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The Deglutition Project: Physiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment

  • 31 May 2019
  • 8:00 AM
  • 01 Jun 2019
  • 4:15 PM
  • Vancouver, BC, CANADA

The Deglutition Project: Physiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment

presented by Dr. Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP

Note--This event is available via webinar as well as in-person attendance.

There have been increasing calls for a shift in the practice patterns of Speech-Language Pathologists who treat dysphagia. This includes demands for greater understanding and clinical application of the fundamentals of normal and disordered swallowing physiology. However, both new and seasoned clinicians report receiving very little training on swallowing physiology and its immediate clinical application. This course will “jump-start” clinician knowledge of swallowing physiology and its application to dysphagia diagnosis and treatment. Attendees will leave with the ability to create swallowing impairment-based treatment plans that can be objectively tracked and clearly documented. This course is suitable for clinicians working with patients across the lifespan, from children to older adults.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Identify inconsistencies in clinical decision making for traditional and emerging treatment techniques.

2. Differentially diagnose normal versus abnormal swallowing physiological events.

3. Derive physiologically based treatments to address several of the most common challenging swallowing pathophysiologies.

4. Learn to create and use physiologically guided therapy plans to incorporate into everyday practice with clear documentation.

This event is hosted by the Providence Health Care Speech-Language Pathology Department at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver, BC.  For more information about this event or to register, please click here



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