Communicate and Connect: Using Technology with Aphasia

presented by Megan Sutton MS

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Aphasia can be a very isolating condition, stripping people of both their communication and their social connections. Speech-language pathologists can help people with aphasia use technology to make gains in quality of life and life participation. This course will show you how to help enhance the communication of your clients, covering both dedicated AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) apps and creative use of built-in apps and accessibility features of mobile devices. Learn how social media, games, and mobile devices can also improve social connection. This course moves beyond impairment-based therapy to look at the way technology can help our clients in their everyday lives.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Megan Sutton MS, CCC-SLP

    Megan Sutton, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and the director and app designer for Tactus Therapy, a leading developer of apps for adult speech therapy. Megan earned a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University after studying linguistics at Rutgers. She has worked passionately with adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders for over 13 years in inpatient and outpatient settings, specializing in the assessment and treatment of aphasia. Megan is a frequent presenter on the topic of using apps in adult rehab and is a co-author of "Healing the Broken Brain", a book about stroke recovery. Megan is a clinical faculty member of the University of British Columbia and serves as a consultant to several local aphasia programs. She is a member of ANCDS and AphasiaAccess and was the recipient of the 2015 Honours of the Association awarded by BCASLPA.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Life Participation with Aphasia

    1. Life Participation with Aphasia

    The ultimate goal of speech therapy is to get people with aphasia more engaged in their lives and there are many ways we can go about doing this. See how the life participation approach to aphasia can be used in therapy to set goals in all domains.

  2. Communicate - Apps for AAC

    2. Communicate - Apps for AAC

    AAC should be part of every aphasia therapy plan, but that doesn’t always mean using a high-tech communication app. This chapter will review the types of AAC that work best with aphasia and explore some of the technology-based apps and tools available to use.

  3. Improving Social Connections

    3. Improving Social Connections

    Technology connects us more than ever before. See how social media, games and mobile devices can be used to help people with aphasia feel less isolated and give them natural opportunities to practice.