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Understanding Picky Eating: Getting Past the "Ick, I Don’t Want That" (Live Webinar)
Event Date: 10/8/2020
Format(s): Live Webinar
This live webinar (October 8, 2020, 1–3 p.m.) will examine the continuum of picky eating and explore reasons why children become “picky” across several developmental domains. The speaker will focus on the oral motor and sensory skills necessary for transitioning from liquids to puree, meltable, and eventually textured table foods within the first year of life. The webinar will present strategies to enable SLPs to identify and treat skill deficits and ultimately decrease the likelihood of a child being labelled as having a “behavioral feeding disorder.”
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Management of Pediatric Aerodigestive Disorders (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning June 25, 2020) will explore various aspects of working with pediatric patients with complex aerodigestive disorders. Speaker Kara Fletcher Larson will discuss the developmental progression to oral feeding, implementing safe feeding plans, weaning from gastrostomy tube feedings, and working within a multidisciplinary team.
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Aspiration Pneumonia Prevention: The Importance of Oral Care
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course focuses on emerging research and changing practices in the management of dysphagia as it relates to aspiration pneumonia prevention and oral care. The presenters review the contribution of oral biofilms to bacterial aspiration pneumonia and systemic health, and discuss the genesis and treatments for aspiration pneumonia. The course describes the national VA deployment of a pneumonia prevention initiative and provides practical instruction in the development of an oral care program participants can use to implement a program in their own facility.
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Palliative Care Perspective on Dysphagia Management
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 13) presents clinicians with information across many aspects of feeding and swallowing. Firstly Kendrea Garand, Taylor Thomas, and Rajarshi Dey discuss the physiology of laterality in the clearance of boluses from the pharynx. Next, Jennifer Wilson, Amanda Simmons, and Jillian McCarthy then take us through an interesting description of speech-language pathologists’ experiences and education in pediatric dysphagia and encourage the incorporation of intensive education in this high-risk topic, via various avenues. In the final three articles, Pamela Smith, Jinxu Bridget Xia, and Claire Radford et al., present an in-depth and elaborate perspective on managing patients with dysphagia through a palliative care lens, across the lifespan.
Dysphagia and Continuum of Care
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 13) include a variety of topics in dysphagia across the age continuum and across the many settings that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) address dysphagia. Parker Huston, Robert Dempster, and Lauren Garbacz provide readers with an overview of common evidence-based psychological techniques used in the treatment of adolescents with feeding disorders, including motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral techniques. The goal of this paper is to provide a high-level overview of these concepts so that providers outside of psychology may utilize some of these techniques in therapy, when referral to a behavioral specialist or psychologist is not feasible. Next, authors Lauren Madhoun and Robert Dempster discuss the psychosocial aspects of feeding in the neonatal intensive care unit NICU and immediately following NICU discharge. Joanne Patterson extends the discussion to the adult population by describing a biopsychosocial intervention that combines cognitive behavioral with dysphagia therapy, termed Cognitive-Behavioral Enhanced Swallowing Therapy (CB-EST) and its application in managing head and neck cancer patients with dysphagia. Finally, authors Kortney Eng, Maria Jose Flores, Elisabeth Gerrity, Nupur Sinha, Katherine Imbeau, Laddie Erbele, and Cary Yeh share details from their study investigating the effect of high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) on swallow physiology in healthy adults. We hope these articles will be of significant value to practicing clinicians and to students learning about dysphagia.
Assessment and Treatment Approaches for Dysphagia Management Across the Lifespan
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 13) articles present clinicians with useful information to help assess and treat feeding and swallowing disorders in a variety of patient populations across the lifespan. Daniel Croake and Vrushali Angadi provide an overview of evidence regarding prophylactic and reactive gastrostomy tubes in individuals with head and neck cancer, to better facilitate joint decision-making of percutaneous gastrostomy (PEG) tube timing with the patient and care team. Hema Desai and Audrey Lim extend the discussion to pediatric dysphagia by summarizing the application of neurobehavioral interventions as part of feeding treatment for infants with congenital heart defects.
