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Getting Started in Teleaudiology
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
As states, payers, patients, and clients consider telepractice as an alternative service delivery model, many audiologists are struggling to adapt their in-person practices to teleaudiology and are overwhelmed by quickly evolving coding and payment laws and regulations. This course provides practical information to help audiologists assess their own readiness for telehealth – as well as client and patient readiness – and develop a plan to implement this service delivery model. The presenters also discuss coding, payment, and compliance considerations and provide resources to help audiologists navigate changing regulations and ensure coding and payment compliance.
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An Overview of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Settings
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists need to be informed about and implement appropriate infection control practices regardless of their practice setting. This course describes the fundamentals of health care epidemiology and infection control, including pathogen transmission, outbreak management, occupational health management, prevention, and management of various infections.
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Preparing To Offer Quality Services Through Telepractice: An Introduction
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course is designed for speech-language pathologists and audiologists with little to no experience with telepractice who have suddenly found it necessary to deliver their services remotely. The presenters address regulations, technology options, policies and procedures, the role of support personnel, and best practices to give clinicians the key information they need to prepare for offering quality services through telepractice.
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Auditory Factors Driving Cochlear Implant Outcomes in Adults & Children: Channel Independence & Spectrotemporal Processing
Format(s): eWorkshop
Recent studies from the presenters’ laboratory demonstrate a relationship between electrode-to-modiolus distance and channel independence. Specifically, children and adults who use cochlear implants (CIs) (precurved electrodes) demonstrate performance gains up to 12 and 16 channels. The presenters’ working theory is that greater channel independence affords better spectrotemporal resolution. This presentation describes the relationship between spectrotemporal processing and CI outcomes for adult and pediatric CI users. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention. This session was developed by, and presenters invited by, Hearing, Tinnitus, and Vestibular Science.
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Meniere’s Disease in Childhood: A Case Study
Format(s): eWorkshop
Meniere’s disease (MD) rarely occurs in children. Due to this, care and treatment by knowledgeable clinicians and physicians are lacking. This presentation reviews a case of a 10-year-old male with diagnosed MD, the interdisciplinary approach for care and treatment, the cross-facility approach for obtaining best results, and follow-up hearing aid fitting suggestions for the affected ear. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention.
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Pediatric Vestibular Loss: The Effect of Vestibular Loss on Visual Acuity
Format(s): eWorkshop
Vestibular loss can co-occur with hearing loss. One functional effect of vestibular loss is decreased dynamic visual acuity. There is some speculation that vestibular loss can also affect reading and/or reading acuity. This presentation outlines the relationship between vestibular loss and both dynamic and static visual acuity and its possible effect on reading and other daily activities. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention. The session was developed by, and presenters invited by, Hearing, Tinnitus, and Vestibular Science.
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SOS, DARN, and TEA: Problem-Solving With Adults Who Have Hearing Loss
Format(s): eWorkshop
Comprehensive auditory rehabilitation for adults includes communication strategies, assistive listening devices, perceptual training, and supportive counseling. The problem-solving format allows an engaging and patient-centered means of addressing communication strategies and counseling needs. This presentation addresses the organization of problem-solving using the problem-solving approach (SOS); distance, angle, reverberation, and noise (DARN); and thinking, emotional response, and action (TEA). This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention.
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Equilibrium Throughout the Life Span: New Horizons for Audiology
Format(s): eWorkshop
The evaluation and non-medical management of balance disorders in children and adults is an exciting and growing opportunity for audiologists to participate in this important aspect of health care services. This presentation highlights the most common conditions throughout the life span from neonate to geriatric and includes an evidence-based clinical pathway model of gold-standard evaluation protocols and management strategies. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention. This session was developed by, and presenter invited by, SIG 6: Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics.
