Collaborative Practice in SNFs: SLPs Supporting People with Dementia

Presented by Natalie F. Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Susan Browning, M.A., CCC-SLP

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Course Description

This course will outline practical strategies to support SLPs’ management of cognitive-communication disorders of people living with dementia in SNFs. Special attention will be paid to collaborative practice with CNAs and tools to support best practice implementation and sustainability. Strategies for SLPs to position themselves as key members of the healthcare team will be provided.
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Meet Your Presenter

Natalie Douglas is Lead Collaborator at Practical Implementation Collaborative, editor at the Informed SLP, and a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Central Michigan University. Her work aims to advance best, person-centered practices in communication and quality of life for people with dementia, aphasia, and other communication disorders in adults through implementation science. Susan Browning, M.A., CCC-SLP RAC-CT has been a practicing clinician, within the field of speech-language pathology, for 20 years. During this time, her focus has been on neuro-diversity within a wide variety of patient populations and clinical needs. When working with clients and their family members, her skilled, therapeutic goals are to find every day successes beyond just the treatment session. This is accomplished by providing practical, person-centered speech, language and swallowing goals, for clients and their families, so that they function at their best. In addition to her clinical practice experience, Susan has earned her Resident Assessment Coordinator (RAC) certification, as an expert in the completion of the Minimum Data Set, or MDS, within the skilled nursing environment. Susan has also recently worked as a clinical education specialist, in which she reviewed documentation, provided training and created educational content to be used by physical, occupational, and speech therapy colleagues who also provide therapy within the long term care setting. Susan has a strong understanding of coding and insurance requirements for skilled therapy services. Susan is a member of the Special Interest Group for Gerontology (SIG 15).


  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe key aspects of implementation practice to support collaborative care when working with CNAs.
  2. Analyze updated management of cognitive-communication disorders of people living with dementia in SNFs through a case example.
  3. Summarize strategies to position SLPs as key members of the healthcare team within the SNF.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Overview of SNF practice for SLPs
  • 0:10 - Key aspects of implementation practice to support collaborative care when working with CNAs
  • 0:25 - Case example including updated management of cognitive-communication disorders of people living with dementia in SNFs
  • 0:40 - Strategies to position SLPs as key member of the healthcare team within the SNF
  • 0:55 - Q/A session
  • 1:00 - End course + exam

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter. Focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of the subject matter.

Target Audience

Speech-language pathologists who work in skilled nursing facilities.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until September 21, 2026.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
  • ASHA member SIG 2, SIG 15.
  • Member of Gerontological Society of America.
  • Affiliated with AphasiaAccess.
  • Affiliated with ACRM (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine).
  • Salary from Central Michigan University.
  • Salary from The Informed SLP.
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Foundation grant funding for research in this area.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • None.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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