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Working with Families of Older Language-impaired Adults

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When an aging adult experiences impairment of communication, family members face numerous challenges. This presentation focuses on working with families, particularly in the context of aphasia, with emphasis upon the role of families in rehabilitation and what SLPs can do to help families adjust and move forward with their own life stories.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to describe three ways adult-onset communication disorders can affect family members.
  • After this course, participants will be able to explain how families play a role in the rehabilitation of an adult with a communication disorder.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe how age-related changes may influence work with families.
  • After this course, participants will be able explain how to modify current interactions (and interventions) with family members to better address family needs.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction and overview of topic, general impact of adult onset communication disorders on families
5-15 Minutes Discussion of aging family systems and family roles, along with common “types” that characterize the ways individuals adapt to change
15-30 Minutes Assessment of family/caregiver needs
30-50 Minutes Strategies to assist family members cope more effectively with the consequences of communication impairment for their lives
50-55 Minutes Guidelines for clinical interactions in working with families to improve service delivery
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Course Presenter

barbara b shadden

Barbara B. Shadden, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Barbara B. Shadden is a University Professor Emeritus in Communication Disorders and Co-Director of the Office for Studies on Aging at the University of Arkansas. She joined the faculty at the U of A in 1979. Previously, she served as Clinical Services Coordinator at United Cerebral Palsy in Bridgeport, CT, Co-Coordinator of Neuropathology Services, University of Tennessee, and speech-language consultant to two hospitals in Fayetteville, AR. She is ANCDS Board Certified in Adult Neurologic Communication Disorders. Dr. Shadden received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. She is an ASHA Fellow, has been active in ASHA Gerontology SID and accreditation initiatives, as well as past president of ArkSHA and the CAPCSD. Dr Shadden has published and presented extensively on topics in aging, neurogenics, discourse, and augmentative communication, including five textbooks and editorship of six journal issues. Most recent research and service interests focus on the health of seniors, caregiver needs and issues, and the impact of neurogenic communication disorders on sense of self or identity. 


Presenter Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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