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Redefining the Work: Passion, People, and Perspective
Format(s): eWorkshop
Many clinicians may feel they lack the time, skills, or competence to effectively address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); it might feel like one more thing on an already-long list of considerations and requirements. But if we focus on our passion for working with people and change our perspective about providing culturally responsive services, then it's not more work, it is the work. This course discusses the value of addressing DEI as part of audiology and SLP services and provides practical ideas for doing so.
Measure By Measure: Feeding and Swallowing Assessment to Support Feeding Goals in the Schools
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session is designed for school-based SLPs who support children with complex oral feeding and swallowing needs. The speaker discusses the components of a robust assessment-and how that assessment informs decisions surrounding a student's feeding needs. The session examines effective and realistic goal development to address feeding needs within an IEP.
Providing Effective Service to Students in Remote Areas
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores how school-based SLPs can provide students in remote areas with services that are of equal value and effectiveness as those they provide to students in larger population centers. Speakers share resources and service delivery options to empower SLPs to provide and promote remote service delivery. This course is a recorded session from the 2022 ASHA Schools Connect online conference.
Telepractice Troubleshooting for Groups: Practical Tips, Tricks, & Tools
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference provides a wealth of strategies, tips, and tools for SLPs to increase their skills in conducting group intervention sessions via telepractice. The presenter highlights evidence-based practice recommendations as well as common sense strategies for making these recommendations work in the real world.
The Benefit of Targeting Writing for Students Who Use AAC
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference examines how to incorporate written language instruction to enhance language interventions for students with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. The presenter discusses how writing practice using AAC fits into the context of a balanced literacy framework. The session also outlines the benefits of collaborating with occupational therapists.
AAC Coaching in a Virtual World: Strategies for Success
Format(s): eWorkshop
Coaching communication partners to support augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an important and effective strategy, and the increase in virtual communication over the past year has opened the door for more comprehensive and robust coaching opportunities. This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference examines technology tools that make the process more efficient, accessible, and effective. The presenter also discusses strategies to build relationships and create positive collaboration with families and caregivers.
Show Me More Money! Advocating for Salary Improvement for Public School SLPs and Educational Audiologists
Format(s): eWorkshop
Do you need a raise but don't know where to start? Do you want to improve your working conditions? Advocacy does not have to be intimidating. This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference shares a unique framework to guide your individual negotiations with administrators and leaves you with practical tips to build your confidence as a successful self-advocate.
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Reimbursement Landscape
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session discusses the changes to reimbursement and coverage stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health emergency (PHE). The speaker addresses ASHA advocacy initiatives and changes in policy related to telehealth as well as other key aspects of coverage, reimbursement, and policy requirements during the PHE. The session discusses payer-specific advocacy, policy developments, and outcomes as well as next steps and what to expect in the future.
Grand Rounds in COVID-19 Rehab: Putting the Pieces Together
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course discusses finding a starting place for on-the-job change to address the challenges that COVID-19 presents to patient treatment. The speaker explores how changes related to the pandemic impact your clinical practice, your role in health care, and how you conduct business, as well as actionable next steps you can implement in your workplace.
Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session describes the social determinants of health-defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions under which people live, work, learn, and play-and explains how patients' health and well-being can be viewed as a socially constructed phenomenon. The session explores the role of systems of oppression and location of position in generating health inequities and uses current evidence about the interplay between the COVID-19 pandemic and the social determinants of health to help participants develop strategies to intervene to improve their patients' quality of life and promote health equity.
Updates on the Neurological Impact of COVID-19
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session addresses the question of why patients with COVID-19 have such diverse clinical presentations. The speaker zooms in at the microscopic level to explore the nature and frequency of neurologic sequelae of COVID-19, covering findings observed on neuroimaging and cerebrospinal fluid testing. The session summarizes data from neuropathological studies, discusses new studies on the involvement of the peripheral nervous system, and explores treatment considerations.
Interprofessional Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Panel Discussion
Format(s): eWorkshop
Clinicians across professions-including two speech-language pathologists, an occupational therapist, and a physical therapist-address interdisciplinary care during the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss challenges clinicians in the long-term acute care setting have faced and review some of the modifications they have made to address these challenges, as well as implications for patient progress and discharge planning.
Telepractice Use Across the Continuum of Care During the Pandemic and Beyond
Format(s): eWorkshop
Far-reaching advancements in medicine and technology, coupled with the catalyst of the COVID-19 pandemic, have catapulted telepractice into the forefront of clinical care. This session reviews the rise of telepractice, how it has created a lifeline for patients during the pandemic, and how SLPs can optimize its use across the continuum of care to best serve our patients.
Patient-Provider Communication Before, During, and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Format(s): eWorkshop
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a long-standing imperative to address patient-provider communication and inequities in health care settings. This session explores the barriers to effective patient-provider communication and shares potential solutions to these challenges. The speakers discuss the landscape of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) at health care institutions and highlight the need for collaboration, emergency preparedness, and future-oriented planning.
Long COVID in Post-Acute Care: Evidence-Based Trends and Practice
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session introduces the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality data and presents a person-centered, holistic approach to treating long COVID in post-acute care. The speaker discusses risk factors and clinical presentation of long COVID with a view toward appropriate care.
Pathophysiology of COVID-19: Acute Illness and Longer-Term Sequelae
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session reviews the basic pathophysiology of COVID-19, with an emphasis on respiratory, swallowing, and cognitive issues, as well as a discussion of infection control approaches. The speaker also reviews the long-term conditions associated with COVID-19.
Laryngeal Complications of Patients With COVID-19 in Critical Care Following Intubation and Tracheostomy
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session discusses the vital role SLPs who work in adult ICUs play in detection and management of voice, swallowing, and airway complications following COVID-19. The speaker discusses the nature of these complications; intubation, tracheostomy, and COVID-19 features; factors to guide early treatments; and how these factors shape decision-making in post-ICU settings.
Dysfunctional Breathing and Long COVID
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores dysfunctional breathing that might underlie or complicate long COVID symptoms as well as how to identify and treat it. The speaker discusses assessment and treatment of dysfunctional breathing using evidence-based tools and integrative breathing therapies.
Management of Cognitive-Communication Disorders in Post-COVID-19 Patients
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session reviews the emerging evidence of neurological manifestations of COVID-19 and identifies how SLPs can use their unique position to maximize patient outcomes-whether as a member of an interdisciplinary team or as a solo provider. The session strives to increase clinicians' confidence in their abilities to: identify common cognitive-communication symptoms for patients who have recovered from COVID-19, and evaluate and treat with an individualized, patient-centered approach.
Perspectives on the Treatment of Patients With Post-Acute and Long COVID
Format(s): eWorkshop
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on health care and rehabilitation. SLPs are now treating large numbers of patients who were hospitalized for COVID-19. Meanwhile, another group of patients have emerged-those who experienced relatively mild cases of acute COVID-19 but now present with long COVID, a puzzling and debilitating set of symptoms. This session highlights patient experiences with COVID-19 and its aftermath and what clinicians have learned to date in treating these two groups of patients. The presenter identifies the gaps in care, the challenges that these patients face, and how we can best serve them going forward.
Conversations on AAC with Gail Van Tatenhove, Vicki Haddix, & Kevin Williams
Format(s): eWorkshop
This recorded dialogue features two speech-language pathologists and an AAC user, who discuss collaboration and language intervention using AAC.
Conversations on AAC with Ashley Larisey & Kate Ahern
Format(s): eWorkshop
This recorded dialogue features speech-language pathologist Ashley Larisey and educational specialist Kate Ahern, who discuss strategies and ideas for engaging middle and high school students and for supporting AAC learning at home for students of all ages.
