Are Your Services Educationally Relevant?

Jean BlosserSchool Programs in Speech-Language Pathology 5th Edition

Jean L. Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP
President, Creative Strategies for Special Education
Author, School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery, Fifth Edition, Plural Publishing, 2012

Educational Relevance—What an Important Concept!
Does a child’s disability impact his or her performance in the classroom? If yes, would services such as speech-language intervention, occupational therapy, or physical therapy make a difference? Should those services be intensive, provided face-to-face or via technology, or integrated into the classroom? The primary question is, if therapy services are offered, will the intervention provided make a difference in the student’s classroom performance, ability to access the curriculum, and/or ability to reach his or her potential?

These are huge questions that administrators, educators, clinicians, and parents ponder every day. When school teams evaluate a student, they seek to determine how the disability may be interfering with the student’s learning. Key educational areas that may be affected are academic, social-emotional, and vocational performance. If everyone agrees there is an adverse effect on educational performance, the student’s eligibility for services is confirmed.

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A Tribute To Marion Downs

As many of you know, Dr. Marion Downs passed away recently. Here we post a nice tribute written by Dr. Jerry Northern that he shared with us.

Dr. Marion Downs Passes Away at Age 100 World-renowned Audiologist and Pioneer for Infant Hearing Screening

Dr. Marion Downs Passes Away at Age 100
World-renowned Audiologist and Pioneer for Infant Hearing Screening

Dr. Marion P. Downs, an innovator in the field of pediatric audiology and a tireless advocate for the early identification of hearing loss, passed away on November 13th, 2014. During her extraordinary career at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Dr. Downs developed and evaluated techniques for testing hearing in babies and young children and for fitting them with hearing aids. Dr. Downs created the first universal infant hearing-screening program in 1963 in Denver, CO. She relentlessly pursued making the identification and management of hearing loss in infants and children an important medical, educational, and public health issue. Her professional publications and lectures brought worldwide attention to the importance of early intervention for hearing loss. Today, in the United States, more than 96% of all infants born in the US receive a newborn hearing screening thanks largely to her efforts. Numerous international countries have followed her lead in establishing universal infant hearing screening programs. Continue reading

Best-Selling Pediatric Craniofacial Reference

Charles Moore’s multi-disciplinary reference offers you a range of perspectives in diagnosing, assessing and successfully treating pediatric facial trauma.

This practical reference offers the viewpoints of a team of clinicians distills the wisdom and expertise of an oral surgeon, neurosurgeon, dentist, ophthalmologist, otolaryngologist, radiologist, plastic surgeon, and craniomaxillofacial surgeon. Order your copy today!

Clinical Voice Management

Clinical Management of Children’s Swallowing Disorders by Hartnick et al. has received rave reviews!


It was described in Doody’s as “…A high quality book and valuable resource for clinicians working with children who have voice disorders, particularly medically involved pathologies.” This is a book we know you’ll want to keep close at hand!

To order this and other great clinical voice references and resources click here! 

New Release!

Karyn Lewis Searcy’s new book Here’s How to do Early Intervention for Speech and Language has just been released!


Here’s How to Do Early Intervention for Speech and Language helps early interventionists develop approaches that jump-start the communication process, strengthen parent confidence, and promote healthier parent-child relationships.

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Coming Soon!

We are proud to bring you details of the upcoming release of Boothroyd and Gatty’s The Deaf Child in a Hearing Family.



The premise of this text is that deficits of nature can be offset by enrichment of nurture – that is, enrichment of the deaf or hard of hearing child’s auditory, cognitive, linguistic, and social environment in ways that will optimize development and learning. In this easy-to-read book, you will discover and understand the roles and tasks of the many people involved in the management of hearing loss in young children, and will gain tools to help you in providing an ideal learning and support environment for client and family alike.

As you might expect from authors of this stature, this is a must-have for any professional working with deaf or hard of hearing children. Order it here!

New Surgical Instrument Guide Coming Soon!

The pocket partner to Pasha’s Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is coming soon! Releasing this Fall, Otolaryngology Surgical Instrument Guide serves as a handy reference of more than 200 of the most frequently used surgical instruments in otolaryngology. Organized by surgical subspecialty, this pocket guide features professional photographs of the instruments, their formal name, their aliases and details on how to set up equipment. Order your copy here.

New Edition of Children with Hearing Loss

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd edition of the bestselling book, “Children with Hearing Loss: Developing Listening and Talking, Birth to Six.”

This edition includes updated information about hearing instruments and cochlear implants, as well as ways that professionals can support parents in promoting their children’s language and listening development. Information about preschool program selection and management has also been included. The text also features a revised auditory development checklist.

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Are you a Parent?

If you are a parent with a child who has hearing problems or autism, then check out one of these three titles: Cochlear Implants: What Parents should know, Your Child’s Hearing Loss, and Parenting on the Autism Spectrum. Each of these titles offers easy-to-follow guidance and help for parents. They help parents be proactive with their children, giving them the necessary information and tools to come alongside their children through these difficult times. Plural is proud to supply the best and most useful resources for parents.

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Audiology in the USA  was $65.

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