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Presented by: Kate Holden M.S. CCC-SLP

Bio: Kate has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the acute care hospital setting in a large tertiary hospital for seven years. She works in the Neuroscience department, specializing in the neurological, stroke and neurosurgical population. She has a special interest in communication disorders, including helping people with aphasia and those who are non-verbal due to intubation, trach or otehr neurological disorders, communicate.

Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Kate is paid a percentage of sales from this course.

Non financial: Kate has no relevant non financial relationships to disclose.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

Course Description: : In this course, participants will learn about communication barriers in intubated or non-verbal patients in the medical setting. They will learn practical steps to initiating an AAC program in their own institution. Lastly, they will learn about various types of communication tools and boards to include in their own Communication Tool Kit.


(Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

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Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • State 3 communication barriers in intubated/trached patients in the ICU setting
  • Identify 4 ways that communication impacts quality of life
  • Name 3 steps to implementing an AAC program in the ICU
  • Name 8 items to include in a communication tool box

Course Agenda

5 minutes Introduction

10 minutes Communication barriers in intubated or non-verbal patients

20 minutes Steps to initiating an AAC program in a medical institution

20 minutes Tools/AAC to include in a Communication Tool Box

5 minutes Final Review

Course Participation Requirements
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