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Factors That Exacerbate or Ameliorate Listening Effort in Children Who Are Hard of Hearing
Format(s): eWorkshop
Listening effort is the allocation of mental resources to overcome obstacles in goal pursuit while listening. Sustained increased effort has important developmental implications. Factors that increase access to acoustic cues can reduce listening effort. This presentation addresses the measurement of listening effort, in addition to how language and auditory input affect effort in children who are hard of hearing. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention. The session was developed by, and presenters invited by, Hearing and Vestibular - Assessment and Intervention: Pediatric and Listening, Language, and Speech in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
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Susceptibility to Online Tinnitus-Related Misinformation in Individuals With and Without Tinnitus
Format(s): eWorkshop
The quality of online medical information can conflict with evidence-based research. Tinnitus is a target for misinformation and bogus treatments due to its prevalence and lack of objective treatments. This presentation discusses a study that assessed how people with and without tinnitus respond to online misinformation regarding tinnitus and determined whether a counseling session regarding causes and management of tinnitus affected susceptibility to misinformation. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention.
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Overcoming Challenges in Pediatric & Adult Cochlear Implant Users With Exceptionalities
Format(s): eWorkshop
Children and adults who use cochlear implants and have additional exceptionalities present challenges in diagnostic testing and therapeutic intervention for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. This session reviews current research on communication and quality of life in this population, while also highlighting real-world clinical practices in assessing, treating, and defining success in these patients. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention. The session was developed by, and presenters invited by, Audiology Implantables.
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The Vanderbilt Fatigue Scale: Subjective Fatigue in Pediatric Hearing Loss & in Additional Disabilities
Format(s): eWorkshop
Recent studies have implicated fatigue as an important consequence of listening effort, but the impact of fatigue on children is poorly understood. One problem is the lack of a measure of listening-related fatigue. In this presentation, the presenters (1) introduce the construct of listening-related fatigue, and (2) describe the development and validation of the Vanderbilt Fatigue Scale designed to quantify listening-related fatigue. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention.
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Assessment and Treatment Approaches for Dysphagia Management Across the Lifespan
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 13) articles present clinicians with useful information to help assess and treat feeding and swallowing disorders in a variety of patient populations across the lifespan. Daniel Croake and Vrushali Angadi provide an overview of evidence regarding prophylactic and reactive gastrostomy tubes in individuals with head and neck cancer, to better facilitate joint decision-making of percutaneous gastrostomy (PEG) tube timing with the patient and care team. Hema Desai and Audrey Lim extend the discussion to pediatric dysphagia by summarizing the application of neurobehavioral interventions as part of feeding treatment for infants with congenital heart defects.
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Outlining the Use of Strategic Questioning and Applying the Code of Ethics
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 11) articles outline the use of strategic questioning methods to stimulate students' critical thinking and other higher order thinking skills. In addition, the Code of Ethics is discussed as it relates to supervisory experiences across various settings.
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Differential Diagnoses in Children With Hearing Loss: Unpacking the Concerns of Over-Diagnosis, Under-Diagnosis, & Comorbidity
Format(s): eWorkshop
Despite advances in hearing technology and intervention, language, academic, and social outcomes in children with hearing loss generally lag behind those of their hearing counterparts. Providing differential diagnoses is challenging, given the cascading effects of auditory deprivation language delays. This presentation identifies commonly occurring comorbid presentations in children with hearing loss and describes the process of effectively making differential diagnoses. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention.
An Intergenerational Cognitive Training Program
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives (SIG 15) article discusses the benefits and nuances of development of an intergenerational cognitive social media training program. The program supports the use of a cognitive social media training tool to promote intergenerational learning, communication, and stimulation, with parallel benefits for young and older adults.
Updates on Vocal Fold Paralysis SIG 3
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 3) articles provide a comprehensive update on evaluation and management of unilateral vocal fold paralysis. Multidisciplinary evaluations are addressed in addition to various medical and behavioral treatment options.
Person-Centered Assessment for People With Dementia
Format(s): Micro Course
Person-centered, client-directed evaluations for individuals with dementia lead to personalized, functional intervention goals that permit the individuals to participate in meaningful activities. This course – which is broken into six 5-minute blocks – will guide SLPs through conducting a person-centered assessment. The presenter will discuss two sample frameworks and case studies for this type of assessment and then take you through a step-by-step template for conducting a person-centered assessment, including giving you time to practice and reflect.
Memory Stations and Montessori Activities for People With Dementia
Format(s): Micro Course
Due to their cognitive-communication deficits, people living with dementia often have difficulty participating in daily activities that they previously enjoyed. This course – which is broken into six 5-minute blocks – will guide SLPs in creating activities to promote recall and increase engagement in daily activities and hobbies, namely memory stations and activities based on the Montessori approach. The presenter will provide examples of these activities and then walk you through a step-by-step template for creating them for your own clients, including giving you time to practice and reflect.
