Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD, receive services from a speech-language pathologist, or SLP. As a direct support professional, or DSP, you may need to support a person to participate in SLP services. You may also need to help the therapist understand the person's needs. In this course, you will learn about what speech-language pathology is and how it can benefit the people you support. You will also learn how an SLP's services generally work and what you can do to maximize the benefit to the people you serve.
This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.
Introduction to SLP in IDD
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: What is Speech-Language Pathology?
What Is it?
What Does a Speech-Language Pathologist Do?
Alternative and Augmentative Communication Technology
Swallowing and Feeding Concerns
Section 3: The DSP's Role in Speech-Language Pathology
What Is Your Role?
Let's Meet Angie
A Good Day
Section 4: Conclusion
Diane VanHusen received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She has over 35 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, early intervention teacher, IDD case manager, and executive director for an ICF/IID facility. She has developed and provided training on a variety of topics related to intellectual and developmental disability services.Expert Reviewer: 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 Aegis Therapies, 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.
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