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The ASHA Leader provides news for and about speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

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Before 2020, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT, © American Medical Association) codes 92626 and 92627 described the first hour and subsequent 15-minute intervals of an evaluation of auditory rehabilitation status. Because this broad definition often caused confusion and inappropriate billing—leading to insurance denials—the AMA revised the code description and issued new guidance, effective Jan. 1, 2020. #slpeeps Cpt Codes, Health Care Policy, Billing And Coding, Case Histories, American Medical Association, Counseling Activities, Speech And Language, Denial, Economics

Dos and Don’ts for Revised Implant-Related Auditory Function Evaluation CPT Codes

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“Deaf U,” which premieres on Netflix October 9, features a close-knit group of Gallaudet University students who are Deaf. According to Deadline Hollywood, the show will have eight episodes, each about 20 minutes long. #audpeeps #hearingloss Netflix Users, Watch Netflix, Apple Tv, Netflix Stranger Things, Best Iphone Deals, Reed Hastings, Netflix Canada, Marvel's Daredevil, Apps

Netflix Features Deaf Community in New Series, Documentary

September is International Deaf Awareness Month, so we're highlighting two documentary pieces spotlighting the Deaf community that will be coming soon to your device screens from Netflix.

When I was 4, I auditioned multiple times for the interactive children’s TV show “Winky Dink and You.” I never got the part. It wasn’t until March 2020, under extenuating COVID-19 stay-at-home precautions, that I fulfilled my dream of entertaining children through a screen. #slpeeps #schoolslps

Games, Music, Puppets: 19 Tips to Engage Young Clients in Telepractice

I try to infuse my distance-learning sessions with fun for the child, make my expectations clear for everyone involved, and keep things simple for potentially overwhelmed parents or caregivers. Here’s what I do to engage for children and caregivers in online sessions, while also keeping them productive.

Anxiously, I waited for two kindergarteners to log in to my first telepractice session earlier this year. Suddenly, their smiling faces appeared and they waved at each other on the computer screen. We laughed as we read “The Gruffalo” together. I temporarily forgot all about COVID-19 and the grim statistics in the media. #slpeeps Summer School, I School, The Sun Magazine, When School Starts, Student Room, Visual And Performing Arts, High School English, Graphic Organizers, Best Teacher

A Second-Year SLP Gets a Crash Course in Telepractice During COVID-19

As a new SLP in the schools, I spent my first year providing traditional face-to-face treatment, but now I was thrust into the unknown world of telepractice. So, before jumping in, I consulted with colleagues—experienced ones and new ones like me—for guidance on session planning, connecting with students and families, and relevant articles and webinars.

A new animated educational video—“What’s That Ringing in your Ears?”—illustrates just how tinnitus affects people. #audpeeps #hearingloss Ted Ed Youtube, East Tennessee State University, Video Full, Educational Videos, Speech And Language, Ear, Animation, Languages, Anime

TED-Ed Animation Shows What Tinnitus Sounds Like

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During the social isolation inherent to this pandemic, I have seen significant cognitive decline in our assisted/independent living patients. Social isolation is associated with many health risks. People who report feelings of loneliness suffer higher rates of morbidity, mortality, infection, depression, and cognitive decline. #slpeeps Speech Language Pathology, Speech And Language, Special Interest Groups, Feeling Of Loneliness, Blow Dry, Time Management, Feel Better, Her Hair

Helping Older Patients Combat Confusion During Pandemic Social Isolation

As a rehabilitation manager and speech-language pathologist, I see notable cognitive decline among patients since the social distancing required by COVID-19. Many patients must eat in their rooms, they no longer participate in group activities or outings, and they have no in-person visitors. Many residents get regular video and phone calls, but our memory-care residents often don’t realize there’s a real person talking to them on the tiny screen, and then quickly forget about the virtual…

As a speech-language pathologist working in a therapeutic day school, I often work with high school students with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders on goals related to transitioning into adulthood. During individual sessions, I sometimes work with students on transition-planning to cover the logistical aspects of adult life. But I also take it a step further to address the social-emotional aspects of this major life milestone. #slpeeps #schoolslps

Using Poetry to Help Prepare Students to Transition Out of High School

I often work with high school students with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders on goals related to transitioning into adulthood. During regular sessions, I work with students on transition-planning to cover the logistical aspects of adult life. But I also take it a step further through collaboration with an interdisciplinary team—including a teaching artist—to facilitate a weekly poetry group for graduating students.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, many audiologists and speech-language pathologists serving as officers in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps have been called to do additional duties. These extra job assignments—expected of all of us who serve in uniform—include assuming related duties or deploying to areas of the Unites States that demonstrate a critical health need. #audpeeps #hearingloss #slpeeps

