and Opportunities,” Blaiser and Mahshie discuss that while best practice outlines specific skills and expertise from highly qualified providers, in reality, many lack confidence related to hearing technology and resources related to serving children who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH). The study surveyed 459 professionals in ASHA serving children who are DHH. The intent was to compare differences in confidence, training, and using resources between providers who have a self-selected interest in working with children who are DHH (membership in SIG 9) and those who serve children who are DHH and are not part of the hearing-related SIG. The results indicate that there is limited provider confidence in working with this population. These conclusions provide graduate training programs opportunities to explore provision of more intensive, comprehensive experience to better serve children who are DHH.
Mindfulness, Quality of Life, and the Impact of COVID in CSD Programs
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 10 activity includes four articles exploring mindfulness, quality of life, and the impact of COVID in CSD programs. In the first article, outcomes are studied when graduate SLP students engage in a remote synchronous mindfulness program (RSMP). In the second article, a tutorial for contemplative pedagogy in CSD classrooms is introduced. Next, the quality of life and sleep among Brazilian SLP students during the COVID-19 pandemic is explored. The last article describes an exploratory study characterizing CSD doctoral students’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Student Learning in the Field of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In this SIG 10 activity, Farrugia explores the preparatory experiences of SLPs working in early intervention (EI) in Michigan, as a first step toward understanding how to best prepare students for practice and on-the-job learning in EI. McDaniel, Hessling Prahl, and Schuele provide a tutorial for a PhD Student–Mediated Mentorship Model (PSMMM) used within their lab. The PS-MMM teaches PhD students to be research mentors, encourages graduate clinicians to transition to research and doctoral training, and aims to increase the research experiences available to undergraduate and graduate students. Ronney and Kirby offer a critical review regarding service-learning with audiology students and their clients/patients. They describe best practice and common challenges to inform future research. Finally, Brackenbury and Kopf describe how game-based learning can facilitate student and client instruction through increased motivation and engagement, including suggestions for implementation in classroom and clinical settings.
Telepractice Troubleshooting for Groups: Practical Tips, Tricks, & Tools
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference provides a wealth of strategies, tips, and tools for SLPs to increase their skills in conducting group intervention sessions via telepractice. The presenter highlights evidence-based practice recommendations as well as common sense strategies for making these recommendations work in the real world.
The Benefit of Targeting Writing for Students Who Use AAC
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference examines how to incorporate written language instruction to enhance language interventions for students with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. The presenter discusses how writing practice using AAC fits into the context of a balanced literacy framework. The session also outlines the benefits of collaborating with occupational therapists.
AAC Coaching in a Virtual World: Strategies for Success
Format(s): eWorkshop
Coaching communication partners to support augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an important and effective strategy, and the increase in virtual communication over the past year has opened the door for more comprehensive and robust coaching opportunities. This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference examines technology tools that make the process more efficient, accessible, and effective. The presenter also discusses strategies to build relationships and create positive collaboration with families and caregivers.
Show Me More Money! Advocating for Salary Improvement for Public School SLPs and Educational Audiologists
Format(s): eWorkshop
Do you need a raise but don't know where to start? Do you want to improve your working conditions? Advocacy does not have to be intimidating. This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference shares a unique framework to guide your individual negotiations with administrators and leaves you with practical tips to build your confidence as a successful self-advocate.
Guided Reflection on Cultural Competence
Format(s): Micro Course
Cultural competence can be defined as the knowledge and skills a provider requires in order to meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of clients, patients, and/or students while providing impactful services. This micro course explores questions like, "What are ways I can obtain information about the cultural traditions, preferences, and experiences of a client, patient, or student?" and "How can I partner with them to gain this essential information?"
Guided Reflection on Cultural Humility
Format(s): Micro Course
Cultural humility involves orienting yourself to the cultural aspects that are most important to your client, patient, or student. It embodies an attitude of partnership that fosters curiosity and respect for the individual's cultural practices and preferences while acknowledging areas where the clinician may lack knowledge. This micro course explores questions like, "How might my personal cultural practices impact my interactions?" and "How can I develop and hone skills to recognize these situations?"