Conversations on AAC with Kathy Howery & Cynthia Cress
Format(s): eWorkshop
This recorded dialogue features two experts on AAC, who discuss challenges and potential solutions when creating more effective learning environments for AAC users and using AAC with individuals with different developmental needs.
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Teleaudiology: Remote Hearing Screening
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course discusses validated technologies for remote hearing screening in the digital age, including options for no-touch screening with uncalibrated equipment and low-touch remote screening. The course is part of a set of practical programs that address specific aspects of remote practice in audiology.
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Clinical Considerations for Competency and Ethics in Dysphagia Management
Format(s): eWorkshop
Ethics is an often-forgotten portion of evidence-based practice. Although not a distinct part of the triad, ethics play an important role in every decision. This session provides practical applications of the tenets of the ASHA Code of Ethics, with focus on the concept of competence.
Cultural Considerations and Health Equity in Dysphagia Management
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores how health disparities impact dysphagia management and associated outcomes. The speakers present tools and strategies SLPs can use to improve their cultural responsiveness and adopt an inclusive mindset in their approach to patient-centered care for patients with dysphagia.
Clinical Swallowing Exams: Strengths and Limitations
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores the strengths and limitations for interpreting clinical swallow examination (CSE) results, including implications for dysphagia management in adult populations across clinical settings. The speaker contrasts CSEs with instrumental swallow examinations and shares resources to maximize clinical usefulness of the clinical swallow exam.
Role of Instrumental Exams in the Diagnosis and Management of Dysphagia
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session shares preferred practices for selecting, conducting, and interpreting instrumental swallow exams. The speaker discusses strengths and limitations of different instrumental exams, along with clinical applications to promote more accurate dysphagia diagnosis, targeted treatment planning, and positive patient outcomes. The session includes tips for critical thinking and current evidence supporting the use of instrumental exams to optimize the safety and quality of life of those living with swallowing disorders.
Objectivity, Subjectivity, and Validity in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session reviews what it means for a measure to be objective, subjective, and/or valid and applies these concepts to fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES). The presenters also discuss other, equally important, criteria to consider when evaluating a patient for dysphagia: accuracy, meaningfulness, and relevancy.
Objectivity in Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies (VFSS)
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session introduces technological, procedural, and analysis factors that optimize objectivity and reproducibility of clinically valid videofluoroscopic measurements made from modified barium swallow (MBS) studies. The speaker addresses the importance and preferred practices for learning, training, and measurement skill calibration and demonstrates positive and negative influences of clinical bias on VFSS measurement and interpretation.
Texture Modification and Its Impact on Swallowing Function
Format(s): eWorkshop
SLPs who work with people with dysphagia face the challenge of identifying food textures and liquid consistencies that will optimize swallowing safety and efficiency while minimizing negative consequences on quality of life and nutrition. This session features case-based opportunities to practice the skills involved in determining when and how texture modification can be used to improve swallowing outcomes.
Exercise vs. Maneuvers: Moving Dysphagia Management From Performance to Learning
Format(s): eWorkshop
The application of multiple swallow maneuvers is often a mainstay of dysphagia intervention, but the role of the maneuver and its effect on swallow rehabilitation outcomes are not always clear. This session explores swallowing intervention beyond the application of maneuvers and reviews the role of motor learning strategies in maximizing outcomes for patients.
Timing Is Everything: Diagnosis and Treatment of Laryngeal Vestibule Closure Impairments
Format(s): eWorkshop
Impairments in laryngeal vestibule closure (LVC) are a major cause of aspiration during swallowing. Accurately identifying LVC impairment is a priority in dysphagia management as aspiration can occur if LVC is absent or delayed, or duration is reduced. However, this mechanism is often overlooked and underreported in the evaluation of swallowing and in swallowing research. This session discusses methods for incorporating LVC as a primary outcome measure in dysphagia diagnosis and management to increase diagnostic accuracy and optimize dysphagia management.
Is Texture Modification Appropriate for Individuals With Dysphagia?
Format(s): eWorkshop
Modifying diet consistencies is one of the more common approaches to dysphagia care. However, much controversy remains regarding how SLPs tackle decision-making and about the actual modification and measurement of liquids and foods in terms of nutrition and safety as primary goals of dysphagia treatment. This session addresses the complexities in both processes, with a focus on achieving the best outcomes for each patient.
Normal, Safe, and Efficient Swallowing: Beyond the Semantics
Format(s): eWorkshop
Clinicians who practice dysphagia management can easily generate a mental image of a "normal" swallow. Frequently, words such as "unsafe," "inefficient," or "at-risk" accompany images of swallows that deviate from normal. This session carefully examines the complexities and pitfalls of using these types of terms with patients, families, and/or medical providers. In particular, the speakers discuss how the SLP's notion of what constitutes safety and efficiency can influence diet recommendations and treatment plans. This session tackles the complexities of the meaning behind the words and phrases that influence and underlie clinical decisions and how SLPs communicate them to patients and other stakeholders.
Swallowing in Patients Using High Flow Nasal Cannulas
Format(s): eWorkshop
When SLPs are tasked with evaluating and treating patients who use high flow nasal cannula oxygenation systems, they may have questions about these systems' potential impact on swallowing. This session discusses the literature on swallowing and use of high flow nasal cannulas and the implications for dysphagia evaluation and treatment.
Is It Time To Discharge My Dysphagia Patient?
Format(s): eWorkshop
Often, SLPs working with individuals with dysphagia struggle with knowing when it is appropriate to discharge their patient. The decision to discharge is multifactorial, including both patient- and clinician-driven factors. This session explores practical strategies and evidence-based practices for determining when it is appropriate to discharge a patient from dysphagia treatment.
Prerequisite Coursework Bundle: Assistants Certification
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course bundle includes three courses that satisfy coursework requirements for individuals seeking ASHA certification as an audiology assistant or a speech-language pathology assistant. (These courses are not eligible for ASHA CEUs.)
Safety Precautions in Speech, Language, and Hearing Professions
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course provides an overview of safety precautions for speech, language, and hearing professionals in both health care and school settings. The presenter discusses safe and effective practices and reviews relevant clinical scenarios. The course satisfies the universal precautions coursework requirement for individuals seeking ASHA certification as an audiology assistant or a speech-language pathology assistant. (This course is not eligible for ASHA CEUs.)
Ethical Professional Behavior and ASHA Assistants Code of Conduct
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course provides a review of the ASHA Assistants Code of Conduct, which provides a framework and guide to support day-to-day decision-making. The presenter describes each component of the Code of Conduct and highlights clinical scenarios that apply the Code of Conduct. The course satisfies the ethics coursework requirement for individuals seeking ASHA certification as an audiology assistant or a speech-language pathology assistant. (This course is not eligible for ASHA CEUs.)
Confidentiality in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Professions
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course provides an overview of privacy laws affecting speech, language, and hearing professionals. The presenter discusses privacy laws and reviews clinical scenarios in both health care and school settings. The course satisfies the patient confidentiality coursework requirement for individuals seeking ASHA certification as an audiology assistant or a speech-language pathology assistant. (This course is not eligible for ASHA CEUs.)
Turn the Page: Addressing Representation in Picture-Book Selection
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session provides tools for evaluating the picture books you currently use, equips you with arguments for why it is ethically important to use representative picture books and other materials, and helps you identify resources to develop a bookshelf that is aligned with your caseload composition. In addition, the presenters describe programs and strategies for implementing these selection practices into your everyday process.
Mindfulness: A Guide for the School-Based SLP
Format(s): eWorkshop
The practice of mindfulness is more than a fad - it is key to managing stress, improving awareness, and acting with intentionality. This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference provides tools and guides you in building a regular practice of mindfulness. The presenter addresses common misconceptions of mindfulness practice and illustrates how mindfulness can help you respond to difficult situations from a place of nonjudgmental awareness and engagement rather than responding from impulse, overreaction, or habit.
