Tagged "Pediatric dysphagia"

TalkTools Dysphagia Course Shifting Focus to Pediatrics

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You asked... We listened!

In a recent customer needs survey conducted by TalkTools, we learned that many of you are interested in learning about pediatric dysphagia.

Until now, our dysphagia workshop, instructed by Colette Ellis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, has focused on the older child through geriatric population. After a thorough restructuring, our dysphagia workshop will now focus on pediatric dysphagia, while still addressing the adult population.

The new workshop is entitled Pediatric and Adult Dysphagia: What's Your "Swallowology?" It is a live, two-day workshop.


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TalkTools Summer School

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School's IN for the Summer

And you're invited! 

Earn up to 2.0 ASHA-approved CEUs this summer from the comfort of your home or office.

Live webinars allow you to interact with the therapists with the same convenience of an online course. Webinars are also available on-demand after the live recording to everyone who purchases a seat.

Save 15% & gain access to our VIP webinar when you register for 4 or more webinars using the coupon code SummerSchool18.

Here are the 10 all-new live webinars happening this summer:


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7 New Ways to Stay Speech Savvy This Summer

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Summer is finally at the doorstep. Picture yourself on pristine beaches, soaking in the sun with a tall glass of whatever-you-prefer in hand.

But what if you could still enjoy your tropical getaway or cozy campfire gatherings... while staying on top of your speech game and avoiding the infamous summer setback? Oh... and earning CEUs while you're at it. Have you ever had such a productive summer without even leaving your house? READ MORE...

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TalkTools News: new credentials for our very own Jennifer Jones!

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TalkTools - JenniferCongratulations to TalkTools® Instructor Jennifer Jones, who became this weekend one of only 2 SLPs in the world with the credentials: PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT!

What does this all mean?

A PhD (the abbreviation for the Latin "Philosophiæ Doctor", literally, Doctor of Philosophy) is the holder of a doctor's degree, which is the highest university degree. This degree rewards substantial contributions to a discipline by published work. It was originally granted to middle age individuals who had demonstrated a productive career in Philosophy. Holders of a PhD have lead an original research documented by substantial dissertation. This degree is often required to be hired as a university lecturer or a researcher in some sciences, although this varies from place to place.

A CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is "certified": who has earned an ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) Certificate of Clinical Competence in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. It is a professional credential that is nationally recognized and that represents a level of excellence. As ASHA puts it, "those who have achieved the CCC ASHA certification have voluntarily met rigorous academic and professional standards, typically going beyond the minimum requirements for state licensure. They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide high quality clinical services, and they actively engage in ongoing professional development to keep their certification current."

A BCS-S is a Board Certified Specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders, also called Dysphagia. A BCS-S maintains high-level skills and clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. Thanks to continuing training, a BCS-S knows the latest clinical approaches and can most effectively and efficiently evaluate and treat individuals with swallowing disorders.  As the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders puts it, "the BCS-S specialist provides appropriate, evidence-based treatment techniques to address the swallowing problem(s) of each individual, based upon the comprehensive swallowing assessment."

A C/NDT is a Certified Neuro-Developmental Therapist, who has been certified by the NDTA™ (Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association). As the NDTA™ puts it, "NDT is a holistic and interdisciplinary clinical practice model informed by current and evolving research that emphasizes individualized therapeutic handling based on movement analysis for habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with neurological pathophysiology." This certification is one of the most prestigious in this field as it requires a continuous process of updating knowledge with current NDT theory and practice.

Jennifer is looking forward to her upcoming classes in Puerto Rico on Dec. 4-5 and is glad so many people registered! (In fact, it is sold out ;).) The subjects are "Pediatric Dysphagia: Interpreting the MBSS and Planning Treatment" and "Adult Dysphagia: Interpreting the MBSS and Planning Treatment." Stay tuned for more TalkTools news!

Read articles by Jennifer:

"Why Every SLP Needs to Understand Dysphagia" Jones, J., (2015). TalkTools Blog

"Targeted Treatment: Cranial Nerve Based Assessments" Banotai, A., Jones, J., (2012). http://www.advanceweb.com/

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