In order to assess swallowing and identify swallowing disorders accurately, clinicians must have an appreciation of normal swallowing and must be adept at gathering pertinent medical history. This course will assist clinicians in identification of normal swallow variability and recognition of the impact of aging on swallow function. Evidence to support swallow screening will be reviewed and various screening tools described. Strategies for interpreting information from the medical record, including Chest X ray results, laboratory results, and indicators of respiratory function will be provided.
Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders with over 25 years of experience. She is currently a senior Speech-Language Pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts where she provides evaluation and treatment services for adults and children with dysphagia and is involved in program planning and development for inpatient and outpatient programming including quality improvement initiatives, patient education, and clinical policies and protocols. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member and provides clinical supervision at Elms College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, provided numerous regional and national presentations, and lectured at several colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Ms. Mansolillo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Rhode Island College in 1983 and earned her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in 1985 from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing association and is a member of Special Interest Division 13, which focuses on swallowing and swallowing disorders.
The participant will describe the impact of bolus size and viscosity on normal swallowing, and differentiate between normal aging and disordered swallowing.
The participant will describe Chest x-ray terminology suggestive of pneumonia, and identify three laboratory results suggestive of dehydration in the dysphagia patient.
Demonstrate principles and techniques from lecture with two real world case studies.