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FNCE: Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. This sign shows that the AND and FNCE are 100 years old! This blog is about SLPs learning to collaborate in dysphagia field with dietitians.

Collaboration in Dysphagia

ASHA + AND = Better Together: SLP & RD Collaboration in Dysphagia by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com “Are you going to /fɛnsi/?” (Yes, that was the international phonetic alphabet (IPA) to show SLPs how to pronounce FNCE. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) who has specialized in swallowing and swallowing disorders (dysphagia) since 1995. I have collaborated with numerous dieticians across the continuum of care, and I did not know what “FNCE” was. […]

This picture shows a baby in diapers, symbolizing how the field of dysphagia is young. Clinicians need to stay open to listen to new information. Need to think critically about all research, especially electrical stimulation / e-stim.

E-stim Update: A Perspective on Ampcare, LLC

E-Stim Update: A Perspective on Ampcare, LLC by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Yes, that cute baby is there for more than just to catch your attention! As clinicians working in the field of dysphagia, we need to realize how our field is really still in its infancy (early childhood at best). Jeri Logemann started researching swallowing and swallowing disorders in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s, well within my lifetime! The field […]

Alcohol, sodas, acidic juices, and coffee can all put you at risk for acid reflux.

I Was Told I Have Reflux. What Next?

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux (GERD) & Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) by Karen M. Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Introduction: Many people who have reflux come for evaluations by a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), who specializes in difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). Reflux can cause symptoms of dysphagia, namely feelings of choking, coughing during or after meals, food getting stuck, and more. I have heard people express fear of actually choking (asphyxiation – where the food blocks the airway). This sensation […]

Dysphagia Evaluations (aka, swallowing evaluations) can be murky; not like this crystal clear Caribbean water. Complete this survey and help define dysphagia evaluations in the literature.

Help Define the Dysphagia Evaluation

Help Define the Dysphagia Evaluation By guest student bloggers: Jillian DiTota, BS & Victoria Abolafia, BA Graduate Students from Southern Connecticut State University Authors of the Survey: Clinical Preferences and Practices of Speech-Language Pathologists for Swallowing Evaluation (Blog edited by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com) Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice Our first ever Communication Disorders lecture in college was structured around “Evidence-Based Practice” and its immense significance. The professor couldn’t stress enough the huge role […]

International dysphagia diet standardization initiative (IDDSI) - dysphagia diet and liquid framework for people with difficulty swallowing. Perfect example of collaboration in dysphagia management.

IDDSI: Interview with an Early Adopter of IDDSI Framework

IDDSI: Interview with an Early Adopter by Karen M. Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Introduction I had the pleasure to speak with Kim Bradley, PhD, SLP reg.CASLPO, who is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and manager at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Bradley is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. I asked her: Why was it so important for you and your healthcare facility be early implementors of this […]

Many people think that to not feed a person is to not give love. We need great recipes for people with dysphagia!

Recipes for People with Dysphagia: Don’t Forget Flavor

Recipes for People with Dysphagia compiled by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Are you a foodie? Do you believe that food is love? Or do you just love to eat? Imagine if, due to difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), you could not eat your favorite foods. Imagine if everything was pureed and tasteless. Dysphagia diet modifications recommended by your speech-language pathologist (SLP) should not mean a loss of flavor and nutrition. SLPs and registered dietitians […]

DRS Digest 2017: news from the March 1-4, 2017 annual meeting of the Dysphagia Research Society. Held in Portland, OR.

DRS Dysphagia Digest 2017 (2nd edition)

DRS Dysphagia Digest Thank you for reading the first installment of my DRS Digest 2017. Let’s check out 5 more highlights from the 2017 Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course of the Dysphagia Research Society. The majority of this information was from the post-graduate course on March 1, 2017. This additional day before the annual meeting has always been well worth it with directly clinically applicable information. See you next year in Baltimore, Maryland for the 26th […]

DRS Digest 2017: news from the March 1-4, 2017 annual meeting of the Dysphagia Research Society. Held in Portland, OR.

DRS Digest 2017: Raising Awareness through Research

Dysphagia Digest 2017: Raising Awareness regarding Swallowing Disorders & Treatment There was not much time to sample Portland, Oregon’s craft beers or Portland’s famous Salt & Straw ice cream, because the over 500 attendees at the Dysphagia Research Society‘s annual meeting were in stimulating sessions from March 1-4, 2017. DRS is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, so give DRS a big “cheers” with your craft beer now, and read on! The mayor of the […]

Know the warning signs and symptoms of stroke!

Post-Stroke Dysphagia & Risk Management

Post-Stroke Dysphagia & Risk Management by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke (Go, et al., 2013; American Heart/Stroke Association, Inc www.StrokeAssociation.org). The public is advised to dial 911 to get to the hospital immediately. Education has been provided extensively on the warning signs and symptoms, such as Spot A Stroke FAST. However, once the patient is at the hospital, are steps being taken immediately […]

Picture of an island in a water glass. Symbolizing how dysphagia Education can be like an island within speech-language pathology

Groundbreaking Dysphagia Education

The Isle of Dysphagia @ #ASHA16 by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com This past November, I ran from one end of the convention hall to another to take in over 19 hours of dysphagia education at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual convention. I found myself asking, why don’t they put all the dysphagia courses in one spot? Once I got home, caught my breath and reviewed my notes, I considered the potential risks […]

@ on the keyboard can remind us of Advocacy for our patients, our field of Speech-Language Pathology, and for ourselves.

Advocacy in Dysphagia & Beyond (#ASHA16)

Introduction to Advocacy: Whether you work in the trauma ICU or in long-term care, advocating for your patients can feel like your full-time job (not to mention advocating for your department, your job and career, and for yourself). A nurse mentioned the other day how she has to constantly question and speak out on behalf of her patients. She joked: “no wonder I go home exhausted.” She said she started work one day telling herself: […]

The SLP must use the latest evidence to be an agent of change, guiding clinical practice, pushing for the use of validated screens, and using critical thinking.

SLP as Agent of Change at #ASHA16

Agent of Change in Dysphagia by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com As Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) look forward to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Convention in Philadelphia this November (#ASHA16), please remember those who will not be at the convention. The passing of Steven B. Leder, PhD, CCC-SLP on May 16, 2016 affected many in the dysphagia community. Our hearts have gone out to family, friends and close colleagues. Steven Leder was a constant agent […]