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Understanding Picky Eating: Getting Past the "Ick, I Don't Want That" (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning October 10, 2020) will examine the continuum of picky eating and explore reasons why children become “picky” across several developmental domains. The speaker will focus on the oral motor and sensory skills necessary for transitioning from liquids to puree, meltable, and eventually textured table foods within the first year of life. The webinar will present strategies to enable SLPs to identify and treat skill deficits and ultimately decrease the likelihood of a child being labelled as having a “behavioral feeding disorder.”
Current Issues in Dysphagia Management
Format(s): Journal (Online)
This journal self-study emphasizes clinical decision-making in swallowing and dysphagia management. The articles focus on using data to make clinical decisions, finding noninvasive ways to screen healthy adults, and patient-reported side effects and tolerability of a specific assessment technique.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and Other Topics in Dysphagia SIG 13
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 13) articles review the functional anatomy underlying different pharyngeal swallow mechanics and swallowing performance goals, discuss the application of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in the treatment of dysphagia, and provide critical information to help clinicians build assessment skills and provide evidence-based options for mothers who breastfeed their infants.
High-Resolution Pharyngeal Manometry in Dysphagia SIG 13
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 13) articles discuss the use of high-resolution pharyngeal manometry in the assessment and treatment of dysphagia in pediatrics and adults. Additionally, we present an educational piece discussing considerations in clinical decision-making concerning the initiation of safe oral alimentation in patients on high-flow nasal cannula.
Impact of Impaired Anatomy and Physiology on Treatment of Dysphagia in Adults
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course examines the impacts of impaired anatomy and physiology on swallowing safety and efficiency in adults. The course is designed to aid clinicians in managing the evaluation and treatment of adults with oropharyngeal dysphagia. The speaker discusses the functions of specific structures, spaces, and muscles related to swallowing as well as the relationship between esophageal and oropharyngeal signs and symptoms. The course features clearly labeled animations and videos of instrumental studies – e.g., videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing (FEES) – at different speeds to guide clinicians’ ability to interpret the imagery. The course also includes interactive “quizzes” throughout, which provide feedback on application of concepts.
Diet Texture Modifications for Adults With Dysphagia: Improving Swallow Safety and Quality of Life (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar explores texture modifications for foods and liquids and their effects on swallow biomechanics and quality of life for adults with dysphagia. Using clinical scenarios and case studies, presenter Luis Riquelme discusses working with patients to achieve the optimal diet texture modifications to maximize outcomes, including patient compliance and satisfaction.
Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology of the Adult Swallow
Format(s): eWorkshop
This video course introduces the components of the normal adult swallow across all phases. The course features clearly labeled animations and videos of instrumental studies – e.g., videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing (FEES) – at different speeds to guide clinicians’ ability to interpret the imagery. The course also includes interactive “quizzes” throughout, which provide feedback on application of concepts. The course is designed to give clinicians the confidence to discuss normal anatomy and physiology of all phases of adult swallowing with patients, caregivers, and medical professionals, and to use their knowledge to accurately assess swallow function.
Using Exercise-Based Treatments in Dysphagia Intervention
Format(s): Streaming Video
This video course will focus on using evidence-based exercise practices in swallowing rehabilitation. The speaker will discuss the theoretical background and evidence for exercise science and then present exercise-based techniques that SLPs can implement with patients. Specific topics will include motor learning, skill vs. strength training, and muscle structure and function. Specific exercises will be discussed, including isometric lingual strength training, expiratory muscle strength training, chin tuck against resistance, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, and more.
Dysphagia Management: Ethics and Evidence (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar addresses the roles and responsibilities of the SLP – especially when it comes to ethical considerations – in interprofessional management of swallowing and feeding difficulties. The SLP is one cog in a complex machine of stakeholders (including patients, their families, and other professionals) and can be the linchpin in ensuring optimal care.
