Communication strategies to support inpatients in the medical setting who are unable to speak are described in this course. Using principles of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), steps for evaluating patient capabilities, selecting and implementing strategies, equipment and materials, creating communication tools, and supporting partners and team members are discussed.
Course created on September 6, 2023
- After this course, participants will be able to identify methods of basic communication with people in the medical setting who are unable to speak.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe how to evaluate patients for immediate and future communication needs.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe how to develop a tool kit of equipment and materials to support communication needs for patients in the medical setting who are unable to speak .
Elizabeth K. Hanson
Elizabeth K. Hanson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an associate professor at the University of South Dakota (USD) Department of Communication Disorders where she teaches graduate courses in AAC, Motor Speech Disorders, Research Methods, and Advanced Communication Science. Her research interests include AAC and Motor Speech Disorders. She earned her PhD from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and her MS from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Hanson practiced as an augmentative communication specialist at the TRACE Center, an AAC clinic in Madison, Wisconsin, and as a clinical educator in AAC at the Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Joanne Lasker, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, focuses her teaching and research on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for adults living with acquired neurogenic disorders. She has published numerous papers and chapters related to the assessment and treatment of adults with acquired communication disorders who may benefit from augmentative and alternative communication techniques. Her current research focuses on selecting and creating low-tech and high-tech communication strategies for people living with aphasia. Joanne’s scholarship has appeared in widely read textbook chapters and refereed journals, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, Clinical Aphasiology, and Perspectives of SIG 12: Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Joanne and her coauthor received the ASHA Leader Outstanding Contribution Award for Speech-Language Pathology, for their article entitled, "Aphasia and AAC: Enhancing communication across health care settings." Joanne has served as Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Graduate Program Director for the On-Campus Master’s Program, and the founding Graduate Program Director for the Speech@Emerson Online Master’s program. She is the recipient of the college-wide Spirit of Emerson Award and the Emerson College Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation.
Laura J Ball, PhD, is a retired Professor of Speech-Language Pathology. She currently facilitates AAC coursework at Emerson College and is active in several research projects focused on degenerative neurological conditions. Dr. Ball completed PhD research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with focused interests in AAC and neuromotor speech disorders. She has over 40 years’ experience as a speech-language pathologist, working with persons with complex communication impairments and dysphagia. She has particular research interests in motor-based assessment and treatment and has authored numerous publications on AAC, dysarthria and apraxia.
Joanne Lasker - Financial: Joanne Lasker has authored textbook chapters related to this topic for which she receives royalties. Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Laura Ball - FInancial: Laura Ball has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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