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Developing Home-Based Therapies to Address Social Isolation

…About a year after Steve’s stroke, we became aware that he felt excluded when friends and family came over…I quickly realised that social isolation is a common problem for people living with communication difficulties and their families. I started searching for a comprehensive, integrated, therapeutic solution to this problem…
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Change of Scenery – Speech Pathology in Papua New Guinea

Because services to those with disabilities [in Papua New Guinea] are few, networking is essential. This month I joined the ENT team and Callan Disability services in a provincial hearing screening exercise in rural health centres. Each day we saw over 80 patients (190 in one day) and were very aware that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Jennifer Boer, L.A.C.S.T, B.TH.,
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Advocating for SLP in Fiji

…numerous very altruistic, energetic SLPs pass through Fiji. However, no long term locally provided services are available for the significant numbers of adults and children in Fiji with communication and/or swallowing disabilities, despite a wide-spread acknowledgement of the need for these services by government and non-government bodies.
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Working with Multilingual and Multicultural Children

In any one day in the waiting room it was possible to hear Arabic, Swahili, English, Italian, French, Urdu, Serbian, Dutch, Spanish, Romanian or German. Families from all over the world were entering the clinic with one main purpose—improve their child’s communication skills.
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First Person on the Last Page: East Meets West

Little known to most people in the West, speech-language pathology in India is a field still in its infancy. In a country with a population of 1.22 billion, the number of speech-language pathologists in India is barely 2,000. Needless to say, millions of people in India, across the lifespan, suffer from hearing and communication disorders and are just not getting the services they need.
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Auditory Processing Disorder: Slaying the Hidden Monster

What I thought would be a minor deficit has shown itself clearly to me, after six years of searching, to be a monster in the closet. Now the monster in the closet has a name: Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). I now work to slay the hidden monster through the hard work of learning everything I can about it.
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“Shock and Awe,” Then Success

“It was basically shock and awe,” Kelly says, “and disbelief over the thought of using the web for an educational service like speech therapy.” A fellow school leader said the delivery method should be “illegal,” and another pointed out that it was probably noncompliant. An undeterred Kelly decided to test out the service anyway. Fast-forward to 2013, and the same naysayers are now asking her for online speech therapy recommendations.
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