Guided Reflections on Cultural Responsiveness
Format(s): Micro Course
Cultural responsiveness is an approach that uses both cultural knowledge/competence and cultural humility to honor a client's culture across all aspects of their treatment and learning. Cultural responsiveness is a fluid approach and requires partnership with a client as well as self-reflection. This micro course explores questions related to cultural responsiveness, like, "What does a culturally responsive interaction look and feel like?" and "How might one situation elicit many different reactions or perceptions?"
Guided Reflections on Cultural Competence, Humility, and Responsiveness: Putting It All Together
Format(s): Micro Course
A culturally responsive professional uses tools and resources to enhance their cultural competence (knowledge), develop their cultural humility to strengthen client relationships, and create interactions that value and honor the individual culture of the client, patient, or student, while working together to reach the individual's goals. This micro course explores questions related to cultural responsiveness, like, "How can I create a practice of self-reflection to enhance my interactions?" and "What are resources I can turn to when I want to develop my competence?"
A Strengths-Based Approach to the IEP Process (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Speech-language pathologists recognize that the students they serve have unique strengths and challenges. However, it can be difficult to use a strengths-based approach when eligibility determination and program planning usually focus on what students can't do. It is only when we acknowledge students' assets and resources that we can support them in pursuing their life aspirations. This on demand webinar explores tools for assessment, intervention, and post-secondary planning to help SLPs leverage students' strengths to support areas of need during the IEP process.
Communication Needs of Individuals With Down Syndrome (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Down syndrome is a genetic syndrome characterized by unique anatomical and physiological traits; medical complications affecting movement, respiration, feeding, and metabolism; intellectual disabilities; as well as dysarthria and other communication challenges. This on demand webinar shares evidence-based techniques that target motor speech, voice, fluency, and functional language to maximize intelligibility and comprehensibility of speech and language for individuals with Down syndrome.
Conversations on Working With Spanish-Speaking Audiology Patients (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This recorded dialog features audiologist Lauren Calandruccio, who discusses evaluating speech perception in patients who are non-native speakers of English and for whom Spanish is their native language.
Religious Considerations for Eating, Drinking, and Swallowing Services (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Eating, drinking, and swallowing are individual actions that are central to identity and cultural participation. For many individuals, spirituality or religious preferences are important aspects of what gives their life meaning. This on demand webinar steps back from swallowing physiology to explore the interplay of eating, drinking, swallowing, and religious beliefs and practices.
Insights From School-Based Professionals on the Role and Services of SLPs
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 16 Perspectives course includes recent research that focuses on the relationships between SLPs and other school professionals. Articles explore the collaborative relationship between SLPs and classroom teachers; teachers' perspectives and the SLP’s role in supporting students with autism in the classroom; and school principals' perspectives, including their perceptions of integrated classroom-based services (ICBS).
Language Sample Analysis
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This course is based on a recently published SIG 1 Perspectives forum, Language Sample Analysis Tutorials. The articles in the forum focus on three types of language sample analysis and best practices for conducting them utilizing the Computerized Language Analysis (CLAN), Systematic Analysis of Language Transcriptions (SALT), and Sampling Utterances and Grammatical Analysis Revised (SUGAR).
Treatment of Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in School-Age Children (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar explores what pediatric feeding disorder (PFD) can look like in school-age children and outlines practical management strategies, therapeutic compensations, and skill-building activities. The speaker also addresses the importance of coordinated care.
Conversations on Treating R Errors (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This recorded dialog features SLPs Megan Leece and Jonathan Preston, who discuss practical, evidence-based intervention approaches for persisting /r/ distortions, common speech sound errors for many children and adolescents.
