Professional Development Opportunities

ACSLPA provides these professional development listings for your information. Posting an event does not imply endorsement.

Please Note: Speech-language pathologists or audiologists from outside of Alberta, and not registered with ACSLPA, conducting a speech-language pathology or audiology training course or clinical presentation in Alberta must be registered with ACSLPA with Courtesy Registration before providing professional services. Please contact ACSLPA for more information.

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Day 1 – The Swallowing System: Back to the Basics

To be able to accurately assess and develop a treatment plan for dysphagia, it is of the utmost importance to understand the system, including the muscles, central nervous system and cranial nerves.  The ability to understand the neuro-anatomy and physiology of a normal swallow will enable clinicians to more accurately complete their assessment, diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia.   Understanding the normal swallow, variations of normal and disordered swallows is key for all members involved in the dysphagia plan of care.  Understanding compensations, maneuvers, strategies and when to request instrumental assessments is a large part of our daily job.

DAY 2 – Practical Evidence-Based Strategies for Dysphagia Assessment and Management

Assessment of dysphagia is not standardized but that doesn’t mean you can’t standardize your evaluation.  Learn to enhance your assessment skills using evidence-based assessment strategies and tips for a more complete chart review.  After review of assessment techniques, learn treatment strategies that are evidence based, effective and won’t break your budget.  Learn to utilize assessment and treatment strategies across a continuum of settings including skilled nursing facility, outpatient, hospital or in the home health field.

Co-presenter, Jayme Inkpen, will also share information from an Alberta perspective for occupational therapists:

  • Scope of practice
  • OT approach to bedside assessments – cognition, seating and positioning, adaptive equipment
  • Working as part of a dysphagia team
  • Special considerations and evolving research on post-Covid patients, extubation