LSHA Fall Medical SLP Conference 2021

Session Details

Dysphagia Compensation & Rehabilitation in Adults: An Evidence-Based Review (2 hours)

Author/presenter: Hillary Cooper, M.A., CCC-SLP

Description:  Due to the mountains of research that have been coming out, much has changed in the dysphagia world in the past five to ten years. With that change has come revelations regarding the efficacy of many traditional intervention and compensation techniques for dysphagia. In order to provide evidence-based rehabilitation and recommend appropriate compensation techniques to patients, practitioners should periodically re-evaluate their standards of practice and ensure that they are utilizing up-to-date techniques. In this lecture, we will review the principles of motor learning, then discuss current evidence for frequently used rehabilitation and compensation techniques used in adult dysphagia management

Learner Objectives:

1.      The participant will identify 2 concepts of motor learning theory.
2.      The participant will independently recall 5 evidence-based dysphagia rehabilitation interventions for the adult population.
3.      The participant will list 4 compensation strategies that require dysphagia instrumentation prior to utilization.

    Speaker Disclosure Statements (financial):

    • Co-Owner, Evolutionary Education Solutions, LLC. (receives salary)
    • Owner, North Louisiana Swallow Solutions (receives salary)
    • Owner, (receives salary)
    • Adjunct Instructor & Clinical Supervisor at University of Louisiana at Monroe (receives salary)
    • Content Creator & Peer Mentor for The Medical SLP Collective (receives honorariums)
    • Content Creator for Simucase, LLC. (Receives Salary)
    • Waived registration to this conference

    Speaker Disclosure Statements (non-financial): 

    • President & Co-founder of Dysphagia Outreach Project
    • President-Elect of Louisiana Speech-Language Hearing Association
    • Member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association  

    Pediatric Feeding Disorder: The Importance of PFD to Medical SLPs (1 hour)

    Author/presenter: Anne Marie Sisk, M.S., CCC-SLP/Doctoral Candidate

    Description:  Beginning October 1, 2021, there are two new ICD-10 codes to capture Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD) as the complex, multisystem issue that it is. The new diagnoses emphasize the 4 pillars of PFD: Medical, Nutrition, Feeding Skill, and Psychosocial. In light of this new code and because we know that upwards of 80% of children diagnosed with a developmental disability also have feeding problems, it is more important than ever for SLPs in medical settings to know the signs of PFD in order to ensure optimal medical outcomes for the pediatric population. Common medical comorbidities and outcomes data will be discussed.

    Learner Objectives:

    1.      The participant will refine criteria for the new ICD-10 Diagnosis of Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD)
    2.      The participant will identify 3 medical comorbidities associated with PFD
    3.      The participant will utilize an evidence-based screener for PFD


    Speaker Disclosure Statements (financial)

    • Full time faculty member at the University of Louisiana Monroe (receives salary)
    • Waived registration to this conference

    Speaker Disclosure Statements (non-financial):  

    • None

    Dysphagia Management in Pediatrics: What does the research say? (1 hour)

    Author/presenter: Lindsay Stevens, M.A., CCC-SLP

    Description: Research shows that thickening is an effective intervention for reducing the risk of pulmonary aspiration caused by dysphagia and to decrease regurgitation associated with gastroesophageal reflux in young children. Best practices for thickening breastmilk and formula have changed, but most practitioners are still using thickening agents that are now contraindicated in young children, significantly alter the caloric and nutritional density of the diet and contribute to dehydration. Important factors to consider when selecting a thickener for young children will be discussed.

    Learner Objectives:

    1. The participant will reference at least 2 articles indicating rationale for using Gelmix in the infant population.

    2. The participant will list 2 reasons why infant cereal isn't the preferred thickening agent for infants.

    3. The participant will describe why Gelmix is a better alternative to other thickening agents in this age population.

    Speaker Disclosure Statements (financial):

    • Lindsay is a salaried employee for Parapharma Tech (makers of Gelmix Infant Thickener and Purathick)
    • Waived registration to this conference

    Speaker Disclosure Statements (non-financial):  

    • Member of ASHA

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