Use of Single-Subject Design in Clinical Education and Supervision
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 11 Perspectives activity addresses the use of single-subject design in clinical education and supervision. In this article, the authors highlight the suitability of single-subject experimental design (SSED) to clinical practice research, particularly within supervisory settings. This practical tutorial provides examples of SSED and suggests possible research topics relevant to clinical education and supervision.
Stuttering Evaluation & Treatment: Best Practices, Practical Ideas, & Telehealth
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In this SIG 4 activity, authors describe ways to (a) increase speech-language pathologists’ comfort with treating stuttering by providing a structured grouping of activities centered around using education, ease, and empowerment (Gore & Margulis); (b) continue using empirical evidence and clinical experience to make informed decisions about assessment procedures for young children who stutter (Singer & Kelly); and (c) provide holistic speech-language therapy services for stuttering using telehealth (McGill & Schroth). Each of these articles provides practicing clinicians ways to gain confidence in their abilities to provide evaluations and treatment across delivery paradigms.
Living With Stuttering: Parent Perceptions and Talking for Me
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In this SIG 4 activity, authors detail the myriad of ways that stuttering can influence aspects of life, from parents’ differing perceptions of their child who stutters (Mostafa, St. Louis, El-Adaway, Emam, & Elbarody), to completion of turns by people who do not stutter when the person who stutters experiences stuttering (Kondrashov & Tetnowski). These articles help readers understand the pervasive nature that stuttering exerts on the lives of people who stutter across the lifespan.
Multicultural Considerations in Language Assessment and Autism Screenings
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The theme for this SIG 14 course is multicultural considerations in language assessment and autism screenings. Specific topics include: assessing article production accuracy in an Arabic-English speaking child as well as examination of the utility of the Vietnamese language version of the Modified Checklist of Autism in Toddlers-Revision with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F) for screening Vietnamese children for autism risk.
Preparing Foundations for Success, Support, and Change
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In this SIG 4 activity, authors explore ways to provide experiential learning to graduate students enrolled in stuttering courses (Palasik, Hughes, & Ellis) and discuss the clinical experiences of school-based speech-language pathologists related to stuttering (Panico, Daniels, Yarzebinski, & Hughes), strategies for teachers to support children who stutter (Cozart & Wilson), and ways to interrupt the narrative of ableism that surrounds the treatment of stuttering (Gerlach-Houck & Constantino). Each of these articles provides a unique perspective on ways that professionals can seek to create a more supportive environment for our clients who stutter by changing the foundations of the way we teach preservice clinicians, support our school-based colleagues, and address the narrative of ableism that pervades our culture.
Bilingual Parents’ Experiences Receiving Advice Regarding Language Use and Perspectives Related to Multicultural Training With SLPs
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The theme for this SIG 14 activity is bilingual parents’ experiences receiving advice regarding language use and perspectives related to multicultural training with SLPs. Topics include: examining the advice parents of bilingual children received from health care professionals and teachers regarding the language(s) their children should learn and use, as well as assessing whether SLPs feel adequately prepared to interact with, assess, instruct, or treat multicultural clients.
Special Topics in Service Delivery and Advocacy for People With Aphasia
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 2 activity, participants explore aspects of service delivery and advocacy for people with aphasia that are innovative and/or unique. The first article describes the creation of community aphasia groups and includes guidance for creating aphasia-friendly materials for a variety of purposes. The second article describes the challenges of people with aphasia in navigating the justice system and discusses strategies to support their success within that unique environment. The third article describes the nature of verbal short-term memory impairment in people with aphasia, methods of assessment, and potential directions for treatment.
Language and Literacy in Individuals with Intellectual Disability
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 1 Perspectives activity focuses on assessing and treating students with intellectual disability (ID) in the areas of language and literacy. The first article discusses the primary components of a parent-implemented language intervention for children with fragile X syndrome. The second article discusses emergent and conventional literacy skills and the strengths and challenges in reading and spelling for adolescents with ID. The third article describes the key components and modifications that can be utilized in narrative interventions when working with individuals that are diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The final article provides the parents’ perspectives of the home and school literacy experiences of children with ID in preschool.
