Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease preceded only by Alzheimer's disease. Abnormalities occur during swallowing in nearly all individuals with Parkinson's at some time in the disease course. Dysphagia in Parkinson's disease results in a variety of serious functional, psychological, and quality-of-life consequences with aspiration pneumonia being one of the leading causes of death. For maximum effect, swallowing management must be a part of the patient's total plan of care, initiated early in the disease course, and be aggressive in nature. The swallowing care plan must be directed by targeted and regular ongoing assessment to guide both rehabilitative and compensatory approaches.
This course will discuss components of a targeted assessment of swallowing, saliva, eating, and speech in individuals with Parkinson's disease. Videofluoroscopic swallow study clips will demonstrate common oropharyngeal swallowing abnormalities. Extensive discussion will focus on both compensatory approaches and rehabilitative techniques including oral health, airway dynamics and respiratory muscle strength, nutrition, and airway protection maneuvers. Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours.
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The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Paula A. Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, currently is a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist in the Department of Neurology/Speech Section, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, FL. Paula's clinical expertise and research are focused on swallowing disorders in head and neck cancer and at end-of-life. She has been affiliated with numerous comprehensive cancer centers, including H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, Sylvester Cancer Center, Miami, FL, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Paula also has participated as part of numerous clinical research trials in swallowing.
Paula served as a co-regional primary investigator for the largest controlled, randomized research trial in oropharyngeal dysphagia funded by the National Institutes of Health (Protocol 201). Protocol 201 examined the effectiveness of chin down and thickened liquids in individuals with dementia and Parkinson's disease both with and without dementia. Other research activities include collaborating with Dr. Jeri Logemann on numerous National Cancer Institute clinical swallowing protocols in head and neck cancer. Additionally, Paula has published numerous articles, book chapters, and co-authored books, including Swallowing Intervention in Oncology and the Easy-To-Swallow, Easy-To-Chew Cookbook. She also has co-authored multiple national guidelines, directives, and policies relating to oropharyngeal swallowing disorders for both the Veterans Health Administration and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a board recognized specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Paula is an ASHA Fellow and former coordinator of ASHA's Division 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She was named "2013 Clinician of the Year" by the Association of Veterans Affairs Speech-Language Pathologists.
Financial — Paula Sullivan is a coauthor of the text, "Easy-To-Swallow; Easy-To-Chew Cookbook"; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Paula Sullivan is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Paula Sullivan has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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"The information presented was beneficial in treating my pt. population. Will be able to apply what I learned immediately with my pts." B.O. (Oct. 2021)
"The intervention section and theoretical background were beneficial for my daily practice." H.B. (June 2021)
“I enjoyed the information presented. It was practical and useful for my work with PwP.” – S.L. (Feb. 2021)
“The examples to aid rehab and the outcome of each exercise and what part of the swallow were helpful.” – A.L. (Jan.2021)
“The assessment, severity rating tools, treatment, and review of evidence-based practices were very interesting. The speaker was excellent, with excellent use of case presentations and video. This course is very well organized.” – M.M. (Aug. 2020)
“I felt that this course provided a thorough review of material on dysphagia in individuals with Parkinson's Disease.” – M.H. (Jul. 2020)
"It was an in-depth and covered all objective areas. I appreciated the break down of all terms and studies completed. I also really appreciated the videos." – S.W. (May 2020)
"I liked ALL the information; it was all relevant to my scope of practice." – K.E. (Apr. 2020)
"The presenter was concise and informative. The discussions regarding treatments including LSVT and EMST effects on Dysphagia were excellent." – K.R. (Mar. 2020)
"Good explanations. I enjoyed the rehab and compensatory strategies." – I.W. (Jan. 2020)
"I appreciated going over the origins of Parkinson's in the brain and the specific treatment/compensatory discussions. I liked the detail on treatment benefits and case studies shared." – P.C. (Dec. 2019)
"Well organized with good examples & videos. Very comprehensive. A great presentation." – N.M. (Dec. 2019)
"The overview of compensatory strategies and rehabilitative techniques and importance of baseline MBSS and ongoing follow up w/SLP. I like that it covered the most salient points about PD, early onset s/s, protocols, and research for evidence basis, treatment to include rehabilitative techniques. All topics were covered well." – G.O. (Nov. 2019)
