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Oral Care Assessment, Guide, and Schedule

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Use the Beck Oral Assessment Scale to determine how frequently oral care should be completed, and use the included guides and schedules as visual reminders for completing consistent and thorough oral care. Beck, S. (1979). Impact of a systematic oral care protocol on stomatitis after chemotherapy. Cancer Nursing, 2, 185–199.
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Aphasia Institute’s Living with Aphasia: Framework for Outcome Measurement (AFROM)

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Living with Aphasia: Framework for Outcome Measurement (A-FROM) was developed with values similar to the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia. This material provides background information regarding the four domains determined to contribute to quality of life with aphasia and how to better assess and treat these domains to improve overall life with aphasia. Kagan, A., […]
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Dementia Staging

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This resource outlines the stages of dementia using the Functional Assessment Staging Tool (FAST Scale) for dementia, as well as provides considerations for intervention and interacting with individuals at each stage designed for clinicians, family members, and caregivers. Reisberg, B., Ferris, S. H., & Franssen, E. (1985). An ordinal functional assessment tool for Alzheimer’s-type dementia. […]
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Ambiguous Loss

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This resource provides information on ambiguous loss for the clinician and has a handout portion to provide to clients and their family or caregivers covering tips for detailing with ambiguous loss. Pauline, B., & Boss, P. (2009). Ambiguous loss: Learning to live with unresolved grief. Harvard University Press.
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Breastfeeding Basics for the SLP

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Breastfeeding rates are currently on the rise in the forms of exclusive breastfeeding, breastfeeding, and pumping. This guide will serve as a cheat cheat for some basic information for SLPs that are working with breastfeeding infants. Cadwell, K., & Turner-Maffei, C. (2022). Pocket guide for lactation management. Jones & Bartlett Learning. Dieterich, C. M., Felice, […]
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Speech Samples: How to Elicit, Interpret, and Set Treatment Goals

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This resource gives helpful tips and a roadmap to getting speech samples across age ranges, ways to interpret them and directions for how to make meaningful goals. Spencer, T. D., Tolentino, T. J., & Fostera, M. E. (2023). Impact of discourse type and elicitation task on language sampling outcomes. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Wilder, […]
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Upper Versus Lower Motor Neuron Disorders

January 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Upper and lower motor neuron lesions are commonly seen by occupational therapy practitioners across the rehabilitation continuum. This resource will help clinicians distinguish between upper versus lower motor neuron disorders to guide the neurological assessment. Lundy-Ekman, L., & Weyer, A. Neuroscience: Fundamentals for rehabilitation (6th ed.) St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.   Zayia L. C., & Tadi […]
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Roadmap to Troubleshooting Speaking Valves in Pediatrics

January 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Speaking valve use in the pediatric population can be challenging and requires an in-depth understanding of the upper airway, respiratory system, and intricacies of voice production. This roadmap will help guide decision making in the pediatric population. Greene, Z. M., Davenport, J., Fitzgerald, S., Russell, J. D., & Mcnally, P. (2019). Tracheostomy speaking valve modification […]
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Impact of Cardiac Diagnoses on Infant Feeding

January 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Congenital heart defects are the most common occurring defects in the infant population. Understanding of signs of feeding difficulty and the appropriate use of evidence-based strategies are key in feeding success when working with this population. Desai, H., Jones, C. E., Fogel, J. L., Negrin, K. A., Slater, N. L., Morris, K., Doody, L. R., […]
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