Audiologists and SLPs in Uniform: Call to Service During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, many audiologists and speech-language pathologists serving as officers in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps have been called to do additional duties. These extra job assignments—expected of all of us who serve in uniform—include assuming related duties or deploying to areas of the Unites States that demonstrate a critical health need. Some of my fellow officers shared insights into the diverse roles they now serve in respond to…

Health care providers in non-facility outpatient settings, such as a private practice, have a new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT, © American Medical Association) code that covers the costs of additional equipment and services required to safely provide in-person services during the pandemic. #slpeeps

New CPT Code Helps Covers Clinicians’ COVID-19 Protection Costs

Health care providers in non-facility outpatient settings, such as a private practice, have a new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT, © American Medical Association) code that covers the costs of additional equipment and services required to safely provide in-person services during the pandemic. Clinicians can use the new CPT 99072 on insurance claim forms to report the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, and clinician or clinical staff time to ensure safety.

Hearing loss is the most prevalent of 35 congenital disorders detected through newborn screening, affecting 16.5 out of every 10,000 U.S. infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Hearing Screening and Follow-Up Survey. #audpeeps #hearingloss

Higher Hearing Loss Rate—16.5 of 10,000—Found in Newborns

New CDC data estimate that more than 6,000 cases of newborn hearing loss will be detected annually.

Many educational audiologists and school-based speech-language pathologists feel concerned about returning to work during the ongoing pandemic while there is no available vaccine (Position on Reopening Schools).The ASHA Code of Ethics (Code) provides school-based practitioners some guidance as they navigate this challenge professionally. #slpeeps Letter Of Employment, Code Of Ethics, Collective Bargaining, School Reopen, State Law, Safety Rules, School Opening, Return To Work, I School

Ethical Considerations As Schools Reopen During COVID-19

Many educational audiologists and school-based speech-language pathologists feel concerned about returning to work during the ongoing pandemic while there is no available vaccine. The ASHA Code of Ethics provides school-based practitioners some guidance as they navigate this challenge professionally. No one answer will fit all situations. Approaches will vary, depending on specific circumstances. There are also legal and practical issues to consider. Read on to see answers to some of the…

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Ethical Considerations As Schools Reopen During COVID-19

Many educational audiologists and school-based speech-language pathologists feel concerned about returning to work during the ongoing pandemic while there is no available vaccine. The ASHA Code of Ethics provides school-based practitioners some guidance as they navigate this challenge professionally. No one answer will fit all situations. Approaches will vary, depending on specific circumstances. There are also legal and practical issues to consider. Read on to see answers to some of the…

“How can I get my clients to be as engaged virtually as they were in person?” That was the question many of us posed in online professional groups when thrust into telepractice last spring. #slpeeps

Using the Interactive Power of Green Screens to Engage Clients in Telepractice

“How can I get my clients to be as engaged virtually as they were in person?” That was the question many of us posed in online professional groups when thrust into telepractice last spring. One solution came from SLP Serena Murison, who shares ways to integrate green screen techniques into sessions in her Facebook group.

A federal judge has ordered the White House to ensure that a qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter is present at all public briefings about the COVID-19 pandemic. The order, effective Oct. 1, comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by the National Association of the Deaf—and of sustained advocacy from allied stakeholders, including ASHA. #slpeeps Asl Interpreter, American Sign Language, National Association, In Law Suite, Speech And Language, Languages

Court Acts to Require ASL Interpreters at White House COVID-19 Briefings

A federal judge has ordered the White House to ensure that a qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter is present at all public briefings about the COVID-19 pandemic. The order, effective Oct. 1, comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by the National Association of the Deaf—and of sustained advocacy from allied stakeholders, including ASHA.

If you’re anything like me, you want to include books and literacy activities in sessions. However, it can be hard to find time to fit them into already packed sessions. I find these simple approaches offer quick ways to expose young clients to key preliteracy skills. And I can incorporate many of these techniques into my telepractice sessions. #slpeeps

Interactive Book Activities to Build Preliteracy Skills in Preschoolers

If you’re anything like me, you want to include books and literacy activities in sessions. However, it can be hard to find time to fit them into already packed sessions. I find these simple approaches offer quick ways to expose young clients to key preliteracy skills. I also incorporate many of these techniques into my telepractice sessions. As National Literacy Month winds down, here are my tried and true tips for including literacy skills in sessions all year long.

Like so many other university clinics, ours at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center transitioned to telepractice services last spring. For us, the clinicians, and our patients, children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing, this switch brought successes, challenges, and learning experiences. #audpeeps

Trouble-Shooting Auditory Training Delivered Via Telepractice

Like so many other university clinics, ours at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center transitioned to telepractice services last spring. For us, the clinicians, and our patients, children and adults who are d, this switch brought successes, challenges, and learning experiences. Here are some solutions we use to prevent these issues and run sessions more smoothly—most of the time.