Managing Stress Using Mindfulness and Self-Care
Format(s): eWorkshop
During particularly stressful times, SLPs may wonder if they have chosen the wrong career, should look to switch job settings, or there is any way to manage the ever-growing stress around them. This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference examines where the stress comes from and shares stress management tools, such as mindfulness and self-care, that can reduce and manage this stress, so you can thrive in your work as an SLP.
Help Young Adults With Language and Emotion Regulation Deficits Achieve Better Quality-of-Life Outcomes
Format(s): eWorkshop
Young adults with mild-to-moderate language impairments and low emotional intelligence often struggle to perform independently in mainstream adult settings. This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference discusses language and emotional intelligence skills that help post-secondary students achieve better quality-of-life outcomes. The speaker discusses strategies, activities, and resources that SLPs and their secondary students can use to improve outcomes. The session strives to reaffirm and refine SLPs' capacity to make a positive societal impact by serving this student population.
Critically Analyzing Your Caseload
Format(s): eWorkshop
SLPs are charged with doing more with less time. This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference shares a way to address caseload and time challenges. The workload calculator is a tool that can be used to critically analyze an SLP's caseload. The speaker walks learners through using the tool so you can analyze your caseload to increase workload efficiency and productivity.
Screenings, Assessments, and COVID-19 – Oh My!
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference explores issues related to conducting screenings and assessments for speech-language services in schools. The speaker discusses ways to streamline the screening referral and assessment process, the SLP's role in Response to Intervention (RTI)/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and how to address complications the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced related to managing screening and assessment needs in schools.
Culturally Competent Service Delivery in Schools
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference provides a foundation for understanding aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to service delivery in the school setting and beyond. The presenter shares case studies, strategies, and resources for best practices in providing culturally responsive services in the current social and public health context.
Getting What You Need From Your Administrator
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference shares five key tips for SLPs to use when communicating with school administrators. The presenter - a former school-based SLP who has been a district-level special education administrator for more than 10 years - provides key insights for preparing for and having discussions with administrators.
Helping Families Act as Speech and Language Coaches
Format(s): eWorkshop
Coaching can happen anywhere, with any age child, no matter the communication disorder. This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference explores the power of coaching caregivers. The speaker discusses how to train family members and other facilitators to use speech-language intervention strategies with their children to produce better long-term outcomes.
Evidence-Based Strategies to Alleviate Caseload- and Workload-Related Stress
Format(s): eWorkshop
Many factors can contribute to school SLPs feeling stressed and emotionally exhausted: large caseload sizes, innumerable paperwork responsibilities, minimal administrative and peer support, and conflicting roles within their work setting, to name a few. This recorded session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference discusses and defines burnout, provides evidence-based strategies that you can implement immediately to reduce caseload- and workload-related stress, and provides examples of ways to advance change on caseload and workload issues on a larger scale.
Teleaudiology: An Introduction to Remote Services
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course is the first in a set of practical programs that address specific aspects of remote practice (telepractice) in audiology. This initial course explores audiologists' perceptions of barriers to providing telehealth services and introduces the Health Belief Model (HBM) and Transtheoretical model to assess readiness for remote service provision. The course includes an on-demand recording and a worksheet activity/tool to help you identify needs and barriers as you consider how you can incorporate teleaudiology into your practice.
Teleaudiology: Remote Screening and Diagnostics
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course includes two presentations that introduce strategies and tools for remote hearing assessment, including online and smartphone tests of hearing, remote pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry, and evaluation of peripheral and central auditory dysfunction in pediatric and adult populations. The course is part of a set of practical programs that address specific aspects of remote practice in audiology.
Teleaudiology: Providing Pediatric Audiology Services via Telehealth
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course demonstrates how Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is using telehealth applications to address the needs of children with hearing loss during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future, including remote hearing aid evaluations, fittings, programming, repairs, and functional benefit assessments. The course is one in a set of practical programs that address specific aspects of remote practice in audiology.
Teleaudiology: Auditory Processing Evaluation
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course presents a methodology that allows audiologists to provide (central) auditory processing testing remotely. The course discusses the advantages, disadvantages, and pitfalls of remote testing as well as technology and other requirements. The course is one in a set of practical programs that address specific aspects of remote practice in audiology.
Teleaudiology: Translating Adult Hearing Care Remotely – Hearing Aid Services
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course explores realistic scenarios audiologists may encounter when remotely fitting hearing aids for adults. The course discusses strategies for successful hearing aid fitting via teleaudiology and identifies challenges and how to address them when they occur. The course is one in a set of practical programs that address specific aspects of remote practice in audiology.
Teleaudiology: Policy Trends
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course provides an overview of policy issues and trends in audiologists' use of telepractice, including an overview of changes to state telepractice law implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The course is one in a set of practical programs that address specific aspects of remote practice in audiology. 
Addressing Morphological Awareness in the Classroom to Improve Writing
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session provides information on morphological awareness and its importance to writing (and reading). The speaker discusses the impact SLP consultations with general and special education teachers can have on students in the classroom. The session includes discussion of specific evidence-based activity examples.
Comprehension Strategy Intervention for Elementary Students
Format(s): eWorkshop
As students move from learning to read to reading to learn, they step onto the path toward becoming active, independent, strategic academic learners. This session explains strategy intervention, which is supported by a strong body of research evidence and well-suited to the expertise and resources of school-based SLPs. The speaker discusses selecting teachable strategies, teaching through spoken interactions around written texts, connecting to the classroom, and moving strategies from SLP teaching tools toward student learning tools. The session demonstrates an evidence-based contextualized skill intervention called Sketch and Speak and discusses core teaching procedures as well as adaptations and extensions for different students and situations.
Cultural Considerations in Diagnosis and Treatment of Literacy Issues
Format(s): eWorkshop
SLPs have noted the diagnostic challenge of distinguishing between the clinical indicators of language disorder, language delay based on the impacts of being reared in poverty, and the linguistic variation of students who speak African American English (AAE). This session discusses evidence-based assessment and treatment practices that SLPs can utilize when working with speakers of AAE and other nonmainstream dialects to help them identify students with true language and literacy disorders and provide needed interventions in a timely manner.
Curriculum, Reading, and the SLP’s Role
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session addresses the connection between oral and written language as it applies to service delivery for school-age children. The speakers explore incorporating children’s literature in treatment, meeting states’ curricular standards, and using various service delivery models that support language intervention in schools.
Disciplinary Literacy & SLPs: The Keys to Secondary Student Success
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session examines the difference between disciplinary literacy and content-area literacy and takes an in-depth look at the various intricacies of the disciplines. The speaker shares a thinking-points questionnaire to help SLPs collaborate with content-area teachers and determine students’ language needs.
It's More Than Writing, It's Communication! Writing Assessments and Goals for Preschool Through High School
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session examines methods for gathering written language samples and the rich findings SLPs may gain about a child’s or adolescent’s knowledge of language and related skills, including discussion of advantages and limitations of more- and less-structured assessment methods. The speaker discusses how to apply a language-levels model for analyzing discourse, sentences, word choices, and lexical and sublexical word-structure knowledge and how to use that information to plan goals and language interventions targeting written expression and more.
Literacy and English Learners
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session describes the foundational skills of literacy as defined by the National Literacy Panel Report and describes the methods for differentiating language and literacy instruction for school-age students who are learning English. The speaker models evidence-based strategies and provides resources for implementation.
Literacy Instruction for Students With Severe Disabilities
Format(s): eWorkshop
The learning characteristics of children with severe disabilities necessitate collaboration with families and professionals to determine goals and objectives of literacy instruction. This session provides an overview of the SLP’s key role in literacy instruction and describes student learning characteristics and research-based literacy instruction for students with severe disabilities.
