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Communication Needs of Individuals With Down Syndrome (On Demand Webinar) (PD102692)

Presenter(s): Jennifer Gray, MS, CCC-SLP
Course Description

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Down syndrome is a genetic syndrome characterized by unique anatomical and physiological traits; medical complications affecting movement, respiration, feeding, and metabolism; intellectual disabilities; as well as dysarthria and other communication challenges. This webinar shares evidence-based techniques that target motor speech, voice, fluency, and functional language to maximize intelligibility and comprehensibility of speech and language for individuals with Down syndrome.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of treating individuals with Down syndrome according to shared phenotypes to achieve the best speech and language outcomes
  • Describe strengths-based approaches for addressing speech clarity and functional language use
  • Apply evidence-based techniques using principles of motor speech practice and neuroplasticity

Presenter Information

Jennifer Gray, MS, CCC-SLP, owns and operates Grays Peak Speech Services, LLC, a private practice in Colorado, offering teletherapy and community-based services in early intervention and private practice. She also offers consultations and continuing education opportunities for clinicians working with people with Down syndrome. For over 20 years, she has worked to improve speech clarity and oral functioning for those with moderate to severe communication and feeding needs, while advocating for innovative methods that work. She is a member of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group, the National Down Syndrome Congress, and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to support better speech, language, and feeding guidelines. Speaking regularly to parent groups and clinicians at state and national conferences, as well as through invited podcasts and webinars, allows her to share Down syndrome-specific resources sorely needed by clinicians, teachers, medical professionals, and families around the world. Jennifer continues to seek and develop evidence-based techniques to ensure functional outcomes for educational, social, and independent living success.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Owner of Grays Peak Speech Service, LLC
  • Faculty member for LSVT Global, Inc., and receives lecture honorarium for LSVT LOUD for KIDS training program
  • Financial compensation for continuing education presentations through SpeechTherapyPD
  • Royalties for courses taught through PESI for previously recorded speaking events
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete and submit the learning assessment by March 17, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Live webinar date: March 15, 2023
End date: March 17, 2028

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102692
Available Through: March 17, 2028