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  • Sindy Sands

    RE: There is a lot to learn about Visual Proces...

    Posted in: SLP Schools

    I have run across more students needing some vision therapy so this is very interesting. I also believe in doing visual work but more because of what we have found about the areas that fire that are associated with the strength of the learner rather...

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    RE: Claims of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Hearing...

    Posted in: Audiology

    I received an unsolicited commentary from a group who calls itself "Unity Hearing Care". I didn't ask for the email nor did I give them permission to send me these unsubstantiated claims. I find their web site content entitled "WASTE, FRAUD,...

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    RE:Medical Necessity

    Posted in: SIG 01, Language Learning...

    Not necessarily. Medicare and Medicaid do not specifically state what defines medical necessity, but they do state that a general medical diagnosis alone does not constitute it. You must link a deficit noted or learned during your evaluation stemming...

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    Nasal Regurgitation

    Posted in: SIG 13, Swallowing...

    23 year old female s/p tonsillectomy 8 weeks ago is still having nasal regurgitation of liquids. Has been recommended for swallow tx. Any thoughts regarding what therapy might look like for her? Thanks in advance!

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    Complex patient

    Posted in: SIG 12, AAC

    Since you mentioned that she is deaf, I presume hearing aids are minimally helpful. I agree that more vision resources should be explored and even partial usage of her Dynavox is better than not at all. I presume she does not have enough movement...


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Gail Van Tatenhove

Gail Van Tatenhove is in private practice specializing in AAC with children in a variety of educational programs and with severely challenged adults in vocational and community settings. She is an ACE Awardee, a STEP Participant, and member of the Special Interest Group 12 coordinating committee.

Why Does Gail participate in the ASHA Community? 

"Even with 30+ years of experience in the area of AAC, I participate in the ASHA Community in order to engage in meaningful discussions critical to the practice of AAC. It's the place to reach members at all levels of experience and draw them into the important conversations.."

What is one of your favorite quotes?
I don't know who said it, but my favorite quote tells you a lot about my personality - "You lose many opportunities to laugh by not laughing at yourself."

What is your best childhood memory?
I was raised in a family cheese making business (we are now at 4 generations). And my favorite childhood memory was working with my father on Monday night to help him transfer boxes of cheese into long-term storage. It was hard work, but it also meant spending several hours with my dad. And it got me out of doing the ironing, which I still hate doing and avoid whenever possible.

The best part of waking up is?

.... an early morning swim from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. I'm a morning person and it's the best way to start a new day!

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