Oral Narrative Language Intervention to Improve Writing and Reading Outcomes
Format(s): eWorkshop
Do you find that your students can answer questions about stories but are not able to tell stories themselves or tell about a personal experience? This session explores strategies for assessing narrative discourse skills, implementing oral narrative intervention strategies, and measuring progress. Strategies can apply to students of all ages.
The Link Between Speech Sound Disorders and Reading/Writing Disorders
Format(s): eWorkshop
Speech sound disorders (SSDs) exist along a spectrum of severity and abilities, with many involving both the motoric and the phonological system. As a result, many children with SSDs experience related issues with the phonological skills needed for word reading and spelling. This session reviews the Simple Views of Reading and of Writing and connects those theories to assessment practices. The speaker discusses ideas for adapting speech sound intervention activities to include phonological awareness, decoding, and spelling.
The SLP as an Integral Member of the School Literacy Team
Format(s): eWorkshop
The SLP scope of practice has expanded in recent years to include literacy; however, it can be difficult for school SLPs to carve out their role within the school literacy team. This course focuses on the relationship between the school SLP, reading specialist, and/or special education teacher and how SLPs can cultivate that relationship to provide unified interventions that promote school-wide student success. The speaker shares examples of how school-based SLPs have successfully integrated into the school literacy framework.
Understanding Dyslexia and Developmental Language Disorder
Format(s): eWorkshop
Dyslexia and developmental language disorders (DLD) – relatively common, language-based disorders that affect children’s reading and academic achievement as well as social and life outcomes – frequently co-occur in the same child. This session examines the differences between the two disorders, how to identify children at risk for either or both, and how to provide treatment and accommodations to promote positive outcomes. The speaker discusses evidence-based practices for assessing and treating reading difficulties.
Using a Strengths-Based Approach to Support Adolescents with Language Disorders
Format(s): eWorkshop
In order to best serve adolescent students transitioning to post-secondary settings, SLPs have to keep the end in mind. What are students’ college and/or career goals and how can we use current research on what employers want and what entry-level college courses expect to best prepare them for their future? In this session, the speaker discusses tools to modify intervention plans to incorporate current evidence in neurodiversity and self-determination theory as well as strategies for collaboration with a focus on student strengths.
What's an SLP to Do? Make Sure Children Have the Phonological Awareness Skills that Underlie Word Reading and Word Writing
Business Costs in Health Care: Labor, Productivity, and Impact on SLPs
Format(s): eWorkshop
This panel discussion, featuring managers/administrators from skilled nursing facility/home health and private practice health care settings, explores productivity expectations within the framework of the business of health care, recognizing that the three largest costs for any health care business are labor management, infrastructure management, and health care reimbursement.
Moral Distress and the SLP’s Game: Put Burnout on the Run
Format(s): eWorkshop
Many SLPs in health care settings feel as though they are slowly losing “the game” and experiencing career burnout. This session explores moral distress and how it can impact the SLP’s long game. The speaker addresses difficult situations that SLPs confront daily in their health care careers and shares useful tools to get to the root of your moral distress. The session will help you develop a new game plan with strategies to come out with a win.
Technology Access and Telepractice: Who Gets Left Behind?
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session describes health disparities relevant to telehealth access in older adults and individuals who live in rural areas. Presenters highlight resources to help overcome telehealth access barriers with these populations and discuss the clinician’s role in advocacy.
To Whom Should I Listen and Where Should I Go? Developing Critical Thinking Skills
Format(s): eWorkshop
The amount of information available to clinicians is enormous. Type a few terms into Google, and thousands of options appear; post a question on social media, and a plethora of responses emerge. Obtaining information is not an issue, but how do you wade through when there is no consensus? Using examples SLPs encounter in their work in health care settings, this session explores tools for evaluating and analyzing information and developing critical thinking skills.
Uncovering Your Superpowers
Format(s): eWorkshop
At some stages in your career, you may ask yourself, “Do I want to be doing this?” This question can start you down a path of personal discovery to find fulfillment in your career. In this session, learn how to identify and communicate your unique transferable skills and talents—i.e., superpowers—to find new opportunities, expand your influence at work, and/or grow your professional brand.
Dyslexia in the Schools: What Is the SLP’s Role?
Format(s): eWorkshop
This recorded session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference explores what dyslexia is and what the SLP’s role can be in prevention, identification, and intervention. Legislation varies widely across and within U.S. states regarding roles and responsibilities when it comes to diagnosing and treating dyslexia. The speaker shares resources for how to determine your state’s dyslexia legislation as well as tips for advocating for services for students with dyslexia.
Hiding in Plain Sight: Ensuring Proper Diagnosis of Autistic Girls
Format(s): eWorkshop
Autism can present quite differently in boys and girls, and research demonstrates that many girls and women are being misdiagnosed or missed entirely. In this recorded session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference, the presenter explores the subtle presentation of autism in general and the specific ways that girls and women can present. The speaker discusses the importance of a comprehensive social cognition assessment to increase the likelihood of proper autism diagnosis.
Improving Outcomes for Students with Severe Disabilities
Format(s): eWorkshop
School-based SLPs who serve students with severe disabilities face unique challenges related to student outcomes, intervention planning, and workload. This recorded session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference explores ways to support student outcomes while balancing workload concerns. The presenter discusses long-term student outcomes, writing SMART IEP goals, and an integrated intervention approach, as well as strategies to implement these ideas in your workplace.
Integrating Speech and Language Interventions Into Classrooms
Format(s): eWorkshop
This recorded session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference provides practical, time-saving strategies for integrating speech and language services into classrooms. The speaker discusses strategies that are easily transferrable to face-to-face and consultative service delivery models, with a focus on specific ideas that SLPs can take back and use immediately.
Mindfulness in Ethics: The Code at Work in Schools
Format(s): eWorkshop
The concept of mindfulness—which can improve professional and personal outlook—focuses on three major features: intention, attention, and attitude. This course answers the question: What if school-based professionals apply the three features of mindfulness to understanding ASHA’s Code of Ethics and daily ethical practice?
Online Organizational Resources for Today’s School SLP
Format(s): eWorkshop
School-based SLPs who serve elementary-age students juggle many changing responsibilities. This recorded session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference shares helpful online resources to stay organized and efficient while navigating multiple service delivery scenarios.
Speech Sound Treatment: A Look at Three Evidence-Based Approaches
Format(s): eWorkshop
This recorded session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference reviews three evidence-based approaches to selecting and contrasting two or more sounds during speech sound disorder treatment: minimal pair (one misarticulated sound paired with its typical substitution), maximal opposition (two misarticulated sounds that differ greatly from one another), and multiple opposition (multiple misarticulated sounds that are all replaced within the same substitute). The speaker shares evidence supporting each treatment approach and uses hypothetical clinical cases to illustrate sound selection and treatment activities.
Using a Balanced Literacy Approach With Preschool–1st Grade Children
Format(s): eWorkshop
This recorded session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference presents an evidence-based balanced literacy approach as a model for assessment and intervention that targets aspects of literacy beyond decoding and comprehension, such as morphology and orthography. The presenter also discusses considerations for culturally responsive assessment and intervention.
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Supervision for School-Based SLPs
Format(s): eWorkshop
It’s not a matter of "if" but rather "when" the school-based SLP assumes the role of a supervisor. This course explains the key elements of the supervisory process and defines the roles and responsibilities of both the supervisor and the supervisee in the school setting. The speaker discusses relationship development, communication, and the role and influence of supervisory style on supervisee performance and decision-making.
