August 30, 2011 Issue


Individualized Education Programs
When viewed as a process, an IEP presents numerous opportunities for audiologists to design and implement educational strategies for students with hearing loss. The process also allows audiologists to serve as proactive IEP team members.

Audiology in Brief: August 30, 2011


Internet: No More Chalkboards: Interactive Whiteboard
Speech-language pathology and audiology clinicians and academicians are increasingly discovering the unique capabilities of the interactive whiteboard.

From the President: Mentorship: The Price of Membership
When you mentor, you are paying it forward and you reap more than you sow.


Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the Needs of All Students
The real challenge for educators, is to provide learning opportunities in the general-education curriculum that are inclusive and effective for all students.

SLP Turns Dream of a Speech Academy Into Reality
The school day starts early for Toni Giannone. Even before her 20 students arrive at 8 a.m. to the private Speech Academy’s headquarters in a countryside house in Monroe, Connecticut, Giannone has been prepping for hours. She has organized plans for the day, entered data from the day before, and is ready to roll.

Serving Children With Emotional-Behavioral and Language Disorders: A Collaborative Approach
Children and youths like Roberto, who have been identified with emotional/behavioral disorder, face myriad challenges that affect development of academic and communication skills. Students with this disorder—characterized by an array of emotional, behavioral, and social disabilities; poor communication and language skills; and low academic achievement—present a complex issue for academic professionals and related personnel.

School-Based Members Advocate on Capitol Hill
For most of her adult life, SLP Pat Mervine's only political action "was to pull the lever in a voting booth." After visiting her reperesentatives on Capitol Hill during ASHA's advocacy push the day after the Schools Conference, she now realizes that one person really can make a difference. 

Protecting Student Athletes: Growing Number of States Pass Concussion-Related Legislation
Sports-related concussion among school-aged athletes in the United States is an issue of increased visibility in the media, in clinical settings, and in legislative capitols across the country. When is it safe for a student-athlete who has sustained a concussion to return to play? Physicians, coaches, and trainers often use individualized, graduated return-to-play protocols based on neuropsychological testing and other factors.  

Looking Back: Where Were You on 9/11?

How to Fit Response to Intervention Into a Heavy Workload
Response to intervention (RTI) is the practice of ensuring there are systems in place in general education to help every student meet grade-level expectations in academics and behavior. Where do SLPs fit in and how do they incorporate RTI into an already-heavy workload?

Educational Audiologists Enhance Access to Communication
Children with hearing loss and/or auditory processing disorders may consider themselves academic failures, isolated, and/or singled out. School personnel often witness the students' frustration, fatigue, and anger, but do not always recognize that the behaviors are a result of the child's hearing loss and/or auditory processing disorder. Educational audiology is the practice of audiology that focuses on supporting students with hearing difficulties in an educational setting.

ASHA Schools 2011: Capitalizing on Communication
Along the banks of the Potomac River, with breathtaking views of the National Mall to one side and quaint Old Town Alexandria on the other, more than 1,000 school-based clinicians convened at ASHA's 12th annual Schools Conference, held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The participants gathered to learn about new approaches to service delivery and cutting-edge interventions, and to do what they do best—capitalize on communication.

Adults With Low Literacy Skills: How SLPs Can Help
Speech-language pathologists actively aid those with poor literacy skills. Much attention has been devoted to understanding language and literacy development and to proposing methods for SLPs to provide effective intervention. Unfortunately, the attention devoted to studying literacy and language skills is unequally distributed across the lifespan, with the majority of researchers focusing on children's literacy skills.


Summit Tackles Speech-Language Provider Roles
A group of 70 invited representatives from state departments of education, academic programs, school districts, and state licensure boards, as well as speech-language pathologists, speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), and SLPA supervisors, met in a two-day summit to discuss the development of an explicit continuum of service-delivery providers.

Student Mentoring Program Opens

State Leaders Highlight Successes, Challenges
Laura Jo McKamey, the Montana representative to ASHA's State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs), received the Nancy McKinley Leadership Award at the annual spring conference, May 19–21, of the Council of State Speech-Language-Hearing Association Presidents (CSAP) in Charleston, South Carolina.

Schools: Research Trends

School Matters: Leadership Program Debuts
The day before the Schools Conference began on July 8 just outside Washington, D.C., 33 school-based speech-language pathologists attended a training session as part of their year-long journey of participation in ASHA’s Leadership Development Program (LDP).

Northern Iowa Students Win Convention Registrations

News in Brief: August 30, 2011

Membership Survey Coming Your Way

Medicare Proposes 2012 Outpatient Audiology Rates
Medicare reimbursement rates for most hospital outpatient audiology services will change only slightly—from a decrease of 2% to an increase of 4%—under proposed 2012 payment rates. Rates for some procedures, however, including cochlear implantation and evoked otoacoustic emissions testing, are proposed to drop significantly.

Medicare Home Health Care Rates Proposed
Medicare reimbursement rates for home health agency 60-day episodes will decrease by 3.3% in 2012, according to prospective payment system rates proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

ASHA Supports Medicaid Access Draft
ASHA supports a proposed Medicaid rule—"Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services"—but has asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for explanation and expansion in five key areas.

ASHA Promotes ProSearch to Seniors

Alumni Give MARC Program High Marks
Faculty interested in revitalizing their careers by mentoring less experienced colleagues and up-and-coming faculty researchers may enroll in ASHA's Mentoring Academic Research Careers (MARC) program.


In the Limelight: Special Educator Relies on Speech-Language Background
SLP Julie West uses her speech training as a special education teacher.

First Person on The Last Page: Seeing It, Hearing It, Stopping It
Speech-language pathologist P. K. Harrison uses her son's suicide to urge educators to put a stop bullying in schools.