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Dental care access among individuals with Down syndrome: a Malaysian scenario.
Conclusion. A high proportion of parents appear to be able to access dental and medical care for their DS child. However, some parents perceived difficulty in finding oral healthcare. PMID: 25029211 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica)
Source: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica - July 16, 2014 Category: Dentistry Authors: Abdul Rahim FS, Mohamed AM, Marizan Nor M, Saub R Tags: Acta Odontol Scand Source Type: research

Preparing an E-learning-based Speech Therapy (EST) efficacy study: Identifying suitable outcome measures to detect within-subject changes of speech intelligibility in dysarthric speakers.
Abstract Abstract We explored the suitability of perceptual and acoustic outcome measures to prepare E-learning based Speech Therapy (EST) efficacy tests regarding speech intelligibility in dysarthric speakers. Eight speakers with stroke (n = 3), Parkinson's disease (n = 4) and traumatic brain injury (n = 1) participated in a 4 weeks EST trial. A repeated measures design was employed. Perceptual measures were (a) scale ratings for "ease of intelligibility" and "pleasantness" in continuous speech and (b) orthographic transcription scores of semantically unpredictable sentences. Acoustic measures were (c)...
Source: Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics - July 15, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Beijer LJ, Rietveld AC, Ruiter MB, Geurts AC Tags: Clin Linguist Phon Source Type: research

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital looking to fill 140 new jobs
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs is hiring 140 new full-time jobs in nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; and other hospital-related support positions. The 50-bed, 55,000-square-foot rehab hospital, currently under construction, is holding a job fair on Friday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Orlando North at 600 N. Lake Destiny Drive in Maitland. Construction on the hospital began in 2013, and it is expected to be open by the fourth quarter… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - June 26, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Cindy Barth Source Type: research

UPMC East prepares to open hospital rehab unit
UPMC East Hospital in Monroeville is preparing to open a 19-bed rehabilitation unit, the ninth in the hospital network, with media tours scheduled Wednesday. The unit is UPMC’s first in the eastern suburbs. Services will include specialized physical, occupational and speech therapy for people who have suffered stroke, traumatic injuries and other medical problems. The Joint Commission accredited UPMC East as a primary stroke center and the hospital’s application is pending at the state Department… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - June 25, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Kris B. Mamula Source Type: research

A longitudinal assessment of early childhood education with integrated speech therapy for children with significant language impairment in Germany.
CONCLUSION & IMPLICATIONS: Kindergartens and primary schools which support curriculumContiConti-integrated language-/speech therapy and allow for different personality traits appear to improve longterm development and academic outcome of children with language-/speech impairment or delay. PMID: 24939594 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders)
Source: International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders - June 17, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Ullrich D, Ullrich K, Marten M Tags: Int J Lang Commun Disord Source Type: research

