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True learning requires training and experience.

Dysphagia Training: Are You Ready for Dysphagia?

Are SLP Graduates Ready for Careers in Dysphagia by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com There has been quite a buzz in social media, or should I say quite a tweet, wondering: Are we preparing our graduate students well enough for careers as medical speech-language pathologists, who may spend the majority of their day evaluating and treating dysphagia? I have been discussing this important issue with #SLPeeps, like Yvette McCoy, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Rinki […]

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 […]

This picture shows pills/medication crushed and not crushed.

Hard Pill to Swallow?

Blog by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Hard Pill to Swallow is a reference to a Bill Lupkin. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPSylawZnfk Let’s imaging a patient with dysphagia compensating well with a soft, moist, easy-to-chew diet and thin liquids, following strategies including upright positioning and small sips. We think all is well in the patient’s world of eating and swallowing. Then, along comes medication time! Examples: Patient A knows she has to take her 30ml of […]

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 SwallowStudy.com 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 […]


A Time to Celebrate Jeri Logemann

A Time to Celebrate Dr Jerilyn A. Logemann, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S: Master Clinician, Researcher and Educator by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com We are all the “bearers of the torch that Jeri sparked,” Joanne Robbins, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S (University of Wisconsin-Madison) reminded us in her welcoming statements. On Friday, March 13, Northwestern University held A Scientific Tribute to Jerilyn A. Logemann, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S. This was an afternoon I will treasure forever. I […]

Remember our roots in the field of dysphagia, like Jeri A. Logemann.

Remember Our Roots: Jeri A. Logemann

Remember Our Roots: Jeri A. Logemann By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Thank you Dysphagia Research Society for taking time at our annual meeting to reflect on our roots. We are honoring our mentor, Jeri A. Logemann, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S. At the Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting in 2015, there were the following memorial tributes: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 8:00am (following the 7:50am Opening Remarks by our board president: Kulwinder Dua, MD, […]