Getting Started With FEES for Swallowing Evaluations (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will walk SLPs through the procedures used in flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES; also known as fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) to evaluate patients with dysphagia. The course will provide a thorough explanation of the laryngeal and pharyngeal anatomy that can be viewed using FEES and guide attendees through exam interpretation.
Perspectives, SIG 13, Vol. 3, Part 4, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This collection of articles reviews and presents current evidence related to novel treatment approaches in dysphagia management across the lifespan. Georgia Malandraki and Kate Hutcheson begin by providing clinicians with an overview of intensive dysphagia therapy programs; more specifically the Intensive Dysphagia Rehabilitation (IDR) approach and the MD Anderson Swallowing Boot Camp protocol for patients with neurogenic dysphagia and dysphagia after treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC) respectively. Next, Maggie-Lee Huckabee and Emma Burnip summarize the conceptual basis for skill training in dysphagia management and review the existing evidence to support its clinical application. Finally, Emily Zimmerman and Kelsey Thompson extend the discussion to the pediatric population and provide a detailed review of new technologies used for dysphagia management in infants, along with their current evidence collection of articles primarily focused on the evidence-based use of screening techniques to identify swallowing disorders in patients with a variety of medical diagnoses.
Perspectives, SIG 13, Vol. 3, Part 3, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Authors Carmin Bartow, Nina Collins, Eugene Kopp, and Oscar Guillamondegui discuss the goals, development, and benefits of a multidisciplinary tracheostomy team in the acute care setting, while highlighting the role of the speech-language pathologist as an integral member of this team. Next, authors Arwen Jackson, Shaunda Harendt and Christopher Baker provide a review of existing evidence and propose a model of collaborative decision-making to guide clinicians managing swallowing disorders in children with tracheostomies. Further, authors Allison Holman, Gemma Clunie, Justin Roe, and Tessa Goldsmith describe the nature of laryngotracheal stenosis in adults as well as the diagnosis and management options for dysphagia in this population following surgery. Lastly, authors Steven Leder and Heather Warner investigate if clinicians are using evidence from the literature to guide clinical bedside swallow examinations (CSE) by comparing ratings of the exact same swallows from simultaneously recorded CSE and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing assessments.
Special Considerations for Children With Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Feeding and swallowing problems in children take many forms and are often intertwined with other aspects of a child’s development. This journal self-study explores some of these interactions, including the relationship between feeding and swallowing disorders and language impairment, as well as connections between hearing and feeding/ swallowing. The self-study also includes information on how mealtime duration relates to severity of feeding and swallowing problems in children with cerebral palsy, as well as how a family-centered intervention can address mealtime behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder. Clinicians will be able to immediately apply the information in these articles to improve management of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.
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Evaluating Product Characteristics for Infant Feeding and Non-Nutritive Sucking
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Clinical decisions regarding infant feeding not only affect nutritional status but also respiratory function in medically fragile populations. The articles in this journal self-study examine products designed to promote safe infant feeding and sucking patterns. Importantly, they compare and contrast products so that clinicians are equipped to make informed decisions that do not rely on marketing claims. The first two articles focus on bottle nipple characteristics that promote safe milk ingestion and respiratory effects and the third examines a range of pacifiers to determine which characteristics promote the most productive non-nutritive sucking pattern.
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Effects of Lingual Strengthening on Swallowing
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Research into programmed isometric lingual exercise in order to improve swallow function has yielded promising results. This journal self-study examines evidence related to this relatively new therapeutic approach. The first article in this self-study offers a review of the recent literature on isometric lingual tasks across a variety of populations and includes clinical implications based on the findings. The second and third articles are normative studies about adults without diagnosed dysphagia. One explores how tongue strengthening affects mealtime functioning in older, long-term care residents, while the other examines relationships between performance variability, isometric strength, swallowing pressure, age, and gender.
