Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy Better Speech and Hearing Month!

May is one of my most favorite months of the year! It is Better Speech and Hearing Month! This is the perfect time of the year to spread awareness of all of the wonderful services that Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists can provide to the community.

In honor of the month I created a helpful handout that explains the roles and the opportunities of a speech-language pathologist. If you know of a friend that is interested in the field, this is the perfect handout! Hop on over to my store and pick up your free version!

How will you celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

I Vote for Voice!

Dear Presidential Candidates,

You’ve been campaigning for months. There have been heated debates, countless rallies, and news interviews to boot! I am sure you all are exhausted but there is something very important that you are all neglecting. No I am not talking about a policies or political views. I am talking about your voices!

When you all speak there is a collective cringe from speech-language pathologists (SLPS) across the world. Each of you have been found guilty of vocal abuse and misuse! The evidence is right in front of us!

Donald Trump - Please don't hate the's your friend!

Hillary Clinton

          Let's not forget about this coughing fit Hillary...Have you been hydrating?

Bernie Sanders 

Seriously, all jokes aside, get yourself to an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Physician and then a Speech-Language Pathologist to teach you how to keep your voice safe and healthy! You all are at risk for vocal nodules, hemorrhage, or polyps! And those, my friends, take time, therapy, and possibly surgery to recover. We will cross our fingers that there isn’t something worse going on!

Here are some quick tips that you can implement in the mean time…

1.     Stop yelling and let the microphone work for you!
2.     Give yourself vocal rest.
3.     Stay away from foods/liquids that may irritate reflux or act as a diuretic.
4.     Drink more water!
5.     Get in for a formal evaluation with an ENT and an SLP.

I know all of you are in different parts of the country and it may be hard to find an ENT and SLP that you trust. So here are a few of the national organizations that may be able to lead you in the right direction.

1.     American Academy of Otolaryngology –
2.     American Board of Otolaryngology –
3.     American Laryngological Association –
4.     American Speech-Language Hearing Association –
5.     Voice Foundation –

Please take care of your voices.


Mallory Moore M.S. CCC-SLP 

P.S. Can we please change the Medicare Part B therapy cap so that speech-language pathology has their own funds and not share with physical therapy? Thanks!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Podcasts for the Pediatric and Adult Based Speech-Language Pathologist

            One of my new favorite morning routines is to listen to a short podcast. For those of you who are unfamiliar with podcasts, they are audio files that are available on the internet to download. I don’t know why I didn’t start listening to these until this year! I love listening to these podcasts while I am getting ready for work or when I am driving to my work. Podcasts for the field of speech language pathology can be a bit tricky to find. So I thought I would share my top 15 podcasts. These are in no particular order! Happy listening and learning!

7.     StutterTalk -

13.  So not technically found in the podcast app but has CEU’s available that you can download, listen to, and take a test later!

If you have other podcasts that you love be sure to share below!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Myofascial Release

Receiving the diagnosis of head and neck cancer (HNC) is a life changing experience. An individual who receives this diagnosis faces the possibility of undergoing surgery and/or chemo-radiotherapy (CRT). With either of these potential life-saving options, one’s ability to speak or swallow may be substantially affected. Thus, intervention from a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is needed to improve upon altered communication and dysphagia. A therapy technique that may be beneficial for individuals post HNC is myofascial release.
Myofascial release is a therapeutic intervention that involves massage to the muscles and fascia. (Kelly, 2014: Myofascial, n.d; Shah & Bhalara, 2012). Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles. There are three layers of fascia, the superficial fascia (directly under the skin), deep fascia (embedded into muscles), and subserous fascia (lines the body cavities and organs) (Kelly, 2014: Myofascial, n.d; Shah & Bhalara, 2012). There are three types of myofascial release, direct (very intense), indirect (more gentle), and self (patient driven) (Kelly, 2014: Myofascial, n.d; Shah & Bhalara, 2012).
Personally, I have used myofascial release with individuals with dysphagia post head and neck cancer and with Parkinson’s disease. Other patient populations that may benefit include individuals with TMJ disorder/issues, chronic pain, neck and shoulder pain/tension, whiplash, post surgical and injury scarring may benefit (Kelly, 2014: Myofascial, n.d; Shah & Bhalara, 2012). Myofascial release would not be indicated for individuals with aneurysm, open wounds, or who have an active cancer (William, 2004).   
Myofascial release is used in several disciplines such as with chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists. Speech-language pathologists use this method typically in the treatment of dysphagia or voice disorders. Myofascial release has also been used to improve esophageal speech for laryngectomees  (Marszałek et al, 2009). Check out this videos for a peak at some different myofascial release techniques!

