For all of the advancements in dysphagia research and practice that’s taken place over the last decade (it’s been longer than that since I last saw an adult client), some things never seem to change. Today, the most important tool a swallowing clinician has for diagnosis and management of dysphagia is still between the ears.
Indeed, that was one of the most important take aways I got from today’s episode, which features Drs. Ianessa Humbert and Emily Plowman (both of the University of Florida). In today’s episode, we cover how Drs. Humbert & Plowman became interested in dysphagia, their newly merged research laboratories (called Swallowing Systems Core), some current research, and the recent launch of their course titled Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management.
Enjoy the episode!
Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management Course (next offering in March 2016 at the time of this episode release)
YouTube video of Dr. Plowman (discussing her current research involving patients with ALS)
Research Articles Cited (PubMed links):
Aspiration and swallowing in Parkinson disease and rehabilitation with EMST (Troche, lead author)
Transcranial non-invasive brain stimulation in swallowing rehabilitation following stroke–a review of the literature (Sebastian Doeltgen’s paper)
Video-assisted swallowing therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease (Manor, lead author)