AAC Clinical Decision Making for Persons With ALS The authors thank the Muscular Dystrophy Association for funding the clinical program that supports our research. We appreciate the support and encouragement of persons with ALS and their family members. This publication was produced in part under Grant #H133E980026 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2002
AAC Clinical Decision Making for Persons With ALS
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Laura J. Ball
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • David R. Beukelman
    University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Gary Pattee
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2002
AAC Clinical Decision Making for Persons With ALS
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2002, Vol. 11, 7-13. doi:10.1044/aac11.1.7
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2002, Vol. 11, 7-13. doi:10.1044/aac11.1.7
The authors thank the Muscular Dystrophy Association for funding the clinical program that supports our research. We appreciate the support and encouragement of persons with ALS and their family members. This publication was produced in part under Grant #H133E980026 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the grantee and do not necessarily reflect those of NIDRR or the Department of Education. The project was also supported in part by the Barkley Trust.
This article will focus on description of speech symptoms frequently identified in persons with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A brief summary of neurological bases for the changes observed, difficulty in definitive diagnosis, and need for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is discussed. We present data obtained from the Nebraska ALS Database and provide a rationale for timing of appropriate AAC interventions based upon outcome measures obtained in the database. Finally, we present a case study that exemplifies the suggested interventions.
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