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    In this episode, I meet with Jada Augustine, MS CCC-SLP, the owner of Jada's Got Your Backpack and Beyond the Label. Jada's non-profit provides free speech and language services to children of Belize. Tune into this episode and learn about how healthcare providers can be more culturally responsive when treating these populations!

    https://www.youtube.com/live/Z3JKp9-eCAE?si=O6nAWh8ohSfWN5tR

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    Sensory play, a critical component of early childhood development, is increasingly recognized for its benefits in speech therapy. For parents looking to support their child's speech and language development, integrating sensory play presents a creative and effective method. This blog explores how sensory play can be incorporated into speech therapy practices, offering parents innovative strategies to engage their children in meaningful, developmentally appropriate play. Click the link to read the full blog!

    https://content.liricare.com/sensory-play-in-speech-therapy/

    Integrating Sensory Play into Speech Therapy: A Creative Approach for Parents
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    Rare Disease Day !
    Rare diseases pose special challenges which impact patients, the clinicians who care for them, and the investigators who study their conditions. Although rare diseases—defined as affecting < 200,000 US adults1—are individually uncommon, they are common in the aggregate, with nearly 7,000 such rare diseases affecting 25 to 30 million US adults, altogether 9% to 12% of the US population.1 Rare pulmonary diseases comprise an important subset and include, for example, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), primary ciliary dyskinesia, lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome, pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis, and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, among many others.

    The challenge of these rare diseases is captured in the names of organizations charged with their oversight, that is; the branch of the Food and Drug Administration that oversees rare disease treatments is called the Office of Orphan Products Development, the designated group of the National Institutes of Health is called the Office of Rare Diseases, and the legislation that directs regulatory requirements for drugs and devices for these conditions is called the Orphan Disease Act. Orphan diseases may lack support and advocacy just as orphans lack parents.

    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2017.12.018

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    As we continue our discussion on suicide prevention for Black children and youth, we must consider the ways SLPs can prevent suicide for CLD students in youth. One crucial way to do this is to create a safe space for children of color. Here are some tips adapted from Online Psychology@Pepperdine:

    Regulate your own emotions. “Can you calmly talk about race?” We can help children feel calm and safe in our presence when we choose to regulate our own emotions about challenging topics.

    Put up posters that support inclusion. Representation matters! “Featuring imagery and ideas that promote inclusion can give students a sense of belonging and cue that they are welcome” (OnlinePsychology@Pepperdine, 2021).

    Create treatment plans that are inclusive of many identities: Introduce books written by authors of color. Use stories and assignments that highlight the histories of other cultures.

    Assign writing prompts or discussions that encourage reflections/emotional regulation: This is the bottom line! We want to encourage students to use their expressive language skills and express their emotions (e.g., “To not hold their emotions in”). SLPs can have students practice identifying and labeling their emotions either confidentially or with peers.

    Allow students to access a safe space: Find a location on your campus that helps the student feel safe or calm. This may be the classroom of a specific teacher they trust or a physical space like the library or counselors room.

    Encourage students to take a timeout. Sometimes our students simply need a breather. According to the article, “if students can self-identify when they’re feeling overwhelmed, they can leave and come back when they’re ready.”

    Establish an anonymous reporting system: Children are becoming more aware of microaggressions and overt racism at school and in other mainstream environments. Allow students to feel safe to report a racist incident and take it seriously through investigation. Do your best to ensure the student remains anonymous.

    Recruit the help of teachers of color: Educators have a powerful skill for connecting with the students we serve. As SLPs, we can ask for help from our colleagues who “reflect and affirm the identities of students.” This, in turn, helps promote kinship, confidence, and safety for students.

    Citation:

    Pepperdine University. (2021, April 13). Helping Children of Color Heal from Collective Trauma [web log]. https://onlinegrad.pepperdine.edu/blog/children-of-color-collective-trauma-recovery/#supporting.

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    Our latest video takes you through an interesting study focused on enhancing language acquisition for children who are deaf or hard of hearing through technology. Learn how this research is paving the way for more accessible and inclusive education methods. Watch now!

    Source: https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/147/2/e2020025734/77042/A-Technology-Assisted-Language-Intervention-for?autologincheck=redirected

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    Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are vital for identifying and managing communication disorders, but their portrayal in films and television shows often lacks consistency in accuracy and comprehensiveness. This blog explores how speech-language pathology is represented in pop culture, analyzing the impact of movies and TV shows on the public's perception and awareness of communication difficulties.

    https://content.liricare.com/speech-language-pathology-in-pop-culture/

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    Our newest video dives into research that introduces new guidelines for digital citizenship. Our digital landscape offers vast opportunities and challenges alike. For children and youth with autism, these challenges can be unique. That's why our latest video talks about new guidelines designed to support their journey through the digital world with confidence and safety. Discover how these guidelines can transform digital interactions for autistic learners, fostering an environment of inclusion and empowerment.

    Source: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/13623613231192870

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    How can SLPs help children of color heal from collective trauma? "Collective trauma" explains the psychological distress experienced when a group or large community experience a shared trauma. This can be the psychological impact of watching protests and riots in response to police brutality cases like George Floyd, or other experiences like the ever-going water crises in Flint Michigan.

    Pepperdine University (2021) provides insights on how we can help children heal from collective trauma. This is necessary for SLPs so we can ensure the welfare of the people we services (ASHA Code of Ethics, 2023).

    You can see the article HERE: https://onlinegrad.pepperdine.edu/blog/children-of-color-collective-trauma-recovery/#supporting

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    I'm excited to announce that I have been invited to speak at the upcoming workshop titled "Exploring the Bidirectional Relationship Between Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience," hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This prestigious event in Washington, D.C., set for March 25-26, 2024, will be a gathering of eminent experts from various sectors within the neuroscience and AI communities.

    My presentation will delve into the intertwined progression of AI and neuroscience, focusing on how the principles of human learning, language acquisition, and cognitive development can inform and be enhanced by AI technology. Drawing from my extensive background in integrating AI with educational and therapeutic applications, I will showcase some of the projects I've been working on, particularly AI applications for autistic and neurodivergent users.

    This workshop is not only an opportunity to share knowledge but also to listen, learn, and contribute to the essential dialogue on the future of AI in neuroscience research. I am excited to be a part of these crucial conversations and to help shape strategies that enhance public and regulatory understanding of AI applications.

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    Effective communication is crucial for individuals to actively participate in society, articulate their needs, and defend their rights. However, for people with speech and language disorders (SLDs), challenges in communication can significantly hinder their ability to advocate for themselves. Self-advocacy, the capacity to assert oneself, make informed choices, and control one's own life, is essential. For individuals with SLDs, possessing self-advocacy skills is vital for successfully navigating various environments, including educational and workplace settings, healthcare, and social interactions. Click to read more!

    https://content.liricare.com/self-advocacy-for-people-with-speech-language-disorders/

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    Watch our latest video to learn about the transformative effect of direct speech therapy for children with phonological disorders. This video isn't just about sharing knowledge—it's an invitation to be part of a community that's making real differences. Explore with us, and see how together, we can turn challenges into opportunities for growth and connection. Watch now!

    Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-8749.1998.tb15383.x