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Success of Anomia Treatment in Aphasia Is Associated With Preserved Architecture of Global and Left Temporal Lobe Structural Networks
Conclusions. Preservation of global and left temporal structural connectivity broadly explains the variability in treatment-related naming improvement in aphasia. These findings corroborate and expand on previous classical lesion-symptom mapping studies by elucidating some of the mechanisms by which brain damage may relate to treated aphasia recovery. Favorable naming outcomes may result from the intact connections between spared cortical areas that are functionally responsive to treatment. (Source: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair)
Source: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair - February 12, 2016 Category: Neurology Authors: Bonilha, L., Gleichgerrcht, E., Nesland, T., Rorden, C., Fridriksson, J. Tags: Clinical Research Articles Source Type: research

Better Speech Therapy for Children with Down syndrome
Study shows children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - February 5, 2016 Category: Disability Tags: Therapy Types Source Type: news

More effective speech therapy approach for children with Down Syndrome
Children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients, a new study indicates. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study suggests more effective speech therapy approach for children with Down syndrome
(University of Vermont) A new study indicates that children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 4, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Ask the Expert: Is my child’s language development on track? 10 things to consider
It’s normal for children to acquire speech and language at different rates — just as they learn to walk at different rates. But if you feel your child is having more trouble communicating than she should, don’t ignore your concerns. Early understanding and expression of language can affect other parts of your child’s development such as play skills, social interaction and the ability to self-regulate. When should you request an evaluation? Drs. Carol Wilkinson, of Boston Children’s Division of Developmental Medicine, and David Urion, of the Department of Neurology, offer their advice and 10 tips on things to watc...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 1, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Nancy Fliesler Tags: Ask the Expert Parenting Carol Wilkinson David Urion Department of Neurology Division of Developmental Medicine language development speech delay Source Type: news

