Esophageal Dysphagia: Applications for the Speech-Language Pathologist (2218)
Carolina Speech Pathology

Esophageal Dysphagia: Applications for the Speech-Language Pathologist (2218)

Regular price $425.00

Julie Huffman, MA, CCC-SLP presents Esophageal Dysphagia: Applications for the Speech-Language Pathologist Courses in 2018. Get registered for one now!

This two day course is offered with 1.55 ASHA CEU’s (Intermediate Level/Professional Area)



  • October 12 & 13, 2018- Buffalo, NY
  • December 15 & 16 - Raleigh, NC

Course Description: 

This is a cutting-edge, 2-day course designed for the intermediate dysphagia therapist.  The SLP will become knowledgeable on various esophageal disorders affecting the oropharyngeal stage of swallowing. Diagnostic ability and treatment planning will be dramatically improved by learning to decipher primary oropharyngeal vs esophageal dysphagia.  Learn to identify laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and GERD and become knowledgeable regarding diagnostic evaluations and medical/ surgical management. You will receive extensive clinical training for advanced interpretation of FEES and MBS to include implementation of the Reflux Finding Score (RFS) and esophageal sweep. Determine appropriate candidates for various tube feeding options given their effect on different stages of swallowing. Evaluation and treatment options for the xerostomic patient will be discussed.


Julie Huffman is a speech-language pathologist at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC. She has 22 years’ experience in dysphagia evaluation and treatment in a variety of settings with current focuses in outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing and oncology services. She has had a special interest in esophageal disorders as they affect oropharyngeal swallowing for the last 15 years.

She has been instrumental in devising new protocols to include consideration of the esophagus for both FEES and MBS studies throughout the continuum of care in her hospital system. She has been teaching on the subject for over 11 years. Julie is pursuing research opportunities related to esophageal disorders and dysphagia. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define various esophageal disorders and their effect on oropharyngeal swallow function
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing the Reflux Finding Score during FEES
  3. Describe and analyze esophageal abnormalities during the MBS esophageal sweep
  4. Determine appropriate recommendations for the patient with primary esophageal dysphagia
  5. Define Xerostomia, its relation to esophageal dysphagia and treatments
  6. Describe effects of enteral feeding on oropharyngeal and esophageal swallow function.

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