Bridging the Gap: Supporting Those with Communication Challenges in the Rehabilitation Setting

Craig Rehab U November 2020 Webinar


This free webinar will explore the theory and practical application of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) throughout a person's inpatient rehabilitation program. The speakers will discuss how providing maximum possible communication for all patients at all times improves patient engagement and results in:

  • improved outcomes while mitigating long-term costs;
  • lowering the amount of burden placed on caregivers;
  • providing the best opportunity for assessment and treatment.

The webinar will also look at access to AAC and treatment applications.

About the Speakers

Mrs. Sarah Foley is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Professional at Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She has worked with individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) for the past 15 years and has been a member of Craig’s Assistive Technology Team for the past 7 years. Ms. Foley’s most recent work is focused on growing the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication methods within the acute rehabilitation setting to improve short-term patient-provider communication, support language rehabilitation after an injury, and meet the long-term needs of individuals.

Ms. Erin Leary is a Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) at Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Erin’s role provides an additional service to patients with complex communication needs in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Craig Hospital’s AAC program focuses on maximizing a patient’s ability to communicate with those around them. Erin works with patients ranging from those with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) to cognitively-intact patients that have lost their ability to communicate via spoken modalities.


CEU Credits

Craig Rehab U has partnered with CEU Institute to offer courses via live webinar. Courses are one hour in length.

‪Craig Rehab U webinars provide credit* for: Workers' Compensation Adjusters, Social Workers, Nurses (except IA), Certified Case Managers, Speech Language Pathologists and Certified Rehab Counselors are eligible for 1 CE credit for each 1 hour course.**

*Credits will be provided by our partner, CEU Institute.

** Credits for ‪Nurses: RN, LPN, ARNP and CNA (all states except IA) CCM, and CRC: Nationwide

‪Adjusters: AK, AL, AR, CA, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MN, MS, MT, NC, NH, OK, TX, UT, WY ‪

(Certificates Only): AZ, CO, CT, DC, HI, IA, IL, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, WI, WV

Speech Language Pathologists: AK, CA, CO, KS, MO, MT, NV, ND, SD,TX