SLPRZ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:15:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SLPRZ 32 32 NAU outlines plans for health program expansion | Education Wed, 08 Jun 2022 13:15:00 +0000

At the last meeting of the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) Academic Affairs and Level of Study Committee, Northern Arizona University (NAU) presented five-year plans to expand several of its health programs.

The university is adding nine program sites and growing enrollment by more than 1,600 students per year (a total growth of 181%) through 2027, according to a presentation by the executive vice president and vice-president Karen Pugliesi.

More than 1,500 additional students have enrolled in NAU health programs since 2012, she said, with the number of nursing graduates in the past five years (2017-21) being 765% higher than those awarded between 2002 and 2006. His comparison of those same five-year periods showed an 880% increase in graduate degrees.

The Rounds Consulting Group had presented the state’s Allied Health Needs at the committee’s last meeting on March 24. Four program areas were examined that were underrepresented in Arizona in 2020 compared to national standards. Of these, physical therapy had the largest job shortage in Arizona (1,028), followed by occupational therapy (537), physician assistant (217), and audiology (147).

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Many NAU plans involve expanding programs to new sites statewide as well as expanding at existing sites when possible.

The most important goal is the expansion of the university’s nursing programs. NAU plans to add three new accelerated program sites — which produce graduates ready to licensure in 12 months — across the state (North Valley, Tucson, and Prescott Valley) and move the Fort Defiance program to Tuba City .

In addition to expanding its accelerated nursing program in Flagstaff, the NAU plans to expand the family nurse practitioner program there and add programs for psychiatric nurse practitioners and a master’s degree in nursing leadership, quality and patient safety. patients.

The Speech-Language Pathology Program (SLP) will expand to Flagstaff and a new location will open in Yuma this summer, both including culturally relevant practice in the training.

It will also expand online RN to BSN programs and concurrent enrollment programs, with the overall plan to increase the number of “clinical graduates eligible for initial licensure” by 231% by 2027.

According to Pugliesi’s presentation, NAU is currently the only public university in Arizona to offer a master’s program in physician assistant studies. The program will be added to the school’s Flagstaff and Yuma locations, increasing enrollment capacity by 250% through 2027.

She also said the NAU is considering adding an online doctoral program to the field.

“Physician assistants are important in the combination of health professionals and community practice, [and they] improve the impact of primary care physicians, which are very scarce in Arizona, she said. Thus, the capstone program “would meet a growing demand for updated references for practitioners in this field and help us generate revenue to support the expansion of the clinical program. in physician assistant studies.”

Other master’s and doctoral degrees that Pugliesi mentioned adding or expanding include clinical psychology, counseling (clinical, clinical and school mental health), and social work.

NAU plans to increase occupational therapy enrollment capacity by 167% by adding a hybrid option to the Phoenix Bioscience Core facility. Likewise, it plans to increase enrollment in its physical therapy program by 250% by adding a “hybrid platform” and a new program site at its Yuma campus.

The NAU’s FY2023 proposal for its New Economy Initiative (NEI) funds includes $10 million for nursing and $9 million for allied and behavioral health. According to the presentation, some 106,000 jobs and $102.2 billion in economic output are expected from the move among its impacts.

Other considerations for achieving the goals include specialty accreditation and requirements for adding sites or registration that each program would need, as well as staffing, facilities, and clinical placements.

One solution mentioned by Pugliesi was the development of simulation facilities – which would reduce the number of clinical hours needed and pressure on placement capacity while supporting continuing education. Healthcare partnerships are also “core to our expansion strategy,” she said.

Asked about accreditation, which had been a limiting factor in the past, Pugliesi said the university used “a bit of strategy and timing.”

NAU chooses to focus on programs at different paces, based on their varying requirements (for example, Pugliesi described nursing program requirements as “less restrictive”) and to add different program sites, rather than expanding cohorts in existing programs (another area that takes longer because it has more restrictive requirements).

The university is also looking at these longer-term accreditation processes, she said in response to a question.

“The lift involved in obtaining accreditation for a new site is a heavier lift, which means there is more documentation and process required, but there is not the same type of constraint on how often you can do it and how long you have to wait afterwards,” she says.

Items she mentioned as having specific timelines include the SLP program in Yuma (expected to begin this summer), the hybrid occupational therapy program (“next year”), and the expansion of the nursing program ( assuming the hiring goes well “over this coming year.”.

The full committee meeting, including Pugliesi’s presentation, is available on ABOR’s YouTube.

Job Fair | News, Sports, Jobs Wed, 08 Jun 2022 04:36:25 +0000

A job fair was held at The United Methodist Church’s Multipurpose Hall on Howard Jeffers Drive in New Martinsville on Thursday, May 26, 2022. The event was co-sponsored by West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNNC) and the ‘American Job Center (AJC). The AJC, with offices in Weirton, Wheeling and New Martinsville, operates under the auspices of the Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Board and is funded by the US Department of Labor.

