Must See Video By an ASHA Member

The song, “Speak to Me,” was written by one of ASHA’s staff members, Information Systems Director Mike Guerrieri. Mike was inspired to write this song primarily because of his mother and her struggles with a communications disorder. Read more about the story behind the song.

Members can watch the music video or download the full song or ringtone. Feel free to share the song with friends. The message of the song will help spread the word about the important work performed by all of ASHA’s members, every day.

Watch the video!


STAR Report From Shellie Bader

ImageAs part of my CSHA role as the STAR (State Advocate for Reimbursement) for the state of CA, I am a liaison with the STARs from other states.  At the ASHA conference, I participated in meetings with other representatives from around the country to share our knowledge and experiences in the reimbursement world.  I learned that in California, we are actually doing better than some other states as far as the required paperwork (which is worse elsewhere!) and our ability to provide services to people on the spectrum.  At the conference, I also attended a number of sessions about insurance billing and coding since so much of our work is now coming from insurance companies – especially since the regional centers are required to have their clients go first through insurance if the family is insured. In the coming months, we will be sharing more updates with our SLEA staff on templates for insurance treatment plans and assessments, and the required codes that should be included when working with insurance clients.

Yesterday, we got great news from CSHA on the subject of insurance.  The Department of Managed Care posted a cease and desist order to Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Health Net Insurance Companies for the unlawful denial of medically necessary speech therapy and occupational therapy health care claims!  This will make it easier for us to get authorizations for services going forward.

Early Intervention Speech Therapy-Tips for Managing Behavior

Posted in Health Care POV

by Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP

Last week I wrote a post entitled: Handling Behaviors in Home Care. Today’s entry is a follow-up post sharing my own go-to list for how to manage behaviors during my speech sessions in school and in home care, as well as in my own home with my own children. I also share these techniques when working with parents in the home care setting who are struggling to control and manage the behaviors of their children. We talk about these ideas and concepts and we discuss ways parents can incorporate them into their routine.

I am by no means a behavior specialist or expert. That being said, I have attended numerous behavior-based trainings over the years and for me, much of this list is a common sense approach to behavior management.   

  • 1. Be Consistent – Children will test adults over and over to see if the rules have changed, have you changed your mind, etc. Keep your rules consistent. If you don’t want them jumping on the couch on Monday, don’t say it’s ok on Tuesday, but not ok again on Thursday. That is confusing for a child. Stay consistent so they understand the expectations and what they should and should not be doing, not just some of the time, but all of the time.
  • 2. Be fair – Pick your battles. Try not to be too rigid and then the child may want to rebel. It’s important to be realistic given the child’s age, ability, etc. If there is a sibling or two present, remember to keep the rules and expectations consistent for everyone.
  • 3. Be a Good Example – Children learn more by watching what you do, then by being told what to do. They are always observing to see and hear what you have said and done. For example, if you do not allow your child(ren) to eat in the living room, then it is important that you do not eat in the living room. Be a good role model – if you want your children to say please and thank you, clean up after themselves, etc., then it is vital that you model this behavior. Children will repeat what they see happening on a daily basis.

Greetings From Helen

Time is flying…..We’ve been very busy in the office with all the different programs, staff placements, new staff, old staff, administration…still fun but very busy!  All is going well and we are actually starting to plan for winter break.  I have updated our assessment manual and it will be available in our Encino and Culver City offices.  We are doing so many different types of assessments for so many different organizations that a folder with report samples is enormous.  Those of you who are attending the CEU event, will get templates.  I hope I see most of our SLP staff.  We are very spread out, but as a company, we need to speak in one professional voice.  We’ve ordered therapy materials, tests, games and they are here for your use.  Shellie has done a great job getting everything ordered and organized.  Olga is working very hard to make sure everyone has the assignments they desire.  All in all…things are good!   Please call, email or visit if you have any question and need.  We want you happy with us!

Wishing you all the best!


