Target Audience: Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and COTA’s who work with
teenagers through adults demonstrating swallowing and respiratory issues during
Functional patient problems during mealtimes
are often shared across disciplines. During this course, participants will
learn the integration of shared handling skills leading to achievement of very
accurate and discipline specific functional goals. The Speech
Language Pathologist with limited handling experience will become comfortable with
basic handling strategies directly applicable to improved swallow safety.
The Occupational Therapist with more experience handling patients will learn
the application of handling of the head, neck and trunk on the swallow and
Participants will learn hands on strategies
to identify barriers and guide improvements in alignment and subtle movements
supporting respiratory air pressure control believed to impact swallow safety.
Case study presentations will provide participants
the opportunity to learn the implications of the base of support, alignment and
role of respiration as they impact the swallow safety during mealtimes.