Tuesday, January 29, 2013

AAC Serving Non-speakers in Medical Settings: Quick Strategies with and without technology

The University of Washington

Speech & Hearing Sciences
Center for Technology & Disability Studies
Are co-sponsoring a Workshop

Friday March 22, 2013
7273 Linderson Way SW
Labor & Industries Auditorium
Tumwater, WA 98501
Full day course offering 0.6 CEUs from ASHA

Register: https://www.regonline.com/AACworkshop03-2013
Student scholarships and discounts for SLPs in their CF year will be available during early bird registration

AAC Serving Non-speakers in Medical Settings: Quick Strategies with and without technology

This one-day workshop will focus on serving non-speaking adults, teens and youth in medical settings, ranging from intensive care to rehabilitation and long-term care. Particular emphasis will be given to serving individuals who have lost communication abilities due to traumatic brain injury, stroke, cancer, or degenerative disease. Addressing the Joint Commission Standard RI.2.100 which requires that the organization "respects the patient's right to and need for effective communication," this course begins with oral strategies but quickly moves to aided communication with and without technology.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe three broad categories of AAC referrals in a medical setting.
  • Design an AAC Toolkit of materials that will provide the basic tools for serving most patients.
  • Convert an ordinary laptop computer into a Speech Generating Device (SGD) that will suffice for some patients with good hand control.
  • Describe several low-tech and no-tech strategies that can be set up quickly for some patients with severe motor impairments.
  • Use Features-based approach to describe and recommend either traditional AAC devices or new mobile devices with apps.
  • Explain the SLPs changing role in AAC with new technology.
Patricia Dowden, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. She has been teaching, researching and providing clinical services to children and adults with complex needs for over 30 years.

This course is offered for 0.6 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OT Students Seeking AT Users to Interview

The second year Occupational Therapy students at the University of Washington are learning about Assistive Technology this quarter. As part of their learning experience they have been asked to speak with people who use Assistive Technology to get their perspective. This will involve an up to one hour interview with one or up to a couple of students. The questions will be about how you received your AT, how helpful it is, and any thing else about your AT experience. If you are willing to participate please contact Sue Doyle Teaching Associate at University of Washington at doyles3@uw.edu. Thank you so much for helping the students understand more about living with Assistive Technology.

Thanks Sue
Sue Doyle PhC MS OT/L
Teaching Associate
Division of Occupational Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 356490
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 598 5412