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More than 13,000 awaiting assessment for speech therapy
Backlog a ‘disgrace’ requiring coherent reponse, says FF health spokesman Billy Kelleher (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - August 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mason’s story: A newborn with a peach-sized tumor
When Tara Johnson found out— after 10 years of trying to get pregnant—she was carrying boy-girl twins, she was thrilled. “It was so exciting, it felt like a double blessing,” she remembers. The pregnancy progressed normally until her 21-week checkup when everything changed. Doctors found a large growth on the neck of her unborn son. Tara’s care was transferred to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and doctors from Endocrinology and Otolaryngology at Boston Children’s Hospital formed a team to manage her son’s care. When she was 31 weeks pregnant, Tara and husband Bruce were in Boston to meet with Boston Children...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 26, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: All posts Our patients’ stories Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement Dr. C. Jason Smithers Dr. Reza Rahbar tumor Source Type: news

Management of Children with Severe, Severe-profound, and Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss.
Abstract Management of children with severe, severe-profound, and profound sensorineural hearing loss is best achieved using a family-centered approach by a team of health professionals, including audiologists, speech pathologists, otolaryngologists, pediatricians, genetic counselors, and early intervention programs. Early diagnosis and intervention offers the best chance for speech and language acquisition. Although hearing aids can provide some of the needed information, they are often not sufficient for spoken language development and a cochlear implant is needed. This must be combined with a strong audiology an...
Source: The Medical Clinics of North America - August 18, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Iseli C, Buchman CA Tags: Otolaryngol Clin North Am Source Type: research

Management of Children with Severe, Severe-profound, and Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Management of children with severe, severe-profound, and profound sensorineural hearing loss is best achieved using a family-centered approach by a team of health professionals, including audiologists, speech pathologists, otolaryngologists, pediatricians, genetic counselors, and early intervention programs. Early diagnosis and intervention offers the best chance for speech and language acquisition. Although hearing aids can provide some of the needed information, they are often not sufficient for spoken language development and a cochlear implant is needed. This must be combined with a strong audiology and speech therapy ...
Source: Otolaryngologic clinics of North America - August 18, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Claire Iseli, Craig A. Buchman Source Type: research

Cost Effectiveness of Childhood Cochlear Implantation and Deaf Education in Nicaragua: A Disability Adjusted Life Year Model
Conclusion: Using a conservative DALY analysis, both CI and deaf education are cost-effective treatment alternatives for severe-to-profound SNHL. CI intervention costs are not only influenced by the initial surgery and device costs but also by rehabilitation costs and the lifetime maintenance, device replacement, and battery costs. The major CI cost differences in this low resource setting were increased initial training and infrastructure costs, but lower medical personnel and surgery costs. (Source: Otology and Neurotology)
Source: Otology and Neurotology - August 15, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Cochlear Implants Source Type: research

Patient effort in traumatic brain injury inpatient rehabilitation: course and associations with age, brain injury severity, and time postinjury - Seel RT, Corrigan JD, Dijkers MP, Barrett RS, Bogner J, Smout RJ, Garmoe W, Horn SD.
OBJECTIVE: To describe patients' level of effort in occupational, physical, and speech therapy sessions during traumatic brain injury (TBI) inpatient rehabilitation and to evaluate how age, injury severity, cognitive impairment, and time are associated wit... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 7, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Changes of some functional speech disorders after surgical correction of skeletal anterior open bite
In conclusion, the surgical treatment of skeletal AOB does not lead to deterioration in voice, resonance and articulation qualities. Despite surgical correction of the unfavourable skeletal situation of the speech apparatus, the pre-existing articulation disorder cannot improve without professional intervention. (Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research)
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - August 7, 2015 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original articles Source Type: research

Effects of Low-Frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Combined with Intensive Speech Therapy on Cerebral Blood Flow in Post-Stroke Aphasia
Abstract We provided an intervention to chronic post-stroke aphasic patients using low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (LF-rTMS) guided by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) evaluation of language laterality, combined with intensive speech therapy (ST). We performed a single photon emission-computed tomography (SPECT) scan pre- and post-intervention and investigated the relationship between cerebral blood flow (CBF) and language function. Fifty right-handed chronic post-stroke aphasic patients were enrolled in the study. During their 11-day hospital admission, the patients receiv...
Source: Translational Stroke Research - August 7, 2015 Category: Neurology Source Type: research

