November 4, 2022 - 9:00 am

Tackling the Terrors of Tracheostomy Patients: Assessment and Treatment Considerations

This training is open to THERAPY 2000 / Green Apple therapists (in-person & web/stream), as well as therapists who do not work for T2K/GAT (in-person ONLY).

Audience: OT, PT, ST

CEU Hours: 3 Hours approved by TSHA, TOTA, TPTA

Time: 9:00am – 12:15pm


Note: Web/live stream only available for T2K/GAT therapists

Location for in person attendance: Catholic Life Building – 1635 NE LOOP 410, San Antonio, TX 78209

Facilitators: Amelie Villarreal Stacy MS CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT; Marisa Earley, MD; Bianca Gonzalez MOT, OTR, CNT


Patients who require tracheostomy as an artificial airway or for the purposes of access, demand both complex knowledge and skill for assessment and intervention from the treating therapist. Many times, when a patient is referred for therapy, feelings of fear, inadequacy, or incompetency surface, most likely resulting in poor health care outcomes for our most critical patients.

In this course, you will hear and learn from both pediatric, acute occupational and speech therapists as well as a pediatric otolaryngologist. They will be providing foundational information including indications for trach placement, advancement of plans of care while in-patient, and assessment and treatment considerations of the trach patient in both the acute and outpatient settings. While we all understand a tracheostomy tube can have effects on speech and swallowing, positioning, handling, and considerations for the OT and PT will also be reviewed. This is one you don’t want to miss!


  1. Identify at least 6 anatomical markers of the laryngotracheal anatomy
  2. Describe 3 indications for tracheostomy tube placement
  3. Identify and name 3 different respiratory devices and/or accessories for the tracheostomy patient
  4. Explain the simple mechanics of ventilation and 1 impact on speech, positioning, and development
  5. List at least 2 assessment and 2 treatment considerations for the tracheostomy patient with dysphagia


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