Evaluation of orofacial characteristics and breastfeeding in preterm newborns before hospital discharge
Conclusions: the study elucidated some characteristics of the oral sensory motor system and of breastfeeding. Additionally, relationships were found between the oral sensory motor system and breastfeeding in premature infants. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - January 23, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Teaching portuguese as a foreign language in the city of Blumenau - SC and its connection with the speech therapy
Conclusion: it was considered that the speech therapist can help with the performance of teachers of Portuguese, for foreigners with guidance that involves listening skills and pronunciation, among other more specific communication matters, pertaining to speech pathology, particularly in the area Educational Speech Therapist and the development of new learning materials. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - January 23, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Auditory-perceptual judgment of velar stops associated to cleft palate by judges with and without experience
Conclusion: experience of judges and phonetic composition from the speech samples influence perceptual judgments of CA. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - January 23, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Perceptions of parents/guardians of children with phonological disorders about the phonological disorders and the speech therapy
Conclusion: this way, parents/guardians exposed their views about their experience related to the difficulty of speech and language therapy. So, we believe in a contribution to the reflection of the therapeutic procedures adopted in speech therapy, as well as to the maturing of the therapist-patient relationship and therapist-parents. Therefore, it encourages the inclusion and closeness to caregivers in therapy. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - January 23, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Effectiveness of speech therapy in the treatment of vocal fold polyps
RESUMO: O objetivo dessa revisão de literatura foi verificar a efetividade da fonoterapia no tratamento do pólipo em pregas vocais, a partir de levantamento bibliográfico. Foi realizada pesquisa bibliográfica na plataforma PublicMedline e nas bases de dados Scopus, Science Direct, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature e Web of Science, seguindo etapas de seleção e análise crítica dos artigos. Foram incluídos artigos originais que utilizaram a fonoterapia como tratamento para o pólipo vocal, sem restrições de data de publicação ou língua. Foram excluídos artigos que abordassem exclusivamen...
Source: Revista CEFAC - January 23, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Telehealth use in speech, language and hearing pathology in Brazil: systematic review
RESUMO: A Fonoaudiologia, a exemplo de outras profissões, absorveu as aplicações da Telessaúde e os serviços prestados à distância já fazem parte do cenário fonoaudiológico. Apesar disso, a Telessaúde em Fonoaudiologia no país ainda necessita de maior aprofundamento científico e de amplo acesso à população. Esta revisão sistemática objetivou analisar os estudos relativos à Telessaúde em Fonoaudiologia no Brasil nos últimos dez anos, categorizando-os segundo os níveis de evidência científica apontados pela American Speech and Hearing Association - ASHA (2005), as áreas da Fonoaudiologia contempladas...
Source: Revista CEFAC - January 23, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Language development and hearing impairment: literature review
RESUMO: Este estudo tem como objetivo revisar as produções científicas acerca das relações entre desempenho da linguagem e deficiência auditiva, assim como analisar os estudos observacionais sobre a temática. Trata-se de revisão de literatura, no qual foram utilizados os descritores "Hearing Loss", "Child Language", "Perda Auditiva", "Linguagem", "Fonologia" e "Vocabulário" nas bases de dados do Portal Capes, Bireme, Scielo e Pubmed no período de julho a dezembro de 2012. Os critérios de inclusão foram artigos disponíveis em periódicos publicados no período de 2007 a 2012. Foi critério de exclusão não ter...
Source: Revista CEFAC - January 23, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Language and aging: written autobiographical practices with elderly
This study aims to analyze the effects of written autobiographical practices developed by elderly subjects in generating individual autonomy and well-being. The study included five women and three men, between 60 and 87 years of age. This is a case report, with qualitatively analyzed data. The body of analysis consists of fragments of answers recurrently given by the research subjects in a semi-structured interview. This interview focused on questions about the activities of reading and writing developed by the subjects before and after they participated in meaningful practice with the language. From the analysis of the re...
Source: Revista CEFAC - January 23, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Echolalia's types in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
RESUMO: O Transtorno do Espectro Autista (TEA) é uma síndrome caracterizada por prejuízos persistentes na comunicação social recíproca, com interação social restrita e padrões repetitivos de comportamentos, interesses e atividades. Os comportamentos repetitivos na linguagem podem manifestar-se pelo aparecimento da ecolalia, fenômeno persistente caracterizado como um distúrbio de linguagem, com repetição da fala do outro, dividida em imediata ou tardia. Teve como objetivo a verificação do tipo de ecolalia e das habilidades comunicativas em sete meninos com TEA, com idades entre quatro e sete anos, que fazem u...
Source: Revista CEFAC - January 23, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Childhood and [re]habilitation: pragmatic political realities in the Colombian context
Resumen En este artículo esbozamos algunas intersecciones entre los conceptos de infancia y [re]habilitación, los cuales han tenido desarrollos paralelos, especialmente desde el siglo XX. Esta compleja interacción está mediada y construida a partir de los discursos científicos consolidados en función de la infancia. Enfatizamos este análisis desde dos perspectivas: 1) posturas académicas que, desde profesiones como fisioterapia, fonoaudiología, y terapia ocupacional, abordan la [re] habilitación en la infancia y 2) las miradas desde las políticas públicas, que aportan a la constitución de lugares para el ejerc...
Source: Ciencia e Saude Coletiva - January 23, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research

Speech Correction for Children with Cleft Lip and Palate by Networking of Community-Based Care.
CONCLUSION: Networking by Kosumphisai and Maha Sarakham of KKU Community-Based Speech Therapy Model was a valid and efficient method for providing speech services for children with cleft palate and could be extended to any area in Thailand and other developing countries, where have similar contexts. PMID: 26742381 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet)
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - January 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research

A Networking of Community-Based Speech Therapy: Borabue District, Maha Sarakham.
CONCLUSION: A networking of KKU Community-Based Speech Model, Non Thong Tambon Health Promotion Hospital, Borabue, and Maha Sarakham was a good way to enhance speech therapy in Thailand or other developing countries, where have limitation of speech services or lack of professionals. PMID: 26742379 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet)
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - January 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research

Speech Therapy for Children with Cleft Lip and Palate Using a Community-Based Speech Therapy Model with Speech Assistants.
CONCLUSION: The Community-Based Speech Therapy model is a valid and efficient method for providing speech therapy in cleft palate children. PMID: 26742382 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet)
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - January 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research