Perspectives, SIG 13, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This collection of articles primarily focused on the evidence-based use of screening techniques to identify swallowing disorders in patients with a variety of medical diagnoses. Kara Maharay and Kelly Salmon reviewed specific dysphagia screening tools for the neurologic population and provided readers with tips for implementing a screening protocol for patients with acute stroke, with a focus on multidisciplinary collaboration. Next, Joy Gaziano and Stephanie Watts provided an overview of the utility of screening for esophageal impairments during videofluoroscopic swallow studies. Mario Alberto Landera, Donna S. Lundy, and Amanda Demane extended the discussion by describing key considerations for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) managing dysphagia in patients with head and neck cancers and the importance of SLP participation in the multidisciplinary head and neck tumor board. Finally, Debra Suiter provided clinicians with an overview of some of the challenges and controversies associated with current dysphagia screening tools.
Perspectives, SIG 13, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The five articles presented in Part 1 elaborated on several vital issues within the topic of dysphagia. Authors Jessica Zarzour, Loretta Johnson, and Cheri Canon discussed strategies to employ to minimize clinician and patient exposure to radiation during a fluoroscopic evaluation of the swallow. In the second article, authors Tsega Temtem and Mark Corkins educated the audience on the development and function of the gastrointestinal tract and the mechanism of digestion of foods into nutrients and waste. Next, author Adele Evans presented an extraordinary perspective of the laryngeal system focusing on the differences between the infant and adult laryngeal anatomy and its subsequent impact on laryngeal function. The application of the popular Ice Chip Protocol and the concept of safe aspiration are discussed by authors Susan Langmore and Jessica Pisegna. Lastly, authors Jamie Mahurin-Smith and Catherine Genna comprehensively highlighted the importance of providing competent assistance to breastfeeding mothers.
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Evaluating Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Infants and Children
Format(s): Streaming Video
This video course presents systematic, evidence-based strategies for carrying out a comprehensive evaluation of infants and children who demonstrate signs of dysphagia and/or broader feeding problems. The course includes detailed discussion and strategies for collecting a child’s relevant history and conducting a physical examination and feeding observation. With a focus on function, the course offers guidance on interpreting evaluation findings and making optimal recommendations for next steps that promote functional outcomes. Video clips of professionals and caregivers working with infants and children, as well as discussion of case studies, enhance the learning experience.
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Management of Swallowing in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer: Fine-Tuning Your Decision-Making
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Clinicians often conduct instrumental evaluations of swallowing for patients who have been treated for head and neck cancer, and making decisions regarding oral vs. non-oral nutrition and specific diet type can be challenging. This webinar will discuss how to make judicious decisions concerning eating and diet, and what variables to incorporate into the decision-making process with this population.
Demystifying Swallowing and Feeding in the School Setting
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Many school-based SLPs recognize a need to identify and treat swallowing and feeding disorders in their school’s student body but are uncertain about how to do this. In some cases, SLPs are unsure exactly how to start and proceed, and in other cases, their supervisors and/or districts are not supportive of these efforts. In this webinar, the presenter will discuss common apprehensions/fears about swallowing and feeding programs in schools and how to alleviate these concerns. She will provide ideas for implementing these programs in schools as well as strategies for gaining support from administrators and others. The webinar will also include suggestions for working as part of a school-based team to identify and treat students who have swallowing and feeding disorders.
Perspectives, SIG 13, Vol. 2, Part 4, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Angela Malek, Kendrea Garand, and John Luque provided a concise overview of the different types of clinical research study designs using examples from the swallowing literature. Joanne Patterson and Camilla Dawson extended the discussion by providing us with tips and tools to critically appraise qualitative literature. Further, Dr. Katherine Hutcheson provided an overview of the basic steps to translate a clinical question into a research question and discussed practical considerations for planning a research study. Dr. Bonnie Martin Harris, Dr. Kendrea Garand, and Dr. Kate Humphries presented a thorough review of the innovation, dissemination and implementation of the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP©TM) for clinicians. Finally, Clare Burns and Laurelie Wall discussed key considerations for speech-language pathologists to use telepractice services in the management of patients with head and neck cancer.