“The Fool Speaks, the Wise Man Listens”: Supporting African American Stroke Survivors With Aphasia
Format(s): eWorkshop
For stroke survivors with aphasia (SWA), language recovery is highly variable given the extent to which damage may exist in multiple neighboring brain regions. For African American SWA, social determinants of health also contribute to stroke recovery and aphasia rehabilitation, and SLPs can play a vital role in ensuring health equity. This session discusses evidence-based practices that holistically support neurorehabilitation for African American SWA, focusing on assessment, intervention, and culturally competent service provision that targets health-related quality of life and health literacy.
Embracing Transformation: Become a Catalyst for Change
Format(s): eWorkshop
SLPs practicing in health care provide services within a largely for-profit system in the U.S. Consequently, the business needs of health care, challenges related to reimbursement and advocacy, and disparities in health care access have resulted in a need to adapt clinical practice to future trends while rethinking career growth and advancement in the field. This session contextualizes the challenges in the practice of medical speech-language pathology and provides practical ideas to facilitate change in your realms of influence at your job and beyond.
Empowering SLPs to Adopt Telepractice for Dysphagia Care
Format(s): eWorkshop
While the use of telepractice for dysphagia management has increased considerably due to restrictions on in-person practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges still exist. This session discusses the remaining barriers to the adoption of telehealth for dysphagia services and ways to overcome them. The speaker explains an evaluation and decision-making process clinicians can use to determine if the adoption of telepractice for dysphagia care is right for them and discusses ways to advocate for and start developing telepractice models of care in a variety of health care settings.
Ensuring Language Access in Health Care Settings
Format(s): eWorkshop
An increasingly diverse United States means that clinicians are encountering more languages in hospital settings. SLPs and audiologists have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure language access—that is, to actively bridge communication challenges between clinicians and patients/families who do not speak, understand, read, or write in the same language. This session discusses language access law and solutions for situations in which a trained medical interpreter is unavailable.
Ethics in Social Media Engagement
Format(s): eWorkshop
Like many other professionals, SLPs often use social media for the exchange of professional information as well as for personal engagement. Posting of client-related information, uncivil remarks, misrepresentation of services, and/or defamatory claims—whether intentional or unintentional—may cross the boundaries of ethical and legal behavior. This session discusses myths surrounding social media, considerations for posting, and potential consequences of inappropriate use.
The Interrelationship Between Policy and Clinical Practice
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores how policy and clinical practice impact each other. The presenters discuss the making of public policy, and how it is interpreted and implemented into clinical practice in health care settings. The presenters also discuss the flip side—how clinical practice itself informs advocacy for shaping future public policy. Learners can think about their professional roles in interpreting policy and advocating for change.
The Political and Public Policy Landscape and the Future of Medical Speech-Language Pathology
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session provides an overview of the 2021 political and public policy landscape, including issues of importance before the presidential administration, Congress, and the states. The presenter discusses the impact these issues have on the future of the medical SLP and highlights the advocacy efforts ASHA is currently undertaking, empowering participants to advocate for positive change.
A Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Approach to AAC
Format(s): eWorkshop
In this session, the speaker reviews the characteristics of culturally and linguistically responsive AAC practices and presents evidence-based strategies for culturally appropriate bilingual AAC assessment and intervention. The speaker discusses partnering with families to determine values, needs, priorities, and resources when implementing AAC. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
AAC Intervention as Language Intervention: Building on What You Know
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores how to adapt traditional speech-language practices to serve students who use AAC systems. The session demonstrates analyzing language samples from a student using an AAC system and then developing goals and intervention activities to address development in the areas of pragmatics, phonology, vocabulary, and grammar. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
An Extension of Your Professional Self: SLPAs in Private Practice
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session provides insights and resources from two companies that have employed SLPAs in a variety of ways. The speaker discusses the necessity and appropriate utilization of professionals at this level of service and explores ideas for integrating SLPAs in private practice. This is a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Private Practice Connect conference.
Assessments and Interventions in the Schools for Youth With Brain Injury
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Schools Connect conference—focuses on the continued rehabilitation of students with brain injuries through the art of successful transition into the school setting. The speaker addresses how accurate assessment leads to the establishment and implementation of successful intervention plans that include educationally relevant goals. This session is designed to accompany the 2020 Health Care Connect online conference session Initial Assessment and Transition Planning for Youth With Brain Injury. Together, the two sessions address provision of services for the same students across medical and school settings.
Building Early Communication Skills: Matching AAC Strategies to Developmental Needs
Format(s): eWorkshop
Learning to gesture or use aided AAC for intentional communication with a partner is challenging for some infants and toddlers with complex communication needs. This session explores a variety of intervention strategies that improve pre-intentional and intentional communication skills using various AAC modalities and some of which incorporate families and caregivers. The speaker shares live illustrations and video examples of young children who have various difficulties with pre-intentional communication and problem solves about how intervention can structure the learner’s experiences to fill in gaps. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
Developing Engaging AAC Sessions for Secondary and Post-Secondary Students
Format(s): eWorkshop
SLPs who work with older students who use AAC are challenged to develop engaging intervention activities that are age-respectful as well as integrate literacy, classroom curriculum, and post-secondary training. This session explores how to use communicator profiles to provide scaffolding for secondary and post-secondary students who use AAC within the context of meaningful, engaging activities. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
Effective Practices in AAC Assessment
Format(s): eWorkshop
Given the landscape of hundreds of apps, speech-generating devices, low-tech options, and no-tech strategies, SLPs who do not typically complete AAC assessments may wonder who to refer for an AAC an assessment and how they can contribute to the assessment process. This session reviews the AAC assessment process, with an emphasis on feature matching and consideration of the individual’s current and future needs. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
Effective, Engaging AAC Instruction

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Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores tools, strategies, and a framework to enhance engagement, learning, and generalization for students who use AAC. The speakers discuss various ways to support students’ learning and communication with peers, including using social communication games, combining core vocabulary and literacy, and determining authentic purposes. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
Engaging and Manageable School-Based AAC Telepractice
Format(s): eWorkshop
AAC teletherapy can be fun, engaging, and effective with the right tools and strategies. This session provides guidance on setting up AAC systems for modeling during virtual sessions as well as tools SLPs can use to view a student's AAC device virtually. The speaker explores free and low-cost telepractice materials to increase student engagement and make planning more manageable. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
Improving AAC Implementation With Effective Collaboration
Format(s): eWorkshop
Effective collaboration among individuals who use AAC and their families, communication partners at school/work, and those in the community can promote positive outcomes for the AAC communicators. This session defines what successful information exchanges can look like and explores who in the community an SLP may want to include as collaborators. The presenter shares strategies for effective and efficient collaboration across the AAC communicator’s family, school/work life, and broader community. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
Initial Assessment and Transition Planning for Youth With Brain Injury
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Health Care Connect online conference—explores the incidence and common mechanisms of brain injury in children and adolescents and the potential effects of these injuries to cognition and communication. Using case studies, the speaker discusses methods to improve long-term outcomes for these youth through initial assessment and transition planning. This session is designed to accompany the 2020 Schools Connect online conference session Assessments and Interventions in the Schools for Youth With Brain Injury. Together, the two sessions address provision of services for the same students across medical and school settings.
Integrating AAC in School Settings
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session discusses strategies to incorporate AAC throughout a student’s school day to increase their expressive output over a variety of communication opportunities. The speaker presents ideas for creating a systematic integration plan and discusses strategies that can work with low- or high-tech AAC systems to prompt expressive communication initiations, topic maintenance, and appropriate conversation redirection and termination. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
Moving Toward a Robust AAC System
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session examine the often-daunting process of moving a child who is minimally verbal or nonverbal from a basic to a full-featured AAC system. The session covers the selection, use, and goal-setting process for a basic, functional communication and language development system while planning for assessment for and implementation of a fuller system. The speaker shares suggestions for designing effective intervention sessions and ideas for helping the team get on board. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
Roles and Responsibilities of an Expert Witness
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session is designed for SLPs from any work setting who are considering serving, or have been asked to serve, as an expert witness. The speakers introduce the role of an expert witness, in contrast to the role of a fact witness, and review the qualifications and distinctive roles and responsibilities of an expert witness, with a focus on relevant laws (e.g., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA, and ADA). The session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Private Practice Connect online conference—includes discussion of oral and written communication best practices, as they are fundamental to the role of an expert witness. The speakers also use case studies to highlight key concepts.
