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Interdisciplinary Adult Dysphagia

October 22, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

$130.00 – $425.00

Attend One Day or Both Days!
October 22 and 23, 2022   8:30 am to 4:30 pm 

Interdisciplinary management of dysphagia ensures a carefully planned and thoroughly conducted assessment and treatment of the patient’s swallowing disorder and the underlying etiology leading to the dysphagia. Working together, the Occupational Therapist and Speech-Language Pathologist take a leading role in diagnosing and treating swallowing impairments, taking into consideration the intricacies that have led to the patient developing dysphasia. The result is a holistic and functional treatment plan, with better outcomes and improved quality of life for the patient.

Day 1: Introduction to Dysphagia

Day 1 will provide a comprehensive overview of introductory dysphagia assessment and treatment skills. You will acquire the skills to collaborate as an effective member of the interdisciplinary feeding and swallowing team by learning about what professions make up the feeding and swallowing team, their different skills sets and skill overlap. You will learn how to take a medical history, review laboratory panels, chest status and diagnostic imaging necessary to informing both bedside and instrumental feeding and swallowing studies.  Both normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology related to swallow function within the adult population will be covered.  The bedside feeding and swallowing assessment including oral motor examination, bolus trials and clinical decision making will be reviewed.  Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate how history taking, interpretation of patient chest status, laboratory panels, diagnostic imaging and results of the bedside assessment are used to form an overall clinical impression of your clients feeding and swallowing function in the absence of instrumental assessment availability.

Day 1 will consist of the following topics:

• Interdisciplinary dysphagia teams
• Anatomy & Physiology
• Common Dysphagia Patient Populations
• History Taking:
– Patient medical history
– Dysphagia and Diet History
– Diagnostic Imaging and Lab Values Specific to Dysphagia
– Oxygen requirements and Oxygen delivery
• Bedside Assessment:
– Oral motor examination
– Bolus trials
– Clinical Decision making

Day 2: Intermediate Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment

Day 2 will provide an overview of video fluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS) procedures and interpretation.   Correlation of VFSS results with bedside/clinical observations and deciding on how to advance a diet (instrumentally vs. at bedside) will be discussed.  Fiber optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) will be briefly reviewed.  You will acquire knowledge on various seating and positioning supports that can be put in place for clients with dysphagia including discussion of seating systems, head supports and general body positioning. Swallowing maneuvers will be reviewed and practiced. Advanced airways including intubation, tracheostomies and decannulation as they relate to dysphagia will be discussed. Alternatives to oral feeding including general risks and benefits will be covered as well.  Current research on COVID-19 and dysphagia including long COVID will be covered. Case studies will be used to review and apply all learned information.

Day 2 will consist of the following topics:

• Instrumental Swallowing Assessments
• Seating & Positioning in dysphagia
• Swallowing Maneuvers
• Oral Motor Exercises
• Advanced airways, Alternatives to Oral Feeding and dysphagia
• Dysphagia resulting from COVID-19 and long COVID-19

Who should attend?
Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, dieticians, nurses, physicians, radiologists, students (Day 1 only) and therapy assistants (Day 1 only).

Registration fee includes break refreshments and certificate of completion. Lunch is on your own.

Presenter Biographies:

Jayme Inkpen BSc, MSc OT(c), DCA, is a licensed and certified occupational therapist with 17 years of clinical experience working within various settings including continuing care, out-patients, and acute care. She has been a dysphagia therapist for 17 years. Jayme has worked within Alberta Health Services (AHS) since 2005 and currently practices in a busy Edmonton area acute care center.  Jayme completed her undergraduate education in biological sciences and graduate education in occupational therapy at the University of Alberta. When not working clinically Jayme instructs and creates curriculum within the inter-disciplinary therapy assistant program at Norquest College. Here she teaches both OT specific and inter-disciplinary communication courses. Jayme has participated in various AHS initiatives to develop OT specific policies and procedures for feeding and swallowing assessment as well as to provide OT specific insight into connect care feeding and swallowing documentation. Jayme has extensive training and experience within the field of feeding and swallowing.  Jayme feels that her patients receive the best dysphagia care when assessed and treated from an inter-disciplinary, patient-centered perspective. When not working or teaching Jayme is the proud and busy mom of 2 energetic young boys.

Marta Deniaud, BSc, MA, R. SLP, S-LP(C), is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist with over 19 years of experience working in out-patient and acute clinical settings. She has worked within Alberta Health Services (AHS) since 2003.  Marta completed her undergraduate education in psycholinguistics at the University of Alberta and her graduate education at Western Washing University.  She has served patients in both educational and hospital settings in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.  Presently, she holds membership in several Canadian and American professional committees.  Marta has extensive experience and specialized training in feeding and swallowing disorders.  She believes in a synergistic approach to interdisciplinary dysphagia management in her current clinical role.  Her approach to therapy is patient-centered and holistic. When Marta is not working clinically, she is a dedicated and busy mother of 3 young children.

Venue Details:
Aurora Room, Lister Conference Centre
11613 – 87 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6
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October 22, 2022
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$130.00 – $425.00
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Aurora Room Lister Centre Conference Centre
11613 - 87 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2X2 Canada
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