SIG 12 Perspectives Vol. 22, No. 2, June 2013
This special issue of Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) focuses primarily on the role that speech-language pathologists who work in hospital settings play in meeting the needs of patients with complex communication needs and patients with limited English proficiency. The selection of papers was motivated to provide the readers with information to better understand: 1) the new regulatory context, 2) the size of the patient population that could benefit from some form of AAC services, 3) how AAC strategies can be used to address the needs of patients with limited English proficiency, 4) how a referral system can be implemented that will ensure that patients’ communication needs are met, 5) how to develop in-service training for nurses to allow them to better communicate with their patients, and 6) how to develop the necessary professional supports for patients with complex communication needs.
You will be able to:
- understand regulatory statutes and standards that now mandate that hospitals and other healthcare ensuring that every patient’s communication needs are assessed and addressed from admission to discharge
- identify considerations regarding patients and their ability to orally communicate due to some form of ventilatory support and unable to access the conventional nurse call system
- identify implementation strategies regarding the patient-nurse communication leading to better outcomes for patients with limited English proficiency
- understand the critical guide to establishing an inpatient AAC service to meet the range of communication needs that hospital patients encounter
- identify how to provide nurses with information on how to better communicate with their patients
- understand the patient’s and family’s perspective on the support provided to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and their caregivers
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