Setting Goals for Students Who Use AAC
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores the process of selecting and crafting measurable goals that are appropriate for students learning to communicate using AAC. The speaker reviews the AAC competency categories, shares tools that SLPs can use to identify developmentally appropriate learning targets, and discusses strategies for writing observable and measurable goals. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
There’s No Place Like Home: Supporting AAC at Home
Format(s): eWorkshop
Having knowledgeable and supported caregivers—including parents, siblings, care attendants, home aides, home nurses, and extended family—is vital to an AAC user’s success. New opportunities for virtual sessions allow a level of home involvement and support previously made difficult by time and logistical constraints. This session discusses practical strategies for teaching and supporting home caregivers. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
AAC for Patients in Critical and Acute Care Settings
Format(s): eWorkshop
Regardless of their age, patients in critical and acute care settings may experience communication difficulties due to the nature of their illness and the medical interventions they require. This session discusses augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for these patients, including evaluation and intervention considerations, resources, and materials to support AAC service delivery.
Approaches to Lifelong Care for Adults With Complex Medical Conditions
Format(s): eWorkshop
Concrete recommendations and special considerations for adults with complex medical conditions remain sparse. This session shares big-picture strategies to consider when providing care for these patients.
Dysphagia Management for Medically Complex Patients in Acute Care
Format(s): eWorkshop
Dysphagia may be caused by many underlying medical etiologies, and the hospital-based SLP must navigate a comprehensive world of medical diagnoses and be prepared to accurately evaluate and plan dysphagia treatment. This session presents a model for using medical chart review, online resources, swallow mechanism knowledge, and cultivated diagnostic and treatment skills to approach dysphagia in patients with any medical diagnosis.
Managing Dysphagia in Patients With COVID-19 in Acute Care and Beyond
Format(s): eWorkshop
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our patients in unusual ways. Patients with COVID-19 can present with a variety of symptoms: from loss of taste and smell, to fatigue, shortness of breath, and coughing. This session reviews current available evidence regarding best practices for dysphagia management for patients with COVID-19 in acute care and during their rehabilitation, including working through a case study.
Medically Complex Patients: Coverage of and Payment for SLP Services
Format(s): eWorkshop
Coverage of and payment for SLP services for patients with complex medical conditions requires SLPs to navigate provider guidelines and payment systems related to multiple sites of service and multiple episodes of care. SLPs must also exhibit professional mastery of the principles of clinical decision-making pertaining to a continuum of care from intensive skilled treatment to maintenance intervention and termination of SLP care. This session presents critical information to support accurate payment for SLP services provided to patients with complex medical conditions. The speakers share a pediatric and an adult case scenario and provide useful resources.
Psychosocial Consequences of Prolonged Hospital Stays
Format(s): eWorkshop
Prolonged hospital stays can impact patients in a variety of ways, having adverse effects on physical, financial, and psychosocial health. This session explores psychosocial impacts such as demoralization and concerning psychiatric symptoms.
Supporting Medically Complex Patients Through Effective, Multidisciplinary Management
Format(s): eWorkshop
Bringing together a group of health care professionals with varied expertise to deliver treatment has been shown to improve patient outcomes. This session discusses the relevance of a multidisciplinary treatment approach for patients with complex medical conditions, with a specific focus on rehabilitation services, providing insight into effective teaming for successful multidisciplinary patient interventions.
Supporting People With Chronic Dysphagia
Format(s): eWorkshop
SLPs’ work with patients with complex medical conditions and their families, and the focus is often on the initial or acute stages of conditions that affect eating, drinking, and swallowing. This session addresses how SLPs can ensure best practice in the longer-term. The speaker addresses the importance of understanding how a patient’s dysphagia fits into the bigger medical and quality-of-life picture, backed by bioethical considerations and evidence. The session discusses how SLPs are not just one cog in a complex, interprofessional machine, but often the linchpin for optimal care of the patient and their family.
Team-Based Decision-Making With Patients on Mechanical Ventilation
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores issues facing patients on mechanical ventilation and their care teams. The speaker discusses how a care team comes together to use objective criteria (including decision-making criteria) for patient care regarding placement and weaning from speaking valves. The speaker also discusses special considerations for settings without access to a team approach and when working with children.
The Role of the SLP in Palliative Care
Format(s): eWorkshop
SLPs often work with individuals in palliative care to improve their functional abilities related to dysphagia as well as communication, but the SLP’s role in end-of-life processes is more challenging to define. This session explores the unique and rewarding role of the SLP in palliative care and end-of-life processes and describes how SLPs can provide support for swallowing and communication across the continuum of care and with a variety of populations.
Treatment Approaches for Children With Complex Medical Conditions
Format(s): eWorkshop
Children with complex medically conditions require individualized, high-intensity treatments that require the collaboration of multiple specialists. This session explores common attributes of this patient population and highlights the SLP’s role in managing these patients as part of the care team.
Be the Change: A Call for SLP Innovation in TBI Practice
Format(s): eWorkshop
SLP roles, practices, and opportunities when working with children and adults with TBI have transformed over the past two decades. Much of the change has been driven by external forces, including insurance, science, regulations, and more. This session empowers SLPs to drive TBI practice advances in 2020 and beyond, focusing on three key areas: (1) re-imagining intervention for patients with cognitive impairments in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation, (2) defining what we do and how it helps across the recovery continuum, and (3) characterizing “functional” in terms of what it means for people with communication disorders after TBI. This course is a recorded session from the 2020 online conference “Maximizing Functional Outcomes for Individuals With Traumatic Brain Injuries.”
Collaboration on the Pediatric ICU Rehab Team
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session outlines the members, roles, and responsibilities of the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) rehab team and describes areas of collaborative and independent decision-making to maximize the rehabilitative outcomes for pediatric patients across the continuum in the ICU.
Post-Intensive Care Syndrome in Adults and Children
Format(s): eWorkshop
Adult and pediatric survivors of critical illness commonly experience post-intensive care syndrome (PICS, or PICS-p in children), consisting of impairments in mental health (e.g., anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms), cognition, and physical function. These impairments are associated with worse health-related quality of life and can persist for years after discharge from the intensive care unit. This session describes the incidence of and risk factors for such symptoms as well as interventions to prevent and manage these impairments.
Realistic, Functional Interventions and Collaborative Services for Medically Complex Patients
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores the complexities SLPs must account for when treating patients with complicated medical conditions, whose communication, cognitive, and swallowing difficulties are multifactorial. The speaker discusses how SLPs can get a clear understanding of the impact of each medical diagnosis – and the interactions among them – on a patient’s functioning, and how to collaborate with other specialists whose expertise complements SLPs’ efforts. The speaker explores how SLPs can provide thoughtful, systematic scaffolding designed to improve the health and function of damaged tissues/structures and physiologic systems, develop patient independence in the skilled performance of compensations and other behaviors that jump start recovery, and increase a patient’s investment and participation in the process.v
Rehab Considerations for Adults With Complex Medical Conditions in the ICU
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session addresses rehab considerations for SLPs working with adult patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Speakers discuss an overview of oxygen delivery methods, optimizing communication and dysphagia intervention for ICU patients, progressing patients with tracheostomy to successful decannulation, and maximizing outcomes for patients with complex medical conditions through multidisciplinary communication and collaboration.
