Conference Session Reviews

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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 “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. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

#ASHA16. Challenging decision-making with so many great dysphagia courses at this year's convention.

#ASHA16: Real-Life Experience & Evidence

#ASHA16 is #Dysphagia by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of with Guest Blogger: Rinki Varindani Desai, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS The American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s 2016 convention (#ASHA16) slogan is: “Everyday leadership. Leadership every day.” Before and after the convention, I will highlight #dysphagia and the latest dysphagia-related evidence from the leaders in the field of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (dysphagia). #ASHA16 has the most dysphagia courses I have ever seen at an annual convention. I recently […]

Picture of news paper heading announcing the Latest news from Dysphagia Research Society 2016 Annual Meeting on Parkinson's Disease and swallowing

DRS Digest: 6 Summaries of Parkinson’s Disease Research

“The future is bright,” stated Dr James Beck, PhD, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation ( in a recent article about what is new in Parkinson’s research. Beck shared his excitement about the latest research on the alpha-synuclein protein that seems to abnormally clump together in the brains of people who develop Parkinson’s Disease (PD). He also mentioned how researchers are listening to the community of people with Parkinson’s to address aspects […]

Latest news from the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course, 2016

DRS Digest (News from Dysphagia Research Society 2016)

The field of dysphagia is young, and every year the Dysphagia Research Society’s (DRS) Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course provide a wealth of exciting new research. You may be following #DRS2016 on Twitter (scroll past the Dr Seuss day tweets using our hashtag). Have you also checked out the Facebook posts by @DysphagiaResearchSociety and @SwallowStudySLP?  This DRS Digest will share more highlights that may affect how you practice tomorrow and in the future. Just last week, I […]

Roads lead to Tucson for Dysphagia Research Society 2016

#DRS2016 is Coming! (Dysphagia Research Society~Annual Meeting)

7 Highlights & Homework by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S As soon as the Dysphagia Research Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course brochure was delivered to my home, I poured over the tantalizing session titles. Let’s all get ready for invigorating warmth from February 24-27th. Here are 7 highlights (of course there will be more than seven), and I included some comments from DRS members. I will then share the homework I did when […]

Road sign pointing out "New Invention" - which is needed in dysphagia research

3 Thrilling New Areas of Dysphagia Research

3 Thrilling Talks from Dysphagia Research Society Post-Graduate Course: Integrating the Art and Science of Swallowing with Technology Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Chicago, IL by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of The Wednesday, March 11th Post-Graduate Course seems so long ago, especially after completing 3 additional full days at the Dysphagia Research Society 23rd Annual Meeting. I dug through my notes and did my homework to put together this blog. I hope to share a […]

Elderly man with "menu of your life" in front of him at restaurant. End-of-life decision making is The menu to discuss at a Palliative Care meeting with the medical team.

NPO & G Tube Feeding: What’s A Clinician To Do?

NPO and G Tube Feeding: What’s A Clinician To Do? By Guest Blogger: Yvette McCoy, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Edited by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) 2014 convention inspired us. Here is Yvette McCoy’s summary of a session by Dr. Towino Paramby of the University of Central Arkansas and Dr. Paula Leslie of the University of Pittsburg Paramby, T. & Leslie, P. (2014, November). 1135: Tube Feeding & […]

Evidence-Based Practice is Best Research Evidence, Clinical Expertise, and Patient Values/Preferences. But add to that all influencing values/morales, professional code of ethics, and medical ethical principles. It is more complicated than the typical Venn Diagram of EBP.

Is Evidence-Based Practice Misunderstood?

Is Evidence-Based Practice Misunderstood? By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Blog also appeared on 12/9/14. Re-printed with permission from Session Reviewed: Rosenbek, J. & Leslie, P. (2014, November). 1182: Ethics & Evidence in Practice. Session presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Orlando, FL. This session was developed by the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, and it was presented by Dr Paula Leslie of University of Pittsburg and […]