Dysphagia Treatment Puzzle

Dysphagia Treatment Puzzle: Fitting the Pieces TogetherPuzzle

January 18, 2016

Presented by
Department of Rehabilitation Services GRHealth
and the Division of Professional and Community Education

Meeting Location
Children's Hospital of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta, GA
Conference Room BT 1810 (1st floor)

This event is co-sponsored by the Communication Science and Disorders Department at the University of South Carolina.

Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists working with patients with swallowing dysfunction. This course is designed for therapists practicing at the intermediate level.

As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, participants will be able to:
A. Describe at least three basic requirements needed to classify an “activity” as “exercise.”
B. Describe the structure and muscle fiber type associated with oropharyngeal musculature.
C. Name two central and/or peripheral changes that occur in response to conditioning and/or deconditioning.

Children's Hospital of Georgia, Conference Room BT1810
7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Overview of central control of swallowing & muscle composition
9:00 a.m. Overview of neuromuscular response to conditioning and deconditioning
9:30 a.m. Principles of exercise science
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Review of research pertaining to exercise treatments in dysphagia
11:15 a.m. Applying principles & research to practice: Evaluation to treatment
12 noon Lunch (Light lunch provided)
12:30 p.m. Applying principles and research to practice: Evaluation to Treatment
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Documenting and measuring progress
3:15 p.m. Case presentations
4:00 p.m. Q&A/Evaluation
4:30 p.m. Adjourn


Jane C. Willson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Director of Rehab Services


Dr. Lori Burkhead MorganDr. Burkhead Morgan
Dr. Morgan has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 1994 in a variety of healthcare settings including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, subacute, and acute care with level-one trauma center designation. She earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Florida in 2005 while continuing clinical practice. She has developed an expertise in evaluation and treatment of swallowing and communication disorders in medically complex patients, particularly those with head and neck cancer and respiratory compromise. She has published several peer-reviewed articles regarding evaluation and treatment of dysphagia and presented on the topic to both domestic and international audiences. Dr. Burkhead Morgan is currently part-time faculty at the University of Georgia, Communication Sciences & Disorders Program as well as the Department of Neurology in the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Morgan received in kind support in the form of equipment to demonstrate sEMG biofeedback therapy for this seminar. She also serves as an educational consultant for Passy-Muir, Inc.
Non-Financial Disclosures: There are no non-financial disclosures to declare.

Handouts will be available for download online at http://tinyurl.com/dysphagia2016

7.0 Contact Hours. This course is offered for 0.7 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

This activity includes 7.0 hours of instruction and attendance at the entire activity is approved by Augusta University for a maximum of .7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The registration fee is $195. Early registration is encouraged to ensure your enrollment.

Cancellations: A refund will be made upon written request prior to January 4, 2016; however, $35 will be retained to cover administrative fees. We reserve the right to cancel the program if necessary. Full registration fees will be refunded for canceled programs. Augusta University cannot be responsible for reimbursement of airline or other transportation fares, hotel or rental car charges, including penalties.


  • Mail the REGISTRATION FORM>>  with payment to: Division of Professional and Community Education, Augusta University, 919 15th Street, Augusta, Georgia 30912
  • Fax the   REGISTRATION FORM>> with credit card payment to 706-721-4642.
  • Call the Division of Professional and Community Education at 706-721-3967 or 1- 800-221-6437

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize individual comfort zones are different. Please bring a jacket or light wrap in case the room is too cool for your comfort.
The Division of Continuing Education of the Medical College of Georgia complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilities or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education activity, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.