AJC administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a federal law passed by Congress and signed into law in 2014. Among other things, the legislation provides funding for job training, including apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs , up to $4,750 per year and $9,500 for two years for eligible adults, displaced workers and youth. Other training funding opportunities are available as well as an on-the-job training process that allows employers to hire and train new workers and receive wage reimbursement of up to sixty percent. cent for six months for eligible new hires. Program coordinator Christine Smith can be reached at 304-231-1170.

The following entities were represented at the job fair:

Two schools offering commercial driver training (CDL): All State Career School of Wheeling and Billy Big Rig (BBR) CDL Institute with locations in Smithfield, Ohio and Weirton, West Virginia. Both schools have a website.

The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation; the Division is looking for people interested in a career as correctional officers as well as administrative staff.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization for citizens over the age of fifty-five who wish to re-enter the workforce; NCOA’s mission is to connect these seniors with employers. Older employees can bring maturity, a strong work ethic, dependability and good communication skills to the workplace and benefit from interacting with the energy and passion of younger employees. Employers may take advantage of the program’s option of a trial period for senior employees during which the senior employee’s salary is paid by the NCOA for an agreed trial period. At the end of the trial, the senior employee can be hired if the employer finds him a good candidate. Whether the candidate is hired or not, the employer pays nothing for the trial period.

Litman Enterprises LLC, a local Porta-John and septic service provider based in Sardis, Ohio; the company is looking for workers to service its growing business. It has extensive operations in the oil and gas fields. At the time of the job fair, the company was looking for a Class “B” CDL driver with tanker approval.

Cassidy Talamonti of Youth Services System, Inc., located at 87 Fifteenth Street in Wheeling; Cassidy’s organization, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides eligible youth ages fourteen to twenty-four in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler counties with job training and employment. Cassidy can be reached at 304-218-2816. The email is

Original PJ’s Pizza is looking for workers for its longtime location in New Martinsville and its new restaurant in Moundsville, which operates as Original PJ’s Varsity Pizza. Potential employees can contact Joni Morgan at 304-455-4655.

GMS, a mine repair and maintenance company with a national presence, was represented by Makenzie Dawson, human resources specialist, and Larry Pratt, the company’s mine coordinator at Consol Energy’s Bailey mine in the southeast. of Pennsylvania. GMS offers training and employment for entry-level mining jobs, starting with a forty-hour underground mining course.

The Paul Wissmach Glass Company of Paden City, West Virginia, was represented by plant manager G. Daniel Lynch and executive assistant Paul Fox Creech. Wissmach Glass offers unique and specialized career opportunities in stained glass manufacturing and offers a substantial benefits package. Wissmach enjoys a global market for its products.

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the state’s premier vocational rehabilitation resource, was represented by Tammy Cross. The Division’s mission is to provide assistance such as training and skills development to people with disabilities who wish to work and to connect these people with employers. Ms. Cross can be reached at 304-455-4688.

The Wheeling Vet Center was represented by Michael Novotney, an infantry veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan. The veterinary centers, although funded by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, maintain their independence from the Veterans Administration. Veterinary centers provide counseling, referrals regarding medical issues, benefits and employment, and support systems for veterans and their families. The Wheeling Vet Center is located at 1058 East Bethlehem Boulevard in Wheeling. The phone number is 304-232-0587.

West Virginia’s Choice, with local offices in Washington Lands just south of Moundsville, is an employee-owned business that provides housekeeping and personal care services to allow people to stay in their homes rather than walk into a retirement home. Care can also be provided to friends and family members and people with disabilities. Services may be reimbursed by Medicaid based on eligibility criteria. Employees will receive appropriate training, including CPR. Fingerprints and background checks are required. Employees must be eighteen years of age or older. The Washington Lands office serves Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler counties and can be reached at 304-843-0910. West Virginia’s Choice has a total of eight offices in the state serving all fifty-five counties.

The Goodwill Thrift Store at New Martinsville Plaza in Steelton was represented by Store Leads Margie Davis and Rachel Rose. Their retail operation needs cashiers and storekeepers to receive, sort, and display donated clothing, housewares, and other items. Margie and Rachel can be contacted at the store. Goodwill’s phone number is 304-455-2878.

Genesis Health Care at 225 Russell Avenue in New Martinsville was represented by Amy Bennett and Jasmine Howell. Genesis Institution is a 100-bed facility offering physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, short-term rehabilitation, and long-term and respite care. They employ healthcare workers from many disciplines and skill levels, including nurse aides, dietary aides, CNAs, LPNs, RNs, as well as administrative staff and drivers. Their job opportunities are listed on the Indeed website.

The U.S. Army was represented by S/Sgt. John Ferns of the U.S. Army Recruiting Station at 53 Fourteenth Street in Wheeling. The army offers more than 150 career choices, including about ten in the field of warriors and combat arms. The rest concerns law, medicine, dentistry, optometry, transport and logistics, maintenance of land vehicles, aircraft and ammunition, electronics and computer technologies and all other services and skills necessary to support the US military and its mission. The recruiting station is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. S/Sgt. Ferns and his teams can be reached at 304-233-4841.

