Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies for Patients with ALS    - SLPA1619

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies for Patients with ALS

by Haley O'Hare, MS, CCC-SLP
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This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.10 CEU)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


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.


The goal of this educational program is to provide speech-language pathologists with functional communication strategies to employ when working with adults with ALS resulting in severe communication impairment.
The content in this course is applicable primarily to speech-language pathologists working with individuals with ALS in all settings. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify what type of communication options are available and appropriate for patients with ALS.
  • Discuss various low- to high-technological tools and strategies to implement with patients with ALS.
  • Describe evidence-based AAC practices to maximize independent communication for adults with severe communication impairment and minimal movement.
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Remember, ASHA CEUs cannot be awarded retroactively, so it is very important that you follow the instructions for earning ASHA CEUs. If you have any questions, contact or 800-866-0919. Only those participants who follow the instructions for earning ASHA CEUs will have their course information submitted to the ASHA CE Registry.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).
Haley O’Hare, MS, CCC-SLP, 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.
Disclosure: Ms. O'Hare has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.

Course Originally Released on: 1/30/2020
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/30/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/31/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00