Written learning and maternal education
Conclusion the learning of writing is influenced by social factors such as maternal education. These aspects need to be considered in the evaluation and diagnosis of speech therapy, as well as in educational practices offered by the school. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Speech therapy in hippotherapy
Conclusion the group of professionals indicated that the role of speech therapists in the hippotherapy team, besides working directly with the practitioner, involves treatment planning, clarification, demonstration and proving the importance of speech therapy for the team and providing guidance to the family of the practioner. However, we have found that there is no theoretical basis and procedures considered standard practice for speech therapy in hippotherapy. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Criteria for clinical speech therapy evaluation of tracheostomized patient in hospital bed and home care
Conclusion : at the end of the study it was concluded that the criteria for evaluating speech in tracheostomized patient in bed in the city of Salvador, Bahia, most is according to the criteria described in the literature. However, few studies exist that establish criteria for decannulation, therefore, it emphasizes the need for validation protocols for a better performance of the process of decannulation in these patients. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Dentistry-speech integration: the importance of interdisciplinary teams formation
Os odontólogos e fonoaudiólogos, por possuírem em comum a mesma área de atuação: o Sistema Estomatognático, tem a responsabilidade de trabalhar em conjunto. Além disso, têm a necessidade de se aliar com médicos, psicólogos e fisioterapeutas objetivando o aperfeiçoamento das terapias e tratamentos, promovendo satisfação e saúde aos seus pacientes. Entretanto, grande parte dos cirurgiões-dentistas apresentam dificuldades sobre quais casos necessitam de intervenção fonoaudiológica e o momento apropriado para a realização desta, o mesmo ocorre com os fonoaudiólogos em relação à Odontologia. As habilida...
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Interference of the early and late drug therapy in Parkinson disease in the management of dysphagia
A Doença de Parkinson apresenta grande incidência na população idosa, gerando comprometimento motor progressivo, que afeta várias funções, dentre as quais se destaca a deglutição. Esse trabalho teve como objetivo relacionar a disfagia na Doença de Parkinson aos efeitos imediatos e/ou tardios do tratamento medicamentoso, que de forma direta ou indireta interferirá no gerenciamento fonoaudiológico. Fizemos uma revisão de literatura nas bases de dados eletrônicas Lilacs, Scielo, Medline e Pubmed no período de 2001 a 2011, utilizando os termos livres “Doença de Parkinson”; (Parkinson Disease), “deglutiç...
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Relationship between abstinence from marijuana and speech fluency in an adolescent with stuttering: implications for speech therapy and psychiatric treatment
This study has as its subject the relationship between prosody and language disorders, this relationship being investigated from the survey of publications indexed in international databases. The analysis of the articles showed that there is a growth in publications that relate to language disorders deficits production and perception of speech prosody. It also reinforces that the loss or difficulty in skills relating to prosody, pragmatic compromises the function of language, and therefore the interaction of the subject in its social environment. Aphasia is a disorder most studied, probably also influenced by the global in...
Source: Revista CEFAC - June 3, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

ReDoc sells to Pittsburgh outpatient software solutions company
The Rehab Documentation Company, a Brentwood-based firm also known as ReDoc, has been purchased by Net Health, a Pittsburgh-based outpatient software solutions company, according to a news release. ReDoc provides clinical electronic medical record and management solutions for the growing physical occupational and speech therapy markets. The company recently raised $1.1 million, announcing at the time the funding would be used for product development, enhancement and team expansion. "As a component… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 3, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Eleanor Kennedy Source Type: research

Fun, Fun, Fun, and You’ll Have ’Em Loving Learning All Day
Research shows that learning and entertainment go hand in hand—having fun can improve learning of even abstract, complex information, says blogger Lois Brady at Speech Therapy for Autism. Adapting this premise to work with children on the autism spectrum, she suggests using a child’s “special interest” to connect to material. She also advises giving them choices to promote involvement, reinforcing responses during a task, having them work for a reinforcer, and interspersing both easy and challenging tasks to mediate frustration. Brady suggests that mobile technology can help clinicians use all of those techniques, ...
Source: The ASHA Leader Online - May 30, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

[Comment] Occupational therapy for Parkinson's disease: increasing awareness
Despite progress in the medical and surgical treatments of Parkinson's disease, patients still develop difficulties with gait, balance, and activities of daily living, which affect their quality of life and ability for self-care. Rehabilitation specialists, in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, play an important part in delivery of care. There is a growing body of evidence for the role of physical therapy to reduce disability and optimise quality of life in Parkinson's disease, and well-designed studies in occupational therapy are needed. (Source: Lancet Neurology)
Source: Lancet Neurology - May 19, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Marie Saint-Hilaire Tags: Comment Source Type: research

Successful engagement: CBM's holistic approach to the work in the area of ear care, deafness, hard of hearing and deafblindness.
Conclusions: CBM's holistic approach to work in the area of ear care; deafness; hard of hearing and deafblindness includes intervention at all levels of health care provision, Education, CBR and Audiological, Speech Therapy and other interdisciplinary services. This article presents CBM's core principles and shares specific strategic planning and results, together with lessons learnt while searching a sustainable engagement for field work. Implications for Rehabilitation Rehabilitation, in its widest conception, should be approached as a multidisciplinary strategy, and developed in close cooperation with other local, natio...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology. - May 14, 2014 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tesni S, Santana-Hernández D Tags: Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol Source Type: research

