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Maximizing Outcomes for Medically Complex Patients of All Ages

August 4–16, 2021 | An Online Conference for SLPs

With online conferences you get the convenience of at-home learning combined with real-time access to speakers. Add these dates and times to your schedule!

All times listed are Eastern time.

For this online conference, you may earn CE credit for reading the transcript of a live chat if you are unable to attend. We encourage participants to attend live if at all possible, but if you have a schedule conflict, please post a question on the discussion board and then read the chat transcript before the last day of the conference. You may claim credit whether your question is addressed or not.

Monday, August 9, 2021
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Yun Kim, MS, OTR/L, Panayiota Senekki-Florent, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, and Hallie Lenker, PT, DPT
Topic: Collaboration on the Pediatric ICU Rehab Team
12 p.m. (noon) – 1 p.m. Lindsay R. James Riegler, PhD, CCC-SLP
Topic: Approaches to Lifelong Care for Adults With Complex Medical Conditions
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Molly Knigge, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Topic: Dysphagia Management for Medically Complex Patients in Acute Care
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)  Maura Collins, MS, CCC-SLP
Topic: Treatment Approaches for Children With Complex Medical Conditions
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Jennifer Casteix, MS, CCC-SLP
Topic: SLPs in the NICU: Supporting Infants and Their Families
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Aneesha Virani, PhD, CCC-SLP
Topic: Supporting Medically Complex Patients Through Effective, Multidisciplinary Management
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Shannon Butkus, PhD, CCC-SLP, and Dee Adams Nikjeh, PhD, CCC-SLP
Topic: Medically Complex Patients: Coverage of and Payment for SLP Services
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, PhD, CCC-SLP, SLP(C)
Topic: Managing Dysphagia in Patients With COVID-19 in Acute Care and Beyond
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.  Sejal Shah, MD
Topic: Psychosocial Consequences of Prolonged Hospital Stays
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Dana Kilonsky, MA, CCC-SLP, and Deadria Clarke, RRT
Topic: Rehab Considerations for Adults With Complex Medical Conditions in the ICU
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Tami Altschuler MA, CCC-SLP
Topic: AAC for Patients in Critical and Acute Care Settings
Thursday, August 12, 2021
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tiffany M. Mohr, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS
Topic: The Role of the SLP in Palliative Care
Friday, August 13, 2021
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon) Paula Leslie, PhD, MA Bioethics, FRCSLT, CCC-SLP
Topic: Supporting People With Chronic Dysphagia
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Kristin King, PhD, CCC-SLP
Topic: Team-Based Decision-Making With Patients on Mechanical Ventilation
Monday, August 16, 2021
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.  James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Topic: Realistic, Functional Interventions and Collaborative Services for Medically Complex Patients
"I really liked that I could chat with the presenters after I watched the lecture. This is something you might not even be able to do at [in-person] conferences."
Past ASHA Professional Development online conference participant
"The chats are wonderful!! You not only get to have your questions answered but you get to see others' questions and follow their line of thinking!"
Past ASHA Professional Development online conference participant


  • Chats are live, text-based (no audio), and last for 1 hour.
  • Chat times are preset; clear your schedule now so you can participate in each one.
  • Listen to the lecture before participating.
  • Have your questions ready so you can get the answers you need!

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