Audiologic Variability Among Patients Undergoing Cisplatin Treatment
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The article in this SIG 6 activity focuses on the audiologic variations seen among patients undergoing the same type of ototoxic drug treatment (cisplatin). Results show a large amount of audiologic outcome variability among the two patients examined, despite similar demographic factors, drug treatments, and types of cancer. Factors relating to ototoxic susceptibility are discussed, and the importance of otoxicity monitoring programs for early detection of audiologic change is highlighted.
Introduction to Coding and Payment Concepts for Telehealth Services (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course provides practical coding and payment information for clinicians considering telehealth as a new service delivery model. The course discusses coding, billing, and compliance considerations and provides resources to help clinicians navigate state, federal, and payer laws and regulations. The speaker reviews common questions and case scenarios.
A Preventative Approach to Radiation-Associated Dysphagia (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
SLPs are increasingly involved in the care of patients with head and neck cancer. While preventative dysphagia services are accepted as standard of care, many clinicians don't have the background in this population to determine how to best evaluate and treat patients prior to radiation. This on demand webinar covers what clinicians need to know to provide prehabilitative care-from justification to assessment to treatment to working within the multidisciplinary cancer care team.
Using Medicare Audiology Access Improvements to Enhance Patient Care (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists in clinics and private practices who bill Medicare have needed an order from a physician to provide hearing assessment services since the inception of the program. However, for 2023, Medicare removed the physician's order requirement in a way that has the potential to improve access to care for Medicare beneficiaries but also includes some limitations. This on demand webinar walks through the logistics of successfully taking advantage of the Medicare changes and provides practical tips for avoiding mistakes that could be costly for you and your patients.
Addressing Current Demands in Geriatric Care: COVID-19 and the Workforce
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This course contains four articles that address current demands in geriatric care, including impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shifting demographics reflecting an aging population.
Perceptions of Narrative Quality in School-Age African American English (AAE) Speakers (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
School-based SLPs who work with African American children can feel underprepared to properly evaluate their language abilities. This webinar explores variation in narrative practices common within AAE-speaking communities. The presenters discuss widely held beliefs about narrative language and its variation, how these beliefs affect clinical practice, and insights from research into how we can expand our narrative language assessment practices to be more inclusive of culturally based narrative variation.
One of a Kind: Possibilities in Bilingual Assessment of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Deaf children are seen in increasing numbers in public schools and SLPs' private practices, though there are few graduate-level programs that prepare SLPs to work with this culturally and linguistically unique population. This course is intended for SLPs with little to no knowledge of bilingual (American Sign Language [ASL] and spoken language) assessment of children who are Deaf/hard of hearing. The session provides a beginning foundation so that you can approach the assessment of a bilingual DHH child with an increased sense of awareness and tools at your disposal.
Auditory-Verbal Intervention for Learners Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing: A Primer
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and SLPs are critical team members who can support listening and spoken language outcomes for students who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH). This webinar discusses auditory-verbal intervention as an approach for learners who are DHH and learning to listen and/or talk. The presenters explore foundational elements critical for success in auditory-verbal intervention, including audiologic assessment and management, caregiver engagement, and support from interprofessional teams.
Disability and Ableism: Opportunities and Challenges of Diversity, Allyship, and Power (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and SLPs can better serve individuals with disabilities when we are cognizant of ableism, implicit bias, and microaggressions. This on demand webinar explores perspectives on disability as well as the acquisition of a disability identity and voice. The speaker discusses the importance of allies and alliances and how clinicians can contribute to client, student, and patient empowerment.