"I liked the practicality and strong use of evidence-based information regarding effective rehabilitative exercises and compensatory techniques." – H.L. (Oct. 2019)
"Direct and efficient course...no fluff information, just beneficial content that I can use with my patients and colleagues. I appreciated the conversation about how to counsel, educate, assess and treat in a variety of ways over the progression of PD to best serve patients and their caregivers." – A.L. (Sept. 2019)
"I appreciated going over the benefits of swallow exercise program for PWP. I liked the practical information and realistic goals for PWP." – C.J. (Aug. 2019)
"I hadn't realized how predictive drooling was for rates of silent aspiration. I appreciated the updated recommendations for MBSS to include having patients feed themselves and assessing patient's ability to safely consume different sized bolus presentations." – M.P. (July 2019)
"I found the discussion of compensatory and rehabilitative treatment to be the most beneficial for my daily practice. I really enjoyed the integration of various studies in the presentation. I think it really emphasizes the importance of evidence-based practice." – K.B. (June 2019)
"I like that the course offers applicable strategies for many complaints that I frequently encounter working with PwP." – C.B. (May 2019)
"Going over the EMST therapy approach and compensatory strategies for dry mouth was most helpful. I liked the practical information that was given that I can immediately put into practice with patients." – T.C. (Apr. 2019)
"The discussion about involving patient and family wishes early on and respecting the patient's wishes, despite recommendations, was most beneficial. The patient examples and discussion of past patients and plan of care were very helpful to tie into clinical practice." – A.M. (Apr. 2019)
"I appreciated the Rehabilitative and Compensatory approaches I did not know of, that I will implement in my daily practice with PD patients. I liked the evidence-based results and the nuances brought about by the efficiency of some often used techniques such as liquid thickening." – A.P. (Mar. 2019)
"All of the information regarding treatment was most helpful. I learned new information, particularly about gum chewing and Expiratory Muscle Strength Training. The presenter was very clear and the handout followed the content very closely." – L.H. (Feb. 2019)
"I appreciate the practical suggestions that I can offer my patients right away in order to help them manage dysphagia. I most enjoyed the review of subclinical dysphagia. It is a great reminder to advocate for early intervention for PwP." – A.D. (Jan. 2019)
"I enjoyed the overview of Tx procedures and consistent use of evidence via clinical research results." – S.A. (Dec. 2018)
"Great review of PD, current research, and application to the overall clinical picture. Going over the treatment applications and clinical decision making was most helpful." – K.V. (Nov. 2018)
"The content was well organized, there was lots of good information on treatment, and I enjoyed the real-life case study at the end of the course that applied all the information discussed." – A.G. (Oct. 2018)
"The information on saliva/drooling management will be particularly helpful with an anticipated pt referral. Ms. Sullivan was very knowledgeable and clear with her presentation." – L.K. (Sept. 2018)
"I thought PD was well described & there was lots of good information of best practice for treating PwP." – J.H. (Aug. 2018)
"The discussion on EMST use to improve hyolaryngeal function for increased swallow safety was excellent." – L.S. (July 2018)
"Very clear, great evidence presented, gave clear treatment techniques and how/when to use them." – A.B. (June 2018)
"Wow...all information was terrific. I will share more complete information about dysphagia with patients but also have more intervention suggestion to use! The presenter was very informed with good research to support all of her presentation. The handout was also very helpful, and I will keep it to refer back to. Very thorough overall." – J.S. (May 2018)
"I liked personalizing the information to discuss specific cases and the ethics involved in decision making." – S.F. (Apr. 2018)
"The instructor did a phenomenal job explaining dysphagia care management in persons with Parkinson's disorders. I really love the explanation of rehabilitative techniques for persons with Parkinson's." – M.G. (Apr. 2018)
"Excellent research-based presentation with concise, clearly presented compensatory and rehabilitative techniques." – G.E. (Feb. 2018)
"The functional strategies to use with patients were most beneficial." – L.R. (Jan. 2018)
"I enjoyed the discussion of rehabilitative vs compensatory techniques and the ease of access for the course." – S.A. (Nov. 2017)
"Going over management of drooling was very helpful for me. I liked the course's narrow focus with thorough coverage of topics." – S.N. (Nov. 2017)
"I liked the specific therapeutic recommendations." – A.G. (Aug. 2017)
"The information concerning honey thickened liquids was especially helpful." – A.M. (Aug. 2017)
"I liked the personal touch the presenter added on at the end, and I really appreciated the information provided about thickened fluids and when to initiate using them." – P.W. (July 2017)
"I enjoyed the specific treatment techniques, compensation strategies and rationale behind them. Very informative and useful course. It mixed information, research, and actual practice topics all in one course." – R.P. (June 2017)