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Course #: 2295

Medical Speech Pathology and Dysphagia Practice:
Managing Complex Adult Patients with Pulmonary,
Digestive and Airway Disorders

Location Date Price
Fremont, CA (Bay Area)
April 7-8, 2017

CEUs: 1.2

1 person: $325.00 $295.00
2-4 people: $305.00 $275.00
5+ people: $295.00 $275.00

Sale thru 12/31/16

*Groups MUST register at the same time to qualify for the group rate.
Thank you for your interest in this seminar. We are unable to take further registrations as the seminar date has already past. Please feel free to view other uplcoming seminars by clicking here or contacting our office at 888-337-3866.


Speech-Language Pathologists working in the medical setting face unique challenges. Patients referred for evaluation and treatment often have multiple diagnoses impacting swallowing function. This seminar provides essential information on managing these complex adult patients. Discussed will be swallow function and treatment planning as related to body systems, the aging process, and patient lab values. Specifically, this clinically focused seminar will:

  • Identify risk factors of pneumonia. 
  • Differentiate between aspiration and other etiologies of pneumonia.
  • Describe respiratory and deglutitive interactions in the aerodigestive tract.
  • Explain how common pulmonary diseases affect normal breathing.
  • Review common esophageal pathologies and how they could lead to
    dysphagia symptoms.
  • Describe what are appropriate and informed decisions regarding patients
    with a tracheostomy.
  • Explain the meaning of various diagnostic reports in the medical record.
  • Identify when symptoms of dysphagia related to normal aging is not a disease.
  • Discuss various compensatory and restorative behavioral treatments to
    determine when they are, and are not, appropriate.

Note: This seminar will be held Friday afternoon and all day on Saturday.
Lecture times on Friday will be 1:00pm - 6:00pm and on Saturday 8:00am - 4:45pm.  

Cancellation Policy & Late Registration

Registration Cancellation Policy:

Tuition will be refunded less a $25 processing fee if emailed notification is received by NSS up to two weeks prior to the seminar date. Two weeks to 72 hours prior to seminar date: 50% refund; 72 hours or less: no refund. NSS reserves the right to cancel the event up to 7 days prior to the seminar date. If cancelled by NSS full tuition refunds will be issued. Substitutions are permitted if NSS is notified in advance by phone or email.

Late Registration Fee:

Add $20 to tuition rate if registration is received within
2 weeks of the seminar date.

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Friday, April 7, 2017 – Lecture from 1:00pm to 6:00pm

 12:30-12:55  Attendee Check-in & Onsite Registration

 1:00-1:30      The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in a Medical Setting

 1:30-2:30      The Two Components of Breathing and Why They are Interdependent and Important

 2:30-3:30      Common Pulmonary Diseases in Adults and How They Alter Breathing and Swallowing

 3:30-3:45      Break

3:45-4:45       Is it Pneumonia, Aspiration Pneumonia, or Something Else and How Do Lungs Respond to Pneumonia?

4:45-5:15       The Effects of Aging on the Respiratory System

5:15-6:00       Understanding Chest X-Ray Reports

6:00               Adjourn and Sign Out

Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Lecture from 8:00am to 4:45pm

7:30-7:55       Attendee Sign-in

8:00-8:45       Understanding the Digestive System and Its Many Functions

8:45-9:45       Normal Esophageal Structure and Function and Esophageal Test Procedures: What Do These Things Mean?

9:45-10:15     Structural Disorders of The Esophagus And Implications for the SLP

10:15-10:30    Break

10:30-11:30    Esophageal Motility Disorders and Treatment Protocols Including Considerations for Reflux Disease

11:30-12:15    Tracheostomy Considerations and Effect On Swallowing

12:15-1:15      Lunch on Own

1:15-2:15        Assessment and Treatment Planning for Patients with Tracheostomy: Are Protocols the Answer?

2:15-3:15        Compensatory Treatments for the Dysphagic Patient
                          –What They Are and who Can Benefit From These Interventions?
                          –Discussion Will Include Use Of Thickened Liquids And Water Protocols

3:15-3:30        Break

3:30-4:30        Restorative Treatments For Dysphagic Patients: What Are They And Who Can Benefit From These Interventions?

