Evidence Based Cognitive Communication Treatment-Parkinsons Patients

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Presenter: Aimee Mooney, MS, CCC-SLP

Parkinsons Disease is a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects 1.5 million people with an additional 60,000 new diagnoses made annually. Over 85 percent of the diagnoses are made in individuals over age 50. With the Baby Boomers increasing in age, Speech and Language Pathologists need to be ready to treat this population.

The presentation of the disease is individualized and multifaceted, including both motor and non motor symptoms.  It is unpredictable and complex, with progression leading to increased disability. Parkinsons Disease moves through Stages and has impact on cognition, communication, voice and swallow function. This course will provide you with a foundational understanding of the etiology of PD and its subsequent effect on function. It will introduce the tools you need to address each of these above domains during the stage progression. You will have up to date information on the best evaluation and assessment tools for this population. You will learn about recent, evidence-based treatments for cognition and voice. You will develop confidence in understanding the role of the SLP in leading coordinated team treatment of patients with Parkinsons and Parkinsons plus Syndromes.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1.  State the Scope of Service of SLPs working with Patients with Parkinsons Disease ie, Cognitive, Communication, Swallow, Voice and Language
  2.  Demonstrate knowledge of at least 2 evidence-based treatments for cognitive deficits associated with Parkinsons Disease
  3.  Identify effective direct and indirect treatments for patients with PD
  4.  Demonstrate knowledge of evidence based treatments for voice impairments associated with Parkinsons Disease
  5.  Identify key components of care provider home care staff training for effective carryover of cognitive communication strategies or safe swallow strategies.
About Aimee: Aimee R. Mooney is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with over 24 years of clinical experience specializing in Communication and Cognitive Rehabilitation. Her clinical expertise is in  working with people with neurological illness/injury: Stroke, Brain Injury, Parkinson's disease,  Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  The focus of her research is  helping people find and use communication supports for cognition, language or speech. Aimee  joined  OHSU in 1999 with the NIDRR sponsored Oregon Traumatic Brain injury Model Systems  (OTBIMS) Project.  Aimee is an enthusiastic instructor, speaking frequently as a member of OHSU TeamPD and as adjunct faculty member in the department of Speech and Hearing  Sciences at Portland State University.From treating patients to advocating for best practices  to instruction, Aimee has developed a life-long passion for helping adults to maximize recovery from injury or adapt to disease or degenerative illness. 
Additional Information

This course is offered for  0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional area)

Course Timeline:

05 min Intro

20 min The Basics Parkinsons Disease

10 min Parkinsons Plus Syndromes

50 min SLP Scope of Service in PD Cognition

30 min SLP Scope of Service in PD Communication

25 min SLP Scope of Service in PD Voice

20 min SLP Scope of Service in PD Swallow

20 min Team Treatment in PD

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Aimee Mooney is a speaker for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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