Books to Read-Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of the Swallow Mechanism

swallowing mechanism

This book is a great read to help understand the anatomy and physiology of the swallowing system.  It breaks the information down into an easy-to-read format.  This is a book that I used extensively when studying for for BCS-S exam and still have the book to reference when I question anatomy or physiology.  Definitely worth the money (although you may want to look for it used).

Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of the Swallow Mechanism by Kim Corbin-Lewis, Julie M. Liss and Kellie L. Sciortino

Books to Read-Drugs and Dysphagia

drugs and dysphagia

What a great reference for any medical Speech Pathologist.  This book talks about the medications that can affect the swallowing process and how they affect swallowing.  The nice part is that it is also a small, pocket-sized book making it easy to carry around with you as you work with patients.

Drugs and Dysphagia:  How Medications Can Affect Eating and Swallowing by Lynette Carl and Peter Johnson.

Books to Read-The Source for Pediatric Dysphagia

source pediatric dysphagia

If you saw my last Books to Read post and LOVE The Source for Dysphagia, this is another must-have for pediatric SLPs.

This is another great book discussing dysphagia in the pediatric population along with assessment and treatment ideas for various dysfunctions.  This book not only offers great advice, but forms that you can utilize in your practice.

The Source for Pediatric Dysphagia by Nancy Swigert

The End of The…………Year

Wow.  So glad that in a few hours we’ll be ringing in the new year.  I can’t wait to ring it in with my family at home!  The last few years, I’ve been out and about on New Year’s Eve, this year, we’re partying at home.

This year has been full of a lot of new experiences for me.  I was approached at the beginning of the year to begin speaking on dysphagia for PESI.  My first speaking engagements were in North Carolina in December.  I absolutely LOVED it!  Granted, I still have some kinks to iron out in the professional speaking world, but all in all, I thought it went pretty well.  I can’t wait for my next speaking engagement in January down south again, then in Illinois in June.

I continued work on my BRS-S and finally was accepted!!  Not only accepted, I passed my test!  I can now officially put BRS-S after my name.  Such long-sought and hard-earned letters!!

Soon after I earned my BRS-S, I was promoted to Rehab Director of our department.  I’m still learning the ropes and working on improving our department.  I love the new job duties though.

I went to ASHA and had the opportunity to visit old friends and meet new friends.  As always, I had such a fun time!  I again had the opportunity to present a poster session.  It had a great turnout.  I worked in the SmartyEars booth, which is so much fun.  It’s always great to meet people and show off SmartyEars apps.  I always feel a lot of pride when people want to see a demonstration of Dysphagia2Go.  I would love to say that I attend the ASHA convention for the CEU’s, but I attend for the socialization.  That is one week of the year I feel like I am in “SLP heaven”.

I decided to end this post with a list.  Everyone always wants to know my recommendations.  Here are my top CEU courses, books and apps related to dysphagia.

Top CEU courses:

The VitalStim course by CIAO seminars is invaluable.  It’s absolutely great information, with such a huge emphasis on anatomy and physiology.  It is definitely worth the price whether you use the device or not.

MBSImP course by Bonnie Martin-Harris, provided by Northern Speech Services is another outstanding course.  Again, this course is based on the anatomy and physiology of the swallow and using it in interpretation of Modified Barium Swallow Studies.

Of course, my Dysphagia course.  I like to think that it is full of invaluable information.  🙂

Top Books on Dysphagia:

Dysphagia Following Stroke by Stephanie K. Daniels and Maggie Lee Huckabee is absolutely excellent.  I’m in the process of re-reading it.  It is a book I will keep.

Drugs and Dysphagia.  Great reference.

The Source for Dysphagia by Nancy Swigert is my bible.  I LOVE that book.

Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of the Swallowing Mechanism.  Absolutely must-read!!

My TOP APPS for Dysphagia

Of course my top vote goes to Dysphagia2Go.  I use this app all the time when I do a clinical evaluation of swallowing.  It lets me input all my data and then allows me to print a report of my findings.  This app is available for $39.99 on iTunes.

Dysphagia by Northern Speech Services costs $9.99 and offers amazing pictures of swallowing and swallowing deficits to share with your patients.

Lab Tests is a $2.99 app that allows you to look up lab values, their meanings and why the tests are performed.  This app does not require wi-fi to run.

Macromedex is a free drug app that is amazing and gives you not only information about the drug, but possible side effects, warnings, etc.  You can look up virtually any drug.

Cranial nerves is a $2.99 app that gives you information on all 12 cranial apps.  Not only does it give you the in-app information, but also allows you to, with the push of a button, access further information on the app on Wikipedia and Google.

I hope everyone has an amazing 2013.  I so look forward to all the new and great things to come!