With Communication Disorders Since 1936
COVID 19 Information
- ASHA Information
- Resources for School Based SLPs/AUDs
- Resources for Health Care Based SLPs/AUDs
- Clients, Students and Families
- Community Resources
Greetings to all Minnesota Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists!
The Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association (MNSHA) leadership team would like to thank you all for your support, messages, and patience as we navigate how COVID 19 is currently shaping how we live and work. MNSHA is here to support you, your families, and your clients through the days ahead. We are working to provide you with resources and guidance as we move forward. To the right, you will see the resources we have compiled thus far. These include information from ASHA, resources for school-based SLPs and audiologists, information and resources on telepractice, and other supports for clients, students, and families. This list will be updated as we receive more information. If you have something you would like to see added, please email email@example.com.
As we navigate this new arena, take time to stay connected and communicate with others! MNSHA offers many different listservs, committees and social media platforms which can all be accessed while practicing social distancing and allow you to still feel connected with others. Please continue to follow the CDC recommended practices for hand washing and hygiene, voluntary home isolation, respiratory etiquette, and environmental cleaning for frequently touched surfaces during this time in order to help keep everyone safe!
Be well and take care-
Emily Aust, 2020 President
Alicia Hamilton, Past President
Rene Utianski, President Elect
Kelly Hungaski, VP of Communication
Stephanie Bordewick, VP of Education Issues
Sarah Monahan, VP of Health Care Issues
Shaeleen Fagre, VP of Audiology
Kaci Muecke, Future Professionals Committee Advisor
Cindy McInroy, Policy Council Chair
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Update on Regulatory Requirements Affected by Governor’s Emergency Executive Order (April 21, 2020)
Letter from the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology:
MNSHA is working closely with related service associations across Minnesota (i.e. MN Dept of Education/MDE, MN Department of Health/MDH, MN Department of Human Services/DHS) to help provide resources to AuDs and SLPs.
As always, please contact your district or co-op leads, supervisors, special education coordinators and directors for current job expectations and requirements.
Department of Education Special Education Q & A regarding service provision (updated at least weekly, possibly more frequently)
General information for schools during this time:
Specific information regarding special education:
U.S. Department of Education:
RESOURCES FOR HEALTH CARE-BASED SPEECH LANGUAGE-PATHOLOGISTS AND AUDIOLOGISTS
Temporary modification of DHS background study requirements – Emergency background studies
Minnesota Health Care Programs webpage for updates related to to Covid-19 changes
Notification from Health and Human Services regarding platform use, HIPAA compliance and telehealth, at this time:
See “Covered and Non-Covered IEP Health-related services/Telemedicine” in the DHS Provider Manual:
MN Online Teachers’ Network (free webinars):
For questions about assessments and their use with telepractice- see the publisher’s website for guidance (a few are listed below):
For ways to help keep platforms secure:
How to talk to your kids about COVID 19:
Simple Social Story
Aphasia friendly COVID Information
Free Internet Resources:
In Minneapolis proper: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/wireless/index.htm
Individual school district websites will have resources for how to get internet access to families or arrange materials distribution for at home distance learning
For specific information about how to manage food insecurity in your area, check your school district and local city government websites. Other information can be found at MDE Food and Nutrition Resources during COVID-19
Local restaurants are also offering support, so check in with your community social media and news networks.
Unemployment Application Information:
Emotional wellness support:
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)