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Decision Making for Alternate Nutrition and Hydration, Part 1

Denise Dougherty, MA, SLP

March 23, 2017

With artificial nutrition and hydration, there is usually a choice between an NG tube versus a PEG tube. In my area, NG tubes are generally placed when a patient has initial dysphagia from a stroke or...   Read More

 


Pearson's EBP Briefs: Which AAC Interface Design Facilitates Communicative Interactions for Persons With Nonfluent Aphasia?

Kris L. Brock, PhD, CCC-SLP

March 16, 2017

Rico is a seasoned practitioner responsible for (a) providing services to individuals with acquired neurological communication disorders and (b) supervising student clinicians in a bustling urban outp...   Read More

   


Pearson's EBP Briefs: Effects of Bolus Size on Swallow Safety: A Systematic Review of External Evidence

Karen Rizzo, MA, CCC-SLP, Leah Mong, MS, CF-SLP, Natalie Howard Day, MS, CF-SLP, Isla Katz, MS, CF-SLP, Morgan Helser, MS, CF-SLP, Donna Scarborough, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

March 16, 2017

Megan, a 9-year-old female, has an extensive medical history (see Appendix to view full medical history) that has led to a diagnosis of a swallowing disorder, or oropharyngeal dysphagia. Oral dysphagi...   Read More

  


Documenting in Skilled Nursing Facilities: Part 1

Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT

March 3, 2017

Providing quality documentation for skilled services provided to Medicare beneficiaries begins with having an adequate understanding of regulations within the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual and your l...   Read More

   


Documenting in Skilled Nursing Facilities - Part 2

Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT

February 24, 2017

This course will describe best practices for documenting skilled levels of care provided by an SLP, including an in-depth review of goal creation, daily note documentation, and progress report writing...   Read More

  


Sensory Changes in Adults: Impact on Swallowing and Diet Selection, Part 2

Denise Dougherty, MA, SLP

January 11, 2017

What we are trying to emphasize in these two sessions is the fact that aging and disease processes change the swallow, and that, in turn, impacts the nutrition and hydration of our patients. So, this...   Read More

 


What is All the Ethics About?

Kerri Phillips, SLP.D, CCC-SLP

January 4, 2017

Today we get to talk about ethics, which is a topic that I enjoy, although many people may find it “boring.” We will not only cover ASHA’s code of ethics, but we will also think along the lines...   Read More

 


Sensory Changes in Adults: Impact on Swallowing and Diet Selection, Part 1

Denise Dougherty, MA, SLP

January 3, 2017

When looking at the different changes that occur in the body, there is decreased muscular/skeletal mass that not only creates a problem with strength for the body, but for the swallow as well. There i...   Read More

 


ALS: A Clinical Population with Unique Communication Management and AAC Needs - Part 1

Kim Winter, MA, CCC-SLP

October 31, 2016

In terms of ALS epidemiology, ALS is fairly rare compared to other disorders and diagnoses that we might encounter in our clinical experiences. On average, there are about two out of 100,000 individua...   Read More

   


Part 4: Emerging Treatments for Swallowing Disorders: Where We Are Headed

Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

September 28, 2016

Let's begin by talking about traditional treatment and newly emerging treatments. Those of you who participated yesterday heard my colleague Tammy review some information on currently available treatm...   Read More

 


Vanderbilt SLP Journal Club: Seizure Disorders and the Effects of Antiepileptic Medications on Cognitive-Communicative Functions

Rima Abou-Khalil, PhD, CCC-SLP

September 26, 2016

Why Should SLPs Care About this Topic?We tend to work with neurogenic populations. Any kind of neurological damage increases a patient’s risk for seizures. Currently, the standard is that a person w...   Read More

  


The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Preventing Medical Errors

Michelle Tristani, MS, CCC-SLP

September 14, 2016

How Frequently do Medical Errors Occur?I would like to start by talking about how frequently medical errors occur. What truly are we up against? Unfortunately, going to the hospital is more risky than...   Read More

 


Part 5: Ethical Considerations for Management of Swallowing Disorders

Tammy Wigginton, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

September 12, 2016

Speech pathologists, like other medical professionals, are credentialed by professional organizations at the national level, and frequently at the state level. Most of us have our ASHA Certification w...   Read More

  


Non-Instrumental Assessments of Swallowing: Do we know what we think we know?

Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

August 25, 2016

To begin, we know that clinical swallow evaluations are sometimes all that clinicians have available to them in their facilities. Certainly, there are issues surrounding clinical swallow evaluations t...   Read More

 


Traditional Treatments for Swallowing Disorders: What We Know; What We Don't

Tammy Wigginton, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

August 23, 2016

Today, we're going to discuss traditional treatments for swallowing disorders, what we know, and what we don't. In spite of improved understanding of swallowing and swallowing dysfunction, treatment s...   Read More

 


Navigating the Money Maze: How SLP Services are Reimbursed in Different Settings

Nancy B. Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

May 27, 2016

We are going to talk about the money maze. For clinicians, sometimes the whole concept of where money comes from is a bit removed from the fact that where the money comes from can determine what is on...   Read More

     


Optimizing Cognition: Neuroprotective practices you need to know

Kim McCullough, PhD, CCC-SLP

May 20, 2016

My area of interest is adults with dementia and MCI so this course will have that focus. However, this information is completely relevant to any client on your caseload.If you look at the World Alzhei...   Read More

  


Forget Me Not...Evaluation and Treatment of the Patient with Dementia; Part 3: Evidence-based Treatments

Amber B. Heape, ClinScD, CCC-SLP, CDP

May 17, 2016

The big question is, “Why does it matter?” What research is out there that is showing treatment to be effective? Why do we even bother? Well, 10 to 15 years ago when I started in this profession t...   Read More

 


Forget Me Not...Evaluation and Treatment of the Patient with Dementia, Part 2: Where and When

Amber B. Heape, ClinScD, CCC-SLP, CDP

April 26, 2016

When we are treating patients, we sometimes have a tendency to place excess disability on them. In other words, we do more for that patient than we necessarily should. We do not allow the patient to p...   Read More

 


Thriving in Skilled Nursing: Part 2

Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT

April 22, 2016

How did we get to where we are currently in the skilled nursing facility world? The way things are done currently began as a result of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987. As part of this ac...   Read More