The Influence of Inner and Heard Speech in Arts Speech Therapy on Brain Oxygenation and Hemodynamics
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine May 2014, Vol. 20, No. 5: A78-A78. (Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine)
Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - May 7, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: article Source Type: research

UPMC East adding rehab services with new unit
UPMC East Hospital will soon get its own rehabilitation center. Construction began May 1 at the Monroeville hospital for a 20-bed UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, which is scheduled to open July 1. The center will be the ninth of its kind for the hospital system, and it will provide specialized inpatient care for people with physical, occupational and speech therapy needs. “We are meeting a community need in the area where our patients live,” hospital President Mark Sevco said in a prepared statement.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 5, 2014 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kris B. Mamula Source Type: research

Postural control and balance self efficacy in women with fibromyalgia. Are there differences?
CONCLUSIONS: Patients with FM have impaired postural control and low balance self-efficacy that are associated with pain, muscle strength, and symptom severity. CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT: Postural control and balance self-efficacy needs to be assessed in patients with FM and the treatment goals should be the improvement of postural control and balance self-efficacy. PMID: 24755776 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine)
Source: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - April 23, 2014 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Muto L, Mango P, Sauer J, Yuan S, Sousa A, Marques A Tags: Eur J Phys Rehabil Med Source Type: research

Effectiveness of speech therapy in evolution of oral ingestion in patients with post stroke Oropharyngeal Dysphagia
Conclusion : speech therapy is effective in improving food intake by mouth in patients treated in hospitals with neurogenic dysphagia after stroke, except if clinical complications appear during the process. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - April 15, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Third of stroke survivors must pay for essential rehab services
Survey finds that half had no access to speech therapy or occupational therapy (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - April 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proof of Concept for Operation House Call for Underserved Parkinson's Disease Patients (P2.049)
Conclusion:This program provides a proof of concept for PD housecalls. Operation housecall provides underserved PD patients’ with quality medical care, allows them to remain in their home setting, and may prevent hospitalizations. Advanced medical care such as evaluation for DBS is possible. This program could provide a proof of concept for the construction of a larger visiting physician or nurse program.Acknowledgements:This program is supported by the Smallwood Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence located at the University of Florida.Disclosure: Dr. Hack has nothing to disclose. Dr....
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Hack, N., Akbar, U., Eilers, A., Rundle-Gonzalez, V., Martinez-Ramirez, D., Morita, H., Malaty, I., Okun, M. Tags: Movement Disorders: Co-morbidities and Novel Care Models Source Type: research

Paroxysmal Vocal Cord Motion Dysfunction Masquerading as Neuromuscular Disorders (P3.303)
CONCLUSIONS: PCVD should be considered in the differential diagnosis of ARF even in patients previously diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder, especially when the clinical presentation is atypical given the course of the disease. This is crucial to avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful therapies and to ensure that appropriate therapy is instituted. Study Supported by: NADisclosure: Dr. Kassar has nothing to disclose. Dr. Arnold has nothing to disclose. Dr. Hoyle has nothing to disclose. Dr. Kissel has received personal compensation for activities with Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Cytokinetics. (Source: Neurology)
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Kassar, D., Arnold, W., Hoyle, C., Kissel, J. Tags: Muscle Disease Source Type: research

The Feeling That 'I Can Say It in My Head' Predicts Word-by-Word Success in Subsequent Aphasia Treatment. (P2.118)
CONCLUSIONS: In one individual, self-reported internal naming predicted success and rate of learning on a word-by-word basis during speech therapy for anomia. This suggests that claims of inner speech may be more reliable than previously appreciated, and may also be clinically relevant. These self-reports could improve accuracy of prognosis, or potentially be used to guide treatment on a word-by-word basis.Disclosure: Dr. Hayward has nothing to disclose. Dr. Sullivan has nothing to disclose. Dr. Snider has nothing to disclose. Dr. Lacey has nothing to disclose. Dr. Friedman has nothing to disclose. Dr. Turkeltaub has nothi...
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Hayward, W., Sullivan, K., Snider, S., Lacey, E., Friedman, R., Turkeltaub, P. Tags: Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology: Behavioral, Cognitive, and Miscellaneous Source Type: research