The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce was represented by Brian Rogers, Marketing and Administrative Assistant. In addition to promoting existing businesses, the Chamber currently provides assistance and advice to home-based businesses that primarily use the Internet for their marketing activities. With the help of an EQT grant, the Chamber encourages entrepreneurship by providing capital and management expertise to young start-ups. Applications are being accepted for the Chamber’s annual entrepreneurial pitch which will take place next October. Three scholarships totaling six thousand dollars will be awarded. Nominations are available at the Chamber office at 132 North Street in New Martinsville. The phone number is 304-455-3825.

Autism Resources for Parents and People on the Spectrum Tue, 07 Jun 2022 22:02:12 +0000

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a group of neurological and developmental disorders. Autism affects communication, social functioning, learning and behavior.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism affects 1 in 44 children in the USA. Usually symptoms appear before 2 years of age, but it can be diagnosed at any age.

The effects of autism can be managed with personalized support and care.

There are many resources available for people with autism. Some resources are also designed for parents and families of children with autism.

Each state has its own autism resources and benefits. The federal government also offers resources available to everyone, no matter where you live.

Read on for some of the best autism resources. This list is not exhaustive, but it can help you find the advice you need to navigate the disorder.

Autism management requires ongoing access to a variety of healthcare professionals. Several state and federal resources can help provide this care.

State resources for health

Each state has its own health agency or disability council. These organizations often have programs that provide support for children and adults with disabilities, including autism.

Your county health agency may also offer autism benefits.

Typically, these programs can help:

  • autism screening
  • diagnostic
  • early intervention services
  • get financial assistance for health care

To find health agencies in your state, visit the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Autism website. The page lists agencies and councils in each state.

Federal Health Care Resources

Several national resources are also available to access health care.

Medicaid: Medicaid provides medical care for people with limited incomes. It is a federal program, although each state operates its own Medicaid services. Visit the Medicaid website to find your state’s Medicaid office.

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): CHIP is managed by the Department of Health and Human Services. This is a federal program that provides health coverage for children from families not eligible for Medicaid. CHIP is available in all states.

The following resources are for children on the early childhood and middle childhood spectrum. These tools can help children discover their feelings and practice communication in a fun and engaging way.

National Autism Resource Toys and Gifts: Toys designed to help young children on the spectrum build their developmental skills.

Autism Speaks Virtual Activities: A diverse collection of virtual games, music, videos and activities for children with autism.

Do2Learn: A collection of interactive online activities, including songs, picture cards and games.

Visual Calendars and Social Stories: A visual support app that helps children on the spectrum communicate at home and at school. It is available for Apple and Android.

Speech Blubs: This speech therapy app has over 1,500 educational activities that help kids improve their communication skills.

Support groups provide safe environments for people with autism to connect with each other. This can provide opportunities to foster mental health and develop social skills.

Online support groups are convenient because you don’t have to leave home to attend meetings. But if you want to find in-person support groups, your state’s health departments or disability agencies may have local options.

Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network: A community for women, girls and non-binary people with autism.

Asperger’s/Autism Network Support Groups: Online support groups and community sessions for adults and teens.

Grupo Salto: A support group for Latin families with children with disabilities, including autism.

The Color of Autism Foundation: An organization dedicated to providing support to African American families with children on the spectrum.

The federal government provides benefits for people with disabilities, including autism.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): This is a federal program administered by the Social Security Association. It provides financial assistance for the care of children and adults who meet certain conditions.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): SSDI is another federal Social Security Association program. It provides benefits to people who have worked in the past.

Autism is a complex disorder. Symptoms also vary greatly from person to person. Therefore, it is important to create an intervention plan or management plan that provides personalized support and care.

Fortunately, there are many resources on autism. Examples include information guides, online communities and access to medical care. With the help of these resources, people on the spectrum can live happy and fulfilling lives.

Can I refuse medical attention to a bigot? Tue, 07 Jun 2022 09:00:23 +0000

Let me also note that the freight of words is affected by who speaks them. Patients – perhaps as a result of delirium associated with sepsis or certain neurological disorders – may not control their speech; People prone to coprolalia related to Tourette’s syndrome should not be denied medical treatment because what they say makes clinicians uncomfortable. And your patient? She had a drug addiction problem and used language that increasingly stigmatizes the user. She had no power over the clinicians who cared for her and whose decisions she was subject to. An indication of his lack of status is that your hospital’s risk managers have obviously decided that the facility can safely eject him without being held responsible for the consequences. Although they did not intend to impose a sentence that could have amounted to a death sentence, the risk managers did put the hospital before the patient.

The duties of health professionals are demanding. In times of war, a doctor may have the responsibility of saving the life of a wounded enemy soldier, even if the soldier has just killed one of that doctor’s friends. Fundamental clinical imperatives — evolved, collectively, over generations — should not be hastily set aside. Clinicians have duties of care to patients, even odious ones. And the more serious the likely consequences of denial of care, the greater the burdens they should be willing to accept.

