Ivan and Matt fly doubles this week.  Ivan continues to make a difference at the preschool in which he works while Matt recovers from a week of therapy by recounting Blade Runner 2049.

The dynamic duo discuss the application of student tracking devices.  The devices can be worn around the wrist, on the shoe, or around the neck.  They are supposed to help families incase a loved one wanders away.  Are there other opportunities that they can be used?

AOL Instant Messenger leaves this mortal plane on December 15.  Over the years, AIM taught the world to text, use emojis, type in short hand, and post cryptic yet truthful away messages.  AIM also gave a voice to the voiceless.  The students or adults who were too afraid or unable to speak naturally found their voices online.  AIM in a way was another form of AAC.  What sort of lasting effects does AIM leave for the future of tech devices for students and adults using AAC?

Vanessa Rentschleder sat down with Lucas to discuss all of the finer points of Audiology.  Discussions of ear cleaning to ear injuries and everything in between.  Vanessa also speaks about why she is a card carrier of both ASHA CCCs and the AAA.  Hearing aid distributers and FM systems and the proper place and purpose are also discussed.  
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Theresa Richard, from Swallow Your Pride, joins the guys for a round table discussion.  It’s been two weeks since the group sat down together.  Lucas has more car mishaps, Matt worked a comic book convention, Ivan attended his first ever hockey game, and Theresa does her best to keep the group on topic. 




This week, Lucas high-jacks the podcast to feature three of the many presentations from AAC After Work.  YappGuru’s Mai Ling Chan worked with Lucas Steuber and Caroline Musselwhite to help produce a wonderful CEU event. 

The 3 we have picked out for you this week are as follows: demos of aided language stimulation, a tongue in check exploration of the definition of AAC along with historical background and practical application, and a moving lecture on the truth that nonverbal does not mean nonintelligent.  Full intermission videos can be found on the Speech Science Roku Channel. 


Lastly, Playing With a Purpose focuses on the simple task yet language complex toy, bubbles.  Emily Cohen brilliantly discusses ways to continue to build language using only bubbles. 

This week the Speech Science crew celebrates Literacy Week in Europe by recalling their favorite books which includes Bible Stories, comic books, and Lord of the Rings.  The discussion for this week focuses on fake ASL interpreters and actors with disabilities.  In honor of Literacy Week, Tatyana Elleseff rejoins the show to discuss assessment and treatment of literacy disorders. 


The group recounts their weeks as Matt met Superbubz the first grade who graduated high school, Lucas has made it through the week without wrecking another car, and Ivan continues to do good work in the preschools.  For this week’s topics, the falling sales of Legos as compared to the rise of tablets and the inclusion of eye gaze software into all situations. 


Legos have suffered from the rise of touch screens but they are not going away.  Legos in the therapy room can be a very highly effective tool in working with students with Autism and all students. 


As large tech companies purchase eye gaze software, the opportunities to use them continues to rise.  Lucas offers his take on the use of eye gaze software being able to be used on tablets and home computers. 


This week is also the return for week 3 of Playing With Purpose.  Emily Cohen discusses the importance of outside play for the growth of language and how to use it appropriately including building an out 


Sitting down with Lucas Steuber is Bob Cunningham.  Bob talks about his history with AAC and how he became associated with Tobii.  Bob also describes the future of AAC and Eye Gaze.   When a competitor releases a new product, Bob discusses the response within Tobii.


Lastly, Speech Science supports ASHA’s call to arms to continue funding for early hearing detection in NICUs and deliveries. 

For this week, Dr. Givona Sandiford sat in the fourth chair for the podcast.  The group discusses ways to help SLPs impacted by Hurricane Harvey with Ashley Rossi (Sweet Southern Speech) and her group Helping Harvey’s SLPs.  Helping Harvey’s SLPs is collecting money to send to SLPs who may have lost therapy equipment due to Hurricane Harvey.  Dr. Sandiford, Matt, Ivan, and Lucas discuss the impact of language immersive classrooms and the effects it may have in the therapy setting. 


Tatyana Elleseff sits down with Ivan and Chandru to discuss Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and speech and language therapy as part of Fetal Alcohol Awareness Day on September 9, 2017.


The winners of the 2 IEPpal Winners are announced at the end of the show. 

Dr. Meredith Harold of the Informed SLP, joins the crew for the round table discussion.  This is the last week to register to win the year subscription for IEPpal at www.speechscience.org/speechsciencepodcast .

Matt tries to convince the group that wrestling and NASCAR are appropriate to speech therapy, while Lucas took one of his student skydiving thanks to the folks at iFly. 

Topic 1 for discussion focused on parents having to juggle the logistics of raising a student with disabilities.  The crew discuss ways that can help families cope in and out of the school system and retailer Target is introducing sensory friendly clothing and Smart Knit Kids has a line as well.  The second topic for discussion is focused on a study linking dementia to a lack of sleep and the proper amount of sleep required for the brain to function.   

