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.