[Hypoglossofacial anastomosis for facial palsy treatment: Indications and results].
CONCLUSION: Hypoglossofacial anastomosis is a simple and reliable surgical procedure for rehabilitation of paralysed face. The quality of the result is linked with an early surgery and a specific physiotherapy. PMID: 26260974 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Annales de Chirurgie Plastique et Esthetique)
Source: Annales de Chirurgie Plastique et Esthetique - August 7, 2015 Category: Cosmetic Surgery Authors: Lamas G, Gatignol P, Barbut J, Bernat I, Tankéré F Tags: Ann Chir Plast Esthet Source Type: research

Health-related quality of life and mental distress in patients with partial deafness: preliminary findings
Abstract The aim of the study was to evaluate mental distress and health-related quality of life in patients with bilateral partial deafness (high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss) before cochlear implantation, with respect to their audiological performance and time of onset of the hearing impairment. Thirty-one patients and 31 normal-hearing individuals were administered the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the State-Trait-Anxiety-Inventory (STAI) and the World Health Organization Quality of Life-BREF questionnaire (WHOQOL-BREF). Patients also completed the Nijmegen-Cochlear-Implant-Questionnaire (NCIQ), a to...
Source: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - August 5, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Abstract CT227: MC1273: Phase II evaluation of aggressive dose de-escalation for adjuvant chemoradiation in HPV associated oropharynx cancer
Background: Traditional adjuvant therapy for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) consists of 60-66 Gy of radiation therapy (XRT) given in 2 Gy daily fractions along with high dose cisplatin if the patient has high risk factors. Despite the excellent cure rates for HPV+ OPSCC, one in three patients treated with conventional treatment will develop grade >3 long-term sequelae from therapy. There is intense interest in de-intensifying adjuvant therapy for this patient population in order to maximize quality of life while maintaining excellent historical rates of disease control.Methods: MC1273 is a phase II non-rando...
Source: Cancer Research - August 2, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Ma, D. J., Price, K. A., Moore, E. J., Garcia, J. J., Okuno, S. H., Price, D. L., Sloan, J. A., Foster, N. R., Foote, R. L. Tags: Clinical Trials Source Type: research

Patient Effort in Traumatic Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation: Course and Associations With Age, Brain Injury Severity, and Time Postinjury
To describe patients' level of effort in occupational, physical, and speech therapy sessions during traumatic brain injury (TBI) inpatient rehabilitation and to evaluate how age, injury severity, cognitive impairment, and time are associated with effort. (Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - August 1, 2015 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Ronald T. Seel, John D. Corrigan, Marcel P. Dijkers, Ryan S. Barrett, Jennifer Bogner, Randall J. Smout, William Garmoe, Susan D. Horn Tags: Original research Source Type: research

Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy Treatment Activities During Inpatient Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury
To describe the use of occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), and speech therapy (ST) treatment activities throughout the acute rehabilitation stay of patients with traumatic brain injury. (Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - August 1, 2015 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Cynthia L. Beaulieu, Marcel P. Dijkers, Ryan S. Barrett, Susan D. Horn, Clare G. Giuffrida, Misti L. Timpson, Deborah M. Carroll, Randy J. Smout, Flora M. Hammond Tags: Original research Source Type: research

Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion Is Associated with Increased Risk of Secondary Speech Surgery
Conclusions: The authors demonstrate that chronic otitis media with effusion requiring two or more myringotomy tube procedures is associated with a significantly increased likelihood of requiring secondary speech surgery. Using otitis media with effusion as a clinical predictor for secondary velopharyngeal insufficiency could lead to early identification of at-risk patients in need of intensive speech therapy and timely secondary speech surgery. CLINICAL QUESTION/LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Risk, III. (Source: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
Source: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - July 31, 2015 Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Pediatric/Craniofacial: Original Articles Source Type: research

