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
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists.
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.
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