My elderly mother started talking to a romantic scammer on social media a few months ago. He claims to be building a bridge in South America and asked her for money to support the project. She gave him tens of thousands of dollars – all her savings. Given the convoluted stories she told me, I have no doubt that this man is scamming her, and she and I fought to keep her talking to him. I love her, and it really upsets me that this man cheated her out of her money! Here’s the thing, though. She talks to him via internet chat twice a day, and it makes her really happy! She’s the happiest I’ve seen her in a long time. She’s had few friends in her life as well as disappointing romantic partners, and he’s someone she really enjoys talking to. Her savings are gone and I think she will continue to use her Social Security and retirement income to pay her bills. In other words, I don’t think she will give this man a lot of money in the future. Should I keep trying to persuade my mother to stop talking to this man, given that I think the “relationship” may end once the flow of money stops, and she may feel very sad about the end? Should I be concerned for her physical safety if she stops giving money to this man? Our fights are really bad, and she definitely prefers that I stop talking about it altogether. Masked name

A lot to been published on romance scams, including by law enforcement, and I don’t see that, in the usual course of things, its victims are in physical danger – scammers often live in another hemisphere, for one thing . (You can contact the FBI if you want further guidance.) But the financial and emotional depredations are very real. Once the money stops, naturally the scammers move on. There will be sorrow to come for your mother.

You did what you could do. You have repeatedly pointed out the problem; you’ve warned her that her relationship rewards are based on a lie, and you’ve no doubt told her about the proliferation of such scams. She doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. At this point, I don’t see what other choice you have than to leave her alone. As long as your mother remains competent, it’s up to her to manage her relationship with this man. There is the minor reassurance that, as you indicated, the only permanent risk is continued loss of relatively small sums of money, and she has enough to live on. It’s painful to see someone you love being taken advantage of, but you can’t lead your life in their place.

To submit a request: email; or mail The Ethicist, The New York Times Magazine, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018. (Include a daytime phone number.) Kwame Anthony Appiah teaches philosophy at NYU His books include “Cosmopolitanism”, “The Honor Code” and “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity”.

Parkview Health Announces Partnership with Trine University to Build New Facility Mon, 06 Jun 2022 18:55:00 +0000

Parkview Health and Trine University announced plans Thursday for a new health education center in Fort Wayne.

The new 120,000 square foot facility will house the school’s College of Health Professions programs.

Parkview Health partners with regional schools – like Bethel University, Manchester University and Indiana Tech, to meet their needs and those of their students.

Deena Jacquay is the CEO of Parkview Health. She said these types of partnerships with colleges and universities are an important step in staying ahead of the curve of growing health care education needs.

“(The) Bureau of Labor Statistics is starting to say that in the next 10 years health care occupations are going to increase and it’s the fastest growing industry,” Jacquay said.

The new facility, which is expected to open in 2024, plans to employ 100 faculty and staff and serve nearly 700 students. It will also unveil a Simulated Patient Care Center, which will allow students to experience real-life situations in a simulated environment. The simulations will include simulations of surgery, emergency rooms and examination and patient rooms.

Trine will move its physical therapy, physician assistant, and surgical technology programs from the Parkview Randallia campus to the new facility, as well as its speech-language pathology program currently at the Fort Wayne Education Center.

Parkview and Trine plan to apply for rezoning of the north side of Union Chapel Road near I-69 for the new building.

Post-surgical nightmare turned “miracle” | Mirage News Mon, 06 Jun 2022 14:51:00 +0000

In the words of 4-year-old Max Weigel, “I fell asleep and woke up without a word.”

This simple description minimizes the experience of a young boy who overcame enormous obstacles. Today, three years after major health issues, Max’s parents, Noël and Nick, share his story of strength, perseverance and their luck to be in the right place at the right time, with the right healthcare team.

Challenges from birth

Max was born with a congenital heart defect known as atrial septal defect – a hole in the upper chamber of his heart. An ASD is the second most common congenital heart defect and accounts for 10-15% of all congenital heart defects. In many cases, since the disease causes no symptoms during infancy and childhood, it may go unnoticed. An ASD can occur in a healthy heart or can be associated with other heart defects. In Max’s case, a second congenital heart condition – left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy – would make his situation more complex.

The Rockford, Michigan family sought the care of Grand Rapids pediatric cardiologist Ronald Grifka, MD, who recommended surgery to fix the hole in Max’s heart once he was a few years older. .

Because of Max’s two heart issues, Grifka recommended surgery at the University of Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital, where a pediatric cardiothoracic intensive care unit was available for complications.

“By undergoing heart surgery at Mott for closure of his atrial septal defect, Max would have all the additional specialists and resources necessary to address any issues that may develop related to left ventricular non-compaction, including arrhythmia, heart failure and strokes,” Grifka said. “Even though we try hard to prevent any of these problems from developing after surgery, they can still happen.”

A successful operation

The Weigel family was on board to undergo Max’s operation at Mott. The procedure would be performed by pediatric surgeon Richard Ohye, MD, and would involve cutting open Max’s chest and placing sutures to close the hole in his heart. This was a relatively simple procedure that should go smoothly.

