Links & Resources

***This list is ever-evolving, and does not constitute endorsements/promotions.***


AAC TechConnect: a wealth of information, including: comparisons and reviews of devices, information on workshops, the run-down on types of devices (dynamic display, integrated system, text-to-speech, digitized (simple and more complex), apps, and forms and templates (music to our busy clinician ears!).

Gallio, R. & Symonds, B. (2004).  A discussion paper on the convergence of AAC devices and laptops.

Simplified Technology: many useful resources, especially the description of partner-assisted scanning (PAS) as a technique.

UW AugComm: excellent resources for learning or brushing up on the communication independence continuum of AAC users, understanding and matching AAC features to clients’ communication profile, and selecting vocabulary.


Aphasia & AAC

ASHA AAC Resources

Funding AAC

Locked-In Syndrome & AAC

Text-to-Speech Resources

Vocabulary Selection Resources


Apps & Tech


Bilingualism/Multilingualism/Cultural Diversity

Billing & Coding

Blogs & Social Media Relevant to SNF/LTC

Books – the Must-Haves for SNF/LTC

  • Bayles, Kathryn, & Tomoeda, Cheryl. (2014). Cognitive-Communication Disorders of Dementia: Definition, Diagnosis, and Treatment (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
    • By the developers of the ABCD and the FLCI. Excellent resources for differential diagnosis of the cognitive-communicative profiles of different dementias. Essential guidance on care-planning and Medicare-compliant skilled documentation for individualized evaluation and treatment of dementia.
  • Beukelman, David, Garrett, Kathryn, & Yorkston, Kathryn. (2007). Augmentative Communication Strategies for Adults with Acute or Chronic Medical Conditions. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
    • Thorough resource (including CD-ROM with printable forms) for the following diagnoses: brainstem impairment, spinal cord injury, TBI, severe aphasia, primary progressive aphasia, dementia, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and head & neck cancer.
  • Bourgeois, Michelle. (2014). Memory & Communication Aids for People with Dementia. Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press, Inc.
    • Incredibly useful! By the researcher who literally wrote the book on memory books. Downloadable resources to aid construction and training of individualized memory aids for person-centered care.
  • Butler, Lanny, & Brizendine, Kari. (2005). My Past is Now My Future: A Practical Guide to Dementia Possible Care. Lynchburg, VA: Warwick House Publishing.
    • An incredible testament to person-centered dementia care by an OTR/L who runs dementia care facilities and who himself has dementia. If you have the chance to see Lanny Butler present, don’t miss it!
  • Carl, Lynette, and Johnson, Peter. (2006). Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medication Can Affect Eating and Swallowing. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.
    • The title really says it all! No SNF/LTC SLP should be without this book.
  • Duffy, Joseph. (2013). Motor Speech Disorders: Substrates, Differential Diagnosis, and Management (3rd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.
    • The authoritative text on motor speech disorders. Includes a wealth of web-based audio & video resources to train your ear for conducting the gold-standard perceptual evaluation of motor speech disorders.
  • Panus, Peter, Katzung, Bertram, Jobst, Erin, Tinsley, Suzanne, Masters, Susan, & Trevor, Anthony. (2009). Pharmacology for the Physical Therapist. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
    • SLPs, ignore the “physical therapist” in the title and invest in this book. Fabulous overview of pharmacology followed by chapters on drugs that affect specific systems (cardiovascular, central nervous, endocrine, muskuloskeletal).
  • Sohlberg, McKay Moore & Turkstra, Lyn S. (2011). Optimizing Cognitive Rehabilitation: Effective Instructional Methods. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
    • A well-organized and highly readable explanation of the theory behind learning specifically for cognitively impaired individuals, and practical resources to use in your practice with this population.
  • Swigert, Nancy. (2007). The Source for Dysphagia (3rd ed.). East Moline, IL: Linguisystems, Inc.
    • Excellent resource for evidence-based dysphagia management in SNF/LTC. Includes many printable resources, including handouts for patients, caregivers, and interdisciplinary team members. Addresses the nuances of ethically challenging situations in this area of care.
  • Yorkston, Kathryn, Miller, Robert, Strand, Edith, & Britton, Deanna. (2013). Management of Speech and Swallowing Disorders in Degenerative Diseases (3rd ed.). Austin, TX: PRO-ED, Inc.
    • Super-handy reference for what to expect with mild, moderate, and severe deficits in speech and swallowing in ALS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and MS. Includes tables summarizing evidence for treatment techniques, rating scales, clinical exam forms and checklists, and a CD of patient/caregiver handouts. A goldmine for SLPs in SNF/LTC.

Cognitive-Communication Disorders

Continuing Education




Diet & Liquid Texture


Oral Care

Eldercare & Gerontology

Ethics & Workplace Issues

Evidence-Based Practice, Practice-Based Evidence and Knowledge Translation–coming soon

Head & Neck Cancer–coming soon

Hearing Loss–coming soon

Laryngectomy–coming soon


Parkinson’s Disease

Patient, Family, & Caregiver Education

Prosthetics for Speech, Swallowing, & Voice–coming soon

Tracheostomy & Ventilator Dependence–coming soon

Traumatic Brain Injury–coming soon

Voice–coming soon

Have we missed a great resource? Please contact us and let us know!


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