Broad Perspectives in Speech-Language Pathology
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 19 activity bundles four articles providing perspectives on a broad variety of topics in speech-language pathology. First, Holt provides an overview of current and historical discussions of gender and race, challenging the reader to accept that one’s perspective is indebted to a specific belief system. Readers are to evaluate how gender and race are used to categorize people and examine whether a member of a marginalized or minoritized group affects that person’s access to or use of intervention services. Next, Cox and Koenig define speech privacy and provide a brief history and applications in the health care setting. A general perspective is outlined, including threats to speech privacy, and speakers who use an electrolarynx are used as an example to highlight specific issues clinicians may encounter. Ramanarayanan et al. discuss the use of speech as a biomarker in therapy and research. In summary, robustness of analytics—specificity, diversity, and physiological interpretability—must be further developed. Finally, Weerathunge, Tomassi, and Stepp review a number of populations with voice disorders that have been studied using altered auditory feedback. Many have hyperactive auditory feedback responses and the differing underling reasons are reviewed. Therapy considerations are also described.
Pathways to Specializing in Voice and Upper Airway Disorders: Multiple Perspectives
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
It is well known within our field that identifying voice and upper airway specialized training opportunities and subsequent positions is challenging, competitive, and sometimes elusive. In this SIG 3 activity, various pathways to specializing in voice and upper airway disorders are explored from the viewpoint of different authors at various stages of their careers. The hope is to make the process of specialization more transparent and share components that have contributed to success, while also highlighting the diversity of training and experience that is so important in our field.
Characterization and Clinical Management of Aphasia
Format(s): Journal (Online)
The articles in this journal self-study focus on the characterization and clinical management of aphasia, one theme that researchers explored in the 2020 Clinical Aphasiology Conference (CAC) forum. Published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, these articles present cutting-edge research and discussion on word finding difficulties, sematic processing, and spoken discourse.
Nine Building Blocks of Clinical Education and Supervision
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Many clinicians find themselves responsible for supervising students, externs, clinical fellows, other clinicians, or support personnel, but have little or no training on clinical education and supervision. This course presents an updated version of the nine core "building blocks" that are essential elements of every supervision experience.
Special Populations in Dysphagia Management: COVID-19, Feeding Disorders, Drug Use, and Burn Care
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
These four SIG 13 articles provide information for dysphagia practice. They address a unique array of special populations and challenges in patient care involving swallowing and feeding difficulties.
Self-Reported Confidence and Knowledge in Working With CLD Populations and Considerations for Assessment in Individuals Who Speak Languages Other Than English
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The theme for this SIG 14 activity is self-reported confidence and knowledge between multilingual and monolingual speech-language pathologists in working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) individuals and assessment considerations when working with individuals who speak a language other than English. Topics include (a) examining differences between self-reported confidence and knowledge in multilingual and monolingual speech language pathologists; (b) nonword repetition in assessment; and (c) sound sequencing characteristics in words of children who speak German.
Approaches to Auditory Rehabilitation for Adult Cochlear Implant Recipients
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
These SIG 7 Perspectives articles focus on auditory rehabilitation (AR) for adults with cochlear implants. While the benefits of AR in the population are recognized in the literature, service-delivery models are variable, and there is no gold standard approach to developing and implementing a comprehensive AR program. Glade and colleagues provide an overview of clinical models currently being used for the provision of AR for adults with cochlear implants from nine clinics across the country. The article highlights the importance of interprofessional practice in AR and outlines the roles of professionals included on care teams. There is a discussion about barriers to successful implementation of AR programs, including distance to services, and recommendations for potential solutions, such as teletherapy. In the second article, Mosley describes the process of creating and implementing a comprehensive teleaudiology AR program for older adults who use cochlear implants at the University of South Alabama Speech & Hearing Center.
Creative Solutions to Global Issues in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In an ever-changing global landscape, it is pertinent that audiologists and speech-language pathologists “account for the complexity and diversity of healthcare contexts” (as stated in the second article by Pillay and Pillay). Pressing concerns related to advancing technology (artificial intelligence and machine learning), culturally responsive practice, and rapid climate change are all trending societal conversations. This SIG 17 self-study explores creative solutions to pressing global issues that impact the field of audiology and speech-language pathology. Topics presented include key ethical concerns regarding hearing aids with machine learning, a novel culturally responsive framework for contextualized clinical reasoning, and the impact of climate change on communication and swallowing disorders.