Much to his parents’ relief, Max recovered extremely well after the operation, which took place on April 25, 2019.

“Within a short time, he felt good, Noël said, noting that he had to go home earlier than expected.

An unexpected challenge

But two nights after the operation, as Noel lay next to his son, Max started acting erratically.

“I asked him what was wrong and tried to talk to him, but he didn’t answer. When he started moaning, I knew something was wrong.

Noel remembers running for help and seeing the room flooded with doctors and medical staff, all within minutes.

“It was a whirlwind from there.”

As the medical team worked to determine next steps, Noel and Nick prepared for the worst. But they didn’t expect the “worst” to be the news that their young son had suffered a massive stroke. A blood clot was blocking blood flow to his brain.

🌱 Jewelry Store Burglary + Port Jefferson Royals + Free Workout Class Sun, 05 Jun 2022 22:33:24 +0000

Hello Port Jefferson! My name is Danielle and I am replacing your usual curator Debora for the next few days. Please note that your newsletters may be a little lighter during this time. Now, here are all the most important things to know about what’s happening locally.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Rather sunny and beautiful. High: 78 Low: 60.

Here are the top three stories in Port Jefferson today:

  1. The Suffolk County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating three suspects in a Commack jewelry store break-in. Authorities say three men broke into the store — about half an hour from Port Jefferson — on May 16 and escaped with an undisclosed amount of merchandise. Anyone with information about the suspects or their whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-220-TIPS or submit an anonymous tip on line. (daily voice)
  2. On Saturday afternoon, tThe Port Jefferson Royals’ incredible season ended at Cantine Field in Saugerties. Less than a day after the Royals won their first Long Island Championship since 2008, the team lost to Chester in the NYSPHSAA Class C Southeast Baseball Regional Final. “It sounds so cliché, but those memories are the essence of high school sports,” coach Jesse Rosen said. “Taking a three-hour bus ride less than 12 hours after LIC is something we will all remember forever. (Subscription: press day)
  3. Rise and Shine! Start your day off right with a free cardio-sculpture class, courtesy of the Port Jefferson Free Library. Head to Heritage Park at 10 a.m. today with your mat or towel, then join Debbie Kryzminski of Fitness Figures for a series of cardio-based strength training and sculpting exercises. (burbio)

Today in Port Jefferson:

  • Sunny Suncatcher Craft At the Port Jefferson Free Library (10:30 a.m.)
  • Introduction to Excel class At the Port Jefferson Free Library (6:30 p.m.)
  • Ultimate Horse Chicken At the Port Jefferson Free Library (6:30 p.m.)
  • Tissue paper Paint At the Port Jefferson Free Library (7:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Calling quilters of all levels: meet at Port Jefferson Free Library at 1:00 p.m. to meet the Long Island Quilters group. (1:00 p.m.)
  • If you missed yesterday farmers’ market at the Parc du Port Jeanne Garantdon’t worry: the market will return every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Port Jefferson, New York through Facebook)
  • The Port Jefferson men’s lacrosse team took to the field Saturday in honor of former team member Aidan Kaminska, a 2020 graduate who died Monday at his family home. (press day)

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Danielle Fallon

About me: Danielle Fallon is a senior writer at content creation agency Lightning Media Partners and assists with the management of the community newsletter. Danielle also has a Masters in Communication Science and Disorders and works part-time as a pediatric speech therapist.

Parents of Deaf children often lack key support from the Deaf community Sun, 05 Jun 2022 05:52:23 +0000 A growing number of deaf and hard of hearing children in the United States are receiving cochlear implants – electrical conductors surgically inserted into the inner ear to stimulate the nerve responsible for hearing.

Fewer than 30,000 American children received cochlear implants in 2010, while approximately 65,000 children had them in 2019. This is due to the continuous improvement in medical and technological advancements in cochlear implantation that make it cheaper and less painful to hear better than they would with other types of devices.

Yet most children with cochlear implants still need significant help learning to understand and produce spoken language, let alone learning the material taught in classes primarily for students who can hear. And they often struggle to fit in with their born-hearing peers, sometimes only finding a community that truly understands their life journeys as they reach adulthood and connect with others born deaf or hard of hearing.

When parents choose to have their child have a cochlear implant, they are undoubtedly making the best choices possible with the information and understanding they have of growing up and living in a world where most people can hear.

But too often, they miss key support for themselves and their children, from the deaf community, of which I am a part – as a deaf mother of a deaf son – and study professionally. People who are deaf or hard of hearing and those with average hearing all use sign language – the most common of which in the United States is American Sign Language – to understand and express themselves in ways that go beyond speech and help each other navigate the challenges presented in a hearing world.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, some of the benefits of having a cochlear implant include the ability to understand speech without reading lips, making phone calls, watching television, and enjoying music.

Many professional websites run by hearing implant specialists boast that deaf and hard of hearing children can be trained to speak and hear for full integration into their communities.

