Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies for Patients with ALS  - SLPA2024

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; 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. Speech-language pathologists must be knowledgeable regarding treatment strategies, funding issues, intervention staging and effective communication partner strategies for the use of assistive technology with patients diagnosed with ALS.


The goal of this augmentative and alternative communication continuing education program is to provide speech-language pathologists with functional communication strategies to employ when working with adults with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and similar diseases resulting in minimal movement and severe communication impairment. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify what type of communication options are available and appropriate for patients with ALS
  • Discuss various low- and high-technological strategies to implement with patients with ALS
  • Describe evidence-based AAC strategies to maximize independent communication for adults with severe communication impairment and minimal movement

Approval Information
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists.
If you wish to earn ASHA CEUs, you must enter an ASHA Member Number as one of the licenses in your user profile. If you do not yet have an ASHA Member Number, please enter one anyway.  Please use “11111111” in the license number field and any date in the Date Issued and Date Expires fields. You can edit the license information later after you are issued your member number.
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 and Rehabilitation Director for a private practice specializing in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), Rocky Mountain AAC Specialists LLC. Ms. O’Hare has no other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.

Course Originally Released on: 1/9/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/17/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/9/2018

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

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Kerri S - Williston Park, NY  ·  May 23, 2018
Questions were very technical.
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Annette R - Marble Falls, TX  ·  May 15, 2018
Good refresher course.
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Jennifer K - Apex, NC  ·  Apr 06, 2018
Excellent information for therapists and other healthcare professionals alike.
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Beryl H - Olney, MD  ·  Mar 28, 2018
Good overview of AAC and specifics related to ALS.
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Patricia P - CRYSTAL RIVER, FL  ·  Feb 28, 2018
Visual examples would be helpful.
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