Kevin English, in charge of the brand new Speech Science Store, joins the crew from out in San Francisco.  The group recounts their weeks as Ivan, Lucas, and Kevin prepare to go to ASHA while Matt prepares for the start of the High School Bowling season that the coaches for.  

What do you do when you cant see your students for therapy time?  In New York, 48,000 students missed part or all of their targeted therapy time.  Do we give too much or not enough therapy time to the students?  When you do you discharge a student from your caseload?

What does being a mandatory reporter mean?  In Michigan, a teacher has been charged with taping a student’s mouth shut while other kids are having their arms handcuffed together.  What causes you to report abuse?

Ivan had the chance to sit down with Mary Casper - ASHA 2017 Convention Co-Chair for Speech-Language Pathology and Anita Vereb, Convention Co-Chair for Audiology.  What does it take to be a Co-Chair?  How long will you plan for a convention?  Ivan’s got all of the answers.  

Lastly, representation in comics is important.  From persons of color to different sexuality, comic books are finding ways to diversify their audiences and the heroes on the page.  Focus, the super hero with autism, comes to represent an underrepresented audience.  


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Michael McLeod sits down in the fourth chair to verbally joust with Matt and Lucas while Ivan was out on assignment.  
Bill Gates recently has donated 1.7 billion dollars to help fund new and innovative ways to teach in the classroom.  However, should public education rely on personal donations and contributions to fill the gap?  Are there better ways to balance public and private financing of education?

President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy Devos on Friday October 20th rescinded 72 documents related to special education.  Lucas disagrees with the department’s excuse which was that the articles were out of date.  What will the impact be on students and those that work with them?

Kristie Knickerbocker from A TEMPO Voice Center sits down for part 2 of her trifecta on voice.  This week the treatment of voice disorders in and out of the clinic.  Kristie speaks about the essential tools to carry in your voice treatment kit and how to use them.  The importance of objective data and requesting for appropriate referrals and how it impacts therapy is discussed.  Also, how long should you see a patient? 4, 8, 24 sessions?  Kristie explains her theory and motto behind this.  

Emily Cohen brings another Playing with Purpose to the crew, this time centered around Bath Time.  What are you doing in the bath to promote language? Emily breaks it down for everyone.  
 

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?

 

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 of Smartspeechtherapy.com/ 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. 

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 sleepand 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).  You can donate to his foundation here.

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.