Break Out Session: Access to Communication!: How Speech Pathologists Use Tools to Help People with Cerebral Palsy Communicate

This session will help people understand what Speech Pathologists offer in evaluation and treatment to help people communicate the best that they can. Attendees will get to see several different types of augmentative alternative communication tools including tolls that are no-tech and some that are high tech. They will hear the personal expirence of someone using a high tech device. It is hoped that attendees might feel comfortable sharing experience they have had using augmentative alternative communication tools and devices.


About Ashley

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Ashley Couture is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Therapy Research Educator at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She specializes in neurologic rehabilitation, Augmentative Alternative Communication/Assistive Technology and voice. Her research interests include models of intervention for Assistive Technology, outcomes measures and standards of practice in Speech Language Pathology. She provides assessment and intervention for individuals who are transgender, those with progressive neurological illness such as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson’s disease, and individuals who have sustained brain injury including concussion, chemo toxicity, traumatic brain injury and stroke.  

In her practice, Ashley works to help each individual find their true voice and to remove barriers to their participation in life that may be created by differences in communication. Ashley is driven to participate in research and teaching that promotes translation of evidence into everyday practice for the betterment of the patients she serves.

Learn more about speech language pathology at the UVM Medical Center.