AAC Serving Non-speakers in Medical Settings: Quick Strategies with and without technology

Tumwater, WA
Friday, March 22, 2013

Co-sponsored by University of Washington Departments

Center for Technology & Disability Studies

Speech & Hearing Sciences

AAC Serving Non-speakers in Medical Settings: Quick Strategies with and without technology
Friday, March 22, 2013 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Labor and Industries Auditorium
7273 Linderson Way SW
I-5 Exit 101
Tumwater, WA 98501

Map and Directions

This one-day workshop will focus on serving non-speaking adults, teens and youth in medical settings, ranging from intensive care to rehabilitation and long-term care. Particular emphasis will be given to serving individuals who have lost communication abilities due to traumatic brain injury, stroke, cancer, or degenerative disease. Addressing the Joint Commission Standard RI.2.100 which requires that the organization "respects the patient's right to and need for effective communication," this course begins with oral strategies but quickly moves to aided communication with and without technology.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe three broad categories of AAC referrals in a medical setting
  • Design an AAC Toolkit of materials that will provide the basic tools for serving most patients.
  • Convert an ordinary laptop computer into a Speech Generating Device (SGD) that will suffice for some patients with good hand control.
  • Describe several low-tech and no-tech strategies that can be set up quickly for some patients with severe motor impairments.
  • Use Features-based approach to describe and recommend either traditional AAC devices or new mobile devices with apps.
  • Explain the SLPs changing role in AAC with new technology.
Patricia Dowden, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. She has been teaching, researching and providing clinical services to children and adults with complex needs for over 30 years.

Dr. Dowden is receiving an honorarium for this presentation and has no nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

Contact Information

  • Gaby de Jongh, Training Coordinator
    University of Washington
    Center for Technology & Disability Studies
    Phone: 206 685-4181

Payment Instructions

  • There will be no on-site registration.
    General Registration Fee: $220.00

    Early-Bird Registration Fee: $175.00 (extended to March 8, 2013!)

    SLPs in their CF Year Rate: $145 (only available during Early-Bird registration)

    Student Rate: $120 (only available during Early-Bird registration)

    This course is offered for 0.6 CEUs from ASHA for an additional $15.

    Group discounts available if 4 or more people register together.

    Please call Gaby de Jongh at 206 685-4181 to receive discount codes for SLPs in CF Year and Student Rates prior to registering for this workshop!
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