Sharing Difficult News:
What Needs to be Said and Heard about Dysphagia
Maureen Lefton-Greif, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
For many healthcare professionals, delivering difficult news is something they shy away from, preferring not to be the person tasked with delivering the news. Meet the Masters for 2018 will tackle this subject in their ASHA symposium titled “Sharing Difficult News: What Needs to be Said and Heard About Dysphagia”. The symposium will occur from 5:00-7:00 the evening of November 14, 2018 at the Boston Convention Center, the evening prior to the ASHA Convention beginning. This year’s director is Maureen Lefton-Greif, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Sharing the stage with Dr. Lefton-Greif will be Michael Barnett, MD, MS Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Barnett holds unique credentials in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Professor of Communication Science Disorders and Otolaryngology at University of Pittsburgh, will address the adult perspective. Rounding out the presenters will be Joanne Petro, BA who was on the receiving end of difficult news when her daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor that affected her swallowing. Joanne will share the parent side of the equation. While never easy to deliver difficult news, being a parent makes it very difficult to receive difficult news when your child is ill.