Personalized Memory and Communication Supports for People With Dementia
Format(s): Micro Course
This course – which is broken into six 5-minute blocks – will guide SLPs through the process of creating personalized visual supports to promote meaningful participation in daily conversations and life activities for individuals living with dementia. The presenter will provide examples of different types of communication, memory, and sequencing aids that can be produced quickly using simple technology. Then she will walk you through a step-by-step template for creating these types of supports for your own clients with dementia, including giving you time to practice and reflect.
Simulated Presence Treatment for People With Dementia
Format(s): Micro Course
Simulated presence treatment, in which an individual living with dementia watches a video or listens to audio of a familiar person (a family member or doctor), may reduce agitation and confusion and allow the individual to redirect to meaningful activities. This course – which is broken into six 5-minute blocks – will guide SLPs through using this tool to help their clients with dementia. The presenter will share examples of the tool and then walk you through creating simulated presence videos using simple technology for your own clients with dementia, including giving you time to practice and reflect.
Assessment of Cognition and Communication in Older Adults With Dementia
Format(s): Streaming Video
When an SLP first meets an older adult with dementia and a cognitive-communication disorder, many questions arise. What is the nature of the person’s communication problems? What are the causes and contributors to the problems? How are the problems affecting the person’s ability to participate in everyday life activities? What is the most effective, evidence-based, and person-centered approach to answering these questions? This video course will discuss cognitive-communication disorders related to dementia and provide ideas to help SLPs select the most appropriate screening or assessment for individual clients.
Intervention Strategies for People With Dementia and Cognitive-Communication Disorders
Format(s): Streaming Video
This video course will help SLPs choose the best evidence-based interventions to target cognitive and communication disorders for individual clients at different stages of dementia. The speaker will discuss methods of measuring outcomes as well as case study examples.
Perspectives, SIG 2, Vol. 3, Part 3, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives addresses a variety of topics related to posterior fossa syndrome in children including an introduction to cerebellar mutism, a review of surgical approaches used for posterior fossa brain tumors, and neuropsychological considerations.
Perspectives, SIG 14, Vol. 3, Part 3, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives issue focused on training clinicians to provide the most appropriate services for people in the LGBTQ community. Topics included; (a) a tutorial on how to design a transgender voice clinic; (b) key characteristics of the LGBTQ community that are pertinent to clinical practice.
Perspectives, SIG 9, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This issue contains two articles. First, authors describe a procedure for completing and applying electrically evoked stapedial reflex threshold (ESRT) measures, objective measures that correlates to upper comfort/stimulation (C/M) levels, to cochlear implant programing. The authors explain evidence, research, set-up, equipment, and procedural practices for ESRTs. Next, authors focus on speech, language, and hearing professionals who provide informational counseling for individuals with hearing loss to facilitate success in a variety of settings. The focus and content of the information changes throughout the life of the individual from initial diagnosis through young adulthood. These shifts, guided by speech-language pathologists in collaboration with professionals from multiple disciplines who work with this population, can help to maximize a successful life trajectory.
Perspectives, SIG 18, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Telepractice can be a useful service delivery across the lifespan. The articles explore service provision with both school-aged and adult neurogenic populations. The first article offers an overview of considerations when beginning school-based services, including a review of evidence related to telepractice and other methods of delivery, technological and legal considerations, and resources for effective implementation. The second article describes a telepractice aphasia group, considerations for implementation, and outcomes of the program.
Perspectives, SIG 15, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Authors identify peer-reviewed academic and medical journal articles that examine typical neuroanatomical aspects and characteristics of the different types of dementia. The authors reinforce the importance of a thorough understanding of these neuroanatomical characteristics for differential diagnosis of dementias. Additionally, authors identify best practices for interprofessional education (IPE) for improving services provided to older adults. Studies have also shown that IPE activities may elicit positive changes in student perceptions toward older adults and other professions.
