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ASHA Podcasts a Valuable Resource!

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ASHA Podcasts

ASHA has developed series of podcasts on related to Network News and the other on Professional Development.

According to ASHA, "Every three or four weeks, we'll be featuring a new interview with a person that is making news in the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. You can listen to an individual episode below or subscribe to the feed and receive new files automatically through an aggregator program, like iTunes." (continued)

SLP Cafe, Now "SLP Forums" open for business!

Sorry for any inconvenience if you tried to use the SLP Forum (formerly "Cafe"). It was blocking users from posting or adding to the forum topics.
If you're logged in, you should be able to post and edit your entries.

Thanks,
SLP Web Admin

Know the Educational Platforms of McCain and Obama?

John McCain
John McCain
Barack Obama
Barack Obama

See chart prepared by the Ohio Legal Rights Service, September 2008 which gives a "side-by-side comparison of the candidates' positions on disability-related issues is based on information found on the candidates' Web sites, the candidates' Senatorial Web sites and supplemented by other sources. OLRS neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office. Information provided on this page is strictly for educational purposes only". (continued)

Grandfather Builds Free Web Browser for Children w/ Autism

A Gift for Autistic Children: Grandfather builds Web browser, Offers it Free

by Broam Bergstein, Associated Press, July 9, 2008

John LeSieur [of Quebec] is in the software business, so he took particular interest when computers seemed mostly useless to his 6-year-old grandson, Zackary.

The boy has autism, and the whirlwind of options presented by PCs so confounded him that he threw the mouse in frustration.

Many CU Alumni Benefits Available

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Check out the CU Alumni Organization Benefits

Discounts on car rentals, wedding reception catering, fitness programs, and skiing along with assistance with real estate, banking, insurance are available if you register as a CU alumni. You can also get a special CU e-mail account and visit the CU apparel store. Among the services provided include a directory to find other registered alumni, a @coloradoalum.org e-mail address, listing of events..(continued)

Inter Mountain Area Speech and Hearing Convention in Oct.

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Inter Mountain Area Speech and Hearing (IMASH) Convention

A unique convention hosted by
Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming
Speech-Language-Hearing Associations

October 2-4, 2008
Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah

A Private Practice Alternative: Providing Therapy Online

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Therapy: Just a cable away?

Projects such as the Speech Therapy Telehealth Project that strive to reach clients who are isolated either by disability or geography are not new.

Many enterprising SLP's have found ways to use telecommunication, however complete online private practice, such as that of SLP Marnee Brick, co-founder of "TinyEYE.com" Telepractice and mother of two out of Saskatchewan, are rare. Marnee's online business is growing from a seedling idea to an online resource utilizing therapy data system that supports record keeping, access to a variety of therapy materials and has received the attention of local small business funders. See her website, http://tinyeye.wordpress.com/media/ for a sampling of videos regarding teletherapy concepts and utilization.(continued)

Challenges for private practitioners include considerable entrepreneurial time up front, obtaining insurance approval for teletherapy, the need for sophisticated online materials, and provision of technology tools for clients who may not have home computers. SLPs should be aware that each state regulates teletherapy standards. DORA, Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies does allow teletherapy via e-mail or internet provided that first contact with the client and any initial evaluations are made face-to-face.

ASHA report on Integris Telehealth out of Oklahoma INTEGRIS Health and the Hugo Public Schools collaborated in a two-year speech teletherapy pilot study to test speech therapy services delivered over two-way, interactive videoconferencing.

"The pilot study has proved that telecommunications can be used to effectively deliver speech therapy–both articulation and language interventions – to students in rural schools. This was echoed in a Report to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Executive Board. The Issues in Credentialing Team for that organization stated that it believed 'that the remote delivery of audiology and speech-language pathology services through technology (telehealth) has the potential to become a more widely used mode of clinical service delivery and a rapidly expanding marketplace niche for our professions.'"

First Annual Fun Fund A Wonderful Success!

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Gathering for the Bike Race, "Team Ann" in Action

Coloradoan Article on Alum Ann Pendley and Recent Fun Fund Celebration

Ft. Collins Coloradoan published a story on SLHS graduate Ann Pendley and the recent FUN FUND activities celebration on June 9th, 2008. Here's the link:
http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080607/NEWS01/806...

SLP's Role in Senator Kennedy's Brain Surgery

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Mapping the Brain

According to CNN, Ted Kennedy, a senator since 1962, suffered a seizure May 17 while walking his dogs at his home in Hyannis port, Massachusetts. “A tumor in the left parietal lobe could affect the senator's ability to speak and understand speech as well as the strength on the right side of his body”, said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Three days later, Kennedy's doctors at Massachusetts General said preliminary results from a brain biopsy showed a tumor in the left parietal lobe was responsible for the seizure. (continued)

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