Physical activity in chronic home-living and sub-acute hospitalized stroke patients using objective and self-reported measures.
CONCLUSIONS: In HOM significantly more steps were performed and higher EE values were measured. However, participation in moderate activities and time spent on therapy were less in HOM. Evaluating PA with quantitative measures is feasible in both chronic home-living and sub-acute hospitalized patients with stroke. PMID: 26751778 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation)
Source: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation - January 9, 2016 Category: Neurology Authors: Vanroy C, Vissers D, Vanlandewijck Y, Feys H, Truijen S, Michielsen M, Cras P Tags: Top Stroke Rehabil Source Type: research

Management of cerebral palsy varies by healthcare region.
CONCLUSIONS: Regional differences in the management of CP cannot be explained by social differences or differences in the severity of the disability. FUNDING: This study was funded by the Research Foundation from the Central Denmark Region and the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University Hospital, the Augustinus Foundation, the Bevica Foundation, the Dagmar Marshalls Foundation, the Ludvig and Sara Elsass Foundation, and the Civil Engineer Frode V. Nyegaard's and his Wife's Foundation. TRIAL REGISTRATION: not relevant. PMID: 26522483 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Danish Medical Journal)
Source: Danish Medical Journal - December 12, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Tags: Dan Med J Source Type: research

Strategies for treating compensatory articulation in patients with cleft palate.
Authors: Del Carmen Pamplona M, Ysunza A, Morales S Abstract Patients with cleft palate frequently show compensatory articulation (CA). CA requires a prolonged period of speech intervention. Some scaffolding strategies can be useful for correcting placement and manner of articulation in these cases. The purpose of this paper was to study whether the use of specific strategies of speech pathology can be more effective if applied according to the level of severity of CA. Ninety patients with CA were studied in two groups. One group was treated using strategies specific for their level of severity of articulation, whe...
Source: International Journal of Biomedical Science - December 12, 2015 Category: Biomedical Science Tags: Int J Biomed Sci Source Type: research

Unmet Need for Therapy Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results from the 2005–2006 and 2009–2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs
Conclusions for Practice Children with ASD require supportive services such as occupational, physical, and speech therapy but are less likely to receive such services than other CSHCN. Receiving a well-child visit in the past year was strongly associated with receipt of needed therapy services. (Source: Maternal and Child Health Journal)
Source: Maternal and Child Health Journal - December 10, 2015 Category: Health Management Source Type: research

Interventions in the Alteration on Lingual Frenum: Systematic Review
Conclusion Surgical intervention is effective for the remission of the limitations caused by the alteration on lingual frenum, but there is a deficit of studies with higher methodological quality. The benefits of speech therapy in the post surgical period are described from improvement in the language of mobility aspects and speech articulation.[...]Thieme Publicações Ltda Rio de Janeiro, BrazilArticle in Thieme eJournals:Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  open access Full text (Source: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology)
Source: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology - December 8, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Miranda, Priscilla PoliseniCardoso, Caroline LouiseGomes, Erissandra Tags: Systematic Review Source Type: research

Prevalence of Psychiatric Symptoms and Mental Health Services in Students with Specific Learning Disabilities in Tehran, Iran
Abstract Children with specific learning disabilities are at a greater risk of mental health problems than their non-disabled peers. Further interventions and research will be required. This is a cross-sectional study. A sample of 107 students (7 to 11 years old) with specific learning disabilities were randomly selected from educational and rehabilitation settings in Tehran. The Child Symptom Inventory-4 (CSI-4) (parent checklist) was administered. Among children studied, 86 subjects (82.8 %) in some of the categories of psychiatric symptoms gained scores above the cut-off point. The most prevalent psychiatric ...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - December 7, 2015 Category: Addiction Source Type: research

[Potentials for research and innovations in allied health professions in Germany].
Authors: Voigt-Radloff S, Lang B, Antes G Abstract In order to address the increasing complexity and continuously changing needs and demands in the German healthcare system, there is a need to strengthen knowledge translation, evidence-based practice and the conduct of clinical trials in the field of allied health professions. An interdisciplinary working group representing the fields of nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy developed a guide and a concept for seminars to provide potential analyses for research and innovations in the allied health professions in Germany. These p...
Source: Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen - December 2, 2015 Category: Health Management Tags: Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwes Source Type: research