Barriers to Discharge: A Quality Improvement Project (P1.029)
CONCLUSIONS: Cost of hospitalization for stroke/TIA workup is 58.8% more than workup and discharge from ED. Prolonged work up takes up more acute care beds on Neurology service.Disclosure: Dr. Tran has nothing to disclose. Dr. Vu has nothing to disclose. Dr. Kahlon has nothing to disclose. (Source: Neurology)
Source: Neurology - April 9, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Tran, A.-T., Vu, T.-A., Kahlon, S. Tags: General Neurology I Source Type: research

35. Surface polyelectromyography – Principle of the method and possible use in dysphagia
Conclusion: PEMG (unlike ”classic EMG”) does not provide information to identify the clinical diagnostic units that cause a disorder. However, it facilitates, in terms of muscle activity, the characterisation of a functional disturbance (acknowledging limitations of the elusive definition for a normal movement pattern) and to monitor the evolution of functional parameters over time including its reaction to various influences (e.g. therapy).Supported by the project Ministry of Health, Czech Republic NT13725–4/2012. (Source: Clinical Neurophysiology)
Source: Clinical Neurophysiology - April 7, 2014 Category: Neuroscience Authors: M. Bednar, E. Vanaskova, I. Vareka Tags: Society Proceedings Source Type: research

[Health insurance data analysis on home nursing care in Hungary].
Conclusions: There are significant inequalities in the home nursing care in Hungary. In order to decrease these inequalities, specific guidelines should be developed for home nursing care. Orv. Hetil., 2014, 155(15), 597-603. PMID: 24704772 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Orvosi Hetilap)
Source: Orvosi Hetilap - April 1, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Cs Horváth Z, Sebestyén A, Molics B, Agoston I, Endrei D, Oláh A, Betlehem J, Imre L, Bagosi G, Boncz I Tags: Orv Hetil Source Type: research

Could Botox be used to treat severe asthma?
Conclusion This small study involved 11 people who had severe asthma symptoms despite optimised treatment and who had abnormal vocal cord movement which was not improved by speech therapy. The results suggest that Botox injections into one of the vocal cords improved asthma control and the airway size at the level of the vocal cords was increased. However, there were no changes in measures of lung function. As the researchers point out, this study was not controlled or blinded and a placebo effect cannot be excluded. It is also not known how long any effect would last, as participants were only assessed for one to three...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Can enhancing left lateralization using transcranial direct current stimulation improve recovery from post-stroke aphasia?
One third of stroke victims suffer from aphasia, an acquired language disorder for which there are few effective medical treatments. Aphasia often does not resolve completely, resulting in substantial long-term disability. After a stroke that causes aphasia, the reorganization of language networks in the brain involves compensatory recruitment of brain tissue in the left hemisphere as well as potentially maladaptive recruitment of symmetric areas in the right hemisphere. One avenue for intervention might be to externally “left lateralize” the brain, enhancing activity of the left frontal lobe while inhibiting the right...
Source: BRAIN STIMULATION: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation - March 1, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Mackenzie Fama, Elizabeth Lacey, Alexa Desko, Lauren Taylor, Laura Hussey, Peter Turkeltaub Tags: Abstracts Presented at NYC Neuromodulation 2013 Source Type: research

Early Intervention Services Are Available for Your Child with Down Syndrome
Even though we all know that all children with Down syndrome may require physical, occupational and language/speech therapy during their development or maybe throughout their life, more therapy doesn't necessarily equal more advancement and should never be considered a way to fix a child. Therapy is a form of guidance that reinforces your child's development, and at the same time teaches you, as a parent, how to integrate this guidance into your child's natural routines....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Down Syndrome)
Source: About.com Down Syndrome - February 28, 2014 Category: Disability Source Type: news