Supervision: Addressing Emotional Resilience, Reflection, & Cultural Competence
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 11 Perspectives activity addresses aspects of clinical supervision and administration beyond the “Big Nine” clinical competencies. In the first article, the author discusses the significance of emotional resilience and provides practical strategies to encourage resiliency in supervisees. The second article explains the significance of cultural competence and the value of open conversations within supervisory relationships. Finally, the third article highlights key skills used in intentional and reflective supervision.
Telepractice & Audiology Services: International, Parental, & Practitioner Views
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The first article in this SIG 18 activity investigates the applications speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists used most frequently during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also discusses the main obstacles to providing speech, language, and hearing services through telepractice. Through the international distribution of an electronic survey, a total of 1,466 surveys from SLPs and audiologists from 40 countries were used for the analysis. The second article discusses the Auditory Verbal UK's training program for prospective listening and spoken language specialist certified auditory verbal therapists delivered globally via telepractice. The article explores, from a global perspective, audiology and early intervention services and perspectives regarding telepractice. The third article explores parents' and therapists' views of the benefits and challenges of telepractice for early intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through survey and analysis, the article probes the views of parents, Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapists in using telepractice to deliver auditory verbal sessions.
Engaging in Effective Counseling as a Speech-Language Pathologist
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Many clients need help adjusting to their communication challenge and/or coping with the changes required to help them communicate more effectively. This on demand webinar examines counseling in the context of speech-language pathology practice and shares skills and behaviors SLPs can use to effectively engage in counseling with all types of clients.
Reducing Workload and Improving Outcomes Through Collaboration (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar shares a framework for collaboration and consultation that school-based SLPs can use to support young students in their natural learning environments. The course examines the benefits of developing collaborative relationships with parents, teachers, and other professionals-as well as the importance using culturally responsive practices when engaged in consultation and collaboration-to improve student outcomes.
Addressing Feeding Needs for Children With Cerebral Palsy in the School Setting (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar is designed for school-based SLPs who support children with complex oral feeding and swallowing needs. The speaker discusses the components of a robust feeding and dysphagia assessment, and how that assessment informs treatment decisions surrounding a student's feeding needs. The course examines effective and realistic goal development to address feeding needs within the IEP.
Managing Dysphagia in Individuals With Dementia (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar focuses on identification and management of dysphagia in people with dementia, with discussion of current research on dysphagia assessment, intervention, and caregiver burden. The webinar presents preferred practices for maximizing quality of life for this patient population.
Intervention With Teens and Adults Who Stutter: Readiness for Change (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar presents a framework for assisting teens and adults in the design and implementation of stuttering intervention. The course is based on the concept that meaningful stuttering intervention and outcomes are based in the client's and clinician's shared understanding of the importance and weight that the client places on changing the physical attributes of stuttering, their thoughts and feelings about it, their use of avoidance strategies, and how ready they are to change one or all of these components.
A Trio of Articles: Students' Perspectives After Cued Speech Course, Barriers to Equity in Pediatric Hearing Health Care, and Assessing American Sign Language Across Clinical Settings
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This trio of SIG 9 articles provides the reader with three diversely focused topics related to pediatric hearing and hearing disorders. These range from a review of barriers to equity in pediatric hearing health care, to students’ perspectives on preservice education about cued speech, and then how practitioners measure receptive and expressive American Sign Language (ASL). The review, “Barriers to Equity in Pediatric Hearing Health Care: A Review of the Evidence,” explores data to suggest that hearing health care disparities constitute a major factor in loss to follow-up or documentation for children going through the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention process. Underlying disparities are multifactorial and result in delayed care and suboptimal developmental outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. “ASL Assessment in Practice: Assessing American Sign Language Across Clinical Settings” discusses exploratory research to investigate what assessment tools professionals use in measuring receptive and expressive ASL. Conclusions indicate that there is variable access and knowledge for appropriate assessment measures in ASL. “The Effect of a Graduate Course in Cued Speech on Students' Perspectives: A Pilot Study” is a pilot study investigating the beliefs and attitudes in Deaf Education related to a course on cued speech. The investigation revealed that a single course in the approach could influence student perspectives on cued speech and other Deaf Education instructional approaches.