Supporting Early Infant Feeding in the NICU
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
To support infants in the NICU setting and maximize oral feeding outcomes for these babies, SLPs need to consider the maturational status of premature infants, medical conditions of ill newborns, and positive and negative experiences in the NICU. This webinar will address the maturation of the oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal phases of swallowing, which directly affect safety and efficiency, as well as medical conditions that increase an infant’s risk of feeding disorders. We will explore evidence-based interventions designed to improve feeding experiences, taking into account maturational and medical status, and discuss the concept of homeostasis and its importance in the NICU.
Possible Effects of Medication on Communication and Swallowing: What SLPs Need to Know
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Medication can have a significant impact on a client’s swallowing or communication deficit, and this webinar will give SLPs much-needed information to ensure they are considering medication effects when evaluating and treating their clients. The webinar will explore the latest evidence-based research to help SLPs recognize drug interactions and know how and when to report them to a health care team member. The presenter will discuss examples of medication interactions and recommend actions SLPs can take during assessment and treatment to ensure the best outcomes for their clients.
An Expanded Approach to Clinical Practice in Dysphagia
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will explore an expanded approach to dysphagia assessment and treatment designed to maximize an individual’s eating and swallowing safety, efficiency, and pleasure. Traditional management approaches typically view dysphagia as a mechanical and/or physiologic problem. By contrast, the expanded approach explained in the webinar strives to give the clinician a more holistic portrait of the patient’s lived experience with dysphagia. The expanded approach to evaluation incorporates a wider array of measurement tools from across health care domains while maximizing efficiency so the broader assessment does not require additional time. The expanded approach to treatment includes recommendations for diet changes as well as tips for facilitating the use of evidence-based practices.
Assessment and Treatment of Dysphagia in Older Adults
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course includes five recorded sessions from the 2017 online conference “Dysphagia in Older Adults.” These sessions focus on assessment and treatment strategies to optimize outcomes for older adults with dysphagia. The conference included a total of 13 sessions, with the broad goal of giving clinicians new, evidence-based strategies for improving overall quality of life for older adults.
Nutrition and Counseling Considerations for Older Adults With Dysphagia
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course includes four recorded sessions from the 2017 online conference “Dysphagia in Older Adults.” These sessions include points to keep in mind when counseling older adults with dysphagia and their families or caregivers about nutrition, diet, and other topics. The conference included a total of 13 sessions, with the broad goal of giving clinicians new, evidence-based strategies for improving overall quality of life for older adults.
Oral Hygiene in Older Adults: Assessment, Care, and Complications
Format(s): eWorkshop
Inadequate oral hygiene practices can contribute to or result in severe localized and systemic illnesses, significantly altering the health status and well-being of older adults. Care providers must recognize symptoms, conditions, and their potential consequences and elevate routine oral hygiene care to oral infection control programs. This session from the 2017 online conference “Dysphagia in Older Adults” identifies possible oral hygiene complications—from oral pain to pneumonia—and discusses how to recognize and assess them. Speaker John Ashford also addresses the importance of standardized intervention.
Considerations in Dysphagia Management
Format(s): Journal (Online)
This journal self-study course explores some considerations that SLPs who work with specialized patient populations in various health care settings face in dysphagia management. Articles discuss instituting dysphagia exercise programs for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; the injury process and acute care management of individuals with dysphagia due to chemical ingestion; and preliminary evidence concerning new speaking valve technology for patients living with tracheostomy. The final article evaluates from a legal perspective the common practice of encouraging patients who decline dietary restrictions to sign waivers of liability.