Perspectives, SIG 19, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The article provided affiliates with novel information relevant to speech science, specifically room acoustics. In both practicing audiology and speech language pathology, as well as in speech and hearing science research, the space where the work is done is an integral part of the function. Hence, for all of these endeavors it can be important to measure the acoustics of a room. This article provided a tutorial regarding the measurement of room reverberation and background noise, both of which are important when evaluating a space’s strengths and limitations for speech communication. As the privacy of patients and research participants is a primary concern, the tutorial also describes a method for measuring the amount of acoustical insulation provided by a room’s barriers (walls, windows, and doors). Several room measurement data sets—all obtained from the assessment of clinical and research spaces within the authors’ department—are presented as examples in the article.
Identifying Student Strengths
Format(s): Micro Course
SLPs often operate from a deficits perspective due to the practical need to focus on assessment and qualification for services. In this course – which is broken into six 5-minute blocks – the presenter will demonstrate how to focus on students’ communicative strengths in order to build rapport with students and foster positive, collaborative relationships with other stakeholders. Then the presenter will guide you through actionable steps to practice using a series of checklists to identify a student’s strengths and reflect on the results.
Building on Student Strengths
Format(s): Micro Course
Dynamic assessment, which seeks to identify a child’s individual skills and learning potential, can be a useful but labor-intensive process. In this course – which is broken into six 5-minute activities – the presenter will demonstrate how you can efficiently collect data through dynamic assessment using the META (Match – Extend – Try it – Assess) Map tool to extend and expand on the student’s communicative strengths. Then the presenter will guide you through actionable steps to use the tool and reflect on the results.
Writing Strengths-Based Goals for Students
Format(s): Micro Course
Writing meaningful social communication goals can be difficult, but using a strengths-based framework can make it a bit easier. In this course – which is broken into six 5-minute activities – the presenter will utilize a goals rubric to help school SLPs write meaningful and measurable social communication goals that support independence and engagement as long-term objectives. Then the presenter will guide you through actionable steps to use the rubric to write student goals and reflect on the outcomes.
Empowering Paraeducators
Format(s): Micro Course
Paraeducators are consistent communication partners who can be powerful extenders to support long-term student goals like independence and engagement. In this course – which is broken into six 5-minute activities – the presenter will demonstrate an observational process school SLPs can use to support effective collaboration with paraeducators to increase students’ generalization of communication skills. Then the presenter will guide you through actionable steps to put the process into practice and reflect on the outcomes.
Perspectives, SIG 16, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This issue addresses syntax in school-age children, focusing on the effect of sentence combining treatment provided to weak writers. It further addresses inter-professional practice in schools, including values/ethics, roles and responsibilities, communication, and teamwork in early childhood settings, a clinic setting, and schools.
Perspectives, SIG 6, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives, shared two insightful articles that could influence clinical care decisions. The first article discussed the ambiguity in the diagnosis of an auditory processing disorder and what to consider when selecting a diagnostic test. This article defined the “gold standard” test and elaborated on diagnostic accuracy research. The second article detailed the prevalence and indicators of dementia. Research suggests that hearing loss is a potential modifiable factor for dementia. This article reviewed considerations for hearing assessment, counseling, and communicating with patients with dementia. Audiologists play an important role in differentiating communicative behaviors associated with hearing loss from those of dementia and can assist in optimizing hearing and safety of persons with dementia.
Perspectives, SIG 18, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Telepractice can be a helpful tool in connecting remote and diverse communities to the specialized services they need. As telepractice expands access, it also increases the need for clinicians to be prepared to provide appropriate services to clients with a wider variety of cultural and linguistic influences. Additionally, service-providers must consider the interaction of the telepractice environment and a client’s cultural perceptions and needs. This Perspectives explored the theme of culturally and linguistically-responsive services through telepractice. The featured authors described a teleaudiology program in remote, Native Alaskan communities and shared an overview of policy, research, and resources to inform cultural considerations in speech-language telepractice services.
Perspectives, SIG 14, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives targeted a personnel preparation approach to promote cultural competence when working with Arab-Americans, as well as a research review with a clinical case study pertaining to selecting the language of intervention for a bilingual child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Topics included: (a) research to support clinical decisions about language of intervention with bilingual children diagnosed with ASD; (b) strategies to educate an interprofessional team about best practices in bilingual intervention for children with ASD and; (c) application of critical thinking skills in order to be culturally competent when working with Arab-Americans.