Predictive value of esophageal motility test in the proficiency of esophageal speech
Summary One method of speech rehabilitation following total laryngectomy surgery is esophageal speech therapy (EST). In this method, which has witnessed relatively low success rates at the end of therapy, identification of patients who can benefit from EST beforehand will be important for determining the appropriate method for alaryngeal speech rehabilitation and might be cost‐effective, saving time and labor. To this end, this study conducted research on the feasibility of manometric data measured prior to therapy using an esophageal motility test (EMT) in order to determine the candidates most suitable for esophageal s...
Source: Diseases of the Esophagus - February 24, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: M. Sahin, R. Vardar, T. Kirazli, F. Ogut, S. Akyildiz, S. Bor Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

[Unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis in the adult: Epidemiology, symptoms, physiopathology and treatment.]
Abstract In France, the main causes for unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis in the adult patient are surgery and malignant tumors. Most of unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis following thyroid surgery will recover within the first six postoperative months. At the time of unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis, swallowing impairment and dyspnea occur in around 30% and 5% of cases, respectively. In the face of a unilateral laryngeal nerve paralysis occurring without a history of trauma of surgery, the main paraclinical examination to perform is a computed laryngeal nerve examination analyzing the whole length of the ...
Source: Presse Medicale - February 10, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Laccourreye O, Malinvaud D, Ménard M, Bonfils P Tags: Presse Med Source Type: research

Investigation on the complaint of dysphagia in aphasic patients
CONCLUSIONS: out of the aphasic patients assessed in this study, 48% reported swallowing complaints. Based on reports by family members, aphasia had no impact on the prognosis of dysphagia. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Preference side masticatory and facial symmetry in total laryngectomy: clinical and electromyographic study
CONCLUSION: in laryngectomized anthropometric facial measurements correlate with the preference side chewing and the values of the masseter EMG during mastication. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Demand for speech therapy intervention in neonatal unit of a teaching hospital
CONCLUSION: the majority of newborns receive oral feeding without a prior evaluation by a speech therapist, which can lead to situations of risk with regard to safe, efficient feeding. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Efficiency of myofunctional therapy in cases of phonological, phonetic and phonetic-phonological disorders
CONCLUSION: myofunctional therapy was efficient in cases of phonetic and/or phonological deviations. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Speech therapy effectiveness in a case of expressive aphasia resulting from stroke
O objetivo deste estudo de caso foi relatar e analisar o caso de um paciente afásico adulto em tratamento fonoaudiológico na clínica escola do Curso de Fonoaudiologia de uma instituição federal de ensino. O sujeito estudado é um paciente do sexo masculino, com 68 anos de idade, em tratamento na clínica escola desde maio de 2009, sendo que seu processo terapêutico foi analisado até dezembro de 2010. Quanto à história clínica, o paciente sofreu acidente vascular encefálico isquêmico no hemisfério esquerdo, em janeiro de 2009, quando repentinamente apresentou um quadro de mutismo. Após serem realizadas avalia...
Source: Revista CEFAC - February 7, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Palatoplasty in Cleft Palate: Case Report
Orofacial defects are common in humans. A cleft palate results from failure of fusion of the palatal shelves and is more prevalent in girls. Treatment for this deformity is challenging, requiring surgical intervention and help from certain specialties, such as orthodontics and speech therapy. Patient, 13, had a median cleft palate. Treatment was performed using the technique of von Langenbeck palatoplasty. The patient improved significantly and achieved functional reestablishment of the pharyngeal mechanism. (Source: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontics)
Source: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontics - January 21, 2014 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: IGOR BRASIL VILLAR, BARBAHRA CAROLYNIE AMORIM REIS, DANIEL DO CARMO CARVALHO, DIMITRE RAMOS GRANDEZ ARAÚJO, IGOR BRASIL VILLAR, LUCIANO HENRIQUE DE JESUS, RICARDO FARIAS BRITO Tags: Online Only Articles Source Type: research

