• Mai Ling

    SLP

    Verified

    Speech Language Pathologist / Executive Business Consultant

    Very interesting conversation with Anthony Kong regarding his work with Chinese aphasia - so many dialects, so little materials and support.

    Listen here:
    https://www.xceptionalleaders.com/aphasia-in-chinese-speakers-with-anthony-kong/

  • Nidhin

    SLP

    Verified

    Speech-Language Pathologist, Assistive Technology Specialist

    Hi, SLP team; input needed.

    Patient with Lt MCA infarct with subcortical involvement. acute stage. Global aphasia recovering to severe brocas (?). Automatic speech appears to emerge, dysarthric slurred speech emerging.

    I started with AAC, ipad based typing and Awaz app for functional communication.
    Patient is functionally communicating by typing a few words and uses the word production program.

    I plan to use MIT principles and kinematics therapy as apraxic element is present.

    I would love to collaborate your input in planning treatment for this complex scenario. Your input will certainly help me manage this complex case. Thanks.

  • Progress in speech therapy?

    Anonymous

    Parent

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    Hi. Parent here. How long does it typically take to see progress in speech therapy?

  • April

    SLP

    Verified

    Master of Science, CCC - Speech-Language Pathologist

    Check out expert insights/tips on early feeding development❣️🤩🤓

    “I share that the primary issue arises when children become solely dependent on pouches for nutrition, missing out on essential chewing experiences needed to further oral motor development and exposing them to a limited range of tastes and textures.”

    “In many cases of selective eaters, I find that educating caregivers about toddlers and their relationship with food, and coaching them on fun food activities, relieves stress for both caregiver and child.” -Stefanie LaManna, Speech-Language Pathologist

    Stefanie goes on to share ways SLPs can support caregivers:
    💖Educate them of developmental expectations/indicators of pediatric feeding disorders that expand past picky eating
    💖Refer them to a dietitian for specific and individualized expectations regarding growth and weight gain
    💖Encourage engagement with their child in less stressful food-related activities that incorporate learning absent of demands to actually eat
    💖Suggest ways to make food fun so their child can explore foods without feeling pressured or overwhelmed

    Read full article in detail here: https://leader.pubs.asha.org/do/10.1044/2024-0501-picky-eaters-feeding-pouches-slp/full/

  • April

    SLP

    Verified

    Master of Science, CCC - Speech-Language Pathologist

    Did you know that childhood is a crucial period for not only speech language development but for building cognitive development?

    During times of today when screentime is at an all time high, social communication skills, motor planning, and attention difficulties are being experienced by children worldwide like never before.

    This summer, monitor your child’s overexposure to screen time and encourage your child’s participation in routine physical activities.

    Scientific studies show, children who are more physically active have increased chances of demonstrating improvement in the following areas:
    -focusing capabilities which include joint attention- coordinating one’s attention with others, attuning to stimuli and structured tasks presented for uninterrupted durations of time
    -memory recall- retrieving information and/or experiences from the past
    -emotional regulation- contributes to one’s ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experiences and process a variety of emotions; monitoring, evaluating, and modifying emotional reactions
    -executive functions- contributes to one’s ability to select and monitor behaviors that can facilitate the accomplishment of one’s goals
    -social communication skills- interacting with others whether it be verbal and/or nonverbal communication in addition to understanding why and how one communicates

    Improvements in all the aforementioned areas can yield to higher academic performance.

  • Liri

    SLP

    Verified

    Website

    Discover 10 fun and engaging summer activities designed to boost speech and language skills for children. Our latest blog provides practical tips for parents and SLPs to incorporate outdoor adventures into learning. Improve communication skills while making the most of the summer season! Read more to explore these creative ideas.

    Full blog: https://content.liricare.com/summer-speech-activities/

  • Jennie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

    Wondering- are are there any school SLPs here? Or are most of your in the medical setting?

