Functional Communication Training: The Role of Speech Pathologists and Behavior Analysts in Serving Students with Autism (Report)

Functional Communication Training: The Role of Speech Pathologists and Behavior Analysts in Serving Students with Autism (Report)

Introduction Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by significant impairments in language/communication, deficits in social interaction and restricted interests/ stereotypical behavior (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Perhaps the most central of these impairments, especially in young learners, is the communication deficit. Learners with autism have difficulty in all aspects of communication, including receptive understanding, expressive language, […]

Clinical Assessment of Functional Outcome in Lateral Epicondylitis Managed by Local Infiltration of Autologous Blood (Original Work) (Report)

Clinical Assessment of Functional Outcome in Lateral Epicondylitis Managed by Local Infiltration of Autologous Blood (Original Work) (Report)

INTRODUCTION Lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow is a commonly encountered problem in Orthopedic practice. It has been found to be the second most frequently diagnosed musculoskeletal disorder in the neck and upper extremity in a primary care setting (1). In 1873, Runge first described the clinical entity of lateral epicondylitis of Humerus. Since then there […]

Measuring Change Using Communication Rating Scales: The Case for Rasch Analysis, As Illustrated with the ASHA Facs (Health Care Forum) (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Functional Assessment of Communication Skills for Adults)

Measuring Change Using Communication Rating Scales: The Case for Rasch Analysis, As Illustrated with the ASHA Facs (Health Care Forum) (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Functional Assessment of Communication Skills for Adults)

More than a decade ago, the authors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Functional Assessment of Communication Skills for Adults (ASHA FACS; Frattali, Thompson, Holland, Wohl, & Ferketic, 1995) purported that the instrument would “enhance … documentation of progress” and “yield a robust body of functional outcome data” (manual, p. 7). However, because of its ordinal […]

Botulinum Neurotoxin for Failed Tracheoesophageal Speech: Phonatory and Functional Voice Outcomes (Report)

Botulinum Neurotoxin for Failed Tracheoesophageal Speech: Phonatory and Functional Voice Outcomes (Report)

Keywords: botulinum toxin; laryngectomy; hypertonicity; phonation; Voice Handicap Index Prior research supports the use of botulinum toxin to improve phonatory duration for laryngectomy patients with failed tracheoesophageal speech (TES) caused by hypertonicity or spasm of the pharyngoesophageal (PE) segment. However, few studies to date have examined its impact on connected speech, and no studies have […]