Cleft Lip and Palate Care and the Opioid Crisis
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This SIG 5 activity analyzes the relationship between the opioid crisis and cleft lip and palate care across the life span. Two main themes of prevention and treatment after exposure are explained. The articles outline alternatives to opioid use after cleft-related surgeries, impacts on infants and children who were exposed in utero, and velopharyngeal insufficiency treatment after substance abuse.
Current Issues in Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
These SIG 12 Perspectives articles provide information on current issues associated with visual processing of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) displays for people with traumatic brain injury, assessment of the expressive language abilities of Spanish-speaking children who rely on AAC, and culturally sensitive approaches to aided language modeling. Readers will be more adept at designing effective AAC displays for adults with traumatic brain injury and at providing AAC services to children from multilingual and multicultural backgrounds.
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Management of Unilateral and Mild Hearing Loss in Children
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
For clinical audiologists and hearing health care professionals, the older "watch and wait" approach to working with children with unilateral or mild hearing loss has evolved. More recent research and professional experience have shown that providing supports and management strategies similar to those used with children who have bilateral hearing loss results in improved outcomes. This webinar outlines current approaches to managing unilateral and mild hearing loss in children in schools and clinical settings.
Holistic Admissions in CSD Programs
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In this SIG 10 activity, authors explore holistic admissions in CSD programs. Carmichael, Mandulak, and Watkins provide a tutorial for incorporating interviews during the admissions process. Scheer-Cohen, Heisler, and Moineau outline an approach to holistic admissions that includes a video response to a question, an informal group interview, a live lecture with an assessment, a simulation, content quiz, a writing prompt, and an individual live interview. Reisfeld and Kaplan provide a systemic review of admission measures that may be used to predict graduate students’ clinical skills. Finally, Newkirk-Turner and Hudson explore the dangers of unconscious bias in letters of recommendation for graduate admissions.
Paradigm Shifts in Culturally Relevant Family-Centered Intervention/Instruction
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The theme for this SIG 14 activity is clinical considerations through paradigm shifts in providing culturally relevant family-centered intervention and instruction. Topics include (a) providing culturally relevant family centered care; (b) second language literacy instruction for multilingual adolescents; and (c) impacts of study abroad experiences on students’ intercultural competence.
Evaluating Discourse Production After Right Hemisphere Brain Damage (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Right hemisphere brain damage (RHD) commonly causes pragmatic language use impairments that are most apparent during discourse production. This on demand webinar provides SLPs with guidance on discourse elicitation and evaluation using scripted tasks to help increase clinicians' confidence when assessing and diagnosing communication impairments after right hemisphere stroke.
Community-Based Group Therapy for African American Elders and Public Health Frameworks in Education
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
In “Coupling Hearing Health With Community-Based Group Therapy for Cognitive Health in Low-Income African American Elders,” Postman et al. describe a community-based group intervention to address disparities experienced by African American elders in the early stages of cognitive–communicative decline. The intervention included partnerships with community health centers, culturally informed activities, and ongoing input from staff and participants. The authors describe the advantages of this community-engaged approach, as well as the benefits of joining hearing and cognition for minimizing access barriers. In “Public Health Frameworks in Audiology Education: Rationale and Model for Implementation,” Warren and Levy review how public health education can advance the field of audiology, particularly through coursework and dual degree programs. The authors also describe two frameworks for public health training in an audiology academic setting and identify the competencies that overlap in audiology and public health, helping to illustrate the relevance of public health education in addressing objectives in hearing health care.