Dysphagia Intervention: Planning and Implementation
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course provides an overview of the essential elements of planning and implementing successful dysphagia intervention. The speaker reviews how to select and utilize appropriate treatment strategies and techniques by summarizing specific compensatory, bolus modification, postural, and rehabilitation strategies for oral and pharyngeal dysphagia and discussing the evidence underlying these strategies. The course also reviews what variations in dysphagia management might be needed depending on particular disease stages and processes.
Dysphagia Management: Documentation and Goal Writing
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course provides an overview of the documentation requirements for Medicare reimbursement for dysphagia-related services, including evaluation, treatment plans, treatment notes, progress notes, discharge summaries, and common diagnostic and procedure codes. The speaker discusses frameworks – including the SMART and International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) frameworks – to help focus treatment plans on meaningful, measureable, and functional goals, giving examples of long- and short-term goals. The course also includes tips for streamlining documentation and suggestions for documenting progress to show skilled service.
Fundamentals of Dysphagia Bundle
Format(s): eWorkshop
Designed for clinicians who are new to the area of swallowing disorders – as well as experienced clinicians who want a refresher – this six-course set provides a comprehensive overview of dysphagia assessment and treatment.
Theoretical Basis of Exercise and Treatment of Dysphagia
Format(s): eWorkshop
In order to select the appropriate treatment techniques for oral and pharyngeal dysphagia in adults, clinicians need to understand the physiology of swallowing. This introductory course discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence base for dysphagia treatment and reviews the principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning as they relate to the effects of injury to the central nervous system and the potential results of swallowing intervention. The presenter discusses examples of neuromuscular treatment for pharyngeal dysphagia and gives tips on analyzing evidence and applying a theory-driven approach.
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Pediatric Feeding Assessments and Interventions
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course will focus on managing feeding difficulties in young children ages 1-6 years. The presenter will discuss and demonstrate assessment tools as well as intervention approaches, highlighting evidence-based techniques.
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Reading and Interpreting Videofluoroscopic Studies: A Tutorial
Format(s): Streaming Video
An information-rich videofluoroscopic assessment can help clinicians determine which components of the complex oropharyngeal swallow need to be targeted for intervention. Visualizing all of the elements that contribute to a well-integrated or disordered swallow mechanism requires an ordered and disciplined review. This video course demonstrates methods to enhance clinicians' ability to perform a videofluoroscopic assessment and discern the discrete elements of the oropharyngeal swallow. Participants can practice determining the integrity or disorder of the swallow mechanism by viewing and interpreting case study video.
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Management of Communication and Swallowing Impairments Related to Artificial Airways
Format(s): Streaming Video
Endotracheal tubes, tracheostomy tubes, and ventilator dependency can have adverse effects on communication and swallowing. SLPs who take the lead role in remediating these impairments need to have the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate, safe, and evidence-based interventions. This streaming video course is designed for the SLP who has an interest in post-extubation dysphagia and in communication and swallowing challenges associated with tracheostomy tubes and ventilator dependency. The course will review the literature and present a “how-to” guide for managing these medically complex patients. Medical SLPs will walk away with strategies to best manage their patients who are experiencing complications due to artificial airways.
Adult Swallowing Safety: Impact of Changes to Feeding and Swallowing Processes
Format(s): Journal (Online)
SLPs employ many strategies when working with adults to address feeding and swallowing disorders. From evaluation through treatment, SLPs must consider the impact of alterations to foods, liquids, positioning, and more on swallowing efficiency and safety. This journal self-study investigates what impact the addition of barium to a bolus during a videofluoroscopic swallowing study has on swallowing behaviors; exactly what happens to the swallowing process when the chin-down posture is employed as a compensatory strategy; and how assisted feeding may affect swallowing. Clinicians will come away with a much better explanation of the physiological and functional changes that occur when they make bolus, head position, or feeding situation changes. The articles make specific recommendations about the appropriateness of the chin-down posture for specific types of patients, depending on the difficulties they are having during the swallow. Practical suggestions also are made for how to address some of the problems that are introduced by feeding assistance.