  • April

    SLP

    Verified

    Master of Science, CCC - Speech-Language Pathologist

    "AAC" (augmentative and alternative communication) and/or “SGD” (speech-generating devices) Recommendations and Justifying Medical Need for Speech Friends

    The routine practice of exposing speech friends you deem “total communicators” to the 4 different methods of communication would include the following:
    -verbal word production
    -American Sign Language (ASL) or Makaton
    -low tech core board
    -high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (high-tech AAC) also known as speech-generating device (SGD) for short

    For the sake of short-hand communication I refer to these as "The Big Four". As we fully embrace culturally competent approaches as a society, exposing speech friends to all 4 methods of communication provide communication experts with the evidence needed to prove, without a doubt, that AAC is truly a medical need for the beautiful friends we serve.

    Valuable Insights
    During the initial evaluations, I expose friends to The Big Four (always using simultaneous ASL with core words I verbally express. If the child does not respond/imitate my model of ASL/verbal utterance then I model with core board use then apply the same approach to SGD).

    You may say to yourself, "but my friends are already positively responding to SGD!" And I completely understand this perspective but, as scientific experts, we need to add evidence to SGD being the child’s preferred choice and their power/right to choose, not ours.

    This is why, when seeking to obtain SGD funding, ethical SGD/AAC funding support providers require SLPs to indicate if a child has been exposed to “The Big Four” as a means of determining true insurance coverage (if we haven't trialed all methods of communication then we technically have no subjective evidence to prove SGD is a medical need; no evidence = subjective or assumed need).

    We don't want to assume a child's preferred method of communication without first exposing them to “The Big Four”. This is the evidenced based reasoning behind commonly used "total communication" goals- when we model The Big Four (which includes acceptance of sounds and word approximations), it allows the child a safe/encouraging space to show us which one is his/her/their preferred means of communication through observed evidence.

    I realize some friends may not have "total communication" listed within their goals (at the time of assessment, maybe these friends appeared to prefer verbal communication) but, if your observed evidence is proving that a friend behaviorally and/or emotionally benefits from a total communication approach, careful consideration to update this accommodation to his/her/their treatment plan (so as to fully capture this technique as a documentable and evidenced reminder) is best professional practice.

    Expert Expressions that Improve Parent's Understanding of SGD:
    -Replace “tablet/iPad” with the specific use of “high-tech AAC” (augmentative and alternative communication), "AAC" for short, and/or “SGD” (speech-generating devices) for most precise naming
    -Remind parents that AAC can be low tech or high tech
    -Repeated use/exposure of these labels to help channel the message that it is actually the access to the words on the SGD/high-tech AAC device that supports the child’s ability to communicate not the tablet use alone.

    For a professional consults related to this topic please reach out to schedule a client consultation session with me on Liricare as I am happy to discuss more❣️

  • Nidhin

    SLP

    Verified

    Speech-Language Pathologist, Assistive Technology Specialist

    ⚕️🧠Empowering Stroke Survivors: The Importance of Dysphagia Screening 🍵🥛

    Cerebrovascular accidents (strokes) often lead to dysphagia (swallowing disorders), affecting over 50% of stroke survivors. Early identification through dysphagia screening is crucial to prevent complications like pneumonia and improve recovery outcomes.

    The screening procedures, including questionnaires, patient interviews, and bedside tests, play a vital role in identifying risks and guiding further assessment. This proactive approach not only reduces the risk of stroke-associated pneumonia but also enhances overall patient care and recovery.

    Let's work towards a healthcare system that prioritizes early screening and intervention for stroke survivors. Your prompt action can make a significant difference! 🏥💪

    Read more about this important topic and the innovative protocols being used to support stroke survivors.

    #StrokeAwareness #DysphagiaScreening #HealthcareInnovation #PatientCare

    https://content.liricare.com/dysphagia-screening-stroke/

  • Liri

    SLP

    Verified

    Website

    Aphasia, a complex language disorder resulting from stroke or brain injury, presents significant communication challenges. Recently, innovative technologies and tools have transformed aphasia therapy, offering new avenues for rehabilitation and support. This blog explores the latest apps, devices, and technologies designed to assist people with aphasia, providing valuable insights for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and families.

