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Meghan O'Brien


Meghan O'Brien, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in the Augmentative Communication Program and ALS Augmentative Communication Program at Boston Children's Hospital. She has specialized in augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) for 14 years. She is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts. Meghan previously worked as the lead AAC consultant for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has authored and coauthored several peer-reviewed articles on AAC innovations and implementation and lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to AAC.

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Speech and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) in ALS

Presented by John Costello, MA, CCC-SLP and Meghan O'Brien, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) in ALS

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Video Runtime: 78 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 52 Minutes

This course addresses ongoing evaluation and management of communication challenges secondary to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Following course completion, clinicians will describe systems and strategies to support communication intelligibility for individuals with ALS. The intended audience is speech-language pathologists (working in inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation, home health, and long-term care facilities) with no or limited experience working with people with ALS. SLPs will define and describe the impact of dysarthria/anarthria resulting from ALS on the speech subsystems and learn strategies for intervention associated with improving intelligibility of speech and conserving energy. Strategies for voice preservation (message banking(TM) and voice banking) will be addressed. Providers will learn about evaluation and implementation of high-tech speech-generating technologies, quick-access communication strategies, and options for emergency alerting. Finally, time will be spent in discussing strategies for training communication partners.

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