Clinical Impact of Research
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
These SIG Special Topics articles provide guidance to current and future researchers in communication sciences and disorders about how to maximize the clinical impact of their research. Utianski et al. describe clinical practice research and the current barriers to it, while highlighting initiatives researchers can take advantage of. Douglas et al. define knowledge brokering and outline the roles of organizations and individuals who take on that job. Then, Davidson and colleagues offer researchers concrete steps for using social media to enhance impact. Finally, Nicholson and Smith review both traditional science impact metrics and alternative metrics and offer concrete recommendations for documenting clinical impact for use in one’s CV or career advancement materials.
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Reimbursement Landscape
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session discusses the changes to reimbursement and coverage stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health emergency (PHE). The speaker addresses ASHA advocacy initiatives and changes in policy related to telehealth as well as other key aspects of coverage, reimbursement, and policy requirements during the PHE. The session discusses payer-specific advocacy, policy developments, and outcomes as well as next steps and what to expect in the future.
Grand Rounds in COVID-19 Rehab: Putting the Pieces Together
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course discusses finding a starting place for on-the-job change to address the challenges that COVID-19 presents to patient treatment. The speaker explores how changes related to the pandemic impact your clinical practice, your role in health care, and how you conduct business, as well as actionable next steps you can implement in your workplace.
Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session describes the social determinants of health-defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions under which people live, work, learn, and play-and explains how patients' health and well-being can be viewed as a socially constructed phenomenon. The session explores the role of systems of oppression and location of position in generating health inequities and uses current evidence about the interplay between the COVID-19 pandemic and the social determinants of health to help participants develop strategies to intervene to improve their patients' quality of life and promote health equity.
Updates on the Neurological Impact of COVID-19
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session addresses the question of why patients with COVID-19 have such diverse clinical presentations. The speaker zooms in at the microscopic level to explore the nature and frequency of neurologic sequelae of COVID-19, covering findings observed on neuroimaging and cerebrospinal fluid testing. The session summarizes data from neuropathological studies, discusses new studies on the involvement of the peripheral nervous system, and explores treatment considerations.
Interprofessional Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Panel Discussion
Format(s): eWorkshop
Clinicians across professions-including two speech-language pathologists, an occupational therapist, and a physical therapist-address interdisciplinary care during the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss challenges clinicians in the long-term acute care setting have faced and review some of the modifications they have made to address these challenges, as well as implications for patient progress and discharge planning.
Telepractice Use Across the Continuum of Care During the Pandemic and Beyond
Format(s): eWorkshop
Far-reaching advancements in medicine and technology, coupled with the catalyst of the COVID-19 pandemic, have catapulted telepractice into the forefront of clinical care. This session reviews the rise of telepractice, how it has created a lifeline for patients during the pandemic, and how SLPs can optimize its use across the continuum of care to best serve our patients.
Patient-Provider Communication Before, During, and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Format(s): eWorkshop
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a long-standing imperative to address patient-provider communication and inequities in health care settings. This session explores the barriers to effective patient-provider communication and shares potential solutions to these challenges. The speakers discuss the landscape of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) at health care institutions and highlight the need for collaboration, emergency preparedness, and future-oriented planning.
Long COVID in Post-Acute Care: Evidence-Based Trends and Practice
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session introduces the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality data and presents a person-centered, holistic approach to treating long COVID in post-acute care. The speaker discusses risk factors and clinical presentation of long COVID with a view toward appropriate care.
Pathophysiology of COVID-19: Acute Illness and Longer-Term Sequelae
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session reviews the basic pathophysiology of COVID-19, with an emphasis on respiratory, swallowing, and cognitive issues, as well as a discussion of infection control approaches. The speaker also reviews the long-term conditions associated with COVID-19.
Laryngeal Complications of Patients With COVID-19 in Critical Care Following Intubation and Tracheostomy
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session discusses the vital role SLPs who work in adult ICUs play in detection and management of voice, swallowing, and airway complications following COVID-19. The speaker discusses the nature of these complications; intubation, tracheostomy, and COVID-19 features; factors to guide early treatments; and how these factors shape decision-making in post-ICU settings.