About this course

The role of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in dysphagia management has changed considerably over the past decade. Despite being regarded as "swallowing experts", evidence suggests that many SLPs question their knowledge base, skills and competence in swallowing and swallowing disorders. This course will help bust some myths and provide students and clinicians with revolutionary learning solutions to jumpstart their knowledge in the area of dysphagia management.

After watching this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the evolution of the SLP's role in dysphagia management
  2. Identify inefficiencies in traditional SLP training in normal and disordered swallowing
  3. Explore novel solutions for improving dysphagia education and training

Taught By

Ianessa Humbert and Rinki Varindani Desai

Ianessa Humbert and Rinki Varindani DesaiDr. Ianessa Humbert is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She has expertise in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Dr. Humbert’s research program is focused on the physiological mechanisms of swallowing disorders and the development of rehabilitation strategies for dysfunction. Dr. Humbert’s research has been steadily supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, The American Heart Association, and The American Speech Language Hearing Association since 2006. Dr. Humbert is a widely sought after invited speaker at several regional, national, and international clinical and scientific meetings. She has created online courses for CEU credit on swallowing physiology and clinical practice, and is the author of the Swallowing Pocket Guide: A Quick Reference for Muscles and Innervation, which has sold several hundred copies nationally and internationally.

Rinki Varindani Desai is an ASHA-certified medical speech-language pathologist, a certified brain injury specialist and certified dementia practitioner; specializing in the assessment and treatment of cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders in adults. She has extensively treated adults with dysphagia in the acute care and long-term care medical settings. Rinki has founded the Medical SLP Forum, co-created the mobile app Dysphagia Therapy and is the co-founder of Dysphagia Grand Rounds and the Swallowing Training and Education Portal websites. She currently serves as the Associate Editor of Perspectives on ASHA’s SIG 13 Editorial Review Committee as Co-Chair on the Dysphagia Research Society’s Website, Communications and Public Relations Committee and volunteers with the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders. She has spoken at a several national and international conferences and written articles on topics related to adult dysphagia. Originally an SLP from Mumbai, India; Rinki currently practices in Dallas, Texas.