[Potential analysis of research on speech therapy-led communication training in aphasia following stroke].
Authors: Kempf S, Lauer N, Corsten S, Voigt-Radloff S Abstract HEALTH PROBLEM: In Germany, about 100,000 people currently suffer from aphasia. This speech disorder occurs as a result of neurologic events such as stroke or traumatic brain injury. Aphasia causes major limitations in social participation and quality of life and can be associated with unemployability and social isolation. For affected persons, it is essential to regain and maintain autonomy in daily life, both at work and with family and friends. The loss of autonomy is perceived much more dramatically than the loss of speech. Clients wish to minimise ...
Source: Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen - December 2, 2015 Category: Health Management Tags: Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwes Source Type: research

Preliteracy Speech Sound Production Skill and Linguistic Characteristics of Grade 3 Spellings: A Study Using the Templin Archive
Conclusions Findings were consistent with predictions from dual route models of spelling that SSPS is one of many variables associated with spelling skill and that children with impaired SSPS are at risk for spelling difficulty. (Source: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research)
Source: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research - December 1, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Parent-professional agreement on diagnosis and recommendations for children with developmental disorders.
Authors: Ho HH, Miller A, Armstrong RW Abstract Twenty-eight children with developmental disorders underwent an interdisciplinary assessment for diagnosis and recommendations about management. Following this assessment, the degree of agreement on diagnosis and recommendations between parents and the team was determined. There was substantial agreement for diagnosis of clearly identifiable conditions such as genetic disorders, autism, and mental retardation but less agreement for milder disorders such as learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and emotional disorders. Agreement on management varied, being...
Source: Children's Health Care - November 26, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Child Health Care Source Type: research

Multidisciplinary management of ankyloglossia in childhood. Treatment of 101 cases. A protocol.
CONCLUSIONS: The chosen surgical technique for moderate-severe ankyloglossia in our centre is the frenectomy and lingual plasty. The myofunctional training begins one week before the surgical intervention so that the patients learn the exercises without pain. PMID: 26595832 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Medicina Oral, Patologia Oral y Cirugia Bucal)
Source: Medicina Oral, Patologia Oral y Cirugia Bucal - November 26, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal Source Type: research

Tizanidine and Speech Therapy for Spastic Dysarthria: A Case Study
To evaluate tizanidine with speech therapy for dysarthria associated with spastic tetraplegia. (Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - November 23, 2015 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Jon A. Mukand, Patricia Swift Fulton, Minh Tran, Nita H. Mukand Tags: Research Poster Source Type: research

What Is the Rate of Stuttering Recovery?
Discussion Stuttering is defined as to utter with involuntary repetition of sounds. This commonly occurs in young children especially of initial sounds (Li-li-li-like he can’t do that!) but it can be whole word repetition (Like-like-like he can’t do that!). Stuttering as a normal utterance markedly decreases by age 6, so by age 7 if the child has stuttering the child should be evaluated by a professional speech and language pathologist (SLP). Indications for referral to a SLP for stuttering and other problems can be found here. A recent review of stuttering epidemiology found: Initiation of stuttering occurs ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 23, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

The influence of (central) auditory processing disorder in speech sound disorders
Conclusion The comparison among the tests evaluated between the two groups showed differences in some phonological and metalinguistic abilities. Children with an index value above 0.54 demonstrated strong tendencies towards presenting a (central) auditory processing disorder, and this measure was effective to indicate the need for evaluation in children with speech sound disorder. (Source: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology)
Source: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology - November 23, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Which Children Are Not Getting Their Needs for Therapy or Mobility Aids Met? Data From the 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs.
CONCLUSIONS: This evidence serves as a baseline about the future impact of the ACA. Pediatric rehabilitation professionals should be aware that children with special health care needs whose condition more frequently affects function and who have insurance discontinuity may need more support to meet therapy or mobility aid needs. PMID: 26586857 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Physical Therapy)
Source: Physical Therapy - November 19, 2015 Category: Physiotherapy Authors: McManus BM, Prosser LA, Gannotti ME Tags: Phys Ther Source Type: research

