Evidence-Based Practice

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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 SwallowStudy.com 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 […]

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 […]

Both the blue and the green food coloring in these glasses contains the FD&C Blue No. 1.

Do You Still Do Green & Blue Dye?

Do You Still Use Green & Blue Dye in Your Swallow Studies? by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com You may be using food coloring in your holiday cookie decorating. In March, maybe you will have a green beer or two! Your kids may have marveled at blue ketchup. Here are my questions: Are you still using blue or green dye in your clinical bedside swallowing evaluations or endoscopic evaluations of swallowing? If you use […]

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

“No Dysphagia Diet Modification without Standardization!”

Support Dysphagia Diet Standardization by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Overview: On social media, in lectures and in blogs, I have been repeating: A global consensus on dysphagia diets, based on evidence, is coming soon. The International Dysphagia Diet Standarisation Initiative (www.IDDSI.org) now asking us to “spread the word.” I think it is very appropriate that I write this blog in Boston, inspired by Boston’s revolutionary past. About 265 to 255 years ago (1750-1760’s) in […]

This blog relates the New Horizons' mission to Pluto to the mission needed in dysphagia research to study electrical stimulation for swallowing rehabilitation.

New Horizons For Electrical Stimulation?

Do We Know More About Electrical Stimulation Than We Know About Pluto? New Horizons for Electrical Stimulation? by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Introduction: My son clutched his Pluto stuffed animal while we stayed up past his bedtime on July 14th, following @NASANewHorizons on Twitter, to see if the mission had been successful. We have been fascinated by what used to be our 9th planet. Pluto is a great example of how perspectives […]