Joining the group for a sit down interview is NASCAR Driver Armani Williams.  Armani, NASCARs first driver diagnosed with Autism, discusses his rising career in NASCAR, working with Autism, and his plans to be a spokesperson for Autism.  Armani Williams is a 17-year-old, Detroit-based professional NASCAR driver currently racing in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series of Canada in the #28 Dodge for Canada’s Best Race Team (CBRT).

Episode 18: Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win a year subscription from IEPpal at www.speechscience.org/giveaway. Up for discussion this week are news articles about new ways to identify autism in females and over the counter hearing aids.  Sitting down for an interview this week, is Donna Edwards.  Edwards is a former OSLHA president, current professor at Baldwin-Wallace University, and she also sits on the ASHA Government Relations and Public Policy Board.  She speaks about the importance of feeding and dysphagia therapy both in clinical settings and in the school position.  She also speaks about the personal side of being on the other end of therapy and career changes within the scope of speech and language pathology. 

Episode 17: Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win a year subscription from IEPpal at www.speechscience.org/giveaway.  For discussion this week, the crew discuss a new study about the link of music to autism and the largest study on autism.  Students in Oklahoma have speech therapy put on hold due to funding difficulties and a program to help identify differences versus disorders in English Language Learners.  This week Ivan sat down with Kelly Ibañez, MS CCC-SLP, a bilingual speech language pathologist serving culturally and linguistically diverse individuals in Los Angeles, CA. Her clinical interests are bilingual language acquisition and public outreach. She creates and disseminates resources related to bilingual language acquisition on her website, The HOLA Blog (www.theholablog.com).

Episode 16: On the podcast, Speech Science has its first guest host Theresa Richard.  Theresa Richard jumps into the rotating chair and comes with some high credentials as the host of the newest podcast to join the Speech Science Network, Swallow Your Pride and www.mobiledysphagiadiagnostics.com.  The group talks about Jeanie Gaffigan’s modified anniversary meal plans, dysphagia in the schools, and a Dutch dementia village.  Dr. Meredith Harold, PhD-SLP, from the Informed SLP (http://www.theinformedslp.com) joined the Speech Science crew to discuss the importance of evidence based research to drive therapy.  

On Episode 14, the crew discuss Matt’s trip to the Brickyard 400, Luke is live from an iceberg, John McCain’s brain cancer scare, and why Dads should read bed time stories. Susan Berkowitz joins the crew this week to break down the latest and greatest in the field of AAC.

Episode 13: The Speech Science crew dispels 10 speech and language myths, discuss the shaping of pureed foods, and descant on the genetic components of pragmatic language skills.  Joining the group on episode 13, is Keith Wolgemuth.  Wolgemuth is a rehabilitative-audiologist who's the director of the SLPD program at Loma Linda University.  Wolgemuth talks about how he bridges the worlds of audiology and speech language pathology. 

On this week’s episode, the crew discuss a segregated school for students with disabilities, using drones to track children and adults with cognitive deficits, and actors with disabilities.  Dr. Maria Muñoz joins the show to discuss bilingual aphasia and treatment, evidence based practice, and coordinating ASHA SIG 14. 

This week on Speech Science, the crew discuss voice rest after Adele and Mayim Bialik are shut down due to vocal stress and the crew discuss therapy in Latino families.  Also this week, Speech Science had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Heidi LoStracco founder of Speak for Yourself.

The Speech Science Podcast has made it to episode number 10.  On this week’s episode, the guys talk about the appropriation of special education funds and the push for men in the field.  Also the crew is joined by Janice Wright, Ohio University Supervisor.  Janice discusses Ohio University’s SLP graduate student trip to Botswana, her time in the field, and how to prevent lifers in the speech therapy realm.   

On this week’s episode of Speech Science, the crew discuss the Nest Classroom Trend and ways to help children with Autism Succeed in the classroom.  The crew become heated when talking about the lack of scientific proof behind Facilitated Communication and RPM.  Then ASHA Vice President for Planning, Perry Flynn, sat down to speak with Speech Science.  Perry talks about the future for ASHA and the road thus far. 

This week on Speech Science Podcast Episode 8, the Speech Science Crew had the opportunity to speak with Daniel Kottke.  Kottke was an early employee at Apple.  Kottke speaks briefly about his time at Apple, his relationship with Steve Jobs, and the future of technology.  The Speech Science crew discuss dementia detection, speech therapy for screen addiction, and social anxiety in students with Autism.  

This week on Speech Science the topic of paying interns/externs while they are in grad school.  Part 2 of the Ayesha Butt interview, a leader in the SLP field in Pakistan.  Lastly a way to fight burn out in the field.