Dysphagia Therapy Sessions | ASHA Convention 2015

By October 20, 2015 ASHA, CEU, Dysphagia No Comments

Sandwiched between the blazing summer and chilly winter, fall is the season of ‘change’. It ushers in changes in the temperature, the color of the leaves, changes in daylight and the foods we eat. Bringing in a sense of splendor and jubilation along with these changes, fall is certainly my favorite time of the year. This year, the notion of ‘change’ is being embraced by the ASHA Convention as well, with its thought-provoking theme, “Changing Minds. Changing Lives. Leading the Way.” The theme touches on the various ways that change relates to the professional life of all those in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Fall 2015 promises to be so exciting; I can hardly wait.

This year, I’m especially excited to attend, since both the proposals I sent were accepted by the ASHA Convention Committee. I am so grateful and honored to be presenting a poster on ‘Integrating Lab Values Into the Clinical Practice of the Medical SLP’ (Session Code 7733, Poster Board 258) and my very first oral seminar, with my friend and colleague Yvette McCoy, MS,CCC-SLP, BCS-S, titled ‘Gauging the Aging Swallow: Clinical Considerations for the Speech-Language Pathologist’ on Friday, November 13th from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Session code 1519). It will be great to see some familiar faces in the crowd.

As a medical SLP, currently pursuing my Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), I am particularly interested in attending sessions related to dysphagia in adults this year. As I began browsing through the multitude of sessions using ASHA’s online Program Planner, I was amazed to see a total of 155 sessions being presented in this topic area.

After reviewing each one of these in detail, I made a list of my ‘Top 10 ASHA’15 Seminars for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in Adults’. There are so many sessions that all seem so interesting and informative (including those in the topic area of pediatric dysphagia and several poster sessions as well). Narrowing it down to a list of top 10 seminars (that don’t overlap timings) was immensely challenging; but since I had to choose, here are the ones I am most excited to attend.

Swallowing after Head & Neck Cancer Graduate Review

Session Code: SC23
Day/Time: Friday, November 13, 2015 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Embassy Suites Denver: Crystal C
Format: Short Course (additional cost for attendance)
Presenters: Kate Hutcheson (MD Anderson Cancer Ctr), Cathy Lazarus (Icahn Sch of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Abstract: This session is developed by, and presenters invited by SIG 13: Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia). A description of comprehensive management of dysphagia in patients with head and neck cancer across the continuum of survivorship: prevention to management of late-onset dysphagia. Cases will exemplify those most commonly encountered with emphasis on distinct tumor sites and contemporary treatment modalities including transoral surgeries and highly conformal radiation methods.

What’s Wrong With My Patient? Esophageal Disorders & the Effects of Human Aging on Swallowing

Session Code: 1040
Day/Time: Thursday, November 12, 2015 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Colorado Convention Center: Mile High 2B-3B
Format: 2-hour Seminar
Presenter: James Coyle (U of Pittsburgh)
Abstract: As SLP’s we are all undereducated and trained in normal human anatomy and physiology outside of communication and oropharyngeal swallowing topics. Esophageal pathologies are frequently under-recognized as causes of oropharyngeal symptoms, lowering appropriate referrals. Aging’s effects on organ function produce non-pathological changes in physiology that are amplified in disease states.

Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic: Insights Learned & Shared

Session Code: 1088
Day/Time: Thursday, November 12, 2015 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Colorado Convention Center: 708-710-712
Format: 1-hour Seminar
Presenters: Lauren Tabor (U of Florida), Stephanie Watts (U of South Florida), Emily Plowman (U of Florida)
Abstract: Timely identification and management of bulbar symptoms is documented to increase survival in ALS. This can represent a daunting task when completing screening, assessment and education of bulbar pathology with limited time. We have developed a screening tool and educational packets for SLPs to implement in a multidisciplinary ALS clinic.

The Case for Comfort: Comfort Feeding Evaluations in Palliative & End-of-Life Care

Session Code: 1127
Day/Time: Thursday, November 12, 2015 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Colorado Convention Cente: Mile High 4E-4F
Format: 1-hour Seminar
Presenters: Caroline Nickel (Baylor U Med Ctr), Jenny Reynolds (Baylor U Med Ctr)
Abstract: Review the role of the speech-language pathologist in palliative and end of life care. Address ethical questions with regards to dysphagia management and feeding with known risk of aspiration. Includes discussion of changes with eating at end of life, alternative nutrition and hydration, and careful hand feeding.