Perspectives, SIG 12, Vol. 2, Part 4, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
In these articles, authors explore multimodal communication methods. First, authors consider musical and adapted sport experience to create multiple opportunities for communication, as well as the demands these create. Then, authors explore a variety of potential communicative acts, and how multimodal tools can be used to inform Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Perspectives, SIG 8, Vol. 2, Part 1, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Three interesting but diverse articles are featured in this edition of Perspectives. One article presented a positive viewpoint of new areas where cochlear implants are making an impact. These areas include single-sided deafness and high frequency hearing loss, among others. Another article presented an overview of audism and how it may be present in the words and actions of audiologists. The article also presented suggestions for education and approach that can help improve the relations between audiologists and the Deaf community. Finally, an article that contained information about hearing loss in urban youth and how disparities that exist might be ameliorated.
Perspectives, SIG 15, Vol. 2, Part 3, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The author discusses the behavioral and surgical treatments offered to people with age-related voice loss (presbyphonia) and the opportunity for improved voice quality of life. Age-related changes to the body, specific to the vocal mechanism, and a summary of several treatments available to improve the voice considering the changing needs of the baby boom generation as they get older are explored.
Perspectives, SIG 2, Vol. 2, Part 4, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
o This Perspectives addressed issues in neuroaudiology and its connection with neurogenic communication disorders. Topics covered included auditory processing disorders after brain injury, an overview of intervention for auditory processing disorder, the pathophysiology of tinnitus and tinnitus management, and characteristics of otoacoustic emissions.
Perspectives, SIG 5, Vol. 2, Part 2, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Part includes a paper addressing the study of the velopharynx using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The advantages and disadvantages of MRI as a clinical tool are discussed, as well as an overview of the underlying principles and standard assessment protocol using MRI.
Perspectives, SIG 6, Vol. 2, Part 2, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives focused on the current cochlear implant candidacy for adults with hearing impairment. We reviewed factors such as bilateral implantation, bimodal stimulation, surgical improvements, MRI compatibility, insurance coverage, and cosmetic considerations. We discussed the benefit of preserving low-frequency hearing loss with the hybrid/electro-acoustic cochlear implant. Moreover, we examined potential contributors for loss of residual acoustic hearing with hybrid/electro-acoustic cochlear implantation in a subset of patients. Etiologies such as mechanical damage to cochlear structures, inflammation and apoptosis of hair cells, and alterations to blood flow were discussed. Audiologists should stay informed on implantable solutions to hearing loss and should recommend cochlear implant evaluation for patients that fit the expanded candidacy criteria.
Perspectives, SIG 16, Vol. 2, Part 3, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Part focuses on inter-professional practice in schools. It addresses evidence-based strategies to use when working with students with autism.
Perspectives, SIG 15, Vol. 2, Part 1, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
In these articles, authors identify peer-reviewed academic and medical journal articles that examine typical neuroanatomical aspects and characteristics of the different types of dementia. The authors reinforce the importance of a thorough understanding of these neuroanatomical characteristics for differential diagnosis of dementias. Additionally, authors identify best practices for Interprofessional Education (IPE) for improving services provided to older adults. Studies have also shown that IPE activities may elicit positive changes in student perceptions toward older adults and other professions.
Perspectives, SIG 18, Vol. 2, Part 2, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Telepractice has the potential to benefit clients with a variety of needs, including those who need speech, hearing and swallowing services. This Perspectives on Telepractice explored three different facets of telepractice. The featured authors reviewed current research on the role of telepractice in dysphagia management, discussed the perspectives of Au.D. students who received training in telepractice, and examined the components of a successful telepractice training program for graduate, speech-language pathology students.
Oral Hygiene in Older Adults: Assessment, Care, and Complications
Format(s): eWorkshop
Inadequate oral hygiene practices can contribute to or result in severe localized and systemic illnesses, significantly altering the health status and well-being of older adults. Care providers must recognize symptoms, conditions, and their potential consequences and elevate routine oral hygiene care to oral infection control programs. This session from the 2017 online conference “Dysphagia in Older Adults” identifies possible oral hygiene complications—from oral pain to pneumonia—and discusses how to recognize and assess them. Speaker John Ashford also addresses the importance of standardized intervention.