According to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2007), SLPs should only engage in practice that they show competence. There are two main training places for MFR one is with John Barnes (Barnes, n.d.) a physical therapist, and the other with John Kelly another physical therapist (Ciao Seminars, 2013). The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association approved training with John Kelly for continuing education units. Personally, I attended the CEU course with John Kelly and it was wonderful, I would highly recommend it! If you know of additional training opportunities for myofascial release please post in the comment below. Have you used myofascial release with your patients? Do you find this technique useful?


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2007). Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology. Retrieved from

Barnes, J. (n.d.). Welcome to Myofascial Release - John F. Barnes, PT. Retrieved from

Ciao Seminars. (2013). CIAO Seminars. Retrieved from
Gerwin, R. D. (2005). A review of myofascial pain and fibromyalgia–factors that promote their persistence. Acupuncture in Medicine, 23(3), 121-134.
Harden, R. N. (2007). Muscle pain syndromes. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 86(1), S47-S58.
Hodgson, L., & Fryer, G. (2006). The effect of manual pressure release on myofascial trigger points in the upper trapezius muscle. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 9(1), 33.
Hutcheson, K. A. (2013). Late radiation-associated dysphagia (RAD) in head and neck cancer survivors. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 61-72.
Hutcheson, K. A., Bhayani, M. K., Beadle, B. M., Gold, K. A., Shinn, E. H., Lai, S. Y., & Lewin, J. (2013). Eat and exercise during radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy for pharyngeal cancers: use it or lose it. JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, 139(11), 1127-1134.
Louie, K. S., Mehanna, H., & Sasieni, P. (2015). Trends in head and neck cancers in England from 1995 to 2011 and projections up to 2025. Oral Oncology, 51(4), 341-348. doi:10.1016/j.oraloncology.2015.01.002
Marszałek, S., Żebryk-Stopa, A., Kraśny, J., Obrębowski, A., & Golusiński, W. (2009). Estimation of influence of myofascial release techniques on esophageal pressure in patients after total laryngectomy. European Archives of Otorhinolaryngology, 266(8), 1305-1308. doi:10.1007/s00405-008-0861-z
Massage Sloth. (2013, August 18). Massage tutorial: Myofascial release for TMJ pain [Video file]. Retrieved from

Pierson, M. J. (2011). Changes in temporomandibular joint dysfunction symptoms following massage therapy: a case report. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, 4(4), 37-47.
Purcell, A. (2013). Head and neck lymphoedema management practices. Journal of Lymphoedema, 8(2), 8-15.
Results Massage and Bodywork LLC. (n.d.). Myofascial release [image]. Retrieved from

Shah, S., & Bhalara, A. (2012). Myofascial release. International journal of Health Science & Reserarch, 2(2), 69-77.
Teachey, W. S. (2004). Otolaryngic myofascial pain syndromes. Current pain and headache reports, 8(6), 457-462.
Vernon, H., & Schneider, M. (2008). Chiropractic management of myofascial trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, 32(1), 14-24. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2008.06.012

Friday, January 1, 2016

15 Speech-Language Pathology Organizations

Image by Inventorseye (2012)

Happy New Year Speechies! With the New Year amongst us, it is the perfect time to make resolutions. One of my resolutions is to become better connected to organizations that will help me develop into a stronger speech-language pathologist. Some of you may have similar goals. Therefore, I present 15 speech-language pathology related organizations/communities that may help you reach your goals in 2016!

1.     American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology ~

2.     American Speech Language and Hearing Association ~

3.     Apraxia-KIDS ~

4.     Hearing Loss Association of America ~

5.     International Association of Laryngectomees ~

6.     International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association ~ 

7.     International Dyslexia Association ~

8.     Local State Organization ~ has provided a list of all organizations in the USA ~

9.     National Aphasia Association ~

10.  National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing ~

11.  National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders ~

12.  National Student Speech Language Hearing Association ~

13.  National Stuttering Foundation ~

14.  United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication ~

15.  Web Whispers ~

The organizations are presented in alphabetical order. If you know of additional organizations or communities please leave a copy of the link in a comment!


Inventorseye. (2012). network [graphic]. Retrieved from