But these sources omit key information, such as the common need for assistance in school even after receiving a cochlear implant. Their primary focus, as with many consultations with hearing specialists, audiologists, and speech therapists, is to help deaf and hard of hearing children learn to listen and speak.

These efforts minimize or ignore the idea that there are other ways for deaf and hard of hearing people to communicate, without difficulty or difficulty. For example, in the section of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on screening for congenital deafness, the focus is on providing early intervention services to deaf and hard of hearing children in order to avoid delays in learning to speak. Information on American Sign Language can only be accessed by clicking to another page and reading a bulleted list of technical jargon like “auditory-oral” and “cued speech.”

For decades, if not centuries, the Deaf community in the United States and around the world has been ignored, even suppressed, by mainstream hearing society.

As early as the 19th century, educators of deaf people, such as the inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell, tended to believe that speaking and listening are essential to functioning in society at large. As a result, they discouraged children from learning to sign, even though research shows that if children can communicate effectively without speaking, they will be more interested in learning to speak.

This resulted in the methods used to teach generations of deaf Americans, including myself, in schools for the deaf. I was not allowed to use American Sign Language in class, but rather what was called the “Rochester Method, a combination of speech and finger spelling.

Attendance at these schools, which are mostly residential, has been declining since the passage in 1975 of the first federal law requiring public school systems to provide a range of educational options for students with different medical or physical conditions, including including hearing loss. One option was placement in regular schools with support grants.

But public schools aren’t always effective at supporting deaf and hard of hearing students, who often struggle to keep up with and fit in with school, including classrooms, hallways, cafeterias and breakout spaces. hobbies – all of which can be very loud, making it difficult to distinguish one person’s voice from another.

All of this history helps explain why there is so little research on the Deaf community and why officials and families often don’t know much about it.

There is no recent census data or systematic research on the use of American Sign Language. The best number I have ever found was published in 2004, when the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa estimated that between 250,000 and 500,000 people in the United States – deaf and hearing – used American Sign Language.

In my personal and professional experience, this group – the deaf community – is made up of people who are well equipped to support the mental, emotional and social health of deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. They participate fully in society, working in a wide range of jobs without being hindered by the limits of their hearing. And they came to understand the role of deafness in their own identity and in their lives. The HeART of Deaf Culture website features a selection of creative works that present deep insight into Deaf identity affirmation.

Yet deaf children who are learning to speak often struggle with language delays throughout childhood and into adulthood. However, teaching them to sign can help them fully express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas, and find acceptance and connection with others with similar experiences. I believe that these children deserve to learn to sign, to celebrate their deaf identity.

And many parents of deaf children want more help from the deaf community than they can find. A 2018 survey found that only 27% of hearing families with a deaf child had contact with deaf adults to help support their child.

One parent told investigators, “I wish we could have a Deaf mentor or at least have access to a program. I would really like to have a deaf person every week in our house who teaches us. And 8% of parents of deaf children said they wanted access to American Sign Language education.

But there are not enough professionals who master the signs available to meet this need.

As parents make their decisions about how best to support their deaf and hard of hearing children, they are sure to encounter many medical experts, speech pathologists and other professionals who want to help their children function in a world that places a lot of emphasis on hearing. But they need to know that there is also another community available, ready to help their deaf and hard of hearing children, with or without cochlear implants, better understand themselves and more fully develop their limitless human potential.

Father, daughter on the way to DC | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 04 Jun 2022 04:11:02 +0000

Dan Perritano and his 23-year-old daughter with special needs encounter many literal intersections on a trip from their home in Erie to Washington, DC – with him walking, all the while pushing her around in a three-wheeled buggy.

The trip is also a metaphorical intersection for his love of Emma, ​​his love of riding with him, his penchant for walking and pushing, the van-based support of Perritano’s wife, Jane Brady, the mother of ‘Emma; as well as the money they raise for Erie Homes for Children and Adults and the recognition they generate for the challenges faced by families with special needs.

Friday also had the weather: cool enough to see your breath when they started at Cresson around 7am, sunny and windy, with clear air and puffy clouds.

Emma was born healthy, but eight days later her brain began to bleed, creating pressure that caused irrevocable damage, according to her parents, who spoke to the Sheetz at McKee late Friday morning, towards the end of that day’s journey along Old Route 22 and Routes 220 and 36. Doctors at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh stabilized Emma, ​​performing procedures to relieve the pressure, including inserting a shunt that still remains, they said.

They sent her home after making sure she could eat, Perritano and Brady said, and watched her grow.

When Emma started to turn around, they said “Yay!,” Brady called back.

When she first took Cheerios they said “Yay!,” he said.

But with Emma’s cerebral palsy, he remained “wait and watch,” she says.

They enrolled Emma in an early intervention program, which included speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

They enrolled her in school, where she was included, when possible – in the hopes that others would become more tolerant as much as Emma herself would directly benefit, according to Brady.

Over time, the deficits became clearer.

Emma can’t speak for the most part, although she can sometimes repeat words from songs she likes.

