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Course # 4214
Practicing AAC in Acute Care Setting

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

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


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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.
  • fter 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

(440 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Review by: Lois on September 8, 2014
provided good introduction to needs and practices in acute care settings
Review by: Zulemy on July 17, 2014
Important to review and discuss appropriate of AAC and population of patients that may be in a more critical state.
Review by: Jessica on June 13, 2014
User friendly; immediate take away information.
Review by: Gina on May 15, 2014
This course gave practical strategies for communicating with nonoral patients in acute care settings.
Review by: Stefini on March 22, 2014
the questions by the listeners
Review by: Ruth on February 13, 2014
The course was well-organized and clearly presented.
Review by: Amy on December 30, 2013
clear information presented
Review by: Lindsay on December 26, 2013
Review by: Laura on December 26, 2013
A more in-depth look at facilitating non-verbal communication. Interesting!
Review by: Jacob on December 24, 2013
Review by: Caitlin on December 23, 2013
So practical.
Review by: Stephanie on December 21, 2013
Review by: Corban on November 12, 2013
Review by: Karen on November 8, 2013
The beside table adaptations
Review by: Tina on November 1, 2013
Review by: Marlene on October 14, 2013
Good overview of AAC strategies.
Review by: Joan on September 9, 2013
Good reminder of how necessary it is to be an advocate for patients. Use of AAC would be empowering, allowing a patient to participate in his own care and to decrease frustration and anxiety.
Review by: Garry on August 21, 2013
The info therein.
Review by: Elaine M. on May 19, 2013
The information was presented in a clear fashion. It's very important to advocate for individuals having easy access to communication systems. In acute care settings, communication often can get pushed aside when there are so many other need areas that need attention!
Review by: Richard on May 13, 2013
organized and concise
Review by: Patrice on May 4, 2013
simple and easy to follow
Review by: Anjie on March 28, 2013
Practical and useful for acute care settings.
Review by: Kathleen on March 8, 2013
Practical examples were great.
Review by: Shelly on February 22, 2013
simplified the acute process
Review by: Rebekah on January 29, 2013
Pictures of AAC devices, implementation of devices in acute care settings
Review by: Kelbe on January 24, 2013
emphasis on functionality for nursing, family, and patient
Review by: Sara on January 20, 2013
Gave me confirmation of what I am doing is good.
Review by: Jennifer on January 11, 2013
Please share....
Review by: Andrew on January 6, 2013
good visuals
Review by: Cindy on December 30, 2012
appreciated the pep talk & reminder that implementing a yes/no system is just as crucial as a high-tech device
Review by: Julianne on December 27, 2012
Review by: Barb on December 19, 2012
insight into the nurse's experience
Review by: Joan on November 30, 2012
She provided useful, research-based solutions.
Review by: Jane on November 10, 2012
clear & concise
Review by: Laura on November 9, 2012
Lots of great ideas for low to hi tech AAC devices
Review by: Bettye Anna on October 26, 2012
The hands-on nature of the instruction.
Review by: Jaime on September 16, 2012
Review by: Sandra on August 7, 2012
Nice recommendations for mounting switches for patients with limited movement.
Review by: Angela on August 1, 2012
There were very realistic examples used
Review by: Michelle on July 31, 2012
Clear goals, easy to read .
Review by: Alison on July 21, 2012
The info can be applied easily in any acute care setting.
Review by: Shannon on July 18, 2012
Practical strategies that can be implemented in a hospital setting.
Review by: Kellie on July 16, 2012
I found the information helpful in working in a SNU setting with nursing staff requiring some educaiton and instruction on AAC.
Review by: Vanessa on July 9, 2012
great info
Review by: Meghan on June 10, 2012
Easily translates to work very relevant.
Review by: Patricia on May 7, 2012
I loved the ideas for mounting switches
Review by: Wanda on April 14, 2012
valuable information
Review by: Lynn on April 10, 2012
Beneficial information
Review by: Amanda on April 1, 2012
Good information
Review by: Judith on March 14, 2012
Lots of practical ideas and strategies.
