The Role of the SLP in the Intensive Care Unit – Managing Delirium-Cognition, Communication, Dysphagia

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Presenter: Amber Edwards, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2022

: 5:30pm

Workshop: 5:45pm - 9:00pm

Member: $60.00

Student Member: $25.00

Non-Member Professional: $85.00

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Amber Edwards, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS, will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for her presentation.


Amber Edwards, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS, has no non-financial relationships to report.


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Caitlin Saxtein, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS, Director of Speech-Language Pathology


The speech language pathologist (SLP) plays a crucial role in early intervention and rehabilitation of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Early intervention begins with early identification of patients in the ICU who are candidates for SLP intervention (e.g., tracheostomized and mechanically ventilated). Speech language pathologists in the ICU address the domains of delirium, cognition, communication, and swallowing. This session will focus on the importance of early intervention, speech language pathology presence in the ICU, and evidence-based assessment and intervention. 


Amber Edwards, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS is a Senior medical speech language pathologist and Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) who works with adults in acute care and inpatient rehab. Amber also works with the pediatric population in home health care. Amber received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Her passions include improving patient outcomes for individuals with critical illness in the intensive care unit, dysphagia management, and patient advocacy. Amber teaches undergraduate coursework at her alma mater and supervises graduate student clinicians and clinical fellows. Amber is a two-time recipient of the ACE Award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for excellence in continuing education. Amber is a member of SIG 13 - Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Amber presents at national, state, and local levels. In her free time, Amber enjoys spending time with her two dogs and tending to her plants.

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Learning Objectives

Participants will:

1.    Explain the importance of speech language pathology and early intervention in the intensive care unit.
2.    Describe the role of the speech language pathologist for managing delirium/cognition, communication, and dysphagia in the intensive care unit.
3.    Identify various assessment and intervention techniques utilized for critically ill patients in the intensive care unit.


5:30 – 5:45        Registration
5:45 – 6:15        The Importance of Speech Language Pathology and Early Intervention in the Intensive Care Unit.
6:15 – 7:15        Intensive Care Unit Basics: Statistics, Lines/Tubes/Drains, Ventilators
7:15 – 7:30        BREAK
7:30 – 8:00        Assessment in the ICU: Delirium, Cognition, Communication, Dysphagia
8:00 – 8:45        Treatment in the ICU: Delirium, Cognition, Communication, Dysphagia
8:45 – 9:00        Questions and Answers 


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July 20th, 2022 5:30 PM through  9:00 PM
Zoom Webinar
United States
Event Fee(s)
Professional Fee $85.00
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