A Randomized Trial of 12-Week Interventions for the Treatment of Developmental Phonological Disorder in Francophone Children
Conclusion In this context, in which the children received a brief period of direct therapy and a home program component provided sequentially, the most effective strategy was to teach the parents to use treatment procedures at home that were congruent with the direct therapy component. (Source: American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology)
Source: American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology - November 1, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

The influence of auditory processing disorder in phonological disorders
Conclusion The comparison among the tests evaluated between the two groups showed differences in some phonological and metalinguistic features. Children with an index value above 0.54 demonstrated strong tendencies towards presenting an auditory processing change, and this measure was effective to indicate the need for evaluation in children with speech sound disorder. (Source: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology)
Source: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology - October 23, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Surgery for Velopharyngeal Insufficiency: the outcomes of the University Hospitals Leuven
We reviewed the outcomes of patients who underwent a velopharyngoplasty and subsequent speech therapy for velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) to determine possible prognostic variables. (Source: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology)
Source: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology - October 19, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: K. Samoy, G. Hens, A. Verdonck, J. Schoenaers, T. Dormaar, M. Breuls, V. Vander Poorten Source Type: research

Unmet Health Care Service Needs of Children With Disabilities in Penang, Malaysia
Information on unmet health care needs reveal problems that are related to unavailability and inaccessibility of services. The study objectives were to determine the prevalence, and the reasons for unmet service needs among children with disabilities in the state of Penang, Malaysia. Caregivers of children with disabilities aged 0 to 12 years registered with the Penang Social Welfare Department in 2012 answered a self-administered mailed questionnaire. A total of 305 questionnaires were available for analysis (response rate 37.9%). Services that were very much needed and yet highly unmet were dental services (49.6% needed,...
Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health - October 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tan, S. H. Tags: 46th APACPH Conference Supplement Source Type: research

Emergence and Prevalence of Persistent and Residual Speech Errors.
This report reviews the existing literature on the emergence and prevalence of speech sound errors in older children and adults. Findings from several different sources suggest that 1 to 2% of the young adult population overall may present with these errors. Up to 75% of these errors may resolve on their own between the end of the developmental period (i.e., age 9 years) and the end of high school, though speech therapy services may still be justified to reduce any negative social consequences of these errors. At least two different sources of these errors are postulated. Residual speech errors (the more common of the two ...
Source: Seminars in Speech and Language - October 14, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Flipsen P Tags: Semin Speech Lang Source Type: research

Emergence and Prevalence of Persistent and Residual Speech Errors
This report reviews the existing literature on the emergence and prevalence of speech sound errors in older children and adults. Findings from several different sources suggest that 1 to 2% of the young adult population overall may present with these errors. Up to 75% of these errors may resolve on their own between the end of the developmental period (i.e., age 9 years) and the end of high school, though speech therapy services may still be justified to reduce any negative social consequences of these errors. At least two different sources of these errors are postulated. Residual speech errors (the more common of the two ...
Source: Seminars in Speech and Language - October 12, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Flipsen, Peter Source Type: research

Vocal warm-up and breathing training for teachers: randomized clinical trial
CONCLUSIONS Both interventions were similar regarding their effects on the teachers’ voice quality. However, each contribution has individually contributed to improve the teachers’ voice quality, especially the vocal warm-up.TRIAL RECORD NCT02102399, “Vocal Warm-up and Respiratory Muscle Training in Teachers”.OBJETIVO Comparar a efetividade de duas intervenções fonoaudiológicas, aquecimento vocal e treino respiratório, na qualidade vocal de professores.MÉTODOS Realizou-se ensaio clínico randomizado, cego ao avaliador, com delineamento em paralelo 1:1. Participaram da pesquisa 31 professores da rede estadual d...
Source: Revista de Saude Publica - October 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: research

Mother with life-long stammer now spends all day of the phone - thanks to speech therapy
Yinka Dolan, 49, from Warrington, developed her stammer as a child after being scolded by her stepfather for talking too fast. She now runs a support group for other stammerers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prevalence and Correlates of Educational Intervention Utilization Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
This study examined the prevalence and correlates of educational intervention utilization among U.S. preschool aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prior to recent policy changes. The analysis was based on a nationally representative longitudinal survey of children receiving special education services during the 2003-2004 school year. All children with parent or teacher identified ASD over a 3-year study period were analyzed. Outcomes included utilization of speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavior therapy, and mental health services by service sector. The analysis revealed low rates of behavioral therap...
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - September 21, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Bilaver LA, Cushing LS, Cutler AT Tags: J Autism Dev Disord Source Type: research

