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Working with Families of Older Language-impaired Adults

Course: #5374 Level: Introductory 1 Hour 48 Reviews

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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Learning Outcomes

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


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


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