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Footprints in the Community Opens Doors for Disabled Children

Summer time means camp for most kids, but for children with disabilities, that special experience is hard to come by. "For a lot of these kids, they don't have a camp experience," said Ashley Deaton. That's why Deaton and Kathy Bailey, co-founders of Footprints in the Community, decided to fill that gap with a camp experience that is not only fun, but developmentally appropriate for children with special needs. It also integrates the children into the community. "A lot of the parents don't have access or ...

Posted on: July 28, 2014
Lewy Body a Roller Coaster for Caregivers

ATLANTA-I watched my husband experience a decline in cognition followed by a period of what seemed like improved function only to plunge again into confusion with more frequent hallucinations," says one caregiver newly acquainted with Lewy body dementia (LBD). According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), these ups and downs in function are sometimes refer to by family caregivers as the "roller-coaster effect" of LBD. Fluctuating levels of cognitive ability, attention and alertness are one of ...

Posted on: July 26, 2014
Mothers of Autistic Children Benefits from Peer-Led Intervention

Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new findings released today in the journal Pediatrics. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from Vanderbilt University examined two treatment programs in a large number of primary caregivers of a child with a disability. Participants in both groups experienced improvements in mental health, sleep and overall life satisfaction and showed ...

Posted on: July 25, 2014
"Ballet of Speech" Creating Possibilities for Stutterers

Alan Tonelson of Riverdale Park, Md. began stuttering as a young child. While most kids outgrow the inhibiting speech condition by the age of eight, Tonelson did not. He is among the three million people in the U.S. who live with stuttering, which can range from mild to severe. Throughout his youth, he participated in a variety of speech therapies, including attending in-school speech sessions and visits with private speech-and-language pathologists. None helped him achieve fluency. Shannon Armes of ...

Posted on: July 24, 2014
Marshall Speech & Hearing Center Holds Programs for Children

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Four-year-old Harry Shivel was born with hyperlexia, which gave him the ability to read words far above what would be expected of a child his age. But although he can read the words, he experiences difficulty with understanding what the words mean. According to researchers, children with hyperlexia have a significantly higher word decoding ability than their reading comprehension levels and some have trouble understanding speech. Harry's mother, Holly Shivel, said her son's condition ...

Posted on: July 23, 2014
Study Links Enzyme to Alzheimer's Disease

Unclogging the body's protein disposal system may improve memory in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a study from scientists at Kyungpook National University in Korea published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. In AD, various biochemical functions of brain cells go awry, leading to progressive neuronal damage and eventual memory loss. One example is the cellular disposal system, called autophagy, which is disrupted in patients with AD, causing the accumulation of toxic protein ...

Posted on: July 22, 2014
Noninvasive Retinal Imaging Device Presented at AAIC

LOS ANGELES- A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting a clinical trial in Australia. The researchers will present their findings July 15 in an oral presentation at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. They also were invited by conference organizers to participate ...

Posted on: July 21, 2014
SpeechPro at NIST's Machine Learning Challenge

NEW YORK- SpeechPro, a leading global biometric software provider, recently participated in the 2014 Speaker Recognition i-vector Machine Learning Challenge, held by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The largest independent tester of biometric technology in the world, NIST released the results of the challenge in April, which tested the performance of algorithms typically utilized for voice biometrics. The NIST challenge focused on the development of new methods in using i-vectors ...

Posted on: July 19, 2014
CMS Offers Clarification of Coverage for Autistic Children

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials released federal guidance for states on Medicaid coverage of therapies for autism, and that guidance indicates such treatments are covered for beneficiaries under age 21. While the guidance focuses on the provision of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, it also acknowledges other treatments. The Center for Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Plan) Services, a division of CMS, released an informational bulletin to clarify Medicaid ...

Posted on: July 18, 2014
John Hopkins Publishes Study on Accountable Care Organizations

Strong leadership, reliable health care coordination and first-rate information technology are key for academic medical centers seeking to establish successful accountable care organizations, according to a Johns Hopkins study published in the journal Academic Medicine this week. Led by Scott Berkowitz, medical director for accountable care for Johns Hopkins Medicine and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the study looked at the nation's first 253 Medicare accountable ...

Posted on: July 17, 2014
Neural Speech Activity Begins Early as 7 Months

A baby's first words may seem spur of the moment, but really, the little ones have practiced their "Mamas" and "Dadas" for months in their minds. Using what looks like a hair dryer from Mars, researchers from the University of Washington have taken the most precise peeks yet into the fireworks display of neural activity that occurs when infants listen to people speak. They found that the motor area of the brain, which we use to produce speech, is very active in babies 7 to 12 months old when they listen ...

Posted on: July 16, 2014
First Internet-Based Clinical Trial for Pediatric Autism

UC San Francisco researchers have completed the first Internet-based clinical trial for children with autism, establishing it as a viable and cost effective method of conducting high-quality and rapid clinical trials in this population. In their study, published in the June 2014 issue of theJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the researchers looked at whether an Internet-based trial was a feasible way to evaluate whether omega-3 fatty acids helped reduce hyperactivity in ...

Posted on: July 15, 2014
Medicare Releases Proposed Rules for HHAs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released proposed rules and the wage index for calendar year 2015, with significant proposals relevant to speech-language pathologists including a provision that standardized 60-day episode is increased by the proposed wage index to $2,922.76, up from FY2014 $2,869.27. Additionally, the per-visit payment for episodes with four or fewer total visits for speech-language pathologists is $151.85, up from $143.88. The therapy reassessment timeframe ...

Posted on: July 14, 2014
Educational Webinar on Aphasia Treatment

Griswold Home Care and The National Aphasia Association joined forces on Thursday, June 26th to provide an interactive, inspiring overview of best practices and innovative aphasia treatment approaches.Ellayne S. Ganzfried, MS,CCC-SLP, ASHA fellow and executive director of the National Aphasia Association, Chris Kelly, MEd, director of Learning and Development with Griswold Home Care, and a person living with aphasia, co-presented this exciting webinar recognizing National Aphasia Awareness Month in June. ...

Posted on: July 12, 2014
Study: TBI in Vets May Increase Risk of Dementia

Older veterans who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are 60% more likely to later develop dementia than veterans without TBI, according to a study published in the June 25, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.The study also found that veterans with a history of TBI developed dementia about two years earlier than those without TBI who had developed dementia."These findings suggest that a history of TBI contributes risk for dementia in ...

Posted on: July 11, 2014
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