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Course Overview

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is nearly universally beneficial for those diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) as they experience decline in speech function across the early, middle, and late stages of the disease. AAC for patients with ALS supplements the use of natural speech until the person is no longer able to speak or demonstrate adequate understandability; at this point, AAC can replace natural speech as the primary communication mode. Low- to high-technological AAC options are appropriate and often combined as part of a comprehensive communication plan

About the Course Author

Laurel Koss MS, OTR/L, attended the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University. With over 21 years in clinical occupational therapy settings, Laurel has experience in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient orthopedic and neurology, long term care, rehab, and acute care. She also has extensive training and experience in upper extremity amputee care, orthotics and prosthetics, and research and development. Laurel has been an adjunct professor for Saint Petersburg College and Nova Southeastern University, Tampa campus and is currently the lead occupational therapy writer for the Rehab team with Relias. Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Haley O’Hare is a speech-language pathologist practicing with adults with acquired disabilities in outpatient and home health settings. She has worked with patients with ALS employing AAC from low- to high-tech options. She has experience in AAC assessment and treatment, completing SGD funding requests, collaborating with other disciplines and medical professionals, and working with patients across the agespan and families to obtain vital communication feedback and information. She taught a course at University of Northern Colorado as an adjunct professor called “Assistive Technology for Communication Disorders” for six years. She also used to own a private practice specializing in AAC services. Haley O'Hare, MS, CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


    Introductory Level

    0.10 ASHA CEUs

  • Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


    Approved for 1.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe evidence-based AAC strategies practices to maximize independent communication for adults with severe communication impairment and minimal movement.; Discuss various low- toand high-technological tools and strategies to implement with patients with ALS.; Identify what type of communication options are available and appropriate for patients with ALS.
  • Outline:

    Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies for Patients with ALS
    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Background, Access, Treatment, and Funding
    Meet Jim
    What Is AAC?
    What Is ALS?
    Rationale and Efficacy for AAC
    Access Considerations
    Treatment Strategies
    Funding for AAC Devices
    Effective Communication Partners
    Section 3: Clinical Vignette
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Course Contributors
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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  • Disclosures:

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