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.