    Click here: https://content.liricare.com/tools-for-aphasia-therapy/

  • Samir

    Parent

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    CEO

    I'm thrilled to announce that LiriCare has been selected as one of the 11 funded teams out of 3000 founders in the prestigious Antler accelerator program! 🌟

    During the 3-month Antler cohorts, I had the privilege of meeting many innovative founders. This inspiring experience has fueled our commitment to continuously innovate and enable community-based care through AI.

    With Antler as our investors, LiriCare is dedicated to making the connection between families and special needs professionals seamless with our upcoming AI features.

    Thank you to our amazing LiriCare community for your unwavering support. Together, we are transforming the future of special needs care.

    Stay tuned for our exciting upcoming AI features that will enhance your experience even further!

  • Liri

    SLP

    Verified

    Website

    Beyond the evident language difficulties, aphasia profoundly impacts the emotional and psychological well-being of those affected. This blog examines the emotional effects of aphasia and discusses strategies to address these challenges, offering valuable insights for speech-language pathologists and families supporting their loved ones' recovery journey.

    Check it out: https://content.liricare.com/understanding-the-emotional-impact-of-aphasia/

  • Liri

    SLP

    Verified

    Website

    Sending warm wishes on Eid to those who celebrate! May this festival bring endless moments of joy and happiness to you and your family. Eid Mubarak!

  • Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    Happy Aphasia Awareness Month!

    Have you heard about the amazing program at San Francisco State University?

    Their Gray Matter Lab is doing incredible work to support Black communities with aphasia!

    Here's the deal: Black folks are more likely to experience aphasia (language difficulties after a stroke) but often feel isolated in traditional support groups.

    The Gray Matter Lab stepped up! They created a virtual conversation group specifically for Black adults with aphasia, led by Black student clinicians. This culturally-sensitive space is a game-changer!

    Why it matters: Participants finally have a safe space to share experiences, ask for advice, and connect with others who understand. This is HUGE for their well-being and recovery! ️

    The challenge? We need more programs like this! There's a big need to address racial disparities in speech therapy. Let's talk about how to create a more inclusive healthcare system for everyone.

    Read more on the ASHA Leader: https://leader.pubs.asha.org/do/10.1044/2022-0614-black-aphasia-group/full/

  • Liri

    SLP

    Verified

    Website

    Speech therapy plays a vital role in aphasia rehabilitation by providing targeted interventions to improve language skills and overall quality of life. This blog explores the role of speech therapy in aphasia rehabilitation, focusing on advanced strategies and techniques used by SLPs.

    Full blog: https://content.liricare.com/aphasia-rehabilitation/

  • Raegan

    SLP

    Verified

    SLP

    https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2024/05/apple-announces-new-accessibility-features-including-eye-tracking/
    Amazing announcement, eye tracking can be huge for those with disabilities! For those with degenerative diseases who won't be able to access technology in the future eye teaching is a great option when purchasing a device! I was talking to a colleague last week about smart phones for communication and this latest development only furthers that functionality.

  • Liri

    SLP

    Verified

    Website

    June is Aphasia Awareness Month! 🌟 Our latest blog features engaging activities to support individuals with aphasia on their communication journey. Let’s make therapy both effective and enjoyable. We invite you to join the conversation and share your thoughts and experiences on aphasia. Together, we can raise awareness and build a supportive community. 💬

    Full blog: https://content.liricare.com/aphasia-friendly-activitie/

  • Liri

    SLP

    Verified

    Website

    Hi. I recently wrote a blog on the Salaries Clinical fellows can expect to earn in 2024. Click here: https://content.liricare.com/ms-cf-slp-salary/

  • Liri

    SLP

    Verified

    Website

    The Clinical Fellowship period for SLPs marks a pivotal transition from academic training to full-fledged professional practice. This essential phase not only serves as a significant learning experience but also establishes the groundwork for their career advancement, influencing both their future responsibilities and earnings. We provide a detailed exploration of the salaries of MS CF SLPs across the United States, with focused analyses on key states such as California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and New York.

    Click here: https://content.liricare.com/ms-cf-slp-salary/

  • Politics and speech-language pathology

    Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    I'm curious! What are your thoughts on politics and speech-language pathology? Should we include political discussions in our industry? Why?? What's your take?