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.
- 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.
|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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