Institutional Variation in Traumatic Brain Injury Acute Rehabilitation Practice.
CONCLUSIONS: This study provides preliminary evidence that there is significant institutional variation in rehabilitation practice and that center effects play a stronger role than patient factors in determining how TBI inpatient rehabilitation is delivered. PMID: 26212397 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medical Physics)
Source: Medical Physics - July 30, 2015 Category: Physics Authors: Seel RT, Barrett RS, Beaulieu CL, Ryser DK, Hammond FM, Cullen N, Garmoe W, Sommerfeld T, Corrigan JD, Horn SD Tags: Arch Phys Med Rehabil Source Type: research

Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy Treatment Activities During Inpatient Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury.
CONCLUSIONS: The pattern of activities engaged in was both similar to and different from patterns seen in previous practice-based evidence studies with different rehabilitation diagnostic groups. PMID: 26212399 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medical Physics)
Source: Medical Physics - July 30, 2015 Category: Physics Authors: Beaulieu CL, Dijkers MP, Barrett RS, Horn SD, Giuffrida CG, Timpson ML, Carroll DM, Smout RJ, Hammond FM Tags: Arch Phys Med Rehabil Source Type: research

Patient Effort in Traumatic Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation: Course and Associations With Age, Brain Injury Severity, and Time Postinjury.
CONCLUSIONS: Patients' level of effort can be observed and reliably rated in the TBI inpatient rehabilitation setting using the Rehabilitation Intensity of Therapy Scale. Patients who sustain TBI show varying levels of effort in rehabilitation therapy sessions, with effort tending to increase over the stay. PTA and agitated behavior are primary risk factors that substantially reduce patient effort in therapies. PMID: 26212400 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medical Physics)
Source: Medical Physics - July 30, 2015 Category: Physics Authors: Seel RT, Corrigan JD, Dijkers MP, Barrett RS, Bogner J, Smout RJ, Garmoe W, Horn SD Tags: Arch Phys Med Rehabil Source Type: research

Group Therapy Use and Its Impact on the Outcomes of Inpatient Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury: Data From Traumatic Brain Injury-Practice Based Evidence Project.
CONCLUSIONS: Group therapy is commonly used in TBI rehabilitation, to varying degrees among disciplines, sites, and cognitive impairment subgroups. Various therapeutic activities take place in group therapy, indicating its perceived value in addressing many domains of functioning. Variation in outcomes is not explained well by overall percentage of therapy time delivered in groups. PMID: 26212404 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Medical Physics)
Source: Medical Physics - July 30, 2015 Category: Physics Authors: Hammond FM, Barrett R, Dijkers MP, Zanca JM, Horn SD, Smout RJ, Guerrier T, Hauser E, Dunning MR Tags: Arch Phys Med Rehabil Source Type: research

Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Referrals in a Concussion Clinic Cohort: An Exploratory Analysis
Conclusions Relatively little has been described about the typical rehabilitation requirements of individuals recovering from concussion. While rest and guided return to usual activities have been emphasized as mainstays of management, a large number of patients in this concussion cohort were determined to require additional rehabilitation services to assist in recovery. (Source: PMandR)
Source: PMandR - July 27, 2015 Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research

Hypersialorrhea in Wilson’s Disease
This study confirmed the hypothesis of a multifactorial origin of hypersialorrhea in patients who have been diagnosed in Wilson’s disease. It was essential to evaluate drooling with a multidisciplinary consultation to better identify the underlying mechanisms and to implement strategies for speech therapy and therapeutic adaptation. (Source: Dysphagia)
Source: Dysphagia - July 25, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Speech and voice disorders in patients with psychogenic movement disorders
Abstract Psychogenic speech and voice disorders (PSVDs) may occur in isolation but more typically are encountered in the setting of other psychogenic disorders. We aimed to characterize the phenomenology, frequency, and correlates of PSVDs in a cohort of patients with psychogenic movement disorders (PMDs). We studied 182 consecutive patients with PMDs, 30 of whom (16.5 %) also exhibited PSVD. Stuttering was the most common speech abnormality (n = 16, 53.3 %), followed by speech arrests (n = 4, 13.3 %), foreign accent syndrome (n = 2, 6.6 %), hypophonia (n = 2, 6.6 %), and dysphonia (n = 2, 6.6 %). ...
Source: Journal of Neurology - July 20, 2015 Category: Neurology Source Type: research

