Day 2 Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management

What drives your assessment and therapy plans?  

Thank about this.

Are you that person that is in and out in 15 minutes, quick chart check to look at diagnosis, quick med check, look at oral structures and range, trial some food and done?

What about your therapy?  What does that look like?  Are you handing your patient a list of oral motor exercises to complete 10 times each?  Are you watching your patient eat in the dining room?  Are you hooking the patient up to E-Stim and letting them sit with the stim on their neck?

Are you an SLP that maybe thinks you’ve learned all you ever can about dysphagia?  

As a dysphagia specialist, you will NEVER learn everything about dysphagia.  There is always room to grow.  There is always a new course to attend.  There is always that person that is new to the field.  

Sometimes, I’m guilty of attending a course and thinking, yea, what exactly are you going to teach me?  

I went into this Critical Thinking course with high expectations and my expectations were met and exceeded.  This course was FABULOUS!!  It was thought-provoking and very relevant to everyday work. Dr. Humbert and Dr. Plowman are very entertaining and are great at involving participants.

If I had to sum up my experience with this course and tell everyone in one sentence what this course is about it would be this.  Investigate the why of the swallowing difficulties throughout the evaluation and treatment.  The why is the most important part.  If you can justify why there is a problem, you can determine the most appropriate treatment plan.  If you understand the why of your treatment plan, why you chose the techniques you chose and why the patient needs to work on each techinque, you can justify your therapy.  

There will soon be a chirp story created with the tweets from this workshop! 

The best news………..

This workshop will happen AGAIN!!  Keep an eye out for news!!!

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