SLHS SLHA Graduates to Exhibit Research Posters

CU Graduate Poster Session

Come to the SLHS 5000 Poster Session
Pui Fong Kan invites all SLHS folks to attend the poster presentation by the graduate students in SLHS 5000 (Research Methods). The presentations will take place in SLHS Room 230 from 12:30 to 2:15 pm on 4/17 (Friday). Students will present their own research studies.

The presentations are one of the requirements for the course. Students in this class have done a tremendous amount of work, including research design, recruitment of participants, data collection, data analysis, and data presentation. Feel free to contact Fui Fong Kan at SLHS if you have any questions about the event.

CSHA's Spring Conference and Job Fair 2009

CSHA's Spring Conference and Job Fair 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2008 - 8 am to 3:45 pm in conjunction with the CSHA Job Fair

MONEY MATTERS: All your Billing Questions Answered!

Presenter: Steven C. White, PhD, CCC-A
Director of Health Care Economics and Advocacy, ASHA

Dr. White will discusses:
● Third party payer
● Advocacy
● Coding
● Medicare
● Negotiation to improve coverage and payment with employer-based health plans

Great for SLPs, PTs, and OTs!

The Children’s Hospital Conference Center, 13123 East 16th Ave. Aurora, CO 80045

ASHA Facebook Popular with 10,000 Plus Users

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According to the ASHA Leader, Facebook has become a "powerful new way for professionals in communication sciences and disorders to network with one another, nurture students and young researchers, and raise public awareness of the discipline." Maggie McGary, assistant Web content developer at ASHA encourages professionals to put away their skepticism about Facebook's reputation as a "place for kids", saying "Definitely not true!" More than 10,000 members have joined ASHA's Facebook community in the past few months, 20% of whom are 35 years and older. ASHA president Kate Gottfred agrees, "Wherever there is a connection--through special interest divisions, publications, chat rooms, or boards and committees--you have a home in ASHA. Come claim that home."

To join go to:

Have You Tried Google Scholar Yet?

Google Scholar advertises itself as "a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature." They claim that from their scholar site,"you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations." The key is similar to other searches so it's only as good as the parameters you define (year, topic, etc.). You can find a wide range of recent SLP articles on Google Scholar.

The tools on the left hand menu on Google's information page are helpful and provide advanced search tips, support for Libraries and Publishers.
The info page is here....

...or begin a broad search right here!

Google Scholar

CNN features Family Dealing with Autism

CNN's Autism 911: Help for a Family in Chaos

The Bilson family in Seal Beach, CA is being featured on CNN's American Morning television show. The family is like many other families: "three kids, a cat, and a small, lovely home with lots of family photos and carved wooden wall signs with sayings like "Live, Laugh, Love."
The story focuses on Marissa, a 13 year old girl with autism and helps us to understand that while each autistic child is unique in his or her behavior, there are common threads in social skills and communication. The story also gives us an authentic view of the pressures on parents as they seek assistance to help Marissa.

CNN Editor's note: You can follow the Bilsons' progress on CNN American Morning 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. through February 4 or visit:

"Transporters" DVD helps Children with Autism Recognize Emotions

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Sally is an animated cable car with a real human face – and she has proven amazingly effective in helping children with autism improve their recognition and understanding of emotions.

Sally is one of eight cartoon characters starring in THE TRANSPORTERS, a groundbreaking DVD which debuted in North America on January 12, 2009. It is the brainchild of Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading world authority on autism and produced in association with his research team at the Autism Research Center at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

The DVD series Transporters, funded by the British government, focuses on the fascination many children with autism have with trucks and trains to help them focus on human emotions. According to an NPR interview with Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, UK, "the DVD uses colorful animated vehicles, each with the face of a highly expressive actor on it, to teach autistic children how to better read faces and emotions."

The Transporters website states "The media series has been thoroughly tested on children with autism throughout its development so we can learn from their feedback". To their credit, 25 % of their profits goes to further research and autism charities. The episodes and interactive quizzes are developed in collaboration with the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University.

With permission researchers can use the Transporters series to further the understanding of autism.

To see a video sample on our website go to:

To learn more about their work go to:

NPR interview with Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. (audio, video samples, and text)

Research on the product

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ASHA Priorities for 2009: Higher Ed., Audiologist Autonomy and IDEA Funding

From: Potter, J. (2008, Dec. 16). 2009 public policy agenda reflects member input. The ASHA Leader, 13(17), 28.

ASHA Highest Priority Objectives for 2009

* Higher education and research funding. Promote state/federal financial aid policies and research funding opportunities, while collaborating with state agencies/communication sciences and disorders programs to support recruitment and retention of master's and doctoral students and clinicians in education and health care settings.
* Autonomy for audiologists. Promote audiologists' autonomy through direct patient access and comprehensive coverage of audiology services under Medicare.
* IDEA funding. Support increased funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the following goals: establishment of effective service delivery and manageable workloads to maximize student outcomes; participation in early intervening activities using the Response-to-Intervention model (Part B) and increased access to appropriate early intervention services (Part C); increased professional development through dissemination of information about research-based practices in speech-language pathology and audiology.

For full article/summary go to:

Loan Forgiveness for School SLPs and Audiologists? Add Your Voice!

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Contact your Reps!

You can encourage funding of Title IV, Section 428k of the Higher Education and Opportunity Act which would offer $2,000 in student-loan forgiveness for each year of service a school-based speech-language pathologist (SLP) or audiologist spends in a high-need school for up to five years of service.

Contact your U.S. Senator and Representative and ask them to include funding for loan forgiveness for SLPs and Audiologist in the FY 2010 federal budget.
Go to and use the form ASHA provides to add your voice to this effort.

This would be a major victory in aiding school-based SLPs and audiologists – attracting more personnel to the professions and providing much-needed support to low-income children in need. Please take action today!

Other legislative issues are just a click away by going to Legislative Alerts under Resources on SLP's In Touch Website, left-side menu.

Call for Papers, ASHA Convention 2009 begins in mid-January

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Goin'to New Orleans?

It's never too soon to start thinking about participation in ASHS 2009, you'll be
Goin' to New Orleans!

Book Browser from ASHA

ASHA has "...made it easier than ever to find and purchase books."

The browsing categories include:

* Amplification, Cochlear Implants, Audiologic Rehabilitation
* Hearing and Hearing Disorders
* Language
* Service Delivery, Practice Management, Reimbursement
* Speech, Voice, Fluency, Swallowing

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