Models of Success in Audiology Practice: Using Assistants to Grow Your Business
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
With competition increasing exponentially, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain profitability while meeting patient needs in an audiology practice. Audiology assistants can be part of the solution. This webinar identifies common practice challenges and how to overcome them using assistants. The presenter discusses ways to use assistants to improve profitability as well as patient retention and satisfaction.
Stuttering: Treatment Strategies for Affective and Behavioral Roadblocks
Format(s): Streaming Video
Many individuals who stutter can learn fairly quickly, often in just a few sessions, how to produce fluent speech. However, the relapse rate is common, and people who stutter frequently complain of being unable to maintain the desired level of fluency once they leave the clinic. In this course, Lourdes Ramos-Heinrichs will present three strategies that SLPs can use when working with adolescents and adults who stutter to help these clients sustain desired levels of fluency and carry over the fluent speech to everyday speaking situations and when conversing with diverse groups. The course will introduce and discuss the use of clinical self-reports as well as techniques from solution-focused brief therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help address the affective and behavioral challenges that may interfere with clients’ fluency. You’ll walk away with practical strategies to implement in your clinical practice.
Using Coaching Strategies to Engage With Families in an Early Intervention Context
Format(s): Streaming Video
Early intervention supports a child and his or her family by promoting the child’s learning and development within the context of the family’s everyday routines. One crucial piece in successful early intervention is building the family’s capacity to engage in activities that foster communication development in the child. In this course, Dathan Rush will provide the purpose, rationale, and protocol for coaching parents of young children in natural learning environments to foster speech and language development. Using video analysis and discussion, the course will demonstrate how to implement the five evidence-based characteristics of the coaching interaction style with parents of children receiving early intervention services. You’ll walk away with tools for implementing coaching strategies with families on your caseload.
Collaboration With Interpreters: Securing Positive Outcomes
Format(s): Streaming Video
Collaborating with interpreters is often an important step when working with individuals who speak a language other than English. Although bilingual SLPs and audiologists may be familiar with an individual’s native language, a skilled interpreter may be helpful to assist during the evaluation process. There is almost no research on collaborating with interpreters in audiology and speech-language pathology, and most professionals have not been adequately trained to collaborate with an interpreter. In this session, Henriette Langdon offers SLPs and audiologists helpful, evidence-based strategies for working with interpreters, based on research that has been conducted in other fields, including medicine and law, as well as across disciplines at international conferences. You will walk away with practical strategies to ensure that your time with clients who require interpreters is used effectively.
Practical Assessment and Treatment Strategies for English Language Learners With Language Impairments
Format(s): Streaming Video
Many SLPs face the challenge of assessing and evaluating English language learners (ELLs) whose primary language they do not know in order to ascertain whether students are manifesting a language difference or a language impairment. There are no formal tests to administer to ELLs who speak a language such as Vietnamese, Tagalog, or Russian, but SLPs must find a way to evaluate the student in a legal, nonbiased manner. In this session, Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin provides practical tools that SLPs can use with ELLs ages 3-18 from any language background. The course also touches on intervention, specifically language of intervention and practical strategies for increasing the vocabulary skills of ELLs with language impairments.
Turning Problem Behavior Into Effective Communication
Format(s): Streaming Video
All behavior is learned, and most behavior is communicative. Many learners with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty communicating basic and complex needs, which often results in inappropriate behavior to convey messages. Professionals can support students with ASD by examining contextual features of inappropriate behavior in order to understand its message and then teaching students how to use more effective and efficient communication skills instead. While seemingly straightforward, this functional approach to improving communication skills requires careful consideration of several critical factors. In this session, Jason Travers will explore the communicative nature of behavior and provide suggestions for simple interventions to support socially appropriate communication that improves behavior and quality of life.
Alaryngeal Speech Options for Laryngectomy Patients
Format(s): Streaming Video
Clinicians working with patients with head and neck cancer need to educate and instruct patients and families pre- and post-surgery to maximize functional outcomes and improve quality of life. To adequately do this, SLPs must know—and be able to explain—the basic alaryngeal speech options available to patients who have undergone laryngectomies. In this session, Barbara Pisano Messing will go over the basics of the three primary types of alaryngeal speech, using anatomical illustrations and video interviews with individuals who have undergone laryngectomies and who use each of the voicing methods.
