“Walking Together”: The Importance of Communication, Collaboration, & Community to Foster Belonging

Our health system is one that is concurrently characterized by being progressively transactional in nature, depersonalized in experience both for patients and those working and learning in these environments, and increasingly focused on integrating technology and quantitative data that supports management strategies for care. This has been compounded by health inequities brought on by disparities […]

A Critical Appraisal of the Natural Language Acquisition Protocol

Recently, use of the Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) Protocol to guide language intervention for autistic individuals has increased in popularity. This protocol has been purported to be effective for learners who are said to be “gestalt language processors”, with the latter term being used to refer to children who learn to produce memorized strings of […]

Hearing Loss & Dementia: Understanding & Advancing Hearing Health Equity among Persons Living with Dementia

Sensory health and cognitive impairment, including dementia, stand at the intersection of two major public health challenges. Sensory impairments are among the most common and disabling comorbidities among individuals aging with cognitive impairment yet frequently go unrecognized and unaddressed. Among sensory impairments, hearing loss is one of the most common comorbidities among persons with dementia. […]

Expanding Services through Community-Engaged Research: Collaborating Across Disciplines and Stakeholders to Optimize Outcomes and Drive Change

Effective interventions and associated trials reflect the complexity and context of the communities with which they are tailored and the health behaviors they seek to address. Community-engaged methodology can capture these complexities and is an established approach within public health, particularly when focused on understanding and addressing health inequities. For example, within hearing care, significant […]

The SingWell Project: Exploring the Benefits of Group Singing for Individuals Living with Communication Challenges

Increasingly, people are discovering group singing as a meaningful social activity that has the power to generate community, improve mood, and decrease stress. But what about group singing in adults who suffer from communication challenges, like aphasia? A communication challenge (CC), which may include difficulties with speech, language, voice, fluency, or hearing, might be considered […]

Audiology Eras Tour

The professional field of Audiology emerged after WWII, when veterans returned with symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss. This prompted the development of standardized hearing assessment and rehabilitation procedures, eventually leading to formal university training programs in audiology. In those days, audiologists worked primarily out of ENT clinics and hospitals. Today, the field of audiology has […]

Practicing Effectively in Relation to Interpersonal Violence

With over 40% of women experiencing intimate partner violence and most of their children exposed to such violence, speech-language and audiology professionals need to understand interpersonal violence and be confident in their approaches. Our research has studied the dynamics and health impacts of violence and developed effective interventions, including a freely available app for women […]

Language Matters: The Power of Language in Autism Care

The language health professionals use to speak about autism can shape perceptions of how autism is viewed. With reports indicating that S-LPs are often one of the first health professionals to notice developmental differences that may be aligned with autism and to refer individuals for diagnostic testing and other services, the importance of attending to […]