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Speech-Language Intervention for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children occurs in all culturally and linguistically diverse populations. In pediatric traumatic brain injury, a variety of physical, social, behavioral, cognitive, communicative, and emotional problems are apparent. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “Seventy five percent of pediatric TBI show impairments in self-feeding, cognition, and behavior; sixty seven percent show impairments in speech; twenty- nine percent with vision, and sixteen percent with hearing impairments” 1 The following components were investigated in the intervention of children with TBI, and could be applied in work as a speech language pathologist: narrative skills, cognitive-communication abilities, social skills, memory, and services provided in the schools. Read more>


Indian Educators Visit UW to Learn About Assistive Technology for Disabilities

February 6, 2015 — Naval Pant gazes at a table in a Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) lab and intermittently picks up various objects that are new to him -- or grazes his fingers over familiar learning tools.
“We have those,” he says of a stack of educational flip cards used to help children with learning disabilities. “Big-print books, some places have them, yes. But, they are not common in all schools (in India).” Read more>

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AMCHP Endorses President’s Call for Stronger Maternity Leave and Family Friendly Policies

Jan. 21, 2015, Washington, DC – Today, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) enthusiastically endorsed the actions President Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address last night to ensure federal employees have access to at least six weeks of paid parental leave when a new child arrives, along with a proposal that Congress offer six weeks of paid administrative leave as well.  Read more>

A wordle of insurance terms

What the insurance jargon means for families

Although many families may have had their Marketplace health insurance coverage for a year, many parents are confused about what language like co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles mean.  Also, families should know what to look for before they pay a bill to make sure the information is correct.  All families should know that the insurance “jargon” means, and how it affects them, especially since medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy (source:  Families USA). Read more>



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