SLPs in the NICU: Supporting Infants and Their Families
Format(s): eWorkshop
The typically unplanned journey through the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides infants and their families with an early experience with interprofessional practice. This session reviews common reasons for an infant’s admission into the NICU, describes the interprofessional team caring for these infants, and discusses the role of SLPs as communication and feeding specialists in the NICU. The speaker examines neonatal abstinence syndrome, its cause, and the latest treatment strategies and outcomes. Finally, the speaker touches on the importance of support and post-discharge care for these patients.
An Audiologist's Approach to Chronic Dizziness
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session will examine the diagnosis and treatment of persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD). The session will explore the recently defined criteria for the presentation and symptoms of the disorder as well as describe current and emerging research that is helping clinicians and researchers better understand it. The speaker will also discuss how chronic co-morbid disorders such as migraine and Meniere’s disease should be factored into the treatment of this disorder.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Hearing Technology of the Future
Format(s): eWorkshop
There is no question that emerging technologies such as embedded sensors and artificial intelligence are changing the hearing health landscape. This session will look ahead to the coming decade and explore innovations in hearing health care technology, strategy, and service. The speaker will discuss practical ways to leverage these innovations to be successful in today’s and tomorrow’s dynamic market landscape.
Audiology Coding and Reimbursement: Practice Considerations for the Future
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session will discuss considerations and share tools to help you navigate the evolving audiology coding and reimbursement landscape, including new technologies, third-party administrators, itemization, over-the-counter hearing aids, and the provision of services via telehealth.
COVID-19 and Its Impact on Audiology Practice Efficiency
Format(s): eWorkshop
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our personal and professional worlds upside down. Yet, something positive can come from this pandemic if we see this challenge as an opportunity to re-examine what and how we practice. The speaker explores how audiologists can redesign what we do by going back to basics while expanding our practices in new and innovative ways, including embracing new technology (e.g., tablet audiometry, OTCs, and virtual visits) and using new fitting models for hearing aids or implants.
Evolving Clinical Practice in Audiology: A Panel Discussion
Format(s): eWorkshop
This panel discussion will explore the future of audiology in various practice settings, including private practice, VA, nonprofit, university, and medical center settings. Panelists will share recent innovations, ideas for how we may rethink audiology in the future, and possible impacts of the pandemic on practice.
Health Economics in Audiologic Practice: Affordability and Willingness to Pay
Format(s): eWorkshop
Affordability of and willingness to pay for amplification devices and hearing health services can be difficult topics to discuss with patients. The session will present an evidence-based, pragmatic approach for addressing affordability issues with patients and leveraging market knowledge, insurance coverage, and community resources to increase accessibility to hearing health care.
Pandemic-Proof Your Audiology Business
Format(s): eWorkshop
The global COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a level of disruption into our personal and professional lives that was previously unimaginable. How we respond will be a deciding factor for the future success of our practices. This session will explore how to embrace change and use this unique opportunity to rethink how we provide and promote our services. The speaker will discuss specific ways audiologists who operate private practices can clearly articulate their distinctive role in the hearing health marketplace and be prepared for future interruptions such as pandemics, big box stores, online retailers, and personal indecision.
Person-Centered Care in the Audiology Appointment
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session will explore the Calgary-Cambridge Guides and the Four Habits framework to support audiologists in applying person-centered care and communication skills through the different phases of an audiology appointment. The session will discuss active reflection activities, person-centered principles, and practical ways to enhance hearing care.
Product-Driven vs. Patient-Centered Care: Increasing Hearing Aid Adoption
Format(s): eWorkshop
The degree of hearing aid adoption as a treatment to lessen communication difficulties has remained essentially unchanged over the past four decades. This session will share evidence and hands-on tools that promote opportunities for evaluating and modifying patient readiness, with the intent of enhancing the adoption of professional audiology services and amplification technologies.
Providing Evidence-Based Clinical Services for Tinnitus
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session will describe evidence-based strategies for tinnitus assessment and management. The speaker will discuss specific tools and processes to help audiologists provide the best services to manage tinnitus along with hearing loss or reduced sound tolerance (hyperacusis), since many individuals who experience tinnitus also experience these other challenges.
Teleaudiology: It Shouldn’t Have to Take a Pandemic
Format(s): eWorkshop
Prior to 2020, a remote model of hearing health care had been applied primarily to remote populations and/or limited to hearing screening and counseling services. Now, in the face of a global pandemic that makes face-to-face services risky, there has been an urgent demand for more information about teleaudiology. This session will review the evolution of teleaudiology, including provider and patient attitudes concerning the perceived benefits, disadvantages, and outcomes associated with remote audiologic care. The speaker will describe an existing, commercial, patient-centered teleaudiology model of hearing health care that is designed to increase accessibility and reduce cost while maintaining the audiologist’s central role as a critical component of care throughout the patient journey.
Tips and Tools for Auditory Rehabilitation in Any Practice Setting
Format(s): eWorkshop
The provision of comprehensive auditory rehabilitation services is critical to successful patient outcomes, yet many audiologists focus primarily or exclusively on amplification due to time, reimbursement, and compliance challenges. This session will clearly define the components of auditory rehabilitation and provide specific strategies and tools to help overcome challenges.
AAC and Core Vocabulary Implementation in Schools: Secrets to Success
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Schools Connect conference—reviews five key secrets to success for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and core vocabulary initiatives in schools. The speaker discusses specific strategies and tools based on a successful, large-scale AAC implementation. She also shares student examples with language targets and staff examples with fidelity tools.
Coming to the Table: Feeding Support for Children With Medical Complexities
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Schools Connect conference—explores how to use the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework to develop comprehensive feeding support and caregiver training plans for children with complex medical needs. The speaker discusses the multifaceted impact medical complexities have on oral feeding and how the ICF framework can influence the assessment of a child’s feeding needs.
Literacy Assessment: Controversies, Explanations, and Essential Components
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores the school-based SLP’s role—and how they can advocate for that role—in assessing students’ literate language skills as part of a comprehensive language assessment. The speaker outlines the essential components of a comprehensive language assessment and discusses how to interpret patterns of strengths and weaknesses, with implications for intervention planning. This session is a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Schools Connect conference.
Literacy Intervention: Controversies, Explanations, and Targeting Strengths and Needs
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Schools Connect conference—demonstrates how to use a language-levels model (i.e., sound, word, sentence, discourse) to explain relationships across oral and written language modalities and to advocate for the role SLPs play in literacy intervention. The speaker discusses how and why intervention strategies differ based on students’ target goals, strengths, and weaknesses. The session explores how and why certain intervention strategies are best to target the sound/word structure knowledge that is essential for reading, decoding, spelling, and vocabulary learning, while other strategies are good for working on the sentence/discourse and vocabulary knowledge that is essential for language comprehension and formulation.
Reading Between the Lines: Connecting to Comprehension for Readers With ASD
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores how the core deficits of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impact their development of reading comprehension, a critical skill for success in academic, social, and vocational settings. The session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Schools Connect conference—includes discussion, demonstration, and application of assessment techniques and evidence-supported intervention strategies to facilitate reading comprehension for students with ASD.
Treating Speech Sound Disorders: Considerations for Intervention Planning
Format(s): eWorkshop
Using case scenarios and speech samples, this session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Schools Connect conference—guides SLPs through designing an efficient, effective, and evidence-based treatment plan for a student with a speech sound disorder. The speaker translates nine concepts from current research into practical strategies for selecting treatment targets, selecting treatment approaches, eliciting more accurate productions, and improving automaticity and generalization.
Cancer Management in Acute Care Settings
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Health Care Connect online conference—discusses cancer basics, treatment options, and their functional impacts as they relate to swallowing and cognitive-communication. The speakers discuss common referrals in acute care oncology settings and describe an algorithm for clinical decision-making.
