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How To Thicken Liquids

Laura Michael, nutritionist and NFOSD board member, shows us various ways to thicken your liquids. Watch the video below!

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Webinar Recording: Oropharyngeal Strengthening to Improve Swallowing

Presented by Dr. JoAnne Robbins and Jackie Hind.

Click here for a recording of the live webinar broadcast on December 2, 2014.

Description: Age-related muscular atrophy, or sarcopenia, is linked to the decline in head and neck muscle strength observed with advancing age and is a key cause of dysphagia.  Reduced muscle strength leads to lower oropharyngeal pressure generation for safe propulsion of food and liquid through the mouth and throat. This decline in pressure generation has important clinical implications in that older individuals are at increased risk for dysphagia when they have acute or chronic medical conditions such as stroke, head and neck cancer or Parkinson’s disease. Isometric Progressive Resistance Oropharyngeal (I-PRO) therapy for the muscles of the oropharynx is an emerging rehabilitation technique for dysphagia that strengthens the muscles of the mouth and throat. The purpose of this presentation will be to review I-PRO therapy and present data from recent studies that support its clinical use.

Dr. JoAnne Robbins, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Bio: JoAnne Robbins, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Medicine and Public Health with affiliations in the Departments of Medicine, Radiology, Nutritional Sciences, Food Science and Biomedical Engineering and is Associate Director of Research for the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital.  Dr. Robbins is the founder and director of the UW/VA Swallowing Speech And Dining Enhancement (SSWAL-ADE) program and is known nationally and internationally as a leader in the area of swallowing disorders and dysphagia rehabilitation. She has received continual federal funding for innovative clinical research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Veterans Affairs and the United States Department of Agriculture since 1984 while continuing a clinical practice, as it is the patients who fuel Dr. Robbins’ research program. More than 70 peer-reviewed publications demonstrates the immense impact that Dr. Robbins’ science has had not only on the profession of speech pathology, but also on the fields of neurology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, gerontology, neuro-rehabilitation, nutrition and food science.

Jacqueline Hind, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Bio: Jacqueline Hind is the Program Manager for the Swallowing Speech and Dining Enhancement Program and Senior Speech Pathologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and the Madison VA Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center and the Director of Clinical Development for Swallow Solutions, LLC. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing, has more than twenty publications in peer-reviewed journals and holds a US patent through the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.


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Webinar Recording: The role of electrical stimulation in the treatment of dysphagia

Presented by Dr. Christy Ludlow, Ph.D.

Click here for a recording of the live webinar broadcast on August 27, 2014. This video includes a 13 minute opening introduction and then a one hour presentation by Dr. Ludlow.

Description: Elevation of the hyoid and larynx help to close the vestibule to protect the airway during swallowing. Individuals with dysphagia sometimes have reduced or delayed hyo-laryngeal elevation, which can put them at risk for aspiration. Surface electrical stimulation is currently used during therapy for dysphagia.  Dr. Ludlow’s presentation will provide recent information about the physiological effects of surface electrical stimulation during swallowing and what evidence is available on whether it is effective as a therapy for patients with dysphagia.

Presenter: Dr. Christy Ludlow is currently a Professor at James Madison University (JMU) in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders where her research interests include manipulating neural control for dysphagia rehabilitation.  Dr. Ludlow received a B.S. degree in physiological psychology and an M.S. degree in speech pathology and audiology from McGill University. After completing her clinical training, she received her Ph.D. in speech pathology and psycholinguistics from New York University. Dr. Ludlow then moved to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) in 1974 where she supervised grants and contracts on voice and speech research. In 1988 she moved fulltime to the intramural program and developed a laboratory program studying the neural control of voice, speech and swallowing.  Dr. Ludlow received Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2005 and the 2006 Award of the American Laryngological Association. Dr. Ludlow’s research covers the neurological organization and control of laryngeal function in voice, speech and swallowing, the pathogenesis of idiopathic voice and speech disorders, and the effects of functional electrical and sensory stimulation in severe swallowing disorders.

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Webinar Recording: Aspiration Pneumonia in Patients with Swallowing Disorders

Presented by Tiffany Mohr, MA, CCC-SLP

Click here for a recording of the live webinar broadcast on November 4, 2014. This video includes a 40 minutes presentation with an additional 20 minute Q&A session.

In this video, you will learn about pneumonia, a breathing condition in which there is swelling or an infection of the lungs or large airways. Aspiration pneumonia can occur when food, saliva, liquids, or vomit is breathed into the lungs or airways leading to the lungs.  This presentation will cover the risk factors, symptoms, assessment, and treatment for aspiration pneumonia, as aspiration pneumonia can be a serious life-threatening complication for those with swallowing disorders.

Tiffany Mohr is a speech-language pathologist at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Houston, Texas.  She works with Veterans who require Diagnostic and Treatment services in the areas of communication, cognition, respiration, swallowing, voice, and head and neck cancer.  Tiffany Mohr received her M.A. degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Houston in 1999 and has been providing speech-language pathology services to those of all ages for nearly 15 years.

For more information about future webinars, as of mid-November 2014, please click here.

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Webinar Recording: Finding the Right Professional(s) for your Swallowing Disorder

Presented by Nancy B. Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Click here for a recording of the live webinar broadcast on September 30, 2014.

In this webinar, you will learn the role of different medical specialists in addressing swallowing problems. The different physician specialists are described, such as the ENT, the gastroenterologist, and more. The role of the speech-language pathologist in evaluating and treating all types of problems is described in detail in addition to the process and requirements needed to become a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders (BCS-S).

Nancy B. Swigert is the director of Speech-Language Pathology and Respiratory Care at Baptist Health Lexington at their acute care facility in Lexington, KY.  She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S).  She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Kentucky. She has authored six publications with Linguisystems (one on adult and one on pediatric dysphagia) and she lectures extensively in the areas of pediatric and adult dysphagia.  She received her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.   She currently chairs the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She was president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1998 and chaired the Special Interest Group on Swallowing for three years. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for the NFOSD.

For more information about future webinars, as of mid-October 2014, please click here.