Alisa Brownlee, ATP, CAPS blog offers recent articles and web information on ALS, assistive technology--augmentative alternative communication (AAC), computer access, and other electronic devices that can impact and improve the quality of life for people with ALS.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Upcoming AAC Webinars
Patricia Ourand brings you two new webinars, both focusing on aspects surrounding Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC).
Howdy Friend, We are thrilled to present Patricia Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP, this week as she brings two brand-new webinar continuing education opportunities, each focusing on aspects surrounding Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Pat is a speech/language pathologist who operates a private practice and consulting business, known as Associated Speech & Language Services, Inc., in the Baltimore/Washington area. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Loyola College, as well as a Master’s degree in Technology for Rehabilitation & Education from the Johns Hopkins University.
This live online seminar presented by Patricia Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP, focuses on the “Communication” in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. The course will begin by exploring the basic principles of ASHA’s definition of the AAC and identifying communication partners, behaviors and critical topics for partner training. Pat will then delve deeper into the subject and instruct therapists on communicative competence and tools that can be used for overcoming communication barriers in emergency situations. Learn More >
Friday, May 18th 4pm - 7pm EST (3 Contact Hours) Intended Audience: SLPs, OTs
Documentation & Funding Issues Concerning Augmentative and Alternative Communication
This live online seminar presented by Patricia Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP, focuses on funding and documentation challenges related to AAC. Pat instructs therapists how to recognize issues, providers, documentation specifics and basic demographics. Topics that are also covered include the process for acquiring AAC services, methods for communicating with staff of insurance programs and ways to differentiate between Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and the ADA of 1990. Learn More >
Saturday, May 19th 9am - 1pm EST (4 Contact Hours) Intended Audience: SLPs, OTs
Can't make it this week? Join us next week for:
Perfecting Bedside Pharyngeal Swallow Assessment
Ann Kulichik, MS, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, presents this live webinar, which aims to increase the specificity of your clinical observations and your confidence with assessment techniques requiring no special materials. The dysphagia clinician has some basic tools to draw from when making clinical decisions, but perhaps the most neglected ones are right at his/her fingertips. Palpation can unravel mysteries of the swallow that have previously been attributed only to instrumental testing. In this course, we will cover what the literature has to say about structures and motions that can be perceived bedside, the most effective hand placement, pressure, inferring swallow status, tracking changes, goals that arise naturally from this assessment, and a couple of ways to influence swallow performance. Bring your hands, your hyoids and your thyroids! Learn More >
Saturday, May 26th 9am - 12pm EST (3 Contact Hours) Intended Audience: SLPs