Capturing Unmet Therapy Need Among Young Children With Developmental Delay Using National Survey Data
Conclusions Relying on parent-reported unmet therapy need, without considering children with DD whose therapy needs go unrecognized, likely underestimates overall unmet therapy need among children with DD. Exploring the mechanisms underlying racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in overall unmet therapy need should facilitate the development of effective interventions aimed at improving therapy access for children with DD. (Source: Academic Pediatrics)
Source: Academic Pediatrics - July 17, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research

The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) speech therapy in progressive supranuclear palsy.
CONCLUSION: These results, along with previous findings, add further support to the generalized therapeutic impact of intensive voice treatment on respiratory and laryngeal functions in individuals with PSP. CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT: The positive results, the absence of dropout and collateral effect following this clinical treatments with LSVT technique encouraged to use this technique in PSP patients. PMID: 26138088 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - July 3, 2015 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Sale P, Castiglioni D, De Pandis MF, Torti M, Dall'Armi V, Radicati FG, Stocchi F Tags: Eur J Phys Rehabil Med Source Type: research

Quality of evidence of rehabilitation interventions in long-term care for people with severe disorders of consciousness after brain injury: A systematic review.
CONCLUSION: There are a multitude of different rehabilitation interventions for individuals with disorders of consciousness, which are established in clinical practice and supported by expert opinion. However, evidence regarding these interventions is weak and recommendations are strictly limited. The findings of this review may represent a basis for further research. PMID: 26122074 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine)
Source: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine - July 2, 2015 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: J Rehabil Med Source Type: research

Person-Centered Care in the Home Setting for Parkinson's Disease: Operation House Call Quality of Care Pilot Study.
Conclusion. This program is a pilot program that has demonstrated that it is possible to provide person-centered care in the home setting for PD patients. This program could provide a proof of concept for the construction of a larger visiting physician or nurse program. PMID: 26078912 [PubMed] (Source: Parkinsons Disease)
Source: Parkinsons Disease - June 20, 2015 Category: Neurology Tags: Parkinsons Dis Source Type: research

Epidemiology of communication disorders in childhood phoniatric clinical practice
Conclusion The studied population is predominantly male, the diagnosis points to a higher incidence in cases of impairment in speech, language, and fluency; the most common treatment was speech therapy. (Source: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology)
Source: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology - June 9, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Implementation of an Integrative Holistic Healthcare Model for People Living with Parkinson's Disease.
Abstract PURPOSE: Research demonstrates that people with Parkinson's disease (PD) benefit greatly from multidisciplinary medical care. Delaware does not have a Movement Disorder Center or a movement disorder specialist. To address this issue, the University of Delaware Nurse Managed Health Center (NMHC) developed a novel PD Telehealth Clinic serving individuals with PD and their caregivers throughout Delaware. DESIGN AND METHODS: The PD clinic is based on a collaborative framework that uses synchronous videoconferencing telehealth technology to bring together out-of-state clinicians and scientists with expertis...
Source: The Gerontologist - June 1, 2015 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Pretzer-Aboff I, Prettyman A Tags: Gerontologist Source Type: research

Treatment of verb anomia in aphasia: efficacy of self-administered therapy using a smart tablet.
Abstract Aphasia is a chronic condition that usually requires long-term rehabilitation. However, even if many effective treatments can be offered to patients and families, speech therapy services for individuals with aphasia often remain limited because of logistical and financial considerations, especially more than 6 months after stroke. Therefore, the need to develop tools to maximize rehabilitation potential is unquestionable. The aim of this study was to test the efficacy of a self-administered treatment delivered with a smart tablet to improve written verb naming skills in CP, a 63-year-old woman with chronic...
Source: Neurocase - May 26, 2015 Category: Neurology Authors: Lavoie M, Routhier S, Légaré A, Macoir J Tags: Neurocase Source Type: research

