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Course Description

1 hour, 0.1 ASHA CEUs

Intermediate level; Professional

Disclaimer: This course is focused on Lingraphica high-tech AAC devices.There will be no or limited information about similar products or services.

Communication requires two or more people. However, AAC device training often focuses solely on the device user. This course provided research on why it is important to include communication partners in AAC device training. It outlined information about the demographics of communication partners and the challenges they face. The course also provided methods for involving communication partners.

Time-Ordered Agenda:

5 minutes: Introduction and Overview  

10 minutes: Demographics of caregivers and challenges they face   

10 minutes: Evidence of the benefit of communication partner involvement  

20 minutes: Methods and tips for training communication partners  

5 minutes: Resources available to communication partners: How Lingraphica supports caregivers  

5 minutes: Conclusion  

5 minutes: Q & A  

ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

Meet the Presenter

Caitlin Mueller, MS, CCC-SLP 

Caitlin Mueller holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a B.S. in Communication Studies from Utah State University and an M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of the Pacific. She has experience with evaluating and treating clients with a variety of communication impairments using multiple AAC devices and apps.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Caitlin Mueller is an employee at Lingraphicare America, Inc.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No relevant non-financial relationships exist.


Audrey L. Holland, Ph.D., CCC/SLP, BC-ANCDS 

Audrey L. Holland has had a long and productive career in Speech and Hearing Sciences, where her major efforts have been concentrated in language disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on the development of innovative approaches to understanding and treating individuals with aphasia and dementia. She retired from the University of Arizona, where she was Regents’ Professor of Speech and Hearing, and a former Department Head.  Before moving to Arizona, she was Professor of Otolaryngology, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the University of Pittsburgh, where she also previously taught in the Department of Communication Disorders. She has published over 170 research articles.  She also has published an assessment measure for adult aphasia and has edited or co-edited 3 books. She is the recipient of numerous national clinical and research awards She maintains active research and clinical collaborations nationally and internationally.  She has served on various review committees and advisory boards for the NIH and VA.  At present, she is Director of Research and Training at the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood NJ.   

Relevant Financial Relationships: Audrey Holland is a paid consultant at Lingraphicare America, Inc.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No relevant non-financial relationships exist. 

Course Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

          • Describe the demographics of caregivers and the challenges they face 
          • Describe the demographics of caregivers and the challenges they face  
          • Identify clinical best practices for increasing communication partner involvement in AAC use  
          • Name resources available to support caregivers 

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