Serving Clients From Diverse Backgrounds: Speech-Language Difference vs. Disorder
Format(s): Streaming Video
Currently, more than a fifth of school-age children speak a language other than English at home, and the population of English language learners will continue to grow. SLPs need to conduct assessments that will determine whether speech-language production errors are indicative of a disorder or the result of the normal process of second language acquisition. We must then provide treatment that supports the needs of diverse learners. This course will provide an easy-to-use framework to distinguish speech-language disorders from speech-language differences as well as introduce practical interventions SLPs can use immediately to support English language learners.
Value-Added Assessment and Practical Use of the PACE Tool
Format(s): Streaming Video
Do you know the difference you make in the lives of your clients? Do others? Knowing and being able to demonstrate your professional value is critical not only to improved patient outcomes but also to receive appropriate reimbursement for services. In school settings, many administrators do not fully understand the roles and responsibilities of a school-based SLP. This lack of understanding often results in appraisals that do not truly reflect the SLP’s value. This course will explore the Performance Assessment of Contributions and Effectiveness (PACE) tool and how it can be used to bring meaning to the appraisal and increase awareness for school administrators.
Enhancing Pretend Play Skills in Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Format(s): Streaming Video
SLPs and audiologists should use the most current evidence-based research to achieve the best outcomes for their clients. This course will share current and emerging research in pretend play as a method of developing communication skills. It will provide a clear rationale for SLPs to work with preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on pretend play skills as part of speech-language intervention. Additionally, the course will present goals and strategies SLPs can put into practice in their work with these children.
Professional Diversity: How Your Unique Perspective Can Improve Clinical Decision-Making
Format(s): Streaming Video
What are your proudest professional accomplishments? Which clients have you affected most significantly? What distinguishing personal characteristics allow you to make a difference for your clients? Each of us has a unique clinical perspective – informed by our individual background – that can be the critical factor in solving client needs. When we collaborate with colleagues and other professionals, we use diverse perspectives to ensure the best outcomes. The more diversity of backgrounds we have within the professions, the abler we are to serve an increasingly diverse population – and the better our collective clinical decision-making can be. This course will address how the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of SLPs and audiologists can enhance problem-solving and service provision. The course will also discuss the value of ongoing self-assessment and continuous expansion of our own diversity and cultural knowledge.
Utilizing Support Personnel to Improve Your Practice
Format(s): Streaming Video
Do you have a large caseload and not enough time for preparation? Do you wish you had more time to take on the truly challenging cases at work? Effectively utilizing support personnel can let you focus on what you are best at, but it requires training, experience, and specific skill sets. Strategies vary across settings and differ depending on who you are supervising. This course will describe how to tailor your approach to supervising SLPAs to ensure positive outcomes.
Finding the Right Data to Improve Practice and Demonstrate Your Value
Format(s): Streaming Video
SLPs face increasing pressure from administrators and payers to demonstrate that their services result in measurable changes for their students or clients. Clinicians are faced with daily challenges to prove the value of their services and justify their workload and productivity. We know why our services are critical, but how do we prove it to other professionals, administrators, and clients? We prove it with numbers! This session will show how to find the right data to improve your practice and convince internal and external stakeholders of the value of your services.
Addressing Auditory Access in Schools: Models of Effective Collaboration
Format(s): Streaming Video
Audiologists and SLPs routinely work with other professionals and stakeholders to provide services. Finding a place on the team and working effectively and efficiently on that team is often easier said than done. This course will utilize case examples that explore how to overcome common challenges to working on interprofessional teams, hindrances to effective teams, and why high-functioning teams are critical to successful outcomes, as well as provide practical strategies to improve auditory access to classroom learning for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Evidence-Based Practice Tools for Practicing Clinicians
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
What does evidence-based practice (EBP) mean to a speech-language pathologist or audiologist? This webinar, provided by ASHA’s National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (N-CEP), will guide the clinician in the first steps of implementing evidence-based practice into the clinical decision-making process. The course will review the definition and components of EBP, describe the steps of the EBP process, and provide timesaving tools and clinical scenarios to help integrate evidence into a clinician’s clinical practice.
