Conditions We Treat

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Potential candidates for AAC assessment and intervention in the ICU/acute care setting may include patients who have:

  • Baseline speech, language, and/or communication deficits:

    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Duchene Muscular Dystrophy
    • SMA Types I, II, III
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • CHARGE syndrome
    • Congenital Deafness
    • Developmental Delay
    • Speech-language delay
    • Trisomy 21
    • Previous neurological injury
    • DiGeorge Syndrome (Velocardiofacial Syndrome; 22q11.2 deletion)
    • Intellectual disability
    • Selective mutism
    • Motor impairment that reduces ability to access the standard nurse-call system
    • Non-English speakers
    • Other
  • Acute onset communication vulnerabilities which include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • New tracheostomy
    • Intubation or other forms of mechanical ventilation
    • Medical procedure, treatment, or device that impedes a patient’s ability to effectively speak (e.g.. jaw fixation, complex dental procedures, swelling, etc.)
    • Neurological injury, aphasia
    • Aphonia or new onset vocal cord paresis
    • Dysarthria
    • Altered mental status
    • Psychiatric disorder
    • Decreased motor skills needed to effective use and access the nurse call system
  • High risk for communication vulnerabilities

    • Risk for intubation or other form of mechanical ventilation
    • Anticipated tracheostomy
    • Changing neurological status
    • Future medical procedures or treatments that may impede a patients’ ability to effectively speak or communicate
    • Degenerative condition
  • Patients undergoing palliative care and end of life care

    • People living with life threatening illness that may impact effective expressive and receptive communication
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