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Little Girl Surprises Deaf Parents With Adorable ASL Holiday Medley
Holiday music has never looked better, thanks to this preciously adorable little girl.Claire Koch, a five-year-old from Clearwater, Fla., performed in her school's Christmas pageant, and since both her parents are deaf, she surprised them by translating the songs into American Sign Language during the entire medley. Claire's enthusiastic sign language and singing were a true showstopper, outshining her classmates' dance moves.Claire's mom, Lori Koch, posted the video to YouTube Monday and it's quickly ...
Posted on: December 13, 2013
AHA, UCSF Partner for Stroke, Heart Disease Prevention Study
The American Heart Association recently announced its support for a long-term study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco that will use data collected from digital and mobile technology to explore optimal methods of stroke and heart disease prevention.The Health eHeart Study will incorporate data from smartphone apps and devices such as digital scales and at-home BP and blood glucose monitors. Information useful in the assessment of CV health, including BP, diet, exercise patterns, ...
Posted on: December 13, 2013
ABA Accepting Applications for Specialty Certification Exams
The American Board of Audiology (ABA) is now taking applications for its Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification (PASC) and Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification (CISC) examinations, which are scheduled for March 30, 2014, during AudiologyNOW! in Orlando, Fla. Interested candidates must apply by January 30, 2014.Specialty certifications from the ABA are visible acknowledgement of an audiologist's expertise in a specific area. To earn the PASC or the CISC, a candidate must first submit an ...
Posted on: December 12, 2013
Micromovement Analysis Improves Diagnosis of Autism
An analysis of microscopic movements is being used by researchers to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and determine its severity in children and young adults. The research is the work of Jorge V. José, PhD, of Indiana University, and Elizabeth Torres, PhD, of Rutgers University who presented the new technique at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.Their work builds on earlier findings involving the random nature of movements of people with autism.Earlier research looked at the speed ...
Posted on: December 11, 2013
Autism Made Easier at Christmas With the Help of Sensitive Santas
Autism can be especially difficult for children during the holiday season, but some cities and towns are making it a little easier with the help of so-called Sensitive or Silent Santas. Many children with autism, and their parents, have the same desire to experience a visit with Santa as neurotypical children and their parents, but the bright lights, enormous crowds and loud excitement of the event is often too overwhelming.As society becomes more aware about the special challenges of autism and the ...
Posted on: December 10, 2013
Nashville Gym Helps Deaf or Hard of Hearing Get Fit
Cindy Williams put Bob and Beverly Geldreich through the paces: Squats. Leg lifts. Lunges. But there was no loud music. Williams didn't shout her instructions.Instead, her hands moved about with speed and ease as she used sign language - or a gentle tap on the shoulder - to let the couple know what to do next.This was no ordinary gym. The Geldreichs are deaf and among those attending exercise classes at Bridges, the Middle Tennessee center for the hearing impaired.For 86 years, the Nashville nonprofit ...
Posted on: December 09, 2013
Online Speech Pathology Program Gives Help to Rural Residents
While sitting at her computer, a little girl will learn how to say L's. Using his computer, a stroke sufferer will work to regain language capabilities. The University of Nebraska at Kearney RiteCare Clinic is reaching rural residents in need of speech and language therapy."Our goal with this program is to reach individuals in rural areas who would not otherwise be able to receive therapy, whether that's because of their location or funding or lack of insurance," Laura Moody, speech and language pathology ...
Posted on: December 08, 2013
Student's Hearing Loss Turns into Speech Pathology Career
Until the age of 5, Dani Riker was under the impression that everyone could hear out of only one ear.Riker, a University of Wyoming graduate student in speech pathology (SP), says she would tell her mom that the left side of her headphones did not work, to which her mom would confusedly reply, "Yeah, they work fine."Lindsey, Riker's older sister of four years, informed her parents, Jack and Debbie Riker, that her sister could not hear out of one ear. They had not yet considered that possibility. After a ...
Posted on: December 07, 2013
CMS Determines: Rent-to-Own Only Option for Speech-Generating Devices
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has elected to classify 80 durable medical equipment (DME) items, including each of the six types of speech-generating devices (SGDs), as capped rental items rather than purchased equipment. The reclassification was proposed in July 2013 and final regulations were released on November 22, effective April 1, 2014. ASHA submitted regulatory comments emphasizing the danger posed by the longstanding rule that does not allow DME rental payments (or ...
Posted on: December 06, 2013
Autism Documentary 'Best Kept Secret'
Samantha Buck's documentary "Best Kept Secret" may be the best kept secret of the year. Not only is it currently the only 2013 release with a perfect 100 rating on Metacritic - a more discerning review aggregator than Rotten Tomatoes - but it's one of five movies recently nominated for the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Audience Award along with major awards contenders "12 Years a Slave" and "Fruitvale Station." Made for less than $400,000, "Best Kept Secret" chronicles 18 months in the lives of Janet Mino, ...
Posted on: December 05, 2013
Neuro Hero Launches Innovative Speech Therapy Apps
Irish tech start-up called Neuro Hero has launched a set of new apps that will provide home-based therapy solutions for people with communication difficulties arising from stroke, brain injury and a range of other conditions.Founder Aviva Cohen was inspired to develop the word-finding technology when her husband Steve survived a stroke which left him with severe expressive aphasia.The four 'Talk Around IT' apps have been in development for more than two years and have been designed in conjunction with ...
Posted on: December 04, 2013
UCLA First to Map Autism-Risk Genes by Function
Recent studies have linked hundreds of gene mutations scattered throughout the brain to increased autism risk. Where do you start?UCLA neuroscientists may have an answer. They are the first to map groups of autism-risk genes by function, and to identify where and when these genes normally play major roles in early brain development.In addition, they discovered disturbances in neural circuits that define key pathways between parts of the cerebral cortex. The research suggests that these early disruptions ...
Posted on: December 03, 2013
Turning Autism Upside Down: When Symptoms are Strengths
A novel approach to treating children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder could help them navigate their world by teaching them to turn their symptoms into strengths.In the article "Symptoms as Solutions: Hypnosis and Biofeedback for Autonomic Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorders," published in the winter edition of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Laurence Sugarman, MD, a pediatrician and researcher at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y, details a treatment method that ...
Posted on: December 02, 2013
Updated FAQs Change G-code Reporting Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to their Functional Reporting: PT, OT, and SLP Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that significantly changes the rules related to reporting multiple conditions on the same date of service.Question-and-answer #14 has been changed to read:Q14) How do I report an evaluative procedure when it is for a different functional limitation than I am currently reporting?A14) You should report the evaluative procedure furnished for a ...
Posted on: December 02, 2013
TIPS: Raising a Child With Limited Verbal Skills
AAPC Publishing, Lenexa, Kan., recently released a new parenting book full of tips to make life easier for parents and their child. Based on answers that parents and caregivers have asked the authors throughout the years, Teaching Important Parenting Strategies: Raising a Child With Limited Verbal Skills (TIPS) may be read in its entirety or for individual questions because of its convenient Q & A format.TIPS offers strategies to support communication and positive behaviors during playtime, daily ...
Posted on: December 01, 2013