Review by: Janine on February 14, 2012
well organized
Review by: Sharon on January 31, 2012
I appreciated the examples she gave for low tech devices.
Review by: Barbara on January 23, 2012
Information was presented in a straightforward manner with clear examples. Presenter did not go off on tangents. Objectives of course clearly matched information provided.
Review by: emily on January 10, 2012
good examples of AAC use
Review by: Michelle on January 6, 2012
Interesting and I really appreciate the holistic approach it expands upon when first laying your eyes on a patient in acute care.
Review by: Stacii on December 31, 2011
Very informative course.
Review by: Katherine on December 31, 2011
Concrete and immediately useful information provided.
Review by: Michelle on December 31, 2011
Personal experience and examples added a great deal of information.
Review by: Jennifer on December 30, 2011
The informations was well presented and very easily put into practice.
Review by: Jennifer on December 28, 2011
It had excellent examples of types of AAC devices from low tech to high tech and I liked how it said to involve and train nurses because they are with the patient more than the SLP
Review by: Sharyn on December 23, 2011
this is applicable to the setting in which I work
Review by: Timari on December 22, 2011
Lots of great information
Review by: Andrea on December 22, 2011
very practical and useful information
Review by: Devra on December 18, 2011
clearly presented
Review by: Amy on December 17, 2011
The presenter provided a variety of options that can be used in almost any situation.
Review by: Carol on December 17, 2011
Ms. Downey's pragmatic approaches
Review by: Marcie on December 14, 2011
Review by: Debbie on December 7, 2011
good resource base for families, applicable to current working environment
Review by: Cindy on December 4, 2011
Practical information and ideas that are evidence based.
Review by: MaryAnn on November 22, 2011
Addresses the AAC issues too often not provided in acute care settings and not fully known by many SLPs.
Review by: Shanna J. on November 20, 2011
It was a great overview of AAC in the acute care setting. Focused on patient's needs. Presenter is a real advocate!
Review by: Susan on November 18, 2011
The importance of a consistent ys/no response.
Review by: Janice on November 16, 2011
Emphasis on the part of SLP to share info and techniques with nurses & family
Review by: Michelle on November 4, 2011
Very comprehensive
Review by: Cailey on October 31, 2011
Review by: Renee on October 29, 2011
It reveiew the simple things we forget. Ways of obtaining yes/no response with eye up for YES
Review by: Therese on October 25, 2011
Info was simple and encouraging...lots of food for thought
Review by: Nicole on October 24, 2011
Excellent topic!
Review by: Amanda on October 20, 2011
It was set up in an easy to read format and the information was very functional for my day to day work.
Review by: Esther on October 20, 2011
Content was interesting. Speaker provided some clear, practical ideas for AAC in Acute Care.
Review by: Jennifer on October 18, 2011
Very practical information
Review by: Cyndi on October 16, 2011
Interesting ideas for AAC devices and how to facilitate non-verbal communication
Review by: Barbara on October 12, 2011
Presenter clearly has the clinical and research experience to discuss topic. Information is practical.
Review by: Janet on October 6, 2011
Practical ideas and showing of communication devices
Review by: Lora on October 4, 2011
clear and pertinent info on AAC.
Review by: Elizabeth on October 2, 2011
good re-education
Review by: Rosibel on September 29, 2011
After taking this course it is clear to me that many people are experiencing frustration and anxiety at the acute care setting because they CANNOT communicate their feelings/needs to family members/nurses/staff. It presents how AAC can make a big difference! Excellent course, I strongly recommend it!
Review by: Adrienne on September 28, 2011
Great practical ideas for the acute care setting
Review by: Betsy on September 24, 2011
clear presentation and sequence

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.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit.

Please Note: The CEU exam and course evaluation must be completed within 30 days of course registration.

To participate in the course, complete the CEU exam and earn continuing education credit, you must be a CEU Total Access member.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with SpeechPathology.com. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.

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