Health Care Connect - Dysphagia

Muscle Strengthening Approaches to Dysphagia Rehabilitation (HC25)

Sunday, July 22
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Room 318-320
CE: 0.2 ASHA CEUs/2.0 PDHs

This session is eligible for Pennsylvania Act 48 professional education hours.

Muscle strengthening approaches are commonly used in the clinical treatment of dysphagia. This session will provide an overview of muscle structure and function in swallowing and outline key elements in the design of muscle strengthening approaches. The session will review the efficacy for commonly used approaches, including device-facilitated strengthening treatments. The presenter will share a clinical decision framework and employ case studies to support clinical application and implementation of muscle strengthening approaches.

Learning Objectives:

Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison and William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD, CCC-SLP is an assistant professor in the departments of Medicine and Surgery and affiliate faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Additionally, she is the director of the Swallowing Research Program in the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital as well as director of the multi-site Veteran Health Administration’s (VHA) Intensive Dysphagia Treatment (ID) clinical program. The goal of Rogus-Pulia’s research program is to systematically identify and characterize factors underlying dysphagia in older adults and translate these findings into novel, evidence-based treatments for prevention of pneumonia onset. Her specific research interests include the effects of tongue strengthening on swallow function and health status, the impact of altered salivary production on swallowing, and the design of interventional studies for dysphagia in patients with dementia. Rogus-Pulia has grant funding from the VHA, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) to support this work.

Financial Disclosures: Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

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