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Adult Course Descriptions

All courses listed here will be pre-recorded and available for the duration of convention.

"Etiology,  Treatment and Management of Functional Neurological Disorder with Speech Symptoms" (120 minutes - 2 hours)
Aaron Fobian, PhD

Description:  This class will review the diagnosis and etiology of functional neurological disorder, especially as it relates to speech symptoms.  Explanation of the diagnosis to patients and their families will be outlined, and practical treatment and management plans will be discussed.
-Identify diagnostic criteria for functional neurological disorder (FND)
-Summarize the etiology of FND and explain the diagnosis to patients
-Develop a treatment plan for patients with FND with speech symptoms

"Treatment for Attention after Brain Injury" (120 minutes - 2 hours)
Caroline Gammill, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CBIS
An overview of the neurological bases of attentional impairments following acquired brain injury, evidence-based treatments from rehabilitative and compensatory framework, and practice with case studies.
-Summarize neurological bases of attention impairments following stroke or TBI
-Classify evidence-based treatment practices for attention impairments from both rehabilitative and compensatory approaches
-Design treatment plans/goals for case studies based on real patients with attention impairments using best practices

"Updates on the Evaluation and Treatment of Voice and Upper Airway" (90 minutes - 1 1/2 hours)
Edie R. Hapner, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA-F
This presentation will capitalize on the participants wealth of knowledge regarding the swallow to integrate current information on assessment and treatment of voice disorders to inform the development of comprehensive treatment plans. The course will use a socratic case based approach to present often overlooked presentations of laryngeal function to guide treatment decision making.
-Describe perceptual voice qualities that inform clinical hypotheses about laryngeal function
Identify validated tools for use in assessment and outcomes for patients with voice, swallowing and upper airway disorders
-Synthesize information about a case history that includes both swallowing and voice or upper airway symptoms to develop a comprehensive treatment plan

"Understanding the Depth and Breadth of Language Variation" (90 minutes - 1 1/2 hours)*
Paul Reed, PhD, CCC-SLP

Every aspect of language is subject to variation, from lexical items, to phonetic gestures, to pragmatic concerns. Without an understanding of linguistic variation, any language professional may be ill-equipped to fully support all clients, regardless of dialectal background. This talk will provide an overview of the main sources of language variation along with potential impacts on practice, with a focus on Alabama and the American South. Concrete strategies about how professionals can incorporate this knowledge into their practice will also be discussed.
-Classify the major sources of language variation, focusing primarily on features of the US South
-Describe strategies to better accommodate language variation in their practice
-Analyze language variation and describe how a lack of knowledge about variation can and will affect a professional's practice
*Also listed under All Access course description

"Nuts and Bolts of AAC Evaluations" (90 minutes - 1 1/2 hours)*
Kathleen A. Smith, MA, CCC-SLP

Description: This class will provide an overview of AAC evaluations for a variety of populations.
-Identify 3 different distinct AAC populations
-Describe the key components for an AAC evaluation
-Compare access methods for AAC devices
*Also listed under AAC course description

"Coding and Telepractice Update for Speech-Language Pathologists" (60 minutes - 1 hour)*
Neela Swanson, BA

Description:  This course will review coding for virtual assessments and personal protective equipment.  It will also provide an overview of practical considerations for coding and coverage of telepractice services.  The presenter will discuss common questions and provide coding and billing scenarios.
-Describe key speech-language pathology coding and payment policy updates for 2021
-Describe appropriate use of CPT codes for communication technology-based services and PPE
-Identify key coding and payment considerations for providing telepractice
*Also listed under All Access course description

**Note: Two poster presentations geared toward adult discipline are listed under Poster Presentations

Sessions may be listed in multiple places if of interest to multiple disciplines. Additional sessions that cover all disciplines (such as Ethics) are listed on the All-Access Courses Page. Please refer to that page for additional CE opportunities.

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