June 2017 Hanna Bogen, a speech-language pathologist and social-cognitive specialist based in Los Angeles, was featured in a March 3 Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) article about the Brain Talk curriculum she co-created, which is designed to build metacognitive awareness by teaching students and adults about their brains and how to use ... People
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The ASHA Leader, June 2017, Vol. 22, 20-22. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.22062017.20
The ASHA Leader, June 2017, Vol. 22, 20-22. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.22062017.20
In the media
Hanna Bogen, a speech-language pathologist and social-cognitive specialist based in Los Angeles, was featured in a March 3 Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) article about the Brain Talk curriculum she co-created, which is designed to build metacognitive awareness by teaching students and adults about their brains and how to use critical thinking to respond mindfully rather than react impulsively … H. Timothy Bunnell, director of the Center for Pediatric Auditory and Speech Sciences at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and Rebecca Lulai, a clinical supervisor and SLP at the University of Minnesota, were featured in a March 11 Star Tribune (Minneapolis) article about SLPs using voice database technology to help people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis retain access to their unique voicesChristine Cook, a pediatric audiologist at Nemours Children’s Health System in Jacksonville, Florida, was featured in a March 10 “Today” show segment on NBC about how she, along with a team of other specialists, tested a gorilla at the Jacksonville Zoo for hearing loss. They determined the gorilla, Kumbuka, has profound hearing loss … Amber DePalma, an SLP based in Durham, North Carolina, was featured in a recent Charlotte Observer article about a popular local radio announcer diagnosed with primary progressive aphasiaKevin Franck, an audiologist at the sound-equipment company Bose, and James Henry, an audiology researcher at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Portland, Oregon, were featured in an April 3 article in The New Yorker about hearing loss and new technologies.
Published
SLPs Kelly Ott and Lara Wakefield, co-founders of SMARTER Steps, published their first book in November 2016 through Amazon’s CreateSpace platform. The book, “Guide to Creating SMARTER IEP Goals,” teaches parents and school staff how to use a seven-step mnemonic system to develop legally compliant IEP goals … Cara Tambellini, an SLP in southern California, published her second children’s book, “Can You Drink a Dinosaur? A Yes/No Book for Young Talkers,” in February. The book covers critical-thinking skills, yes/no questions and complete sentences.
Retired
Roberta Aungst retired as a clinical audiologist in July 2016 after 55 years. Aungst worked at ENT Associates in Norristown, Pennsylvania, for 30 years, including two decades as director of the audiology department. In 2001, she moved to an ENT practice in Linwood, New Jersey, where she served as a clinical audiologist for 14 years. Aungst is a past president of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA); she also volunteered on many PSHA committees, including as a leader of the Convention Planning Committee for several years. Aungst served as ASHA vice president for audiology and as coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 8, Audiology and Public Health. She became an ASHA Fellow in 2000.
Deaths
Robert B. Beecher, 73, on March 21, 2017, after a short hospitalization in Milwaukee. Beecher received his bachelor’s degree in history from Marietta College and his master’s degree in communication disorders from Emerson College. He spent 37 years as senior SLP at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) in Milwaukee. As a pioneer in the clinical assessment, instrumental evaluation, and treatment of infants and children with feeding and swallowing disorders, he worked to develop the first inpatient and outpatient feeding and swallowing programs at CHW in the early 1980s. Beecher served as senior SLP in CHW’s cleft palate program and craniofacial program, and he was co-developer of the saliva control program and the fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing program. As an active member of the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA), he received the Honors of the Association in 1998 and was Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year in 2006. In the late 1980s, he co-developed the Multiple Application, Multiple Articulation (MAMA) Seating System for infants and children with special positioning needs, a system used in hospitals throughout the United States and internationally. He wrote many professional articles, mentored SLPs at CHW, presented lectures, and actively participated in groups such as ASHA Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), WSHA, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the Velo-cardio-facial Syndrome Educational Foundation.
Elizabeth G. Blodgett, 77, on May 6, 2016, in Murray, Kentucky. Blodgett received her bachelor’s degree from Stetson University, her two master’s degrees from Auburn University and the University of Alabama (UA), and her EdD from UA. She began her career as an SLP in Alabama in 1971, and she joined the UA Department of Communicative Disorders faculty in 1974. Blodgett then became coordinator of clinical services for the Murray State University (MSU) Speech and Hearing Clinic in 1977. During her time at MSU, she also served as director of the Division of Communication Disorders, chair of the Department of Special Education, assistant dean of the College of Education and dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Blodgett helped construct one of the country’s most robust SLP state licensure laws and helped develop the University of Kentucky’s Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program, where she also was on faculty. She served as president of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KSHA) and as a member of the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. For her years of work on behalf of the profession, she received Honors of the Association from KSHA. Blodgett, along with her colleague and friend Viola Miller, also published much research in the area of phonological processes and disorders.
James “Jim” Kavanagh, 93, on March 31, 2017, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Kavanagh joined the U.S. Army in 1942 after graduating high school, serving during World War II in France and Germany as a technical sergeant with the 3104th Signal Service Battalion. Following his return home, he attended George Washington University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology in 1949. He later earned his master’s degree (1950) and PhD (1960) in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He taught at the universities of South Dakota and Wisconsin before moving with his family to Maryland in 1961 to teach at the University of Maryland and to serve as an SLP at the Mount Alto Veterans Hospital in Washington, D.C. Kavanagh eventually moved to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was a health science administrator, and then to ASHA, where he served as director of science research until his retirement in 1995. Kavanagh authored and edited several books on communication and learning disabilities.
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