Communication Strategies for Patients with Aphasia & Cognitive Disorders for Non-SLPs

$ 40.00

Description: It can be intimidating to do clinical work with a patient who can’t just tell you what they need, where the pain is, or how they feel. This is a common challenge across health care settings and clinical disciplines. This course will highlight how to use multiple modes of communication (verbal, auditory, reading, writing, drawing, gesture) as tools to increase communication effectiveness between health care providers and their patients with communication disorders. Through guided analysis of case studies and videos of patients with a range of communication barriers, participants will practice how to identify a patient’s communication strengths, choose the best tools to capitalize on those strengths, and structure interactions to maximize success across a variety of clinical scenarios.
Instructor: Elissa Larkin, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist, Neurorehabilitation Unit and Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Audience:  Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Nurses, Social Workers

Objectives Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the range of communication modes available to them and to their patients
  • Identify how to evaluate a patient’s communication strengths and weaknesses.
  • Outline how to structure communication with the patient to maximize use of her/his particular communication strengths to better support successful exchanges

Continuing Education Credits

 Athletic Training

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab BOC Approved Provider Number: P794 is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.5 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program. The following continuing education course is considered to be Essential Level.

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-362- 9/01/2017).

This CNE activity is being offered for 1.5 contact hours


Occupational Therapy
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1: Domain of OT, Category 2: OT Process

Physical Therapy
This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

Social Work

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is registered by the State of Illinois to sponsor continuing education programs for social workers.  This program will award 1.5 CEUs.


Online Learning Nurses Occupational Therapists Physical Therapists Social Workers Athletic Trainers