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Learning Outcomes and Course Description

This course reviewed regulatory and clinical guidelines for the safe use of telehealth for dysphagia.  This course also reviewed the research available for telehealth for dysphagia as well as current technology available.


  1. Describe basic regulatory guidelines for the safe use of telemanagement of dysphagia.
  2. Identify basic practical/clinical guidelines for the safe use of telemanagement of dysphagia.
  3. Summarize the research evidence available for the use of telehealth for dysphagia management.
  4. Describe new developments in wearable technologies for the tele-management of dysphagia


About the Speakers

SLP/BCBA; SLP

Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Director of Continuing Education, SLP Nerdcast

Tracey Callahan, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Tracey has been been a Speech Pathologist for over 10 years and has worked in public and private schools, early intervention, outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, and most recently private practice. She has experience with children and adults addressing swallowing, language, and cognition. She has a lot of experience with feeding and swallowing and has presented on the topic locally, at the annual ASHA convention and also internationally. Tracey Callahan financial disclosures: Tracey is employed in a private practice setting in Boston MA, owns a private practice, and is the owner of an online learning platform called Guest Monster Games. Tracey Callahan non-financial disclosures: Tracey a member of ASHA and the corresponding special interest group (SIG 13) for Dysphagia.

Georgia Malandraki PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Georgia A. Malandraki, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an Associate Professor of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences at Purdue University and a Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders. Georgia’s research focuses on investigating developmental and treatment swallowing neuroplasticity, and developing rehabilitative and telehealth interventions and wearable technologies for patients with swallowing disorders. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD and NIBIB), private foundations, and several mechanisms through the Purdue Research Foundation. Georgia also continues to do clinical work. Clinically, she serves patients with neurogenic dysphagia across the age span and consults clinicians on the use of safe and reliable dysphagia telehealth services. Finally, Georgia has served on Editorial Boards for ASHA Journals, is currently an Editor for AJSLP, and the current President-Elect of the Dysphagia Research Society.

Speaker Disclosures

Georgia Malandraki financial disclosures: Dr. Malandraki is an employee of Purdue University and receives a salary and grants to support her work.  Dr. Malandraki also receives grants from the National Institute of Health related to work in Telehealth.  Dr. Malandraki is the co-founder of a Purdue initiated startup.

Georgia Malandraki non-financial disclosures: Dr. Malandraki is a member of and the president Elect of the Dysphagia Research Society.  She is also the Indiana Speech and Hearing Association co-chair of the telehealth task force

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.

Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast.

Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Tracey Callahan financial disclosures: Tracey is an employee of SLP Nerdcast, owns a private practice, and is the owner of an online learning platform called Guest Monster Games. 

Tracey Callahan non-financial disclosures: Tracey a member of ASHA and the corresponding special interest group (SIG 13) for Dysphagia. Tracey is a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice



Time Ordered Agenda

15 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

15 minutes:  Review of the regulatory and clinical guidelines for the safe use of telehealth for dysphagia

15 minutes:  Review of the available evidence for the use of telehealth for dysphagia management

10 minutes:  Review of wearable technologies for

5 minutes: Summary and Closing




References and Resources

Brates, D., Molfenter, S. M., & Thibeault, S. L. (2018). Assessing Hyolaryngeal Excursion: Comparing Quantitative Methods to Palpation at the Bedside and Visualization During Videofluoroscopy. Dysphagia, 34(3), 298-307. doi:10.1007/s00455-018-9927-2

IOPE

Purdue "I eat lab"

Direct I Eat Telehealth Resources

ASHA State Telehealth Policies

Australian Resources for Evidence on Telehealth





Disclaimer

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