ALS Association Speech-Language Pathologist Webinar Series: Comprehensive Communication Care

The ALS Association SLP webinar series offers a comprehensive educational resource for serving the communication needs of those living with ALS. The sequence of educational presentations ensured all facets of care were addressed: AAC assessment, skilled home care interventions, assistive technology, and SGD review. This webinar series is offered as a collaboration between The ALS Association Iowa Chapter, Iowa Speech-Language Hearing Association (ISHA), and The ALS Association National Office.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Identify at least 3 new interventions that can be utilized to facilitate a comprehensive communication needs assessment for an ALS patient.
  2. Outline 3 interventions that could qualify their continued involvement with an ALS patient via skilled home care.
  3. Identify at least 3 different assistive technology interventions that can help an ALS patient control their home environment.
  4. Demonstrate basic working knowledge of 2 different SGD systems, assisting with their ability to work with communication device equipment through ALS Association lending programs.

Target Audience: Speech-language pathologists.

Cost: Free

CE Disclaimer: This webinar series meets the ASHA CE standards. The CEU process for this series is self-reporting and retaining a copy of the certificate of attendance is required in order to meet the qualifications necessary, should you be audited by either ASHA or a licensure board. However, if you would like this CEU credit reported to the ASHA registry, you must attend 2 out of 3 live webinars and send a copy of your certificate of attendance to Elisa Green by December 31, 2017. For the 2018 course, attend the live webinar and submit a copy of your certificate of attendance by June 30, 2018.


2017 Webinars:

Registration is required for CEU credit and to receive a certificate of attendance. On-demand viewing of courses will be available following the live broadcasts. However, on-demand viewing and passing the post-test evaluation MUST be completed by December 31, 2017, in order to be eligible for CEU credit. Due to this being a series, CEU credit will only be awarded at the end of the series.

Attendees must view and pass the evaluation for at least 2 of the 3 courses to receive any credit.

  • Post-test evaluations and satisfaction surveys will be sent following each individual webinar.
  • Attendees must view the course and pass the evaluation with 75% accuracy to receive any credit.
  • 2 courses equals .3 CEUs/3 contact hours – 3 courses equals .45 CEUs/4.5 contact hours.


2018 Webinars:

Registration is required for CEU credit and to receive a certificate of attendance. On-demand viewing of this webinar will be available following the live broadcast. On-demand viewing and passing the post-test evaluation MUST be completed by June 30, 2018, in order to be eligible for CEU credit.

Attendees must view the course and pass the evaluation with 75% accuracy to receive any credit.

  • Post-test evaluation and satisfaction survey will be sent following the webinar.
  • Attendees must view the course and pass the evaluation with 75% accuracy to receive any credit.
  • This course is offered for .15 CEUs/1.5 contact hours.

 

Individual Webinar Information

Webinar 1: Augmentative Communication Supports: A Comprehensive and Proactive Approach for People with ALS
Date: May 25, 2017
Presenter: John Costello, MA, CCC-SLP

View the on-demand webinar recording HERE.

The presentation slide deck can be downloaded in pdf format HERE. Please note that the faces of the people with ALS featured in this presentation have been obscured out of respect.

On-demand viewing of this webinar is eligible for CEU credit. Registration is required upon accessing the link. The post-test and satisfaction survey links will be sent via email within 5 business days of registration.

Please contact Abray Stillson at astillson@alsa-national.org with questions regarding the recorded webinar.

“This disease takes EVERYTHING away from me; early exploration of AAC is the ONLY hopeful part of the ALS journey”. This statement has been made in varied ways by dozens of people who have ALS as they leave our clinic.

Procedures and outcomes of our model of proactive intervention with AAC including: message banking and voice banking with authentic examples of the presenter’s own voice created through both message banking and voice banking strategies, speech production enhancement strategies, voice amplification, creating quick access tools, completing early trials with alternative access, learning and trying many AAC strategies as well as directing the selection of technology and language systems was detailed. A collaborative assessment model with SLP and OT/AT was described. A website of resources was provided.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. List no tech, low tech and high tech augmentative communication strategies.
  2. Describe the feature matching process to AAC assessment.
  3. Identify the steps for proactive message banking.

Webinar 2: Collaboration and Continuity of Care in AAC Service Delivery
Date: September 14, 2017
Presenters: Kendra McInturf, MS, CCC-SLP & Trinity Deibert, MS, CCC-SLP

View the on-demand webinar recording HERE.