CAS Assessment
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—recorded for ASHA’s 2020 Health Care Connect online conference—examines the features of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), identifies common comorbid conditions, and discusses differential diagnosis of the disorder. The speaker also discusses the professionals SLPs should refer to and collaborate with to best support children with CAS.
Differentiating Typical Aging From Swallowing Dysfunction
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Health Care Connect online conference—explores typical variations in the adult swallow, with a specific focus on changes observed in older adults. The speaker discusses the influence of additional factors (e.g., medications, lab values) on swallowing function as well as shares MBSS videos/images.
Genetic Disorders and Swallowing: A Showcase of Pediatric Disorders
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Health Care Connect online conference—provides an overview of prevalent genetic disorders with an emphasis on pediatric feeding and swallowing complications. The speakers highlight currently available research and review best practices in assessment and intervention, including the use of videofluoroscopic swallow studies to underscore common swallowing deficits.
Harnessing the Power of the Cranial Nerve Exam During Your Swallow Assessment
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Health Care Connect online conference—explores the power of a comprehensive cranial nerve assessment as part of a swallow examination. The speaker discusses neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the cranial nerves and shares a step-by-step procedure for performing a cranial nerve assessment, including identification of common abnormalities and how to document findings.
Role of the SLP in the ICU: Influencing Outcomes Across the Continuum of Care
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Health Care Connect online conference—examines the SLP’s role on patient-centered care teams in the ICU setting. The speaker discusses the SLP’s vital role in facilitating communication for patients who are intubated, and participants will have the opportunity to practice communicating with various techniques in different roles. The speaker also explores when to screen/assess swallowing post-extubation and how to reduce post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). The session also addresses the importance of communication regarding patient status and goals across the continuum of care, and how to provide bundled patient-centered care using a team approach.
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session addresses the realities of child abuse and the SLP’s responsibility to recognize and report abuse. The speaker discusses legal definitions, signs, and symptoms of child abuse as well as common perpetrators and how they gain access to children through a process called grooming. The session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Private Practice Connect online conference—addresses how to communicate with a child who makes a disclosure, the importance of making a report, how to make a report, and how to overcome the fears and barriers around reporting.
Audiology Assistant Education Modules
Format(s): eWorkshop
Audiology assistants who want to become ASHA-certified and hold the C-AA credential must meet the requirements set forth in the Standards for Audiology Assistants Certification. This 10-module set meets the requirement for Eligibility Pathway 2. Note: These modules are not eligible for ASHA CEUs.
SLPA Education Modules
Format(s): eWorkshop
SLPAs who want to become ASHA-certified and hold the C-SLPA credential must meet the requirements set forth in the Standards for SLPA Certification. This six-module set meets the requirement for Eligibility Pathways 2 and 3. Note: These modules are not eligible for ASHA CEUs.
Aspiration Pneumonia Prevention: The Importance of Oral Care
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course focuses on emerging research and changing practices in the management of dysphagia as it relates to aspiration pneumonia prevention and oral care. The presenters review the contribution of oral biofilms to bacterial aspiration pneumonia and systemic health, and discuss the genesis and treatments for aspiration pneumonia. The course describes the national VA deployment of a pneumonia prevention initiative and provides practical instruction in the development of an oral care program participants can use to implement a program in their own facility.
Physiologic Changes and Interactions with Disease in Older Adults
Format(s): eWorkshop
Aging produces predictable and specific changes to the human respiratory and digestive systems and predisposes older people to more severe effects of—and more protracted limitations secondary to—diseases and surgical procedures. This session provides much-needed, clinically translatable information about aging-related respiratory and digestive system changes and how they affect swallowing diagnosis and treatment. The session also reviews the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (sepsis) as a model of an atypical dysphagia-producing illness. This course is a recorded session from the 2017 online conference “Dysphagia in Older Adults.”
Swallowing, Cognition, and Dignity: A Clinical Pathway for Dysphagia Management in Persons With Dementia
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session identifies challenges associated with assessing patients with the dual diagnosis of dysphagia and dementia and describes how clinicians can be empowered to use a comprehensive, systematic clinical pathway to create an intervention plan that preserves safety, nutrition, hydration, and quality of life. This course is a recorded session from the 2017 online conference “Dysphagia in Older Adults.”
Accessible, Low-Cost Methods for Voice Assessment
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session shares low-cost and accessible methods for voice measurement that clinicians in any work setting can use as part of a voice assessment for adults and children. These assessment methods address the impact of vocal issues on activities of daily living, allow individuals to report voice changes over time, and aid clinicians in developing treatment goals and measuring outcomes. This course is a recorded session from the 2020 online conference “Voice Evaluation and Treatment: Improving Outcomes for Children and Adults.”
Aging Voice: Assessment and Treatment Options
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session discusses presbyphonia—the anatomical, physiological, and overall functional changes to the vocal mechanism as patients age. The speaker presents assessment strategies, with and without advanced instrumental assessment, as well as treatment options. The speaker also discusses case studies to highlight treatment decision-making and interprofessional care for voice issues that accompany aging. This course is a recorded session from the 2020 online conference “Voice Evaluation and Treatment: Improving Outcomes for Children and Adults.”
Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice and Voice Disorders
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session summarizes sources of variability in auditory-perceptual voice assessments. The speaker discusses strategies to reduce sources of error and introduces methods that may be applied in future clinical practice and research. This course is a recorded session from the 2020 online conference “Voice Evaluation and Treatment: Improving Outcomes for Children and Adults.”
Enhancing Clinical Practice With Effective Stroboscopy Interpretation
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session describes how to evaluate stroboscopy results using a new visuoperceptual assessment tool—the Voice-Vibratory Assessment with Laryngeal Imaging (VALI) rating form. The speaker also discusses how to integrate the results from stroboscopy intro treatment planning and execution. This course is a recorded session from the 2020 online conference “Voice Evaluation and Treatment: Improving Outcomes for Children and Adults.”
Evidence-Based Treatments for Muscle Tension Dysphonia
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session discusses strategies for successfully managing muscle tension dysphonia in patients of all ages and across practice settings. This course is a recorded session from the 2020 online conference “Voice Evaluation and Treatment: Improving Outcomes for Children and Adults.”
Including Vocal Hygiene Recommendations in Treatment Planning
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session highlights up-to-date, evidence-based vocal hygiene recommendations that can produce desired clinical outcomes without causing undue burden on patients. This course is a recorded session from the 2020 online conference “Voice Evaluation and Treatment: Improving Outcomes for Children and Adults.”
Overcoming Treatment Compliance Challenges in Voice Treatment
Format(s): eWorkshop
Ensuring carryover and compliance outside of voice therapy sessions is one of the most difficult aspects of intervention for voice disorders. This session discusses the latest research, technology, and strategies that can help improve carryover and compliance. This course is a recorded session from the 2020 online conference “Voice Evaluation and Treatment: Improving Outcomes for Children and Adults.”
Special Considerations for Performers
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session examines best practices for working with performing artists, a special population that on the one hand has unique stressors and needs but on the other hand shares many issues and concerns with the broader community of patients with voice disorders. The speaker discusses how clinicians can ensure that the therapeutic process is effective and relevant for vocal performing artists. This course is a recorded session from the 2020 online conference “Voice Evaluation and Treatment: Improving Outcomes for Children and Adults.”
Voice and Communication Modification for People Who Identify Along the Gender Spectrum
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores working with people along the gender spectrum to attain their desired voice and communication goals. The speaker addresses cultural humility; methods of intake and assessment; training of vocal, verbal, and nonverbal parameters; and assessing readiness for exit from voice and communication modification. This course is a recorded session from the 2020 online conference “Voice Evaluation and Treatment: Improving Outcomes for Children and Adults.”