The use of electroglottography, electromyography, spectrography and ultrasound in speech research - theoretical review
O emprego de novas tecnologias na avaliação e terapia de fala a partir de uma revisão de artigos publicados nos últimos 5 anos é o tema deste estudo, que tem por objetivo realizar uma revisão bibliográfica dos estudos nacionais e internacionais que utilizaram os recursos: eletroglotografia, espectrografia, ultrassonografia e eletromiografia na avaliação e terapia das alterações de fala. Existe um crescente interesse da inserção desses recursos nos estudos de fala, contudo, os trabalhos existentes que os correlacionam ainda são escassos.The use of new technologies in the evaluation and speech therapy from a re...
Source: Revista CEFAC - May 15, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Comparison between the classification based on features and percentage of correct consonants in speech disorders
CONCLUSION: based on the results underscores the importance of joint evaluations, which combine qualitative with quantitative measures, especially for the differentiation and characterization of intermediate degrees of severity of phonological disorders. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - May 15, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

The details in the therapeutic process to the consonant clusters acquisition in the speech of children with phonological disorder
CONCLUSION: the variable 'severity' is very relevant to the success of the therapy as well as to the use of strategies to repair the problem. It was also observed that children who were under different kinds of therapies had different results to each of the therapies and had better performance using the phonetic therapy. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - May 15, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Cognitive and affective benefits of combination therapy with galantamine plus cognitive rehabilitation for Alzheimer's disease
ConclusionThe combination therapy of galantamine plus ambulatory cognitive rehabilitation showed a superior benefit both on cognitive and affective functions than galantamine only therapy in Alzheimer's disease patients. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2015; ●●: ●●–●●. (Source: Geriatrics and Gerontology International)
Source: Geriatrics and Gerontology International - May 8, 2015 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Ryo Tokuchi, Nozomi Hishikawa, Kosuke Matsuzono, Yoshiki Takao, Yosuke Wakutani, Kota Sato, Syoichiro Kono, Yasuyuki Ohta, Kentaro Deguchi, Toru Yamashita, Koji Abe Tags: Original Article: Epidemiology, Clinical Practice and Health Source Type: research

Office-based Laryngeal Injection of Botulinum Toxin for Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion in a Child
We describe the case of a 13-year-old girl with paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM) who failed to improve with repeated medical treatment, speech therapy and psychotherapy, but was successfully treated with botulinum toxin A (BTX-A) injection to the vocal folds. For delivering the BTX-A we used a channeled fibre-optic laryngoscope under local anesthesia, in an office setting. The patient remained asymptomatic of PVFM for 5 months, was successfully treated again with the same method, and had no important side effects. (Source: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology)
Source: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology - May 8, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: José Montojo, Ramón González, Estefanía Hernández, Miguel Zafra, Guillermo Plaza Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

“I got a bike!”: Adaptive bike brings freedom to boy with cerebral palsy
Seven-year-old Hunter Ripley is a boy of few words. There’s a rare “bye-bye” to his mother as he sets off for school and an occasional “whee” when he’s pushed on his adaptive swing.  So when Hunter screamed, “I got a bike!” at the local pool where he does aquatic therapy every Thursday evening, everyone in the pool went silent. “Then the cheering started,” recalls his mother Bekah Ripley. In February, Bekah and her husband Bart learned about The Great Bike Giveaway, a national contest in which children with special needs can win their own adaptive bike. In order to win, Hunter needed votes and lots of ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 5, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Orthopedics Our patients’ stories Source Type: news

Respiratory Failure after Superior-based Pharyngeal Flap for Velopharyngeal Insufficiency: A Rare Complication
Velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) is an uncommon pediatric disorder often associated with congenital syndromes. After speech therapy, surgery is the standard management. Many surgical approaches to VPI repair have been reported and the complications of these procedures are well documented. To date, there have been no published cases of respiratory failure secondary to pneumomediastinum, pneumopericardium, and bilateral pneumothoraces with associated subcutaneous emphysema after superior-based pharyngeal flap. (Source: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology)
Source: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology - April 29, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Claire M. Lawlor, Charles A. Riley, Douglas M. Hildrew, J. Lindhe Guarisco Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Neuropsychology and socioeconomic aspects of Klinefelter syndrome: new developments
Purpose of review: To summarize recent important studies on neuropsychology and epidemiology of Klinefelter syndrome. PubMed was searched for ‘Klinefelter’, ‘Klinefelter's’ and ‘XXY’ in titles and abstracts. Relevant studies were obtained and reviewed, as well as other articles selected by the authors. Recent findings: Klinefelter syndrome is the most common sex-chromosome disorder in humans, affecting one in 660 men. The key findings in Klinefelter syndrome are small testes, hypergonadotropic hypogonadism and cognitive impairment. Klinefelter syndrome scores significantly below education matched controls on a ...
Source: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity - April 24, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Tags: ANDROGENS: Edited by David Handelsman Source Type: research

iPad Speech Game for Children With Cleft Palate
This study describes development of an iPad-based speech therapy game to improve speech accuracy in children with cleft lip and palate. (Source: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery)
Source: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery - April 16, 2015 Category: Cosmetic Surgery Source Type: research