4:30-4:45        Summary And Questions

4:45                Adjourn, Sign Out and Certificates


Speaker Profile

James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an Associate Professor of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh where he co-developed the department's clinical doctorate program in Medical Speech Language Pathology. He teaches undergraduate, Master's and doctoral SLP students both in the classrooms and clinics through his active caseload at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he also conducts dysphagia research. He lectures nationally and internationally about the medical aspects of the speech-language pathology profession. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders, and an ASHA Fellow.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — James Coyle is presenter of CE seminars and online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees and royalties.

Nonfinancial — James Coyle has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

Location & Lodging

Seminar Location:

Washington Hospital (Washington West Building)
Conrad E. Anderson Auditorium
2500 Mowry Ave
Fremont, CA 94538

Phone: 510-797-1111
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Meeting Room: We will meet in the Anderson Auditorium within the West Building located
at 2500 Mowry Ave (separate from the main hospital).  Use the front entrance to Washington West 
and proceed to the hall on your left.  Auditorium is on the ground level.

Parking: Free in the surface lot directly in front of the Washington West Building. 

Nearby Hotels: No room blocks — please negotiate your best available rate. 

Best Western Plus Garden Court Inn

  • Phone: 510-792-4300
  • About 2 miles from conference venue
  • May offer a Washington Hospital rate on request 

DoubleTree Hotel Newark-Fremont

  • Phone: 510-490-8390
  • About 3 miles from conference venue

Residence Inn Fremont 

  • Phone: 510-794-5900
  • About 2 miles from the conference venue

Intended Audience

  • SLP


This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Prerequisite: participant must have a degree in Speech-Language Pathology, or currently be enrolled in a graduate SLP/CSD program.

California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may provide their eligibility on the ASHA CEU Participant Form or inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.  


More Offerings by: James Coyle


  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e29 Aspiration Pneumonia and the Role of the SLP: Using Evidence To Determine Risks Associated With Oral Feeding
James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
0.6 $99.00
e101 Relevance of Lab Values and Medications in Dysphagia Management
James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
0.1 $24.00
e113 Pros And Cons Of Dysphagia Bedside Screening and Assessment
James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
0.25 $44.00
e154 Perspectives on Dysphagia Service Delivery: All About Treatment
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Karen Dikeman, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S and Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jacqueline Hind, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Marta Kazandjian, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Cathy Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jan Lewin, PhD,CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Christy Ludlow, PhD, CCC-SLP and Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP and Jay Rosenbek, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD and Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
2.0 $199.00

Past Participant Comments

"Level of knowledge of presenter is phenomenal.   Wow!!  Good show!"

"This is one of the best programs I have attended. Thank you!"

"Dr. Coyle's clear presentation facilitated learning. Excellent explanations and definition of terms and pulmonary events."

"Very current research is included and instructor tells SLPs how to apply it to everyday practice."

"Very practical information for acute care that we do not get in school."

"Dr. Coyle is personable & well-informed, easily holding my attention..."

"Excellent presentation – very useful in rehab setting.  Enjoyed case studies and questions/answers."

"Clear, concise presentation of practical, useful information; presentation style outgoing/open, conducive to learning."

"Knowledge level is obvious in all related subject areas prompting very useful presentation & discussion."

"Excellent speaker on a very relevant, well presented subject matter with clinical relevance!"

"Very approachable, humble and willing to explain anything..."

"Good use of anecdotes, humor and information. Really held my attention and made presentation interesting."

"Great to hear a lecture from a practicing professional with current knowledge in the field."

"Great presentation — one of the best I've attended!"

"Down to earth — real life perspective."

"Great presenter — good material & excellent speaker. Funny sense of humor."

"So helpful to take info back to acute care physicians."

"In almost 30 years, I've never yet been to an NSS seminar that wasn't informative, stimulating, and wonderfully organized."

"NSS has been consistent in providing interesting and educational opportunities — thanks!"

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