She knows colors and shapes, follows simple instructions, understands much of what is going on around her and is good at communicating her needs and wants, her parents said.

After spending a day with her, anyone would know what she’s trying to convey, Brady said.

She can use a computer mouse and even knows how to get rid of ads, so she can access Taylor Swift videos faster, Brady said.

She also loves YouTube and the Beatles, including “So be it” and “I want to hold your hand,” Brady said.

When she listens to Van Halen “Jump” in her buggy, she climbs to the rhythm of the music, says her father.

And she loves hanging out with her parents — so much so that she’s appalled when they return to the garage after a ride, Brady said.

But she can’t understand complex ideas or do academic work, like math,

her parents said.

On Friday at Sheetz, his communication efforts included frequent and emphatic pointings to tell his dad it was time to start walking again.

When Brady asked, “Who wants the ice cream,” Emma’s mouth opened in delight and her hand went up.

The initial awareness of her daughter’s disabilities hit Perritano harder than it hit Brady, but it ended faster, Perritano said.

“As a parent with special needs, I think you are grieving, he said.

The difficulties of caring for Emma, ​​including the need for personal and recurrent interventions, are real.

Still, the times spent walking with her are joyous, Perritano said.

They’ve made the long fundraising trips in the summers since he acquired the buggy in 2015, he said.

“It opened up (our) world”, he said. “We can do things. »

Fundraising helps create context and justification.

But it would still work, Perritano said.

Somehow, he frequently goes out with the buggy near their home in Erie, even in difficult weather.

He’s a runner and he likes to keep moving, he said.

He’s 57, and when he retires from his job coaching football for Penn State Behrend, and Brady, the campus registrar, retires, they’ll be doing what they do in the summer all the time, they said.

Such a life could include discussions of the challenges of families with special needs in schools wherever they travel, Perritano said.

Summer walks, the encounters they create – as well as such discussions in communities – can help shift society towards the empathy for people with special needs that has become so much more common today than It wasn’t generations ago, Perritano and Brady said.

“She touches a lot of people” Perritano said of Emma. “She connects us.”

Anyone interested in tracking their progress can search “Emma and Dan’s 2022 Summer Walk” to connect to the family’s Facebook page, they said, where people can view Perritano’s daily “stories” about the trip.

This summer’s walk is approximately 320 miles and began in March, with weekend forays, each followed by a return home to Erie, with the next walk starting where the last left off, Perritano said.

The family parted ways from their home base on Sunday after reaching Punxsutawney.

They first stayed at a bed and breakfast near Prince Gallitzin State Park.

On Thursday, they moved into a dormitory at Mount Aloysius College, their current base.

They return to base after a daily march of about 15 miles, until the return distance becomes too great.

Then they move on to the next base.

That next base will be in Hagerstown, Maryland, Perritano said.

They expect to arrive in Washington around June 12.

The Mirror’s staff writer, William Kibler, is at 814-949-7038.

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Parents blame Mayor Eric Adams for keeping toddler mask mandate Thu, 02 Jun 2022 22:45:00 +0000

Mayor Eric Adams is standing firm on his mask mandate for New York’s youngest as summer quickly approaches.

Now, more than two months after insisting he wanted to scrap the requirement that children ages 2 to 4 mask up indoors at daycares, public schools and other programs run by the city ​​”in about a week” – and with the last day of school scheduled in about three weeks – many parents in the Big Apple are fed up.

When pressed on the matter this week, Adams told the Post he couldn’t divulge a specific timeline for releasing the tikes from their mask burden.

“I want to take the masks off and see our babies’ faces as soon as possible. We are ready, not panicked, as we enter the next phase of the pandemic, Adams said Wednesday.

“My team of health experts and I continue to assess the data, day by day, and we will continue to communicate with New Yorkers with additional updates.”

Danielle Pollack, mother of a 3-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, expressed her disappointment at the mayor, whom she supported in last year’s election, for not lifting the requirement approaching the last day of classes on June 27.

“As a resident of New York, I voted for Adams because his whole platform was that he would bring things back to normal,” she said. “It’s just very frustrating, because it seems Mayor Adams isn’t doing anything about it, [and] won’t even give a timetable.

Mayor Eric Adams could not provide a timeline for lifting the city’s mask mandate for toddlers.

In early March, Adams announced the end of public school mask mandates for K-12 students, who are old enough to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, but maintained the controversial requirement for younger students. of the city, who are not yet eligible. for the blows.

Children are not required to show proof of vaccination to enter schools at any age.

After weeks of pressure to rescind the rule, Adams announced later that month that the face-covering rule for younger students and daycare attendees would be scrapped starting April 4 unless cases increased.

But all five boroughs saw a spike in infections brought on by the BA.2 Omicron subvariant, so the regulations remained in effect even though hospitalizations are well down from the peak of the pandemic and most cases have been milder.

On April 1, a Staten Island judge lifted mask mandates for toddlers across the city – but that prompted Adams to announce the same day that City Hall would seek an appeal and asked for a stay to keep the rule. controversial in place.