A Randomized Trial of Twelve Week Interventions for the Treatment of Developmental Phonological Disorder in Francophone Children.
Conclusion: In this context, in which the children received a brief period of direct therapy and a home program component provided sequentially, the most effective strategy was to teach the parents to use treatment procedures at home that were congruent with the direct therapy component. PMID: 26381229 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology)
Source: American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology - September 18, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Rvachew S, Brosseau-Lapré F Tags: Am J Speech Lang Pathol Source Type: research

Preliteracy Speech Sound Production Skill and Linguistic Characteristics of Grade 3 Spellings: A Study Using the Templin Archive.
Conclusions: Findings were consistent with predictions from dual route models of spelling that SSPS is one of many variables associated with spelling skill and that children with impaired SSPS are at risk for spelling difficulty. PMID: 26380965 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR)
Source: Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR - September 17, 2015 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Overby MS, Masterson JJ, Preston JL Tags: J Speech Lang Hear Res Source Type: research

Schooling of hearing-impaired children and benefit of early diagnosis
Conclusion This study confirms that moderate-to-severe congenital bilateral hearing loss has an impact on the child's schooling, with grade retention that depends, but not exclusively, on the degree of hearing loss. A growing number of children with moderate bilateral hearing loss fitted with a hearing aid now attend a regular school. (Source: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases)
Source: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases - September 16, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

The Most Beautiful Dance I Ever Enjoyed With My Husband
This past weekend my husband, Dan danced at our friend's daughter's wedding. Well, if you consider swaying from side to side dancing, then it qualifies. While it may not seem so remarkable, the fact that Dan wiggled on a dance floor is amazing and wonderful! It was just five years ago that his life took a cruel turn and he suffered a devastating stroke. He couldn't walk, talk or eat. He had a feeding tube in his stomach, and we were told he was "gravely" ill. The stroke had affected his brain stem where bodily functions were regulated, paralyzed the optic nerve and traveled beyond. He received tPA -- tissue plasminogen ac...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Speech perception, production and intelligibility in French-speaking children with profound hearing loss and early cochlear implantation after congenital cytomegalovirus infection
Conclusion CI showed positive impact on hearing and speech in children with post-cCMV profound hearing loss. Our study demonstrated the key role of maximizing post-CI hearing gain. A few children had insufficient progress, especially in case of bilateral vestibular areflexia and/or brain abnormality on MRI. This led us to suggest that balance rehabilitation and speech therapy should be intensified in such cases. (Source: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases)
Source: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases - September 11, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research

Nasalance in Cochlear Implantees.
CONCLUSION: The quality of speech of the cochlear implantees was superior to that of the hearing aid users, but did not match with the normal controls. The study suggests that acoustic variables still exist after cochlear implantation in children, with hearing impairments at deviant levels, which needs attention. Further research needs to be carried out to explore the effect of the age at implantation as a variable in reducing nasality in the speech and attaining normative values in cochlear implantees, and also between unilateral versus bilateral implantees. PMID: 26330912 [PubMed] (Source: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology)
Source: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology - September 5, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Clin Exp Otorhinolaryngol Source Type: research

Otolaryngologic manifestations of Noonan syndrome.
Abstract Noonan syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder with associated anomalies that include short stature, congenital heart defects, developmental delay, and characteristic facial features among other abnormalities. Articulation deficiency and language delay are often present and require speech therapy. Otitis media and hearing loss have been reported to be common in these patients. We performed a retrospective chart review of pediatric patients who were diagnosed with Noonan syndrome at our tertiary care center from January 1979 through December 2009. We found 19 such patients. Of these, 8 had received singl...
Source: Ear, Nose and Throat Journal - September 1, 2015 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Geelan-Hansen K, Anne S Tags: Ear Nose Throat J Source Type: research

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