Multiple Sclerosis: Evaluation Considerations for the SLP

Multiple Sclerosis: Evaluation Considerations for the SLP 

This course provides speech-language pathologists with an understanding of how multiple sclerosis (MS) impacts speech, language, cognition, and swallowing. Learners will understand how to perform a comprehensive assessment of patients with MS and address short- and long-term needs associated with this chronic and often progressive disease. Interprofessional team involvement to achieve best outcomes will be discussed.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional Area).

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-MSPGSLP
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Summarize the three types of multiple sclerosis and their typical presentation.
Identify how multiple sclerosis impacts speech, language, cognition, and swallowing.
Describe at least three evaluation strategies to assess the impact of multiple sclerosis on speech, language, cognition, and swallowing.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Overview

Description of Multiple Sclerosis




Types of MS


Typical SLP Evaluation and Treatment

Meet Jennifer


Section 3: SLP Evaluation for Dysarthria


Dysarthria Assessment

Jennifer’s Speech Concern


Section 4: SLP Evaluation for Language and Cognitive Deficits

Hearing Assessment

Is There a Language Deficit?

Language Deficits

Language Assessment

Cognitive-Communicative Deficits

Cognitive-Communicative Assessment

Jennifer’s Speech, Language, and Cognitive Diagnosis


Section 5: SLP Evaluation of Dysphagia


Dysphagia Screening

Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO) Measures

Dysphagia Assessment

Jennifer’s Swallowing Ability


Section 6: Additional Considerations

Interprofessional Team Collaboration

Medical Treatments

Community Resources and Support

Jennifer’s Concern


Section 7: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Instructor: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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