Medicare vs. Speech Generating Devices

Medicare is poised to decline payments for speech generating devices that do not meet their criteria. It’s not that they are dictating improved functionality. They actually expect features to be removed for certain SGDs to qualify for reimbursement. Features that: Facilitate training that can enhance a user’s functional use of the device; Allow video conferencing between the person […]

Inspired to Admire: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan

May of each year is designated as Better Speech & Hearing Month, and Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists around the world typically increase their efforts to raise awareness about our professions during that month. The above video clip of Helen Keller and “Teacher” Anne Sullivan (Courtesy of YouTube) saw increased Internet traffic during the month of May this year. […]

AAC: …And Then There Is Gesture!

Throughout grad school, my Clinical Fellowship Year, and on into my career in home health, skilled nursing facilities, and now private practice, I have met and worked with aphasia clients who could not benefit from a complex system of manual sign. I identified gesture as a potential treatment option in my first experience with a […]

AAC: There Is Gesture…

I think we all know someone who gestures with gusto when speaking. These passionate communicators would be hard pressed to express themselves at all if they could not flail away with their hands or arms to illustrate their point of view! When a person suffers a brain injury due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, etc., […]

AAC: Gesture…

If you smile at me, I will understand, ‘cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language. Lyric from Wooden Ships by Stephen Stills, Paul Kantner, David Crosby 1969 Wooden Ships is one of my all-time favorite Crosby, Stills, & Nash songs! I have loved and related to it for decades, and for […]

AAC: Hands Just Speak To Me!

I love hands! I don’t know why or when I first realized it, but I do just love them! Two of my favorite memories are of the moments when I first met our two sons. Their tiny little hands fit perfectly in the palm of my own. I will always cherish these memories! They allow […]