Autism and the Emergency Department (ED): Why it’s Important

Research shows that emergency department visits are 30 percent higher for children who have ASD and 70 percent higher for teens between 15 to 18 years old with ASD. For diagnosed adults, their ED encounters are twice as high as adults without ASD.

The emergency room (ER) is often a place of stress for most people. However, this stress skyrockets for those diagnosed with ASD.

The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs in 2009-10 found that “caregivers of children with ASD were more likely to report difficulty utilizing services, lack of shared decision making and care coordination, and adverse family impact as compared to caregivers of children with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, or both.”  Continue Reading →

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Why Subscription and Free ASHA CEUs Aren’t Enough for SLPs

How do speech language pathologists make sure their professional opinion is valued and respected when they gain an extra area of expertise?

As a speech-language pathologist, obtaining continuing education units (CEUs) is an important part of staying relevant and credible and keeping up with ASHA requirements. SLP CEUs allow you to continue refining your skills, become an expert in your field, and shape yourself as a well-rounded, professional who will stand out from the rest of the market. Continue Reading →

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20 Reasons SLP Clients Will Still Demand Teletherapy Options

The demand for speech-language pathologists that can give quality teletherapy has gone from a few early adopters to a wide portion of the therapy population almost overnight with stay at home orders and other precautions.

 Now that many clients have been forced to make the jump to teletherapy, they are starting to consider whether or not coming in for regular therapy needs to happen every time when there’s a plethora of advantages to the client of why teletherapy is a good option and treatment outcomes have been shown to be very similar. Continue Reading →

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How Doctors not Understanding Autism can Endanger Patients

People on the autism spectrum visit emergency departments far more often than the average person and usually get worse service and outcomes.

 

Individuals with autism are largely given the same treatment as everyone else despite their sensory and perceptual differences, which typically leads to predictably bad outcomes for both the patients and the Emergency Departments, potentially endangering lives. Continue Reading →

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Top 3 Ways Savvy Professionals Use Their IBCCES Credentials

IBCCES Digital Badge:

Digital badges are a powerful tool that allows professionals to share their accomplishments across the web. Each digital badge is unique to the user and verifies that that person has completed the rigorous process of becoming IBCCES-certified. Digital badges allow the user to store, access and securely share their credentials and are always verified and current. Continue Reading →

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LearningRx Shreveport Has Earned a Board-Certified Cognitive Center Designation

LearningRx Shreveport is the first LearningRx Center in the nation and the first center of its kind in Louisiana to become a Board Certified Cognitive Center (BCCC), granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

The BCCC designation is awarded to organizations whose staff have completed an evidence-based training and certification program focusing on autism, ADHD, anxiety, and dyslexia in school-aged learners. The Shreveport center has shown its team’s dedication to providing the best possible outcomes for everyone they work with by completing the IBCCES program. Continue Reading →

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