Tell Us Your Stories

Dear SLPs and Audiologists,

We have received a request from ASHA to share our stories about children who have made significant progress and/or met all goals.  Please see below:

An important part of advocacy is the need to “tell stories.” We are reaching out to you for stories. If you have clients you have seen, e.g.
a child with no diagnosed condition (or a diagnosed organic condition) who presented a speech, language, and/or swallowing problem for whom intervention resulted in an improvement that would demonstrate not only an improved quality of life but functional ability/independence, we’d like to hear about it, either on paper or possibly even on a video. Please let me know if you have such examples, and we’ll start a collection, in hopes to tell the tale of success and further demonstrate the need for coverage of our services.

As you all probably already know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has a provision about rehabilitative and habilitative services, but the
exact language, particularly about habilitative services has not yet been defined in the regulation which will be forthcoming later this year. For this reason, ASHA is putting forth a major effort to advocate for the inclusion of habilitative services, using the definition of habilitative as presented by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) workgroup. That definition is:

Habilitation Services

Health care services that help a person keep, learn or improve skills and functioning for daily living. Examples include therapy for a child who isn’t walking or talking at the expected age. These services may include physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and other services for people with disabilities in a variety of inpatient and/or outpatient settings.

They would like our stories to focus on successful habilitation specifically on how it relates to outcomes.  Videos may also be submitted. Stories should be submitted by November 1, 2011

Please send all stories to

Thank you in advance for helping us help your clients!


Leslie J. Hammond

MSHA STAR 2011 & 2012


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