STEP Swallowing Symposium 2020

11 thought-provoking sessions by dysphagia experts

Our mission at STEP is to make swallowing training and education affordable and accessible to all. With most in-person conferences being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we decided to offer a high-quality, low-cost live swallowing conference virtually, from December 11 - 13, 2020, to help meet students' and clinicians' dysphagia education and training needs. This course is a recorded version of our highly-rated live symposium. It includes recordings of 11 stimulating sessions by dysphagia experts, that were attended by nearly 1000 attendees virtually. We curated these to help you learn not just the basics; but to foster debate, promote critical thinking, and elevate discussions surrounding common issues in adult dysphagia management, across the continuum of care.

Swallowing Symposium 2020 Curriculum

  • 1

    Before You Begin

    • Welcome to STEP Swallowing Symposium 2020

  • 2

    Day 1 Session Recordings

    • Don’t Half-ASSess It: Re-assessing Swallowing Assessment

    • Let Them Eat Cake: Diet Modification in Dysphagia Management

    • ExASPIRATING: How Much Does Aspiration Even Matter?

  • 3

    Day 2 Session Recordings

    • WERK WERK WERK: Rehabilitation v/s Compensation

    • If the Shoe Fits, Wear It: Device-Driven Swallowing Therapy

    • Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Will Biofeedback Help Them All?

    • Do All Settings Matter? SLP Roles Across the Continuum of Care

  • 4

    Day 3 Session Recordings

    • CYA: Documentation in Dysphagia Management

    • 2 Legit 2 Quit: Lifelong Learning and Training in Swallowing

    • I Just Called to Say… How Are You: All About Telehealth

    • Myth-understandings and Top Takeaways: What Have We Learned?

  • 5

    Final Steps

    • ASHA CEU Information

    • Post-Course Evaluation

STEP Swallowing Symposium 2020
Recorded Sessions Course Overview

About: STEP Swallowing Symposium is a high-quality virtual conference for speech-language pathology students and clinicians, to further advance their understanding of swallowing and swallowing disorders. The sessions help foster credible debate, provoke discourse and elevate discussions surrounding issues in adult dysphagia management, across the continuum of care.  

Educational Level: Intermediate - Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related subject matter. Focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of subject matter.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain three key differences between CSE and VFSS assessments
  • Describe the impact of diet modification on patient outcomes
  • Identify the correlation between oropharyngeal dysphagia and aspiration pneumonia
  • Discuss the similarities and differences of common compensatory and rehabilitative techniques for managing dysphagia
  • List at least 3 different devices in dysphagia therapy and criteria for their use in dysphagia management
  • Summarize the advantages of using biofeedback in dysphagia therapy
  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in the roles of SLPs managing dysphagia in various healthcare settings
  • Describe best practices for effective documentation of skilled SLP services in dysphagia management
  • Explain how the clinician can self-assess and improve their skills and competency related to dysphagia assessment and treatment
  • Summarize the considerations for effective service delivery while providing dysphagia services via telepractice

ASHA CEU Information: This course is being offered for 1.1 ASHA CEUs. ASHA CEUs are only being offered to those enrolled in our STEP CEU Membership Plan at this time. All other members can use the 11 hours towards professional development and certification maintenance, but not for ASHA CEU credit. The entirety of this course must be completed in order to earn 1.1 ASHA CEUs. Partial credit is not available for this course. 


 This course is offered for 1.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Symposium Organizers and Speakers

Ianessa Humbert

Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Rinki Varindani Desai

M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS, CDP

Rebecca C. Levy

M.S., CCC-SLP

Main Speakers

Alicia K. Vose

Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Clare Burns

PhD, BSpPath, CPSP

Dan Weinstein

M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Ed Bice

M.ED., CCC-SLP

R. Jordan Hazelwood

Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CCRE

Click here for speaker bios and disclosures

Provocateurs

We also had several exciting provocateurs who helped bust myths, challenged our speakers, and asked thought-provoking questions, to create a unique learning experience for our symposium attendees. Our provocateurs were:

Alicia Vose | Brooke Richardson | Dan Weinstein | Jessica Forbes | Jonathan Waller | Jordan Hazelwood | Karen Sheffler | Kendrea Garand | Phoebe Macrae | Rick McAdoo

Symposium Reviews

5 star rating

One of the best virtual conferences I have ever attended!

STEP COMMUNITY

Stimulating discussions, honest dialogue, heavy clinical focus with EBP sprinkled in; overall lovely content and presenters. Please do this again!

Stimulating discussions, honest dialogue, heavy clinical focus with EBP sprinkled in; overall lovely content and presenters. Please do this again!

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5 star rating

AMAZING Course.

Michelle Burton

WOW....this is one of the best courses I've taken. So much information and loved the format of it. HIGHLY recommend this course to anyone who is treating pts with (or even without) dysphagia.

WOW....this is one of the best courses I've taken. So much information and loved the format of it. HIGHLY recommend this course to anyone who is treating pts with (or even without) dysphagia.

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5 star rating

Excellent course!

brittany rushing

Excellent course! Very informative, especially regarding MBSS documentation and how to critically think about each patient when assessing and developing treatment plans!

Excellent course! Very informative, especially regarding MBSS documentation and how to critically think about each patient when assessing and developing treatment plans!

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5 star rating

HUZZAH

Amy Shipley

Engaging; relevant; and articulates my concerns related to our field.

Engaging; relevant; and articulates my concerns related to our field.

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5 star rating

Swallowing symposium 2020

Kerry Marshall

Discussions on slp roles in assessing and treating swallowing problems and promoting wellness.

Discussions on slp roles in assessing and treating swallowing problems and promoting wellness.

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5 star rating

STEP UP my game!

Joellen Huggins

I loved this program. The topics were relevant. The information shared was based on current research. And, it was all presented in an exciting and engaging way. It prompted me to immediately sign up for the Masterclass series.

I loved this program. The topics were relevant. The information shared was based on current research. And, it was all presented in an exciting and engaging way. It prompted me to immediately sign up for the Masterclass series.

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STEP in the right direction

Kristen Foster

Our field has so much to learn and apply in the area of dysphagia. Loved hearing about new research and ways to progress our field with more EBP. STEP in the right direction!

Our field has so much to learn and apply in the area of dysphagia. Loved hearing about new research and ways to progress our field with more EBP. STEP in the right direction!

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