Dysphagia Evaluation

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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 […]

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 […]

@ 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 […]

Two bowls of soup that we could think of as the categories of "pneumonia soup."

Pneumonia Alphabet Soup (Part 2)

Pneumonia Alphabet Soup (Part 2): The Secret Ingredients by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com (Parts 1 & 2 first published by MedbridgeEducation.com) We began deciphering the recipe of pneumonia in Part 1 – Pneumonia Alphabet Soup: Reworking the Recipes. I suggested that it is more important to think about how the pneumonia was acquired, rather than where it was acquired [i.e., community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), health-care-associated pneumonia (HCAP)]. Causes for pneumonia are multifactoral, and the […]

Smooth puree, like chocolate pudding, may be easy to swallow, but the FEES exam can make sure.

20 Reasons to Choose FEES: The Proof is in the Pudding

The Proof is In the Pudding: A Tribute to Steven Leder’s Contributions to FEES & 20 Reasons to choose FEES by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com *** This is an excerpt from the blog I wrote for SDX Dysphagia Experts for their Food 4 Thought blog. This is Part 1. Check out Part 2 on Food 4 Thought.  and Part 3. Thank you SDX for your support of SwallowStudy.com. *** Can you imaging not being able […]

Photo of Steven Leder, PhD, CCC-SLP, formerly of Yale School of Medicine, surrounded by words from fellow Speech-Language Pathologists to honor his contribution to the field.

Aspiration & Lessons from Steven Leder

A tribute to Steven Leder, PhD, CCC-SLP Aspiration can mean “a strong desire to achieve something high or great,” per Merriam-Webster, or “a hope or ambition of achieving something,” per Google. Steven Leder, PhD, CCC-SLP achieved greatness. The phrases in the picture above came lovingly from Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) around the world upon news of his passing on May 16, 2016. He and his many colleagues aspired to shift the conventional and sometimes outdated thinking […]

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 […]

Plate, fork, knife outline with pills. Represents how medications (various drugs) can affect a person's ability to eat and swallow safely.

The ABAs of Drug-Induced Dysphagia

There is no magic pill to cure dysphagia. There are plenty of medications that can cause difficulties eating and swallowing. Introduction: When we evaluate a person’s eating and swallowing function, we have to put on our critical thinking caps, be detectives, and collaborate with the team. To determine if there may be a drug-induced dysphagia, we discuss symptoms and medications with the patient/family/caregivers, medical team, psychiatrists, pharmacists, and nurses. Lethargy, cognitive impairment, inattention, distractibility, tremors, […]