Today marks the official halfway point of Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM), and there are many more articles to share from the ASHA Journals! This week, we’re focusing on resources for members in outpatient settings.

ASHA members in clinics and outpatient hospitals work with a variety of patients of all ages and with all sorts of diagnoses. The articles highlighted below cover all age groups and a number of patient populations that ASHA members help every day.

The Latest in the Hospital and Clinic

Effectiveness of Interventions for Dysphagia in Parkinson Disease: A Systematic Review: Dysphagia commonly accompanies Parkinson disease and can lead to malnutrition, pneumonia, and even death. This article looks at pharmacological, neurological, and behavioral interventions for dysphagia in patients with Parkinson disease.

Lipreading: A Review of Its Continuing Importance for Speech Recognition With an Acquired Hearing Loss and Possibilities for Effective Training: Advances in hearing aid technology and a decreased focus on face-to-face communication have caused interest in lipreading to go down in the 21stcentury. However, these authors argue that (a) lipreading is a useful tool for adults with acquired hearing loss and (b) both the research and clinical communities can incorporate lipreading training into their work.

Application of the Challenge Point Framework During Treatment of Speech Sound Disorders: This article looked at an individualized treatment method for children with speech sound disorders, focusing on high-intensity speech therapy rather than achieving perfect motor speech. Authors found that children showed improved speech 3 months after treatment, even when they had a high degree of errors during therapy.

To Thicken or Not to Thicken: Exploring the Use of Math-Based Clinical Decision Making: Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are frequently consulted about prescribing thickened liquids for patients with dysphagia. This article explores the pros and cons of thickening liquids and suggests a clinical decision-making tool to help SLPs with this important recommendation.

Applying the Transtheoretical Model to Stuttering Management Among Adolescents: Part I. Scale Development: In this article, researchers analyzed interviews with SLPs who specialize in stuttering and adolescents who stutter to find a three-part definition of stuttering management. Authors proposed that clients must be actively engaged in the process in order to successfully manage stuttering.

Thank You, Clinicians!

We hope that this week’s articles are helpful to ASHA members working in outpatient settings. This post couldn’t possibly represent all the settings our members work in and all the populations they assist, so be sure to check out our topics page and special collections to help you find the articles that can best help you in your everyday work.

Don’t forget to check out ASHA’s BHSM home page for more resources for people working in outpatient settings in audiology, language, and speech.. If you missed our previous coverage of BHSM 2022, be sure to check out the links below! We hope that you join us next week for our final BHSM post of 2022.

More BHSM 2022

BHSM: Connecting People in the Schools

BHSM: Providing Inpatient Services