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Instructor: Brooke Richardson, MS, CCC-SLP

4 hours  |  0.4 ASHA CEUs  |  self-paced

Pay once & access for a whole year

Trachs and Communication
A Primer for Medical SLPs

Working with patients with trachs can feel overwhelming and, sometimes, scary.  

I remember my first couple of trach patients and how terrified I was that I was going to cause harm because I simply felt that I didn't know what I was doing.  Now that I'm skilled in working with this population, I want to share that information you. 

This comprehensive course arms you with the knowledge you need about trachs including: reasons for trach placement, anatomy of trach tubes, speaking valves, above-cuff vocalization (talking trach), and the how-to's of evaluating and treating communication disorders in patients with trach tubes. Videos demonstrate patients using two different kinds of talking trachs.  

This webinar is highly relevant for SLPs working across the continuum of care including acute care, outpatient, acute and subacute rehab, LTACH, and home health.  

If you enroll TODAY, you'll also receive a free reference guide for trachs!

What you'll learn

  • Differences between speaking valves & above-cuff vocalization for communication
  • All components of a tracheostomy tube 
  • How to identify patient candidates for use of speaking valves and above-cuff vocalization 
  • Indications and contraindications for speaking valves and above-cuff vocalization 
  • Considerations for troubleshooting challenges with speaking valves and above-cuff vocalization 

ASHA CEUs / Continuing Education

  • This course is 4 hours long (4 PDH / professional development hours) and is registered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs. Partial credit is not offered.
  • All participants who meet course requirements receive a certificate of completion, regardless of ASHA CE reporting status.
  • If you want your participation in this course reported to ASHA for CEUs, you must select that option at checkout. It's not possible to change your mind later.
  • ASHA CEU reporting offered for this course until: Nov. 28, 2026.

Do you want a sneak peek ?
Watch this video.

What SLPs say about this course

While this course was very detailed and informative, it was also presented in a way that was easy to digest and easy to apply immediately.

I took this course while I had a patient with a tracheostomy on my caseload and was immediately able to confidently apply the information within our treatment session the very next day.

I highly recommend this course for any medical SLP who may be newer to this field as I have gained so much knowledge just from this one course!

Rachel H.
SNF and Acute Care SLP

The Presenter

Brooke Richardson, MS, CCC-SLP is a Medical Speech-Language Pathologist in the United States. She's been treating adults with complex medical needs in the acute and outpatient settings since 2009. She has been instrumental in establishing Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) programs in multiple hospitals and other healthcare settings, and has spoken internationally on RMT.  Brooke values exceptional-quality continuing education for other MedSLPs, and seeks to improve our patient care by emphasizing the importance of understanding a patient's whole medical picture when evaluating and treating.

When she's not teaching SLPs or seeing medically-complex patients, Brooke spends most of her time spending quality time with her husband and daughter, drinking coffee, and dreaming of her next vacation destination.

Pay just once and get unlimited access all courses for a whole year!

If you want ASHA CE reporting, you must select the option including ASHA CE reporting.


$ 95 USD

  • 4 hours of premium education
  • Certificate of completion
  • Unlimited 1-year access


$ 120 USD

  • 4 hours of premium education
  • Certificate of completion
  • Unlimited 1-year access
  • ASHA CE reporting

Policies & FAQs

This course does not include a Facebook group, email follow-up questions, or any 1:1 access to the instructor. Because of this, the course is priced accordingly and contains comprehensive information and resources.

You are invited to get further guidance for your questions using the following options:

  1. Subscribe to SLP Mentor in My Pocket (tap here)
  2. Book Brooke for a private 1:1 virtual consultation (tap here)

If you have a disability and may need accommodations, please email before registering for the course. If reasonable accommodations will allow you to complete the course, we will make them.

No refunds for webinars. No refunds for participants who enroll without agreeing to terms of use. You must complete the course within the time frame indicated at enrollment; course access will automatically expire after that time.

If a participant is unable to complete a course, no refunds are offered. If the Instructor and/or MedSLP Consultants must cease offering the course at any time, enrolled participants will be given 30-days notice to complete the course prior to termination of access. 

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