The presentation slide deck can be downloaded in pdf format HERE.

On-demand viewing of this webinar is eligible for CEU credit. Registration is required upon accessing the link. The post-test and satisfaction survey links will be sent via email within 5 business days of watching at least 2/3rds (60 minutes) of the webinar.

Please contact Abray Stillson at astillson@alsa-national.org with questions regarding the recorded webinar.

The presentation covered the origins and benefits of a model of AAC service delivery that depends on strong partnership between community SLPs and ALSA AT providers.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Articulate the key values/needs driving the model presented by the authors.
  2. Describe the major hallmarks of this model, as described in this presentation.
  3. Identify at least 2 common barriers to in-home ST funding to support AAC and be able to offer practical solutions to these barriers.
  4. Identify one mentorship/learning opportunity that they would like to pursue.
  5. Discuss how aspects of this model could or could not be implemented within their own practice and service delivery models.


Webinar 3: Environmental Controls and Computer Access Options for People with ALS
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm Eastern Time
Presenter: Alisa Brownlee, ATP, CAPS
Registration: Registration link coming soon

With the advent of new technology, people with disabilities have many options for interfacing with a computer even if they do not have use of their hands. This presentation will cover the variety of access methods that clients have even if they don’t have hand or arm function. These methods include switch access, head access, and eye gaze. Various software will be discussed and presented. Environmental access devices, software, and apps that allow a user to control functions such as lights, fans, air conditioners, doors, etc. are also analyzed.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Define the various access options for access to both Windows and Macintosh laptops and desktops.
  2. Identify access options, when people lose hand function, for iPads and Android Tablets.
  3. Review four different types of voice control options for computers, tablets, and smart phones.
  4. Analyze two different electronic environmental controls (also known as Aids for Daily Living EADL) and test various access methods with these devices.
  5. Discuss the importance of proper seating and positioning and its impact on the use of assistive technology.


Webinar 4: Essential 411 on E2510s: How-to Basics of SGD Set-up and Operation
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm Eastern Time
Presenter: Megan Farrell, MS, CCC-SLP
Registration: Registration link coming soon

This 90 minute session attempts to demystify E2510 SGDs and increase SLP awareness on a practical approach and plan when setting up the SGD (& access method) of people living with ALS. Hands-on demonstration and role playing of initial set-up, programming & editing will be shared. Additionally, tips to enable and sustain the AAC user’s communication success will be provided.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Identify 3 key components each of both the SGD hardware & software design of SGDs presented
  2. Understand the setting location for access and speech adjustments on SGDs presented
  3. Identify 2 safeguards in reducing user time off of SGD due to device incapacitation
  4. Identify 3 unique features of the AlphaCore communication software/program
  5. Develop a preparation & set-up plan for a successful initial device orientation

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Continuing Education Information

  • Registration is required for CEU credit and to receive a certificate of attendance. On-demand viewing of courses will be available following the live broadcasts.
  • Post-test evaluations and satisfaction surveys will be sent following each individual live webinar, and within one business week following the viewing of an on-demand webinar. Attendees must pass the post-test evaluation with 75% accuracy to receive any credit.
  • This webinar series, both live and on-demand, meets the ASHA CE standards. The CEU process for this series is self-reporting and retaining a copy of the certificate of attendance is required in order to meet the qualifications necessary, should you be audited by either ASHA or a licensure board.
  • Due to this being a series, CEU credit for the 2017 courses will only be awarded after December 31, 2017 and for the 2018 course after June 30, 2018.
  • Intermediate level; professional area.
  • Contact Elisa Green CEA for ISHA at GreenElisaN@sau.edu or 563-333-3929 with continuing education questions.


2017 Webinars:

  • On-demand viewing and post-tests will be available until December 31, 2017.
  • Attendees must view and pass the post-test evaluations for at least 2 of the 3 courses to receive any credit.
  • 2 courses equals .3 CEUs/3 contact hours – 3 courses equals .45 CEUs/4.5 contact hours.


2018 Webinars:

  • On-demand viewing and post-test will be available until June 30, 2018.
  • Attendees must view and pass the post-test evaluation for this course to receive any credit.
  • This course is offered for .15 CEUs/1.5 contact hours.

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