Tabby Talks: an automated tool for the assessment of childhood apraxia of speech
Publication date: Available online 9 April 2015 Source:Speech Communication Author(s): Mostafa Shahin , Beena Ahmed , Avinash Parnandi , Virendra Karappa , Jacqueline McKechnie , Kirrie J. Ballard , Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna Children with developmental disabilities such as childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) require repeated intervention sessions with a speech therapist, sometimes extending over several years. Technology-based therapy tools offer the potential to reduce the demanding workload of speech therapists as well as time and cost for families. In response to this need, we have developed “Tabby Talks,” a multi-tie...
Source: Speech Communication - April 10, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Description of a New Rapid-Access Clinic for Parkinson's Disease Patients: the Navigator Model (P7.287)
CONCLUSIONS This review describes for the first time a navigation program for PD patients. This model helps improve accessibility to a MDC for PD-suspected patients and offers a proactive approach to provide early intervention for PD daily issues and better access to the interdisciplinary team.Disclosure: Dr. Gros has nothing to disclose. Dr. Hamad has nothing to disclose. Dr. Lachance has nothing to disclose. Dr. Doran has nothing to disclose. Dr. Lafontaine has nothing to disclose. (Source: Neurology)
Source: Neurology - April 8, 2015 Category: Neurology Authors: Gros, P., Hamad, D., Lachance, L., Doran, J., Lafontaine, A.-L. Tags: Movement Disorders: Miscellaneous Source Type: research

An acoustic feature-based similarity scoring system for speech rehabilitation assistance.
Abstract The purpose of this study is to develop a tool to assist speech therapy and rehabilitation, which focused on automatic scoring based on the comparison of the patient's speech with another normal speech on several aspects including pitch, vowel, voiced-unvoiced segments, strident fricative and sound intensity. The pitch estimation employed the use of cepstrum-based algorithm for its robustness; the vowel classification used multilayer perceptron (MLP) to classify vowel from pitch and formants; and the strident fricative detection was based on the major peak spectral intensity, location and the pitch existen...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - April 7, 2015 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Syauqy D, Wu CM, Setyawati O Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

The Health Professions: developments in legislation and training, from student application to employment.
CONCLUSIONS: The drop in applications for places would appear to be linked to the fall in employment in the last six years, from 86% in 2007 to 62% in 2012. Although the health sector is still in first place among all the other sectors, careful reflection would seem to be warranted on the part of the Regions and the Ministries of Health and University Education when defining the annual training requirements for each of the 22 Health Professions. PMID: 25835768 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Acta Bio-Medica : Atenei Parmensis)
Source: Acta Bio-Medica : Atenei Parmensis - April 5, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Mastrillo A Tags: Acta Biomed Source Type: research

Study protocol for two randomized controlled trials examining the effectiveness and safety of current weekend allied health services and a new stakeholder-driven model for acute medical/surgical patients versus no weekend allied health services
This study aims to determine the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of the current model of weekend allied health service and a new stakeholder-driven model of weekend allied health service delivery on acute medical and surgical wards compared to having no weekend allied health service.Methods/DesignTwo stepped wedge, cluster randomised trials of weekend allied health services will be conducted in six acute medical/surgical wards across two public metropolitan hospitals in Melbourne (Australia). Wards have been chosen to participate by management teams at each hospital. The allied health services to be investigat...
Source: Trials - April 2, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Terry HainesLisa O¿BrienDeb MitchellKelly-Ann BowlesRomi HaasDonna MarkhamSamantha PlumbTimothy ChiuKerry MayKathleen PhilipDavid LescaiFiona McDermottMitchell SarkiesMarcelle GhalyLeonie ShawGenevieve JujElizabeth Skinner Source Type: research

