Pediatric and Adult Dysphagia: Do You Know Your "Swallowology"?

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TalkTools dysphagia expert, Colette Ellis, will be delving into one of the most basic, but also one of most complex, human reflexes: swallowing -- and how atypical or dysfunctional swallowing can significantly impact other basic human activities such as drinking, eating and speaking -- and overall quality of life. Day 1 will focus on understanding the 4 stages of typical swallowing and what happens when one or more of these stages fails to take place properly -- which many times can be considered dysphagia. Instruction will include key terms, definitions and the latest research to ensure speech and feeding professionals are equipped with the necessary information on this topic.  Identifying the differences in pediatric and adult dysphagia through case studies will be outlined.

Day 2 will look at how to recognize, plan for and treat swallowing disorders in pediatric clients. Assessment and treatment tools and strategies will be provided, so participants are prepared to integrate the knowledge and tools learned to properly identify, recommend and implement appropriate treatment for their pediatric dysphagia clients. 

Participants will be able to:
  • understand what is considered typical and atypical swallowing function
  • recognize 4 causes of pediatric dysphagia
  • identify the speech and feeding professional therapist role as part of the pediatric swallowing and feeding team
  • conduct and present a basic swallowing and feeding assessment
  • apply 3 therapeutic techniques to facilitate improved feeding and swallowing function and safety
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