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SLP Course Details

Course # 4179
Practicing AAC in Acute Care Settings

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Course Abstract

This session will characterize the issues associated with the implementation of AAC in acute care settings. It's based on data from +200 cases in which some form of AAC was implemented at The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Case presentations are offered to illustrate the implementation strategies we have developed.
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This course was recorded on March 24, 2011


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to identify an individual's need for AAC in an acute care setting.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe strategies for integrating AAC into the acute care setting.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe message templates and environmental control options that assist acute care patients in management of their health care status.
  • After this course, participants will be able to educate nurses with the necessary strategies they need to interact with patient with complex communication needs in acute care settings.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction and overview of learning outcomes
5-10 Minutes Review literature supporting the need to identify patients in acute care setting with complex communication needs.
10-20 Minutes Identification of barriers that can preclude service delivery in acute care settings
20-30 Minutes Identify a framework of service for AAC in an acute care setting
30-40 Minutes Review strategies for implementation of AAC strategies
40-50 Minutes Review the nurse's role in regard to patient communication and training protocols for nurses
50-60 Minutes Summary/questions and answers

Average Rating

(94 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 27 most recent comments out of 94 reviews

Review by: Nancy on November 25, 2014
I just started working in an acute care setting, so this information was extremely helpful!
Review by: Lindsay on May 11, 2014
Wonderfully organized. The presenter appeared well versed in this area.
Review by: Ashley on April 30, 2014
These techniques can be used with any severely ill patient, in or out of the acute setting.
Review by: Mitzi on April 18, 2014
Good information about how Nurses view AAC.
Review by: susanna on January 5, 2014
good information and organization
Review by: Karen on December 21, 2013
Well organized material
Review by: Annalee on November 26, 2013
Highly credible and well organized presenter
Review by: Dennis C on November 8, 2013
well organized
Review by: Angela on October 15, 2013
Review by: Kay on October 10, 2013
comprehensive-and reviewed specific strategies
Review by: Amanda on June 3, 2013
Well-organized and provided specific examples of low, mid, and high-tech AAC devices
Review by: sheila on April 10, 2013
Excellent visual aids. Thank you!
Review by: Jean on December 27, 2012
very practical and easy to apply concepts for introducing AAC options to patients in acute care.thank you!
Review by: Cynthia on December 10, 2012
Well organized and presented
Review by: Carol on December 5, 2012
the emphasis on the need for AAC in acute care and the importance of a reliable yes/no response and other low-tech options.
Review by: Helen on October 8, 2012
i work in a hospital Out Patient area. I feel more confident if I am called to do an inpatient
Review by: Suzanne on September 29, 2012
Information I can utilize in my current work setting
Review by: Ashley on August 22, 2012
Review by: Shana on March 29, 2012
relevant and needed information
Review by: Ronda on February 29, 2012
Some info. I hadn't heard before
Review by: Karyn on January 16, 2012
Great ideas and reminders to be resourceful. Very encouraging information in terms of expanding the application of AAC and working on interdisciplinary collaboration and understanding. Also adds to my idea of the scope of practice.
Review by: Adina on December 30, 2011
Clearly presented, information was easy to understand and not overwhelming. Practical information that can be used in day to day treatment.
Review by: James on December 22, 2011
great clinical applications
Review by: Lisa on December 18, 2011
It was great to see visual examples of low, mid level, and high tech devices. Excellent examples of how to elicit yes/no responses were given.
Review by: Erica on October 30, 2011
good tips for bedside assessment and intervention
Review by: Kristine on October 20, 2011
practical applications
Review by: Lauren on October 19, 2011
would have liked to more know about the individual devices- pros and cons, etc. and more about attaching the switch/device for medically intensive pts

Course Information

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Course Presenter

debora a downey

Debora A. Downey, M.A., CCC-SLP

Debora Downey is a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa and the facilitator of the AAC Service at the Center for Disabilities & Development. She is a co-author of Implementing AAC in Acute Care Setting and has published in a variety of journals. Debora also provides AAC services to the critical units at The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Disclosure: Instructor Disclosure: Not available. The content for this program was developed and published prior to the ASHA Continuing Education Board requiring instructional personnel to provide financial and nonfinancial disclosure statements.

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