Standardization of Dysphagia Diets: A Model of Successful International Engagement
Format(s): Streaming Video
The labels we use to describe the consistency of liquid or the texture of food used in dysphagia management are subjective, but delivering food or water of inappropriate consistencies presents a serious safety risk. Common terminology with clear definitions, and practical measurement guidelines could improve patient safety. The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) provides a new framework for classifying and labeling food and drink consistency as well as simple tests that can be used by clinicians, food service professionals and caregivers to confirm the characteristics of a food or drink item before it is served to a person with dysphagia. The framework facilitates clear communication across clinicians, hospitals, cities, and international borders and illustrates the practical value of international engagement.
Leadership Academy: Change Leadership
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Increasingly, the need to change is the only constant. Organizations that are able to navigate change will thrive. However, the ability of CSD professionals to successfully guide change in their organizations rests upon unique skills and knowledge beyond those needed in times of constancy. In this webinar, participants will gain awareness of their own style in encountering change along with tools and strategies to enable successful change efforts.
Leadership Academy: Coaching Others
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Coaching is not just a random conversation; it utilizes a specific set of behaviors and a defined process for evoking peak performance in others. The ability to coach others growth and performance is a critical competency for CSD professionals interested in leadership. In this webinar, participants will learn about the mindsets, assumptions, and behaviors associated with coaching others toward peak performance.
Leadership Academy: Conflict Management
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
The nature of the work of CSD professionals is rife with the potential for conflict with key stakeholders, especially those who aspire toward leadership roles. While conflict may never be comfortable, understanding its causes and strategies to address it can relieve much of the stress it triggers. In this webinar, participants will better understand the nature of conflict, potential sources, and strategies to resolve and prevent it.
Leadership Academy: Emotional Intelligence
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that collectively establish how we perceive and express ourselves and develop and maintain social relationships. Research suggests that professionals interested in advancing into leadership roles are well served by enhancing their emotional intelligence. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to a specific emotional intelligence model and explore strategies to enhance it.
Leadership Academy: Generative Thinking
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Organizations of all types face an accelerated pace of change that present both threats to their existence as well as amazing opportunities. Before strategic priorities and initiatives can be identified, its essential that leaders are able to use generative thinking mindsets and strategies to explore emerging trends to gain shared understanding of their meaning, underlying cause, and potential impacts. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to generative thinking concepts as well as strategies for applying this powerful tool to organizational governance.
Leadership Academy: High-Performing Teams
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
As work of CSD professionals becomes increasingly complex and interdisciplinary, the use of teams is becoming even more common. Yet, many teams struggle and do not create value for their organizations. The ability to function effectively on a team or help a team become more effective is critical for professional success. In this webinar, participants will gain foundational knowledge about the ingredients of highly successful teams as well as strategies to help improve their effectiveness.
Leadership Academy: Influencing Others
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
In both their organizational and volunteer roles, CSD professionals often have a need to enlist the support of others to fulfill their responsibilities. However, they may lack the formal authority to direct others efforts. In this webinar, participants will learn about the importance of power as an enabler for influencing others along with strategies for planning and executing an influence approach.
Leadership Academy: Introduction to Leadership
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Although many use the terms interchangeably, leadership and management are two distinctly separate sets of behaviors. Successful leaders are clear about their authentic expression of what it means to be a leader. This foundational webinar will help participants distinguish between leadership and management as well as explore ways to identify their unique leadership philosophy.
Leadership Academy: Leadership Styles
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Leadership style encompasses patterns of behaviors when interacting with others and is considered an essential skill for CSD professionals that aspire toward becoming a leader. Leaders who are skillful at adapting their style are self-aware and flexible in how they direct others. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to key concepts associated with leadership styles as well as behaviors and ways to apply it to workplace situations.
Leadership Academy: Strategic Thinking
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Research suggests that a key difference between a leader and a manager is the capacity to think and act from a bigger picture and long-term perspective. A key determinant of career success for many CSD professionals is their ability to identify new opportunities to add value in both their organizational and volunteer roles. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to strategic thinking concepts and strategies for identifying and developing innovative new ideas.
Leadership Academy: Virtual Meetings
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Virtual meetings are a blessing and a curse for CSD professionals. While they allow for interactions with participants from different geographies and time zones, they are also often fraught with stressful technical challenges. Many facilitation strategies that are appropriate for in-person meetings fall short given the technical complexities of virtual meetings. In this webinar, participants will learn techniques to navigate these complexities, reduce their stress, and ensure that virtual meetings successfully deliver their desired outcomes.

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