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ASHA Offers Educational Resources About Stuttering, Corrects Misconceptions Reported in Recent News Stories
With stuttering a topic of national interest in the news, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is correcting some recent misconceptions reported about the speech disorder and is encouraging people who stutter to seek help from speech-language pathologists (SLPs).
ASHA offers a variety of educational resources about stuttering at www.asha.org/stuttering-toolkit/, covering topics such as communication tips for people who stutter and their loved ones, when to seek help for stuttering, and treatment options for children and adults. Also included are public service announcements that feature Taro Alexander, ASHA’s 2019 Annie (Glenn) Award recipient and founder of SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young. A person who stutters himself, Alexander conveys—in compelling terms—what he experienced growing up and what the public can do to be helpful and understanding.
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The American Academy Of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology And National Association Of School Nurses Release Guidance On School Attendance, Asthma And Covid-19
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and National Association of School Nurses (NASN) have released School Attendance, Asthma and COVID-19, a document that contains considerations for school nurses as schools begin to re-open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
While certain evaluation procedures and treatment recommendations for students with asthma are no longer consistent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of objective data to guide recommendations, this new document aims to summarize overall recommendations that may be updated as more data surrounding COVID-19 becomes available.
The document addresses considerations when it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE), daily controller medications, and treatment for asthma prior to physical activity. It also touches on asthma action plans and guidance regarding distinguishing symptoms of COVID-19 from asthma. A
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ASHA Offers Tips for Teachers to Protect Their Voices This School Year
Teaching during COVID-19 will place increased demands on educators in countless ways, including stressing their most precious instructional resource: their voice. Already one of the highest-risk professions for vocal problems pre-pandemic, teaching while wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and using online platforms can compound these health conditions unless teachers take measures to protect themselves, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
ASHA recommends that educators do the following to preserve their vocal health:
Practice healthy habits. Drink lots of water; limit alcohol (it dehydrates the body); don’t smoke; avoid shouting and throat clearing; and don’t try to talk over loud noise or push your voice when you are sick. Prioritizing good vocal hygiene can prevent long-term or permanent damage to your voice.
Use a microphone. If you ar
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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Release Guidance on Managing Food Allergies in Schools During Covid-19
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and National Association of School Nurses (NASN) have released Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis in School during COVID-19, a document that provides guidance for school nurses regarding food allergy management during COVID-19. This guidance comes on the heels of another document, School Attendance, Asthma and COVID-19, which provides school nurses with a summary of overall recommendations for asthma management in schools during the pandemic.
The new document covers important considerations for students with food allergies that are attending school in-person during COVID-19. Safe practices when it comes to food allergies are addressed as well as additional considerations for students with allergies and asthma. In the time of social distancing students may not be eating meals only in the cafeteria, and this document details how norma