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Workshop 4: Novel Clinically Based Treatments for Dysphagia

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This course is pre-recorded so you can take the  course at your own pace. If you have already registered, please access your CE videos & documents within "MY PROFILE" and then "GROUPS" (you will need to sign in to access).


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Dysphagia is strongly associated with poorer quality of life and high levels of distress. Despite this, psychosocial swallowing interventions have received limited attention in the literature. This paper describes the development of a biopsychosocial intervention that addresses both the impairment and psychosocial consequences of eating and drinking difficulties. This session will also discuss how cough is an important airway protective behavior that, along with safe swallowing, helps to maintain pulmonary health. In the past 10 years there have been significant advancements in our knowledge of cough function. This session will provide relevant clinical updates for the evaluation and treatment of cough function in patients with concomitant dysphagia.




  Karen Hegland, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Karen Wheeler-Hegland is an associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.  Her research interests include mechanisms of airway protection disorders in neurodegenerative diseases.   Clinically, she evaluates patients who are candidates for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to determine the swallowing and/or speech risk factors for surgery. Her work is funded by the NIH and MJFox Association.

  Ben Hanson, M Eng, PhD

Dr Hanson is an associate professor at University College London where he researches and teaches biomedical applications of engineering. Alongside this role he runs a private consultancy in food & drink engineering. He researches the rheology of texture-modified foods and drinks used in hospitals and home-care environments. He has designed miniature devices to measure the flow properties of fluids. Dr Hanson is a board member of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative, IDDSI. His recent research looks at the relationships between mechanical properties, deformation and flow, and perception in the mouth and during swallowing. 

Twitter: @benhansonmech


  Joanne Patterson, PhD

Jo qualified from City University, London in 1991 and specialises in head and neck cancer rehabilitation. She completed her Masters in Advanced Dysphagia in 2004 at Newcastle University. She was awarded a NIHR doctoral fellowship in 2005, completed her PhD in 2010 and held a NIHR post-doctoral fellowship 2013-16. She joined the University of Liverpool as Professor of Speech and Language Therapy in 2020. She continues to balance her time between clinical and academic work.

Her research portfolio includes several funded feasibility and pilot studies investigating eating and drinking interventions in head and neck cancer. She is a co-applicant on a number of multi-centre randomized control trials related to dysphagia, funded by National Institute of Health Research (UK) and Cancer Research UK. She is involved in numerous international research collaborations across Europe, USA and Australia. Jo has published over fifty peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. She currently supervises four PhD students and supports numerous speech and language therapists in developing their research careers. She is a Fellow and Professional Advisor for the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, represents Speech & Language Therapy on the ENT national specialty group, is a council member for British Association Head and Neck Oncologists and sits on the National Cancer Research Institute Head and Neck Epidemiology and Survivorship group. 


Karen Hegland, PhD, CCC-SLP
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Hegland is employed by University of Florida Health and receives a salary.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial disclosure exists.

Ben Hanson, M Eng, PhD
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Hanson is employed by the University College of London and receives a salary. He also receives a speaker fee from Fresenius Kabi GmbH, Nestle Health Science, Brake Brothers, Aymes International, Danone, National Association of Care Caterers (UK), Viscgo Ltd and Nomad Foods for presenting, product testing, consultancy and research. Dr. Hanson receives research payments and travel reimbursements from IDDSI and National Institutes of Health for research and board membership as well.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial disclosure exists.

Jo Patterson, PhD
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Patterson is employed by the University of Liverpool and receives a salary.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial disclosure exists.


The presentation is approximately one hour. 


Learning Objectives
After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Identify the types of distress commonly associated with dysphagia.
  • Define the key components of CB-EST.
  • Identify cognitive and behavioral interventions for dysphagia distress.
  • Define three distinct types of cough, and the methods by which cough is evaluated.
  • Identify objective measures of cough, and the resources that identify normative measures for these values.
  • Identify existing treatment options for cough and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each.


Certificate of Completion

  • You will receive your certificate for this course upon completion of the online Learning Assessment. You will find your certificate within your profile under "Professional Development". 
  • Your ASHA CEU credits will be processed through the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Reporting dates are the following: May 30th, June 30th, July 31st and September 30th. After September 30th, reporting dates will be at the end of every quarter. 

This course is offered for .10 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level; Professional area). 


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