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AAC Evaluation Process Updates

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Happy AAC Awareness Month! We as the ArSHA AAC Committee have created several resources to help ease the process of referring your clients and students for an AAC device. Under the Resources Tab on the ArSHA website, you will find a new AAC Referral Flow Chart for clients who receive DDD/ALTCS services, who also have

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The Benefits of Membership

The Benefits of ArSHA Membership ArSHA is the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association. It is the professional association of more than 500 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech-language pathology assistants in Arizona. We advocate at the state level and are involved at the national level, too, through our STAR and StAMP representatives. Our goal is for Arizona to

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Got Skin in the Game?

  Dear Arizona Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and SLP Assistants; We’ve Got Skin in the Game! Having skin in the game is an expression used to convey at least a couple meanings. In business, it is when high-ranking insiders of an organization increase their personal risk by investing some of their own funds back into the

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Audiology Committee Legislative Update

The ArSHA Audiology Committee welcomes all Arizona Audiologists and Audiology students to participate in a Legislative Update via Zoom on September 28th from 6:15-7:00pm. Todd Baughman, ArSHA’s lobbyist, from Policy Development Group will discuss what he does to advocate for the Audiology profession, briefly describe how the legislative process works, and answer any questions you

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ArSHA’s Mentorship Program

Over the past year, I had the privilege of mentoring a second year leveler student from Northern Arizona University about all things Speech. During our monthly meetings via Zoom or phone calls, we talked about the profession, strategies to help prepare for the upcoming Praxis exam and even practice interview questions. Each month my mentee

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From Backlogged to Backpacks: ArSHA Webinar hopes to close the service gap for AAC users

Back-to-school looks different for everyone this year. Yes, there are fresh haircuts, new school uniforms, and bright white sneakers. But there are temperature checks, masks, and hand sanitizer bottles, too. School itself looks different; some are online, in-person, others follow a hybrid model or homeschool. Everyone is a little anxious. But for some nonverbal students

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Presentations Educate Parents and Professionals about DDD’s Recent Changes to AAC Services

On January 1, 2021, Arizona’s Department of Developmental Disabilities transferred the management of their Augmentative and Alternative Communication Unit (AAC Aug Com unit) to their contracted managed care organizations, Mercy Care and United Health Care, including evaluations for AAC devices and related training. The state has promised this transition will bring many benefits, including a

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