Listen to Your Buds

Resources and information from the ASHA Site

Listen To Your Buds is a public education campaign that is aimed at preventing noise-induced hearing loss by helping parents teach their children how to use personal audio technology safely. Learn more.

Polls and Surveys
84% of all parents polled say they are concerned that misuse of personal audio technology is damaging the hearing of children, according to results of an online poll [PDF] commissioned by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Listen to Your Buds Concert Series
Check out photos and videos from our Listen to Your Buds “safe listening” concerts held in schools across the country. Could your school be next?

The Buds burst on the scene in Manhattan with two concerts at P.S. 003 Charrette School.

Preventing noise-induced hearing loss by teaching kids to use personal audio technology safely should be a year-round effort. See and share our infographics showing how seasons can heighten safe listening habits, too.

ASHA works with other national organizations to help get the “Buds” safe listening message to parents, educators and children.

Additional Resources

The Signs Of The Times

From the ASHA Sphere Blog

Announcing the launch of ASHA’s Identify the Signs, a public education campaign broader in reach, scope, and array of ASHA member-oriented tools than anything we have done in the recent past.

Identify the Signs spotlights the importance of early detection of communication disorders and the ability of certified speech, language and hearing professionals to provide quality treatment and help. Altogether, it is a unique and promising opportunity for everyone in the ASHA community to be involved at every level, working in concert to raise the profile of our professions and most importantly, the needs of those we serve.

Nationally, the campaign features English and Spanish television, radio and print public service announcements that highlight the importance of early detection and encourage the public to learn the early warning signs. We also will engage broadcast, print and digital media outlets to bolster the campaign and direct the public to our new campaign website, The website has helpful, easy to understand information about the early warning signs of communication disorders that will enable the public identify potential communication issues and seek treatment.

But here is a truly exciting part: Identify the Signs is designed to be equally active and effective at the grassroots. In the coming months, outreach to local media markets will be conducted, and we anticipate that it will result in opportunities to feature ASHA members. In recent years, numerous members have been very effective media sources and our new campaign represents a golden opportunity to increase the number who serve in that role, spreading the word about our discipline and the important work we do. Interested ASHA members are invited to indicate their interest by sending in a brief email to They will then be contacted as appropriate media opportunities arise.

Apart from that, there are a variety of campaign assets for ASHA members to use to raise awareness in their practices, their schools and their wider communities. Along with the public-focused website, ASHA has developed a member toolkit that includes print and digital posters, social media badges and more to educate people about the early warning signs of communication disorders and highlight speech-language and hearing professionals as the best sources for treatment. Also, products and brochures that complement the campaign are now available in the ASHA store.

We encourage ASHA members to visit the campaign site and use the outreach tools there in their communities. They are also invited to send feedback about the campaign, its resources, and their involvement to The Identify the Signs effort will extend over the next year, and such input will be helpful guidance for the future.

Patty Prelock, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the current president of ASHA and the dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Vermont.

Greetings From Helen

Dear Staff,

Another month has flown by and we are already writing progress reports for some programs, when we’ve barely begun working with our clients.  Our office are very busy!  We are operating a multitude of different programs, lots of meetings, plans, and fun activities happening here.  Many of you have sent us your “Wish List” and Karen is busy ordering new materials, which will be placed both in Encino and in Culver City.  We are also ordering updated tests for all of our use.  

Next week Shellie is presenting her CEU on the topic of supervision and at the end of the month, I will be presenting a CEU on assessment.  Both presentations are very practical, informative and information we all need to know.  Hope to see you there.

I am doing better.  Walking is still a challenge..but improving.  I’m loving being a grandmother.  Still haven’t figured out what Ellie should call me.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  Some ideas are grandma and savta (Hebrew) but I don’t feel like the two of them.  Nana and Nona seem culturally removed from me.  Bubby…maybe???  Please do send me your ideas.

I am still reflecting and have chosen this year to do more of it, trying to listen better, praising more and in general being more positive about life. 

Warmest regards and best wishes to all of you!