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

San Diego, CA

September 12-13, 2020

#2330 | 1.2 ASHA CEUs

1 person: $345 $325

2-4 people: $325 $305

5+ people: $305 $285

Sale thru 8/29/20


Event Rescheduled – New Dates Are September 12-13, 2020.

3.20.20. In response to the evolving situation with COVID-19 we have rescheduled this event for September 12-13, 2020. (Former dates were May 2-3.)
  • Those of you with confirmed registrations for May have been moved to September automatically
  • If you had made hotel or flight reservations, please contact your hotel / airline.
  • If you had not yet enrolled for this seminar and would like to attend, registration is again open. Click Enroll Now.


Who Should Attend?

SLPs who work with adult dysphagic patients across the care continuum, including:

  • Hospital Acute
  • Hospital Outpatient
  • Hospital Rehab
  • Skilled Nursing
  • Long-Term Care
  • Home Health

Seminar Description:

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.

Topics Covered:

  • 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 magnify the effects of disease.
  • Discuss various compensatory and restorative behavioral treatments to determine when they are, and are not, appropriate.

Content Disclosure: The content of this 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.

If you require special accommodations for a disability or health-related need, please let us know in writing at least 4 weeks prior to the seminar. You are welcome to email your request to

  1. Describe the ventilatory and respiratory roles of the respiratory system.
  2. State how common pulmonary diseases affect normal breathing.
  3. List three risk factors for pneumonia.
  4. Describe the effects of aging on the respiratory system.
  5. Explain how parts of the digestive system work in healthy states.
  6. List one esophageal disorder related to speech pathology practice.
  7. List two behaviors to identify when assessing a patient with a tracheostomy.
  8. State one compensatory intervention technique that would be appropriate for a patient with a digestive disorder.
  9. State one restorative intervention technique that would be appropriate for a patient with a pulmonary disorder.
  • Attend a 2-day conference with SLP Dysphagia expert, James Coyle!
  • Door prize! Each attendee is automatically entered to win 1 of 2 Dysphagia related books – each valued at $69! Winners announced at the event. Must be present to win.
  • Organized & professionally hosted event!
  • Evidence-based, treatment-focused workshop! Not just theoretical models.
  • Walk away with knowledge that can be implemented immediately into your practice!
  • Certificate of Completion for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (12 contact hours)!
  • Free Coffee & Tea!
  • Reusable bag with everything you’ll need including an NSS pen!


  • 7:30am – 7:55am

    Attendee Check In and Onsite Registration (Coffee & Tea)

  • 7:55am – 8:00am

    Welcome and General Seminar Information

  • 8:00am – 8:30am

    The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in a Medical Setting

  • 8:30am – 9:30am

     The Two Components of Breathing and Why They are Interdependent and Important

  • 9:30am – 10:30am

    Common Pulmonary Diseases in Adults and How They Alter Breathing and Swallowing

  • 10:30am – 10:45am


  • 10:45am – 11:45am

    Is it Pneumonia, Aspiration Pneumonia, or Something Else and How Do Lungs Respond to Pneumonia?

  • 11:45am – 12:45pm

    Lunch on Own

  • 12:45pm – 1:15pm

    The Effects of Aging on the Respiratory System

  • 1:15pm – 2:00pm

    Understanding Chest X-Ray Reports

  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm

    Understanding the Digestive System and Its Many Functions

  • 2:45pm – 3:00pm


  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm

     Normal Esophageal Structure and Function and Esophageal Test Procedures: What Do These Things Mean?                      

  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm

    Structural Disorders of The Esophagus and Implications for the SLP

  • 4:30pm

    Adjourn and Sign Out

  • 7:30am – 7:55am

    Sign In (Coffee & Tea)

  • 8:00am – 9:00am

    Esophageal Motility Disorders and Treatment Protocols Including Considerations for Reflux Disease

  • 9:00am – 9:45am

    Tracheostomy Considerations and Effect on Swallowing

  • 9:45am – 10:00am


  • 10:00am – 11:00am

    Assessment and Treatment Planning for Patients with Tracheostomy: Are Protocols the Answer?

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm

    Lunch on Own

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm

    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

  • 1:00pm – 2:15pm

    Restorative Treatments for Dysphagic Patients: What Are They And Who Can Benefit from These Interventions?

  • 2:15pm – 2:30pm

    Summary And Questions

  • 2:30pm

    Adjourn, Sign Out and Certificates

Speaker Profile

James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow, is a Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh where he teaches courses in the Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology and courses in the SLP Clinical Doctorate Program. He also supervises undergraduate and graduate student dysphagia research. Dr. Coyle evaluates patients and teaches clinical practicum at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals and is funded by the NIH to investigate the use of technology and signal processing in the screening and treatment of dysphagia. Other research includes the effects of exercise in relating dysphagia caused by radiation therapy for head and neck cancer and investigation of brain networks related to swallowing function. He's a Fellow of ASHA and received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — James Coyle is a 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

Live Course Location:

Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel
1433 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

Phone: 619-260-0111
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Daytime onsite parking is complimentary for seminar attendees. Overnight parking fees may apply. Contact hotel for current parking fees.

Hotel Accommodations: 

A limited number of rooms has been held for seminar attendees at the rate of $149, plus taxes. Request the Northern Speech Services Room Block when calling 619-260-0111 or use this link for online hotel reservations. Please make your hotel reservations early as the room block will close on August 10 or sooner if rooms are filled.

This program is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Intended Audience

Speech-language pathologists who evaluate and treat adult patients with dysphagia across the continuum of care, including skilled nursing facilities, home health, outpatient and hospital settings.

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.

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."

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