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SuperSpeak Adds Learning Mode to New AAC Devices

Superplus, an Orlando, Fla.-based maker of augmented and alternative communications (AAC) tools, has announced a new Play mode for its app SuperSpeak, which helps children build their vocabulary skills in a fun and engaging way.Designed to capture and maintain children's interest, Play is a game-based mode within SuperSpeak AAC where children can grow their vocabulary through a variety of visual lessons. As children associate the correct image with the prompt, they can earn customizable tokens that can be ...

Posted on: February 06, 2016
Stuttering Foundation Launches ID Card for People Who Stutter

Memphis, TN - The Stuttering Foundation has announced the creation of a free identification card available to all those who stutter. It is designed to help them identify themselves in a nonverbal way as someone who may have trouble speaking. The ID card is available in two downloadable formats on the foundation's website at stutteringhelp.org. "We hope our free 'I Stutter Card' finds a place in the wallet, purse or backpack of every person who stutters," said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering ...

Posted on: February 04, 2016
University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic Chooses New Director

Aletha L. Cook has been selected as the new clinic director of the University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic. Cook has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including residential healthcare, education and private practice. Cook's areas of clinical interest include management of written language disorders using multisensory structured language education, assessment and management of alternative and augmentative communication needs and analysis of the impact of foreign language phonology on ...

Posted on: January 31, 2016
Geisinger Identifies 17 Genes Related to Developmental Disorders

A study led by a team of researchers at Geisinger Health System's Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) in Danville, PA has identified 17 new genes causing autism and other related brain disorders, including intellectual disability/developmental delay, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Christa Lese Martin, PhD, director and senior investigator of ADMI and senior author of the study, noted that "the identification of new genetic causes of ...

Posted on: January 30, 2016
Anti-Asthma Drug Associated with Autism Risk, Study Says

By comparing birth records over a period of nine years, Drexel University researchers have found that the children of mothers who took a certain asthma medication during pregnancy faced an elevated risk of being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). "Since the teratogenic (an agent which could cause development issues in a fetus) potential of most drugs with respect to neurodevelopmental outcomes is generally understudied, I would hope my research would encourage more researchers to explore ...

Posted on: January 28, 2016
Autism Society of East Tennessee Launches

The Autism Society of East Tennessee has launched a fully-featured autism directory through asdhub.org. The new site has over 300 different autism-related listings for families and individuals to view, with more to be added over the coming months. There are many ways to search the directory, making ASDhub a site to use not only for those families and individuals affected by autism, but also for businesses who have an autism related service to provide. ASDhub is designed to connect individuals, families ...

Posted on: January 24, 2016
UNM Plans Alzheimer's Center

Albuquerque, NM - University of New Mexico leaders have announced the launch of a new Memory and Aging Center to advance research and clinical services for a growing number of New Mexicans with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. UNM eventually wants to earn a National Institutes of Health designation for the center, said Gary Rosenberg, MD, the center's director. NIH today recognizes 31 Alzheimer's disease centers in the U.S., but none in the Mountain West states. The designation will ...

Posted on: January 23, 2016
Speech Pathology Australia Calls for MySchool Website Makeover

Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) has called on the Federal Government to include a national "disability inclusion measure" on its MySchool website. The group said this would allow parents who have children with a disability to identify schools best suited for their needs. The SPA's proposed national "disability inclusion measure" would identify the resourcing and skills individual schools have to accommodate students with disabilities. The inclusion measure would measure a school's ability to accommodate ...

Posted on: January 21, 2016
Registration Opens for Camp ClapHans

Registration is under way for Camp ClapHans, a summer camp in Norman, Oklahoma for children with special needs. The camp, for kids ages 8 to 18, is an outreach program of the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities. The deadline to register is March 11. The cost is $325 and scholarships are available to families who qualify. Five camp sessions are offered this summer. The sessions are from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon. The camp features two cabins and an activities ...

Posted on: January 17, 2016
Evidence In Motion Offering Concussion Management Certification

Louisville, KY - Evidence In Motion (EIM) has announced they will be offering a Concussion Management Certification beginning March 2016. The Concussion Management Certification is a 12-month post-professional program committed to developing evidence-based practitioners and clinician scientists. It is designed for physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, as well as other professionals looking to advance clinical practice techniques and decision making for the management ...

Posted on: January 16, 2016
Morton Hospital Starts Stroke Support Group

Raynham, MA - Morton Hospital will begin a new stroke support group January 19 in the hospital's Cafeteria Annex. The group is designed for both patients and caregivers and will be facilitated by staff from the hospital's Speech, Hearing and Language Center, along with rehabilitation services and care management specialists. Bimonthly meetings, held on the third Tuesday of every other month, will consist of education and discussion on a variety of topics, including: Making Your Home Safe and Reducing Your ...

Posted on: January 14, 2016
Refractory Chronic Cough: Treatment Considerations

Patients with refractory chronic cough are unresponsive to guideline-driven cough treatment. The condition affects 8% to 10% of adults and symptoms may include feeling a lump in the throat, dyspnea and dysphonia. Its pathophysiology includes cough reflex sensitivity, central sensitization, peripheral sensitization and paradoxical vocal fold movement. Treatments include speech pathology interventions or medication, which is usually centrally acting neuromodulators. Refractory chronic cough is more likely ...

Posted on: January 10, 2016
State Funding Issues Make Life Uncertain for EI Provider

Chicago - Three months ago, Paula Hamilton wasn't sure she would be able to continue providing services to young children with disabilities. The state hadn't passed a budget and Hamilton's company, which provides government-funded Early Intervention services, wasn't getting paid. She was nearly out of money. Now, Hamilton's Oswego-based company, Stepping Stones Therapy, is once again getting payments from the state and remains open, she said. But, without a state budget that guarantees funding, she ...

Posted on: January 09, 2016
Louisville Health Facility Getting $5.2 Million Expansion

Springhurst Health and Rehab is undergoing a $5.2 million expansion project that should be done by mid-2016. The 25,000-square-foot addition will expand the facility's current physical therapy area and add 40 private skilled-nursing rooms, where it will provide short and long-term acute care, according to a news release. Construction is expected to be done in July, the release said. The project is Springhurst Health and Rehab's first major expansion, according to the release. Springhurst is part of ...

Posted on: January 07, 2016
53% Struggle to Understand Own Healthcare Information

Dallas, TX - According to HealthMine's research, conducted with more than 6,000 healthcare consumers enrolled in health plans in 2015, 53% of consumers said it's not easy to understand their health information, or what they need to do to maintain or improve their health. Wellness programs have the potential to discover sick and at-risk members in the population and the survey revealed that 46% of consumers with a chronic condition said they discovered their illness through such a program. Bryce Williams, ...

Posted on: January 03, 2016
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