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Annette Askren

CScD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Annette "Nicole" Askren graduated with her master's degree from San Diego State University in 2013 and her Doctor of Clinical Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. Her clinical experience spans four VA healthcare systems across the country in a variety of settings, including acute inpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and long-term care. Dr. Askren is currently a staff speech-language pathologist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, where she is the lead SLP on the American Lake Division's ALS Care Team.

Dr. Askren is part of the VA Office of Rural Health's Intensive Dysphagia Treatment Program national work group, developing guidelines for an SLP standard of care for veterans living with ALS. She also serves as a consultant on the VA Puget Sound Ethics Committee.

Dr. Askren is published on the topics of aphasia, bioethics, and SLP considerations at end of life; she has been invited to speak nationally.

In addition to her work at the VA, Dr. Askren serves as an adjunct instructor in the West Virginia University's School of Medicine, where she teaches the graduate SLP dysphagia course every spring term.

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The Speech-Language Pathologist’s Role at End of Life: A Clinician Primer (Recorded Webinar)

Presented by Annette Askren, CScD, CCC-SLP

The Speech-Language Pathologist’s Role at End of Life: A Clinician Primer (Recorded Webinar)

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Video Runtime: 87 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are now integral members of multidisciplinary end-of-life care teams. Medical SLPs serve as expert consultants to promote quality of life in adults with communication and swallowing difficulties during this stage. This webinar will review the evidence base that describes the SLP's role in the assessment and management of oropharyngeal swallowing, communication, and cognitive difficulties experienced by the adult at end of life. A complex case study will illustrate the application of this knowledge.

Learning Objectives
  • Distinguish the role of the speech-language pathologist (SLP) in the care of adults at end of life
  • Attribute changes in hunger/thirst/oral comfort to physiologic changes that are believed to occur when death is imminent
  • Analyze unique considerations for the assessment of oropharyngeal dysphagia, communication, and cognition at end of life
  • Determine intervention approaches to swallowing and communication that promote quality of life
  • Apply the evidence base to a complex example case study

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Mar 6, 2024

The Speech-Language Pathologist’s Role at End of Life: A Clinician Primer

Presented by Annette Askren

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