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When anxiety takes hold, children default to their brain’s fear-focused limbic system. And learning stops short. #slpeeps

Climbing Out of Limbic

Climbing Out of LimbicWhen anxiety takes hold, children default to their brain’s fear-focused limbic system. And learning stops short.

We all know free-time activities can be fun and help children make friends, learn sportsmanship and teamwork, and get exercise and fresh air. But we may be less aware that they can also improve children’s language and #socialskills. As #SLPs, we treat students with complex communication needs, as well as conversational and social skill issues. So why not use play and leisure skills to enhance language instruction—even with older students? #slpeeps #ASD #autism

It Can Be Fun and Games

Try these play-based leisure activities to build language skills with middle school students.

I arrive at Billy’s home, as I do every Tuesday morning. I see my 2-year-old friend coming down the stairs in his diaper with a big drooling smile. His mother has a change of clothes and a fresh diaper and quickly gets him ready for the day. Billy brings me one of his new toys and demonstrates how it works. His mother sits on the couch, interested and attentive, though quiet. She shares a few updates: “He said ‘hot’ yesterday” and “He can bring me his shoes when I ask him to now.” We…

Connecting With Caregivers

A speech-language pathologist improves outcomes for early-intervention clients by changing the way she relates with parents.

“Kids with autism have to be especially careful in their interactions with police because social cues are difficult for them,” says Robinson Peete, who has long been an autism advocate through #Autism Speaks and the HollyRod Foundation. “Then you add this whole narrative of black boys being a threat, and interactions with police often don’t end well. So it’s important to bring together these kids with police to increase understanding on both sides. #ASD #slpeeps

When Autism Grows Up—and Encounters Cops

Actress Holly Robinson Peete and SLP Pamela Wiley build understanding between police officers and young men with autism—especially those of color.

Students with #CochlearImplants still need accommodations and strategies in classrooms, even if they demonstrate “speech and language within the average range.” Here are several accommodations and strategies with a listening and spoken-language focus to support children with #CIs. #audpeeps #hearingloss

Making the Cochlear Connection in Class

Educational audiologists and speech-language pathologists can use a range of strategies to help students with cochlear implants better access instruction.

Remember those graduate school lessons about the #speechchain—in which a message travels between sender and receiver in stages, from one person’s intention to another person’s understanding? For decades, we communication sciences and disorders professionals have used this model to consider how communication breakdowns relate to disorders of speech production or hearing. But it’s important that we also think beyond this model when considering one person’s difficulty understanding what another…

Tackling the Toll of Hearing Loss on Executive Function

We need to think beyond the speech chain—and hearing aids—to fully address effects of hearing loss on older adults’ cognitive health.

Proposed cuts to federal education spending for the upcoming fiscal year total more than $9 billion. And there’s no way to get around it: These cuts could pose a threat to audiology and speech-language pathology services in schools—to the detriment of students with hearing and speech-language disorders.

‘Our Voices Are Powerful’

Speaking up for education funding, psychology and tinnitus treatment, and why a SLP takes on new clients

“The school district said it wasn’t the speech department’s job to work with her. The school psychologist refused to see her, so the school counselor worked with her [but] refused any input from me.   —Meghan, #schoolbasedSLP Have you experienced a similar situation to the one described above from a school-based SLP? Selective mutism is a disorder in which a child does not speak in some situations—typically school—but does speak in others, such as at home. #slpeeps

Conquering Challenges of Interprofessional Treatment for Selective Mutism

La cause insoupçonnée des troubles alimentaires chez les jeunes

Infants’ experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit (#NICU) are highly variable, depending on the complexity of their cases and degree of prematurity. Those with more severe or chronic medical and neurodevelopmental conditions present particular challenges to the #audiology team. #audpeeps #hearingloss

Ear Care for the Most Vulnerable Infants

Hearing screening and intervention prove particularly challenging with NICU babies. Extra vigilance and parent support are required.

The weeks following the January presidential inauguration proved among the most intense I’ve ever experienced as a school-based speech-language pathologist. As I walked into my fourth-period class one Friday in the diverse public high school I serve, I could feel the tension crackling. On most days, I enjoy the cultural richness of my workplace, but on this day, a storm of emotions broke to the surface. #slpeeps #ASD #autism

War of Slurs

In our politically charged times, an SLP walks into a battle of insults—and turns it into a thought-provoking discussion for some high-schoolers.

Speaking up for education funding, psychology and tinnitus treatment, and why a 90-year-old SLP takes on new clients. #audpeeps #slpeeps

Speaking up for education funding, psychology and tinnitus treatment, and why a SLP takes on new clients.

Imagine the frustrations and anxieties faced by young adults with #autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as they transition from high school to college. Navigating an entirely new setting with new faces can be overwhelming, and there are stark differences in how students access the support they need. The conundrum: How can colleges and universities provide needed supports to students with #ASD without the student’s self-disclosure? #slpeeps

A Facilitated Natural Mentoring Program

Imagine the frustrations and anxieties faced by young adults with #autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as they transition from high school to college. Navigating an entirely new setting with new faces can be overwhelming, and there are stark differences in how students access the support they need. The conundrum: How can colleges and universities provide needed supports to students with #ASD without the student’s self-disclosure? #slpeeps

The December 2017 issue covers  new push to battle workplace incivility, what to expect from #GenZ, getting patients to practice. #slpeeps #audpeeps

The December 2017 issue covers new push to battle workplace incivility, what to expect from #GenZ, getting patients to practice. #slpeeps #audpeeps

The association between tinnitus and anxiety and depression cannot be denied. People with anxiety and depression are more than twice as likely to report #Tinnitus , and patients with tinnitus report more anxiety and depression than the general population, according to epidemiological research. How, then, do we meet their needs? #audpeeps #TinnitusRelief

The Sound—and the Curing

When it comes to tinnitus treatment, research has pointed to benefits of cognitive-behavioral treatment.

Photographer Chase Jarvis said, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” This advice is valuable when we help our clients with vocational and job challenges—we want to keep it simple. Rather than outfitting our working clients with an array of third-party apps that perform specific tasks, consider supports for communication and executive functioning built into the “brains” of the devices and apps they already use. #audpeeps #slpeeps

Use Built-in Apps to Support Life Skills

For the first time in 20 years, the World Health Assembly (WHA)—the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO)—unanimously approved and adopted a resolution and action plan on hearing loss prevention. The resolution, approved and adopted at the 70th WHA in May, invites the WHO to prepare its first world report on ear and hearing care, develop a toolkit for member states, and support the development of safe-listening standards. #audpeeps #hearingloss

WHO Adopts Hearing Loss Prevention Plan

For the first time in 20 years, the World Health Assembly (WHA)—the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO)—unanimously approved and adopted a resolution and action plan on hearing loss prevention. The resolution, approved and adopted at the 70th WHA in May, invites the WHO to prepare its first world report on ear and hearing care, develop a toolkit for member states, and support the development of safe-listening standards. #audpeeps #hearingloss

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