Message Banking

Preserving Self with Message Banking When Losing Ability to Speak – November 10, 2016

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenter: John Costello, MA, CCC-SLP

Facilitator: Sarah Blackstone, PhD, CCC-SLP

USSAAC Committee: Wendy Quach, Lateef McLeod, Amanda Hettenhausen, Sarah Blackstone, Lisa Timm, and Amy Goldman

Seminar Highlights: Through case video and case presentation, this course details a model for introducing and implementing “message banking” with a person’s own voice, developed in both a pediatric and adult clinical practice at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Implementation of the model for both pediatric short-term AAC system needs and adult permanent AAC system needs is delineated.  In addition, terminology and classification of vocabulary selection is highlighted.

People with progressive neurodegenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, those with head-neck cancer requiring total glossectomy and total laryngectomy or those with planned hospital procedures requiring intubation or vent dependency may be good candidates for Message Banking in their own voice.

For more information, please visit the USSAAC website.