A show about how we communicate and how that communication changes our lives.
ASHA Voices: Memorable Moments From 2021
Hear three highlights from the podcast in 2021. From the Navajo Nation to the boxing ring to the silver screen, we revisit stories that stayed with us.
Different Lenses on Accent Modification
We take an in-depth look at accent modification and hear an array of perspectives on a service approach that's also a source of controversy. Central to this conversation are questions about the voice and identity: In the fight against linguistic discrimination, could accent modification be a tool to repel inequity, or could it instead perpetuate it? We’ll hear from an SLP who wrote a book on accent modification and another SLP who made waves with a provocative presentation in December of 2020. Plus, leaders of some of ASHA’s multicultural constituency groups share their thoughts.
What Children Hear in the Classroom
Discerning speech in a noisy environment requires practice, and it can take years for children to hone their ability to maximize their auditory system.Award-winning researcher Lauren Calandruccio joins the podcast to discuss auditory perception in noisy environments, like the classroom. She tells us about the experiments she conducted into how children perceive sound, and we hear the surprising turn her research took.Plus, Lauren shares what she’s doing at Case Western Reserve University to facilitate communication in her university classroom during the pandemic.
Stuttering in the Spotlight
This conversation was originally published in February 2021.In honor of International Stuttering Awareness Day on October 22, we’re presenting an encore publication of our episode on stuttering representation and visibility.We hear from SLP Chris Constantino, a faculty member at Florida State University. Constantino talks about what he’s heard from his clients and shares what the inauguration of President Biden, who has spoken openly about his experience as a person who stutters, means for him personally. Constantino is also a person who stutters.Then, a panel of SLPs—Derek Daniels, Courtney Byrd, and Katie Gore—join the show. We discuss the importance of acceptance in assessing and treating stuttering, and we talk about how the experience of stuttering differs from person to person.
A Focus on Developmental Language Disorder
It's more common than autism, but is developmental language disorder being overlooked? Our guest today says so, and in her award-winning research, she explains why. Researcher and advocate Karla McGregor joins this episode to discuss identification, intervention, and advocacy.
Research Sheds Light on the Hearing Loss-Cognition Link
In this episode, two presenters from the upcoming ASHA 2021 Convention Research Symposium on Hearing discuss how hearing loss connects to dementia and depression.Columbia University psychiatry researcher Bret Rutherford says depression is one of the main drivers of disability in older adults, linking the condition to cognitive decline, dementia, and hearing loss. He explains what role hearing health might play in preventative care.Then, Esther Oh, co-director of Johns Hopkins’ Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center, describes how hearing loss can compound symptoms like agitation.