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SLP Course Details

Course # 5455
Working with Families of Older Language-impaired Adults

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

Course Abstract

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

This course was recorded on June 14, 2012


Handouts are available for this course. You must be signed in and registered for this event to access them.

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

Average Rating

(246 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 63 most recent comments out of 246 reviews

Review by: Member on November 15, 2015
Easy to follow and understand.
Review by: Member on November 13, 2015
Interesting material discussed.
Review by: Jaime on November 9, 2015
Excellent examples that were entertaining and provided some context to the topic.
Review by: Jennifer on November 3, 2015
Good information, great presentation style, easy to listen to.
Review by: Member on September 30, 2015
interesting scales/handouts for assessment , counseling ,personality types , pre assumptions
Review by: Member on September 13, 2015
She didn't go into enough detail regarding assessment tools
Review by: Member on August 29, 2015
It wasn't dynamic; although, many of the other classes have been.
Review by: Member on August 12, 2015
relevance to my current work with the elderly
Review by: Member on August 7, 2015
Interesting information
Review by: regina on July 16, 2015
Directly relevant to my work with older adults- I have greater knowledge and confidence regarding engaging family and the patient in their new journey.
Review by: Frances on July 2, 2015
Dr. Shadden's personal experiences; what courage that takes to share, and she doesn't do it in a "cheesy" way at all! Love this presenter.
Review by: Carol on June 14, 2015
She brought up many good points regarding how the workplace/home life has changed in the past several years
Review by: Jeanne on May 11, 2015
Everything! She was an excellent presenter who spoke from a combination of experience and knowledge. She moved through the material efficiently at a rate that was easy to follow.
Review by: Caroline on February 20, 2015
Content was good but not rated excellent because test questions were not clearly addressed in content or handout. Many questions had responses that were inferred, rather than specifically presented.
Review by: Kitty on December 20, 2014
Very relevant to current work with clients in the SNF setting.
Review by: Corrie on October 21, 2014
She had earl life experience.
Review by: Karen on September 13, 2014
Very useful information that I can use in my daily practice.
Review by: Jennifer on September 8, 2014
This was a good reminder of the scope of our practice.
Review by: Michael on May 10, 2014
That issues seen every day are addressed in a thoughtful and coherent manner
Review by: Rudy on February 12, 2014
The mood and cooping strategies
Review by: Elizabeth on December 3, 2013
The material covered was interesting.
Review by: Donna on June 11, 2013
Presenter gave very clear and useful examples. I learned more about types of rating scales available when working with this population.
Review by: Courtney on April 19, 2013
Dr. Shadden has personal experience in this area
Review by: Sue on March 11, 2013
helpful tips
Review by: Sarah on March 9, 2013
This helped me to understand relationship between clients and caregivers.
Review by: Bethany on March 8, 2013
Top ten tips for caregivers was good. I liked her analogies for how people deal with problems--Ostrich--Sergeant Schulz, Stiff Upper Lip, etc.
Review by: Beth on March 6, 2013
the presenter knew her subject from first hand experience and presented in a clear, organized way.
Review by: Loreen on December 27, 2012
The past and present experience of the presenter and her level of enthusiasm.
Review by: Renee on December 27, 2012
I enjoyed this speaker... very knowledgeable!!
Review by: Sotiria on December 27, 2012
Interesting discussion of theories
Review by: Linda on November 30, 2012
It provided info on areas I had not considered or experienced in my work.
Review by: Donna M. on November 30, 2012
the organization, presentation and personal anecdotes
Review by: Cindy on November 30, 2012
The presenter's first hand knowledge of living/caring for someone.
Review by: Lisa Rose on November 5, 2012
The discussion of family structure and SP assumptions was helpful
Review by: Gloria on October 25, 2012
This course opened my eyes a bit more with regard to feelings of caregivers
Review by: Clint on October 24, 2012
Very well organized
Review by: Lesley on October 23, 2012
This is vital information for all families.
Review by: Marilyn on October 9, 2012
The material is relevant and the topic is one that most/all SLPs experience at one time or another.
Review by: Amy on October 5, 2012
Comprehensive information
Review by: Sue on September 22, 2012
good to see the body of knowledge in one course.
Review by: Talia on September 10, 2012
the information
Review by: Kathleen on September 9, 2012
Real life examples and personal experience
Review by: Donna on September 5, 2012
Personal examples
Review by: Traci on August 25, 2012
This instructor was very organized and interesting to listen to.
Review by: Amy on August 20, 2012
Thoroughness of information.
Review by: Paula on August 13, 2012
well organized. speaker very knowledgeable. My one concern is that when listening to recorded sessions we do not have access to handouts, and sometimes it is difficult to answer exam questions based on something in the handouts.
Review by: Janet on August 13, 2012
Good speaker, personalized, factual.
Review by: Amanda on August 10, 2012
This course provided a lot of information regarding changing family dynamics. The inclusion of specific assessment tools for family members is also very helpful.
Review by: Barbara on August 5, 2012
no comment
Review by: Cynthia on August 1, 2012
A lot of great strategies
Review by: Janice on July 30, 2012
Well organized and a great deal of supporting information related to the specific points presented.
Review by: Pamela on July 30, 2012
There was alot of information provided.
Review by: Louise on July 24, 2012
Emphasis on problems with assumptions/stereotypes + recognizing issues with clients AND caretakers.
Review by: natalia on July 16, 2012
information easy to apply into treatment sessions
Review by: Susan on July 15, 2012
I liked the sociological information about aging and family members. It puts a different perspective on patient care. I wonder how billing is coded for family couselling.
Review by: Jill on July 10, 2012
It's an important aspect of the multidisciplinary team
Review by: kari on July 8, 2012
Well explained and taught
Review by: Melissa on July 3, 2012
Thorough discussion of the topic
Review by: Paula on June 26, 2012
Information and the presenter's great style. Very comprehensive. Nice compassionate approach.
Review by: Sheri on June 25, 2012
Lots of usable information
Review by: Carrie on June 19, 2012
good information relevant to current caseload
Review by: Lisa on June 15, 2012
personal experience, lots of info.
Review by: Marshel on June 14, 2012
It showed me how to humanize my clinical work with patients and their families.

Course Information

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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 five journal issues. Most recent research and service interests focus on the health of seniors, on caregiver needs and issues, and on the impact of neurogenic communication disorders on sense of self or identity. 

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

Continuing Education Information

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

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

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

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

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory 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.

California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board: SpeechPathology.com is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board as a Continuing Professional Development Provider, approval number PDP 268. This course may meet the requirements for 1 hours of continuing education credit for SLPs as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. The responsibility for determining whether or not this specific course counts toward an individual's requirements for license renewal is up to the individual. Please refer to the CA state board rules regarding allowable topics and self-study limits: http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/licensees/ce_req.shtml. Live webinars on SpeechPathology.com do not count as self-study courses toward California professional development requirements.

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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