Changes in voice onset time and motor speech skills in children following motor speech therapy: Evidence from /pa/ productions.
This study evaluated changes in motor speech control and inter-gestural coordination for children with speech sound disorders (SSD) subsequent to Prompts for Restructuring Oral and Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) intervention. We measured the distribution patterns of voice onset time (VOT) for a voiceless stop (/p/) to examine the changes in inter-gestural coordination. Two standardized tests were used (Verbal Motor Production Assessment for Children (VMPAC), GFTA-2) to assess the changes in motor speech skills and articulation. Data showed positive changes in patterns of VOT with a lower pattern of variability. All chi...
Source: Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics - January 21, 2014 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Yu VY, Kadis DS, Oh A, Goshulak D, Namasivayam A, Pukonen M, Kroll R, De Nil LF, Pang EW Tags: Clin Linguist Phon Source Type: research

Plastic Changes Following Imitation-Based Speech and Language Therapy for Aphasia: A High-Density Sleep EEG Study
Conclusions. Our results suggest that SWA changes occurring in brain areas activated during imitation-based aphasia therapy may reflect the acute plastic changes induced by this intervention. Further testing will be needed to evaluate SWA as a non-invasive assessment of changes induced by the therapy and as a predictor of positive long-term clinical outcome. (Source: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair)
Source: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair - January 10, 2014 Category: Neurology Authors: Sarasso, S., Maatta, S., Ferrarelli, F., Poryazova, R., Tononi, G., Small, S. L. Tags: Clinical Research Articles Source Type: research

[Outpatient Physiotherapy for Patients with Knee Pain in Northern Germany.]
Abstract Physiotherapy, in comparison to occupational therapy and speech therapy, is the most frequently prescribed treatment in Germany. Nationally there is only scarce information available on indications, treatment approaches and development of health condition throughout therapy. Present work encompasses only small sample sizes and insufficient follow-up periods.To describe, how patients with knee complaints are treated based on a physiotherapy referral and how their health condition changes during therapy.A descriptive-exploratory secondary analysis of data from a prospective multicentre observational study wa...
Source: Die Rehabilitation - January 3, 2014 Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Karstens S, Froböse I, Weiler SW Tags: Rehabilitation (Stuttg) Source Type: research

Use of nouns and verbs in the oral narrative of individuals with hearing impairment and normal hearing between 5 and 11 years of age.
CONCLUSION: Among oralized hearing-impaired children who underwent speech therapy, their performance regarding verbs and noun use was similar to that of their hearing counterparts. PMID: 24310796 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Sao Paulo Medical Journal)
Source: Sao Paulo Medical Journal - December 9, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Amemiya EE, Goulart BN, Chiari BM Tags: Sao Paulo Med J Source Type: research

