Evidence-Based Practice

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Dr Joel Ritcher receives an award fromSudarshan R. Jadcherla, MD, DCH, FRCP (Irel), AGAF

Dysphagia Digest: Multiphase Dysphagia Evaluations

Multiphase Dysphagia Evaluations: Pharyngoesophageal Inter-Relationships by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com This Dysphagia Digest stresses the importance of multiphase dysphagia evaluations, and it is in honor of the Dysphagia Research Society’s (DRS) Dodds Donner Lecture. The annual lecture is in remembrance of: Dr Wylie Jerry Dodds, MD of the Medical College of Wisconsin Dr Martin W. Donner, MD, a leader at the Johns Hopkins Swallowing Center and the Hopkins Department of Radiology Both […]

Funny picture of cow pulling out a root vegetable with his tongue. Tongue exercises are important part of dysphagia treatment for many people with difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

Lingual Strengthening: History & Rationale

Lingual Strengthening: History & Rationale By Amanda Warren, MS, CCC-SLP (guest blogger) and Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com   Mouth stretches, wagging the tongue back and forth, posterior consonants (like “ga”), blowing bubbles or blowing up a balloon… For decades, our field of swallowing therapy was full of well-meaning clinicians throwing all the tools in their toolboxes at patients to hope to improve their swallow function. This focus on oral-motor therapy lead industry […]

The wheels are turning while you learn all you can in continuing education in dysphagia

Graduation is Only the Beginning: Importance of Continuing Education in Dysphagia

Graduation is Only the Beginning: Importance of Continuing Education in Dysphagia By Ainsley Martin, MS, CCC-SLP, guest blogger for SwallowStudy.com Editor: Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti This quote accurately […]

Dysphagia Digest: A blog about the Dysphagia Research Society's 2018 Annual Meeting

Dysphagia Digest (Part 3): What is in Your Dysphagia Toolbox?

Truth is Stranger than Fiction – What is in Your Dysphagia Toolbox? (Part 3) By guest blogger: Amanda Warren, MS, CCC-SLP Edited by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com   Thanks for reading Part 1 and Part 2 of our of our Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction series.  You’ve found the last installment, part 3 in this 3 part series summarizing 5 more sessions at the 2018 Dysphagia Research Society’s (DRS) Annual Meeting. And remember, […]

Dysphagia Digest: A blog about the Dysphagia Research Society's 2018 Annual Meeting

DRS Dysphagia Digest 2018 (Part 1)

Truth is Stranger than Fiction – in the Latest Dysphagia Research (Part 1) By guest blogger: Amanda Warren, MS, CCC-SLP Edited by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com   Mark Twain once said, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”   This certainly was the case for me as I attended the 2018 Dysphagia Research Society’s (DRS) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.  Many […]

Candles burning as hope for dysphagia

HOPE for Dysphagia: Got Your Speech-Language Pathologist?

Hope for Dysphagia: Got a Speech-Language Pathologist on Your Multidisciplinary Dysphagia Team? By Karen M. Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com This blog is in response to an article published by the Washington Post on February 25, 2018 in the Health & Science Perspective column titled: “Problems swallowing are a big killer, but the treatment can be horrible,” by Drs Douglas Jacobs and Joshua Lang of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. It seems to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 GrayMatterTherapy.com 12/9/14. Re-printed with permission from GrayMatterTherapy.com 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 […]