Skill vs. Strength Training in the Management of Dysphagia: The Great Debate

Session Code: 1214
Day/Time: Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Colorado Convention Center: 501-502
Format: 1-hour Seminar
Presenters: Yvette McCoy (Speak Well Solutions, LLC), Ianessa Humbert (Johns Hopkins U), Emily Plowman (U of South Florida)
Abstract: The specific role of skill vs. strength training in dysphagia management is currently not clear and a source of great debate. In an interactive point-counterpoint debate format, researchers will present arguments for or against either skill or strength training in dysphagia management.

Point Counterpoint: The Clinical Swallow Examination – Is It Necessary & Is It Useful?

Session Code: 1385
Day/Time: Friday, November 13, 2015 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Colorado Convention Center: Four Seasons 4
Format: 1- hour Seminar
Presenters: James Coyle (U of Pittsburgh), Steven Leder (Yale U), Gary McCullough (Appalachain St U)
Abstract: This session is developed by, and presenters invited by, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in Children and Adults. The clinical swallow examination (CSE) is often the first step in determining appropriate management of individuals with swallowing disorders. Not all clinicians agree about the value of the CSE. This session will explore opposing viewpoints from dysphagia experts regarding its value or lack thereof, and present arguments supporting each viewpoint.

Imaging With VFSS and FEES

Session Code: 1474
Day/Time: Friday, November 13, 2015 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Colorado Convention Center: 102-104-106
Format: 1-hour Seminar
Presenters: Susan Langmore (Boston U),Claire Miller (Cincinnati Children’s Hosp Med Ctr),
J Paul Willging (Cincinnati Children’s Hosp Med Ctr)
Abstract: This session is developed by, and presenters invited by, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in Children and Adults. This 60-minute session is dedicated to comparing and contrasting dysphagia imaging modalities across the age continuum. Discussion to include the pros/cons of each study and patient selection criteria. Emphasis to also include simultaneous comparison of the each study.

Efficacy of Adjunctive Modalities in Dysphagia Treatment

Session Code: 1828
Day/Time: Saturday, November 14, 2015 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Colorado Convention Center: Mile High 2B-3B
Format: 1-hour Seminar
Presenters: Cathy Lazarus (Icahn Sch of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Michelle Troche (Teachers Coll, Columbia U), Susan Langmore (Boston U)
Abstract: This session is developed by, and presenters invited by, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in Children and Adults. This 60-minute presentation will focus on EMST, I-PRO therapy and NMES. Each topic speaker will be asked to provide the latest research and their opinion on that research (positive or negative). Further, each speaker will be asked to discuss implications for use in treatment including patient selection and populations.

Does Your Oral Care Program Need a Makeover?

Session Code: 5064
Day/Time: Friday, November 13, 2015 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Colorado Convention Center: 110
Format: 30 Minutes Technical Clinical
Presenters: Kristina Ann Kelley (TIRR Memorial Hermann)
Abstract: Speech pathologists working with patients with traumatic brain injury routinely encounter obstacles with patients receiving consistent and effective oral care. This presentation will discuss reasons why an oral care program is needed, review ways to educate discuss retention of its usage and will use evidenced based methodology with outcome measures.

A Protocol to Determine When to Begin Safe Oral Alimentation in Post-Extubation Surgical Patients

Session Code: 5720
Day/Time: Saturday, November 14, 2015 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Colorado Convention Center: 109
Session Format: 30 Minutes Technical Research
Presenters: Steven Leder (Yale Sch of Medicine), Heather Warner (Southern Connecticut St U), Debra Suiter (U of Kentucky Voice & Swallow Clinic), Kevin Schuster (Yale Sch of Medicine), Stanley Rosenbaum (Yale Sch of Medicine), Bishwajit Bhattacharya (Yale Sch of Medicine)
Abstract: It is of great clinical importance to determine best-practice guidelines for resumption of oral alimentation in post-extubation patients. A valid and reliable swallow screening protocol administered at specific time periods post-extubation followed, when necessary, by instrumental testing can determine aspiration risk, when to begin oral intake, and specific diet recommendations.

Have you made your list of your adult dysphagia ‘must-attend’ sessions for ASHA’15 yet? Do any of your favorites match mine? Let me know which ones I missed. Looking forward to meeting all you amazing #SLPeeps at #ASHA15 soon! Let the learning begin…

Guest Blogger Bio

Rinki Varindani Desai, MS, CCC-SLP is a Medical Speech-Language Pathologist, specializing in the rehabilitation of speech, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders in adults. Originally an SLP from Mumbai, India, she is currently practicing in Rochester, New York. She is the creator and administrator of the Medical SLP Forum on Facebook. Rinki is presently pursuing Board Certification as a Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) and is an affiliate of ASHA’s SIG 13. She has written articles for The ASHA Leader, Dysphagia Café, Tactus Therapy, and other popular SLP blogs. Follow her medical SLP-related updates on Facebook, Twitter or contact her via www.rinkislp.com.