Feeding Tubes in Adults With Advanced Illness: Use, Overuse, and the SLP’s Role
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Studies on feeding tubes in individuals with advanced illness have raised doubts about the long-term benefit and potential overuse of feeding tubes. SLPs are often asked to offer recommendations about a person’s ability to eat and drink by mouth but may be concerned that restrictions on oral intake could lead to the use of feeding tubes. The boundaries of professional roles are often blurred, further complicating the issue. This course addresses the clinical research surrounding the use of feeding tubes, offers evidence-based practice guidelines, and provides solutions to the challenges facing SLPs with regards to feeding tube overuse.
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Causes, Assessment, and Treatment of Esophageal Dysphagia
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Get the essential information you need to assess and treat patients with esophageal dysphagia and know when to refer them for medical evaluation. This webinar will describe anatomy and physiology and discuss disorders of the esophagus that can lead to esophageal dysphagia. The presenter will explain various complementary diagnostic assessments for esophageal dysphagia and delineate the current medical and surgical options for treating esophageal disorders.
Complex Cases in Adult Dysphagia: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Digestive Systems
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course includes four recorded sessions from the 2015 online conference “Complex Cases in Adult Dysphagia.” These sessions focus on the relationships between swallowing and the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems. The conference included a total of 12 sessions, with the broad goal of giving SLPs evidence-based skills to manage tough cases, develop clinical intuition, and determine the most appropriate plan for a patient's individual condition.
Complex Cases in Adult Dysphagia: Special Populations
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course includes four recorded sessions from the 2015 online conference “Complex Cases in Adult Dysphagia.” These sessions focus on assessment and treatment of dysphagia in medically complex patient populations, including individuals with developmental disabilities, people with severe blast-related traumatic brain injury and polytrauma, and patients who have undergone radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. The conference included a total of 12 sessions, with the broad goal of giving SLPs evidence-based skills to manage tough cases, develop clinical intuition, and determine the most appropriate plan for a patient's individual condition.
Complex Cases in Adult Dysphagia: Treating Patients Who Are Critically Ill
Format(s): eWorkshop
This course includes four recorded sessions from the 2015 online conference “Complex Cases in Adult Dysphagia.” These sessions focus on the relationships between swallowing and the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems. The conference included a total of 12 sessions, with the broad goal of giving SLPs evidence-based skills to manage tough cases, develop clinical intuition, and determine the most appropriate plan for a patient's individual condition.
Alaryngeal Speech Options for Laryngectomy Patients
Format(s): Streaming Video
Clinicians working with patients with head and neck cancer need to educate and instruct patients and families pre- and post-surgery to maximize functional outcomes and improve quality of life. To adequately do this, SLPs must know—and be able to explain—the basic alaryngeal speech options available to patients who have undergone laryngectomies. In this session, Barbara Pisano Messing will go over the basics of the three primary types of alaryngeal speech, using anatomical illustrations and video interviews with individuals who have undergone laryngectomies and who use each of the voicing methods.
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Management of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing
Format(s): Streaming Video
This program will focus on problem solving to facilitate safe, efficient, and developmentally appropriate feeding and swallowing in children from infancy to 10 years of age. Using the principles discussed in the program, along with case studies and examples, you will learn how to take a holistic approach to each child in systematically planning an appropriate intervention.
Standardization of Dysphagia Diets: A Model of Successful International Engagement
Format(s): Streaming Video
The labels we use to describe the consistency of liquid or the texture of food used in dysphagia management are subjective, but delivering food or water of inappropriate consistencies presents a serious safety risk. Common terminology with clear definitions, and practical measurement guidelines could improve patient safety. The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) provides a new framework for classifying and labeling food and drink consistency as well as simple tests that can be used by clinicians, food service professionals and caregivers to confirm the characteristics of a food or drink item before it is served to a person with dysphagia. The framework facilitates clear communication across clinicians, hospitals, cities, and international borders and illustrates the practical value of international engagement.

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