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Involving Caregivers in Speech Therapy

presented by Ruth Stoeckel

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Financial: Ruth Stoeckel receives an honorarium from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Ruth Stoeckel has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Why is it important to encourage caregiver involvement speech therapy? This course, with Dr. Ruth Stoeckel, provides a rationale for involving caregivers in therapy, as well as strategies for involving caregivers and special considerations for the school-aged population in particular. The course begins with an explanation and research on why caregivers should be involved in therapy, and an outline of the challenges involved in including caregivers. Dr. Stoeckel then provides specific strategies for practicing SLPs to use to solicit and encourage caregiver involvement, as well as examples of involving caregivers in therapy. The course concludes with a Q&A session with a practicing SLP to further address the challenges of involving caregivers in speech therapy.

Meet Your Instructor

Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP

Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and specializes in the assessment and intervention of children with apraxia of speech. With 30 years of experience, Dr. Stoeckel has delivered services to children in schools, outpatient clinics, and rehabilitation hospital settings. She is often asked to render 2nd…

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1. Why Should Caregivers be Involved in Treatment of Speech-Language Disorders?

The first chapter of this course provides an evidence-based rationale for involving caregivers in therapy. Dr. Stoeckel also examines clinician-caregiver perspectives that may influence caregiver involvement to set the stage for the “how” of increasing caregiver environment.

2. Challenges of Including Caregivers

What are the obstacles to involving caregivers in therapy? In the second chapter of this course, Dr. Stoeckel describes the challenges that are inherent to involving caregivers with varying perspectives, external time constraints, and other barriers to involvement.

3. How to Include Caregivers

In this chapter, Dr. Stoeckel describes the “how” of involving caregivers. She begins by identifying factors that influence involvement, and then describes activities that can be used to involve caregivers and maximize engagement.

4. Examples of Caregiver Involvement

This chapter uses case examples to help participants recognize how involvement can and must be individualized for each child and family situation.

5. Q&A

In this chapter, Ruth Stoeckel sits down with a practicing SLP to further discuss challenges to including caregivers in speech therapy.