American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

In the Loop: July 2013

In the Loop

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Your 'Ah-Ha' Moment Could be Worth $1,500

Are you a graduate student using the Passy-Muir® Valve in the assessment and treatment of dysphagia and/or communication disorders? Have you uncovered a new use or discovered a different treatment modality? Would you like a chance to share what you've learned to others? Then you would be the perfect applicant for the 2013 David A. Muir Graduate Student Award.


The competition is to recognize the presentation of a case study in the area of dysphagia and/or communication related to the adult or child with a tracheostomy. It is open to master's students enrolled in graduate study in speech-language pathology or speech-language science at an academic program in the United States. Master's degree candidates must be in a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA). The student must be enrolled full time in the year 2013.

Award Includes

  • $1,500;
  • Travel assistance to the 2013 ASHA Convention in Chicago, Illinois, to receive award;
  • $200 donation to the NSSLHA Scholarship fund in honor of the award recipient;
  • Textbook: Communication and Swallowing Management of the Tracheostomized and Ventilator Dependent Adult by Karen J. Dikeman and Marta S. Kazandjian;
  • Pocket T.O.M.™ Tracheostomy Anatomical Model used for bedside education

Deadline for Submission of Applications

Complete submissions must be received by October 11, 2013, to be eligible for consideration during this award cycle. No extensions will be granted. Confirmation that your application has been received will be sent via e-mail.

Evaluation Criteria

A review panel will evaluate the presentation of the case study based on the following five criteria:

1. Style—The case study is presented clearly with correct formatting, grammar, and spelling.

2. Significance—The care plan and treatment modalities described are of interest to clinicians in the field of communication sciences and disorders and impact clinical needs relevant to speech-language pathology.

3. Approach—The writer has a unique perspective in presenting the case study.

4. Design—The case study must include at least the following:

  • complete history and diagnosis;
  • initial evaluation, including methods of assessments of speech, voice, language, and swallow and assessment results;
  • complete description of assessment for the Passy-Muir® Valve and initial placement;
  • plan of care;
  • concise goals of therapy;
  • clinical outcomes;
  • resources and materials used, including clinical preceptors and any training the writer used in preparation of treatment plan or presentation;
  • patient perspective;
  • video of patient (including written permission to share video);
  • discussion and summary, including limitations;
  • optional (highly recommended)—MBSS and/or FEES studies.

5. Innovation—The writer suggests refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, methods, or interventions.

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