Adams claimed he wanted to lift the mandate for children aged 2 to 4 two months ago.
Adams claimed two months ago that he wanted to lift the mandate for children aged 2 to 4.
James Keivom

A week later, Adams said he hoped to lift the mask mandate for children “within about a week” as parents staged protests outside City Hall and in Times Square, accusing the mayor of go back on his promise. A few days later, Adams released a statement in which he said he was not ready to pull the trigger just yet because coronavirus cases in the city had “continued to rise.”

Then, a month later, the Adams administration removed the mask requirement that applied to outdoor activities for toddlers, while noting that younger students still had to wear masks indoors.

“Looks like there’s no movement from Mayor Adams or [Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin] Vasan,” said Pollack, a mother from the Bronx. “There hasn’t been an update on what’s to come this summer, and as a parent, that’s very frustrating, and it makes me wonder if New York is the right place to raise my family.”

“My daughter wore a mask the whole time she was in school,” she fumed. “My son is going to start at the same school in the fall, and I never thought it would be a question of whether he had to wear a mask.”

Toddlers are required to wear masks indoors at daycares, public schools and city-run programs.
Toddlers are required to wear masks indoors at daycares, public schools and city-run programs.
James Keivom

The exasperated parents of New York are not alone.

According to a POLITICO-Harvard survey, more than 40% of parents of school-aged children believe that wearing a mask harms their children’s educational experience, 46% believe that wearing a mask harms social learning and interactions with their child, and 39% said so. affect the mental and emotional health of their child.

Meanwhile, evidence suggests the overwhelming majority of coronavirus cases in young children are mild. Data collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that only 0.1% to 1.5% of child COVID cases resulted in hospitalization and 0.00% to 0.01% resulted in deaths.

Data from the city’s health department shows an overall seven-day average positivity rate of 8.83% – down from the peak of more than 9% in the middle of last month, but up significantly from the positivity rates below 3% recorded in April. According to the most recent statistics, the Big Apple is seeing a weekly average of 42 new hospitalizations, up from nearly 100 in mid-May.

Figures show confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths are also down from May – from an average of eight or nine a day to six on Tuesday.

City data shows 78.6% of New Yorkers of all ages are fully immunized against COVID-19 and 88.2% of adults have received at least two injections – inoculation rates that barely moved in recent weeks. Just under 98% of adult residents have received at least one stroke, according to the latest figures.

About 87.5% of city residents of all ages have received at least one injection, while only 38.4% have received a booster shot, according to statistics from the city’s health department.

According to statistics published through May 21, the number of deaths per 100,000 people is 0.43% for vaccinated New Yorkers, but much higher at 7.68% for those who have not received their vaccines. .

Statistics have shown that most COVID cases in young children are mild.
Statistics have shown that most COVID cases in young children are mild.
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As the end of the school year nears, Ana Jelenkovic — a mother of two including a 4-year-old who she says needed private speech therapy because of the masks — told the Post that ‘she was intentionally sending her child to a Tribeca summer program that is not considered a school setting, so city regulations do not apply.

“His preschool summer camp has a mask requirement, so he’s not going,” she said. “I put him in camps where they’re not DOH mandated, they’re not run by preschools.”

Jelenkovic added: “I find it all very dystopian and depressing that as a society and as a city we have come to terms with this policy.”

The Manhattan mum pointed to older children and unvaccinated adults who can still go without masks and other countries that never masked toddlers throughout the pandemic

“We accepted this policy without any responsibility for the ‘why’ or the ‘when’,” Jelenkovic said. “It’s just very worrying that they’re still doing this this summer, because we don’t know ‘when’.”

“The mayor just didn’t give us that ‘when’ and ‘why’.”

Sumayya Ahmad — an Upper East Side doctor and mother of two, ages 3 and 2 — told the Post she’s recently been looking for activities this summer where masks aren’t required.

Upper East Side mother Sumayya Ahmad said she was looking for summer activities for her two children who don't need masks.
Upper East Side mother Sumayya Ahmad said she was looking for summer activities for her two children who don’t need masks.
Stephane Yang

She said about 200 parents and preschool principals have created a spreadsheet for such activities in the Big Apple.

While the indoor corporate mask mandate in New York was lifted in February, some museums in the Big Apple and all theaters on Broadway are requiring face coverings. Ahmad hopes to take vacations this summer to places where private places don’t have strict masking rules, like Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

“We live near the Met and avoid [it],” she said. “I’m just going to try to get out of New York as much as possible.”

Brian Robinson, a Tribeca father of a 4-year-old daughter who is running to represent the newly drawn 10th congressional district — posited that if Adams were to end the toddler mask mandate, private venues would follow his example.

“If Adams were to waive that, obviously companies wouldn’t feel the pressure to hold that line,” he said.

Robinson, 38, called the toddler mask mandate ‘absurdity in its purest form’, lamenting that her daughter is forced to give dance recitals while wearing masks as parents watch without them.

“At this point, the science doesn’t support it,” the Democratic hopeful told Congress. “It’s excessive.”