Performance in phonological awareness of children with phonological disorder: comparison of two instruments
CONCLUSION: most children in the sample (85%), independent of speech therapy, showed inferior performance than the expected for their age group in one of two instruments of evaluation, demonstrating the importance of speech therapy with emphasis on this aspect, because this will be reflected directly in the process of literacy of the children. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - November 29, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Investigating the compliance with speech therapy service in the context of primary care
CONCLUSION: it was possible to observe the presence of different reasons related to an abandonment in the same interview, aspect that corroborates with the one discussed by the national and international literature, which characterizes the process of compliance/non-compliance as complex and multifactorial. (Source: Revista CEFAC)
Source: Revista CEFAC - November 29, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Instruments used in the evaluation of teachers' voice: literature review
El objetivo de este trabajo es realizar un estudio bibliográfico focalizado en los instrumentos que se utilizan para evaluar de forma objetiva y cualitativa la voz en profesores. Se realizó un levantamiento bibliográfico de las publicaciones catalogadas en Pubmed y Scielo durante los últimos 5 años, que tuvieran relación con la evaluación de la voz en profesores. Los instrumentos utilizados en los 15 artículos encontrados muestran que un 80% de los estudios ocupan cuestionarios, 40% realiza evaluación perceptivo-auditiva de la voz, 40% utiliza videoestroboscopía o telelaringoscopía, 33% realiza evaluación foni...
Source: Revista CEFAC - November 29, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Clinical evaluation of the relationship of posture, breathing and swallowing in chronic-state post-stroke patients: case report
O Acidente Vascular Cerebral (AVC) é a doença neurológica que mais incapacita os adultos. A respiração, a postura e a deglutição possuem uma relação direta nesta doença, necessitando assim de uma intervenção multidisciplinar. O objetivo do presente estudo foi realizar uma avaliação clínica integrada para analisar a relação entres estas disfunções. Trata-se de uma paciente do sexo feminino com 37 anos, com seis anos de diagnóstico de AVC isquêmico com hemiparesia completa à direita de predomínio crural, hipertensão arterial sistêmica, disfagia e disartrofonia. Na anamnese, relatou sintomas referente...
Source: Revista CEFAC - November 29, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Case report: the importance of multiprofessional care in supracricoid laryngectomy
This study is about theperfomance multiprofissional on laryngectomy supracricoid. The speech therapy in the hospital was carried out twice a day, after 14 sessions, pasty consistency was released. The patient returned to the disfagia outpatient of the hospital, once a week for two months and now returns once a month. Nutritional therapy nasoenteric probe (NEP) allowed the necessary caloric intake and hydration and, through the release of consistency by oral Audiologist, the nutritionist expanded the options of foods that the patient could eat, favoring the profit of weight and withdrawal of the alternative way of feeding.T...
Source: Revista CEFAC - November 29, 2013 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Speech and language outcomes of very preterm infants
Summary: Speech and language impairments of both simple and complex language functions are common among former preterm infants. Risk factors include lower gestational age and increasing illness severity including severe brain injury. Even in the absence of brain injury, however, altered brain maturation and vulnerability imposed by premature entrance to the extrauterine environment is associated with brain structural and microstructural changes. These alterations are associated with language impairments with lasting effects in childhood and adolescence and increased needs for speech therapy and education supports. Studies ...
Source: Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine - November 25, 2013 Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Betty Vohr Source Type: research

Orthodontic intervention combined with myofunctional therapy increases electromyographic activity of masticatory muscles in patients with skeletal unilateral posterior crossbite.
Conclusions. Orthodontic intervention combined with myofunctional therapy in patients with skeletal unilateral posterior crossbite provided an increase in the electromyographic activity of the masseter and temporalis muscles during mandibular rest and habitual mastication, with predominantly bilateral mastication. PMID: 24255961 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica)
Source: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica - November 21, 2013 Category: Dentistry Authors: Maffei C, Garcia P, de Biase NG, de Souza Camargo E, Vianna-Lara MS, Grégio AM, Azevedo-Alanis LR Tags: Acta Odontol Scand Source Type: research

Consensus Paper: Management of Degenerative Cerebellar Disorders.
Abstract Treatment of motor symptoms of degenerative cerebellar ataxia remains difficult. Yet there are recent developments that are likely to lead to significant improvements in the future. Most desirable would be a causative treatment of the underlying cerebellar disease. This is currently available only for a very small subset of cerebellar ataxias with known metabolic dysfunction. However, increasing knowledge of the pathophysiology of hereditary ataxia should lead to an increasing number of medically sensible drug trials. In this paper, data from recent drug trials in patients with recessive and dominant cereb...
Source: Cerebellum - November 13, 2013 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Ilg W, Bastian AJ, Boesch S, Burciu RG, Celnik P, Claaßen J, Feil K, Kalla R, Miyai I, Nachbauer W, Schöls L, Strupp M, Synofzik M, Teufel J, Timmann D Tags: Cerebellum Source Type: research

Keeping Insecurity Away: Bonding Without Spoken Language
Opening the channels of attachment through other means of communicationread more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 8, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Therapy american sign language ASL attachment communication deaf hearing hearing impaired speech therapy spoken language Source Type: news