The details in the therapeutic process to the consonant clusters acquisition in the speech of children with phonological disorder
CONCLUSION: the variable 'severity' is very relevant to the success of the therapy as well as to the use of strategies to repair the problem. It was also observed that children who were under different kinds of therapies had different results to each of the therapies and had better performance using the phonetic therapy. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - April 1, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Comparison between the classification based on features and percentage of correct consonants in speech disorders
CONCLUSION: based on the results underscores the importance of joint evaluations, which combine qualitative with quantitative measures, especially for the differentiation and characterization of intermediate degrees of severity of phonological disorders. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - April 1, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

The use of electroglottography, electromyography, spectrography and ultrasound in speech research - theoretical review
O emprego de novas tecnologias na avaliação e terapia de fala a partir de uma revisão de artigos publicados nos últimos 5 anos é o tema deste estudo, que tem por objetivo realizar uma revisão bibliográfica dos estudos nacionais e internacionais que utilizaram os recursos: eletroglotografia, espectrografia, ultrassonografia e eletromiografia na avaliação e terapia das alterações de fala. Existe um crescente interesse da inserção desses recursos nos estudos de fala, contudo, os trabalhos existentes que os correlacionam ainda são escassos.The use of new technologies in the evaluation and speech therapy from a re...
Source: Revista CEFAC - April 1, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Insurers: Pay Attention to Efficacy Research on Stuttering Treatment
Molina Healthcare recently denied the initial claim for stuttering intervention and a subsequent appeal from one of our clients, stating that “there is limited data on the benefit of speech therapy for stuttering.” The family was determined to continue with therapy and eventually received coverage from a different provider. (Source: The ASHA Leader Online)
Source: The ASHA Leader Online - April 1, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Transcranial direct current stimulation combined with integrative speech therapy in a child with cerebral palsy: A case report
The aim of this study was to describe the results of the first case combining integrative speech therapy with anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over Broca’s area in a child with cerebral palsy. The ABFW phonology test was used to analyze speech based on the Percentage of Correct Consonants (PCC) and Percentage of Correct Consonants - Revised (PCC-R). After treatment, increases were found in both PCC (Imitation: 53.63% to 78.10%; Nomination: 53.19% to 70.21%) and PPC-R (Imitation: 64.54% to 83.63%; Nomination: 61.70% to 77.65%). (Source: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies)
Source: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies - March 26, 2015 Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Vania L.C. Carvalho Lima, Luanda A. Collange Grecco, Valéria C. Marques, Felipe Fregni, Clara R. Brandão de Ávila Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Rhinopharyngeal autologous fat injection for treatment of velopharyngeal insufficiency in patients with cleft palate
Abstract Patients with cleft palate are prone to velopharyngeal insufficiency. In minor cases or when hypernasal speech does not resolve after velopharyngoplasty, an augmentation pharyngoplasty with autologous fat can be proposed. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the short-term (within 2 months) and long-term efficiency (during the 24 months following the procedure) of our procedure in the setting of velopharyngeal insufficiency related to a cleft palate. Twenty-two patients with cleft palate related velopharyngeal insufficiency were included in this retrospective study. All patients were operate...
Source: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - March 25, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Necklace and smartphone app developed at UCLA can help people track food intake
A sophisticated necklace developed by researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science can monitor food and drink intake, which could help wearers track and improve their dietary habits.  The inventors of the WearSens device say it could help battle obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other problems related to nutrition. Majid Sarrafzadeh, a distinguished professor of computer science and co-director of UCLA’s Wireless Health Institute, led a team that created the device and an algorithm that translates data from the necklace, and tested it on 30 people who ate a variety of foods.   The ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 12, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Does a Primary Language Impairment Affect Both Languages in a Bilingual Child?
Discussion Internationally, bilingualism is the rule. Even in the US which many have considered the holdout for monolingualism, bilingualism is increasing with more than 18% of people (>5 years) speaking 2 languages and it is expected that by 2030 more than 40% of children will learn English as their second language (L2). Children learn two or more languages in different contexts. A child may learn two language with parents speaking two different languages at home since birth, may have one language spoken at home and another in the community (such as a daycare setting) since birth, or may learn one at home since birth ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 9, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news