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SUNY Cortland Speech, Hearing Center Expands Outreach

Natalie Muka of Cortland appeared to be playing an unusual video game with an 8-year-old visitor to SUNY Cortland's Center for Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders. "EEEEhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" intoned Muka, an aspiring master's degree candidate in communication disorders and sciences, using a clear demonstration voice. "Try that, and hold the sound as long as you can." A whimsical dragon hovered on a nearby video screen, puffing a series of balloons until they burst each time Muka made the sound ...

Posted on: August 27, 2014
Children with Autism Have Extra Synapses in Brain

New York, NY- Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain "pruning" process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the excessive synapses may have profound effects on how the brain functions. The study was published in the August 21 online issue of the journal ...

Posted on: August 26, 2014
Implants and Early Therapy Bringing Sound and Speech to Deaf Children

Teddy Linz was being interviewed two weeks ago by a teacher, a few days before preschool graduation. Call it an exit interview. "How old are you?" asked Sherri Fickenscher. "Six," Teddy said. "Siiiiix," he repeated, slumping his shoulders, slowing his voice. "I'm soooo ooold," he continued, and fell from his chair pretending to be dead. What is remarkable about this moment is that Teddy is profoundly deaf, meaning that he was born unable to hear anything. He has been taught to listen and speak so well ...

Posted on: August 25, 2014
LIU Brooklyn Earns Top Ranking for Speech Program

Brooklyn, NY- Long Island University (LIU) today announced that its speech-language pathology graduate program was ranked #1 in a recent nationwide survey by, the destination for prospective graduate students seeking information provided by peers. The rankings encompass ratings and reviews posted by 60,000 graduate students nationwide. "It is significant that being ranked number one is based on peer-to-peer data from graduate students," says Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of Long ...

Posted on: August 23, 2014
NIH And NSF Award Research Grant To Dr. Susan Fager, CCC-SLP

Lincoln, Neb. -- The National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation have awarded a portion of a $500,000, 3-year grant to Dr. Susan Fager, CCC-SLP, Director, Communication Center, Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, for a collaborative Smart and Connected Health project titled "Hierarchical Capacitive Sensing for Environmental Control and Physical Therapy for Patients with Paralysis." This project is a collaboration with new research ...

Posted on: August 22, 2014
ASHA Opposing Medicare's SGD Regulations

Speech-language pathologists are needed to garner support for a letter opposing Medicare's SGD regulations! Please contact your members of Congress TODAY and ask them to sign on to this important letter. Over the past 5 months, access to speech-generating devices (SGDs) and SGD accessories has been significantly limited by Medicare to the patients that need them the most. Even after multiple meetings with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and contractor staff as well as nearly 200 ...

Posted on: August 21, 2014
DynaVox Systems Unveils DynaVox T15

Pittsburgh, PA- DynaVox Systems, LLC, a Tobii Technology Company, has unveiled the DynaVox T15, a powerful, 15-inch dynamic display tablet for individuals with advanced access needs, visual impairments or physical limitations. As the world's largest dedicated speech-generating tablet, the T15 joins the DynaVox T10 as part of the groundbreaking T-Series suite of DynaVox touch-based speech-generating devices intended for those with aphasia, autism, cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment, early ALS, ...

Posted on: August 20, 2014
Warren County Announcing $44 Million Project

The Warren County School Board hopes to break ground on construction of a new middle school by next March or April. At a School Board meeting last week, the board voted to approve an application for funds that it plans to take to the Warren County Board of Supervisors next month, according to Melody Sheppard, assistant superintendent for administration. "The thought is that we're trying to secure financing at this point," she said. If funding is approved, the School Board will bid for contractors and plan ...

Posted on: August 19, 2014
Autism Rates Steady Over Two Decades

A University of Queensland (UQ) study has found no evidence of an increase in autism in the past 20 years, countering reports that the rates of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are on the rise. The study, led by Dr. Amanda Baxter from UQ's Queensland Center for Mental Health Research at the School of Population Health, was a first-of-its-kind analysis of research data from 1990 to 2010. "We found that the prevalence of ASDs in 2010 was one in 132 people, which represents no change from 1990," Baxter said. ...

Posted on: August 18, 2014
Idaho State Clinic Giving Stutterers a Voice

Pocatello - For a person who stutters, their obvious problem with speech fluency is just the tip of the iceberg. Just ask Idaho State University speech and language pathology professor Dan Hudock. He has dealt with his own stuttering issues his entire life. "Most of the issue is below the surface," Hudock said. "When someone averts their eyes or laughs at us, it makes us not want to try to communicate." That's when the fear of stuttering trumps the stuttering itself as a problem for people. It's also why ...

Posted on: August 16, 2014
Susquehanna Health Offering Unique Therapy for Parkinson's

Patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions can now participate in Lee Silverman Voice Treatments (LSVT) LOUD® and BIG® programs at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Susquehanna Health is the only health system to offer these therapies locally with one certified LOUD therapist and three certified BIG therapists. LSVT LOUD is a speech therapy program that improves vocal loudness by stimulating the voice box and other muscles used for speech. The single goal ...

Posted on: August 15, 2014
Fulton County Medical Center Foundation Launches Campaign for Therapy Playgound

McConnellsburg-The Fulton County Medical Center Foundation has launched a $10,000 campaign for an accessible therapy playground to help children with a variety of rehabilitative needs. This unique playground was designed by a team of FCMC physical, occupational, speech and behavioral therapists with the goal of having each piece of equipment on the playground help meet the diverse needs of primarily children (toddlers to young teens), although residents in the Medical Center's Long Term Care will also ...

Posted on: August 14, 2014
PresenceLearning Launches Digital Webinar on SPED

PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, has launched "Getting Smarter About SPED: A Conversation about Blended Learning Decisions and Implications." Based on a webinar featuring Tom Vander Ark, author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and CEO of Getting Smart, Maria Carr, Special Education Coordinator at IEM, and Robin Wise, Blended Regions Special Service Manager at K12, this resource explores the ...

Posted on: August 13, 2014
Idaho Stuttering Clinic Gives People a Voice

For a person who stutters, their obvious problem with speech fluency is just the tip of the iceberg. Just ask Idaho State University speech and language pathology professor Dan Hudock. He has dealt with his own stuttering issues his entire life."Most of the issue is below the surface," Hudock said. "When someone averts their eyes or laughs at us, it makes us not want to try to communicate."That's when the fear of stuttering trumps the stuttering itself as a problem for people.It's also why the intensive ...

Posted on: August 13, 2014
Susan Brady, Named 2014 Fellow by ASHA

Marianjoy Speech Language Pathologist, Susan Brady, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Susan is one of 38 honorees this year from the 170,000+ members of ASHA.With this award, Ms. Brady is being recognized for her groundbreaking research and applied work in the field of dysphagia. During her 18 years with Marianjoy, Susan has published over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts; delivered dozens of posters and podium presentations nationally and ...

Posted on: August 12, 2014
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