Friday’s Program

Friday, April 16

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Session 1 - Ask MSHA

This session will utilize a panel discussion format comprised of MSHA Executive Board members and ASHA Advisory Council to focus on issues and trends impacting the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology including reimbursement, legislation at state and federal levels, graduate level training programs, state licensure requirements and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) implementer model. Panel members will detail how these issues directly impact the practices of speech-language pathologists and audiologists and will provide information as to how actions at the local, state and national levels can influence change. Participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions and to contribute to the discussion.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Restate two main points from the presenter’s ideas or research
  • Cite two resources for further research on the topics presented
  • Articulate one way they could apply this new research or clinical practice in their work setting.

Level of Learning: Introductory | Track: Multi-Interest

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Session 2 - Challenging Pediatric Cases…What Do I Do?

Jennifer Lane Lehr, MS, CCC-SLP, Aspire Therapy LLC; Linda Ernst, MS, CCC-SLP, Children’s Mercy Hospital—Kansas City; Janelle Stevens, CCC-SLP MA, Children’s Mercy Hospital

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, SLPs have not been able to readily interact with other professionals to troubleshoot difficult clinical cases. The presenters for this seminar will discuss known problem solving paradigms and intervention strategies that can be used with challenging pediatric communication/feeding clients. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with the panel and troubleshoot as a group about difficult pediatric cases. Break out groups, group polling, and collaborative discussion will be used in this presentation.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • List three therapy resources available at websites from the field of speech-language pathology as well as other related fields.
  • Describe existing problem-solving paradigms that can be used to troubleshoot challenging cases.
  • Apply the presented paradigms and resources to case studies presented or difficult cases within their own practice.

Level of Learning: Intermediate | Track: Speech/Language Pathology

Session 3 - Tracheostomy and Laryngectomy: Not Just Altered Anatomy

Bridget Guenther, MS, CCC-SLP, Atos Medical, Inc.

This course will provide the attendee with an overview of the changes to anatomy, voice, swallowing, and quality of life after tracheostomy and total laryngectomy. Attendees will discover considerations to improve evaluation in these domains. Discussion will include practical solutions to enhance treatment outcomes and quality of life for patients with tracheostomy and total laryngectomy. Additionally, concepts related to the role of COVID-19 and aerosol generating procedures as well as recommendations for working with tracheostomy and laryngectomy will be covered.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast differences in anatomy and physiology between patients with tracheostomy vs. patients with total laryngectomy
  • Identify the changes in swallow physiology that occur in patients after tracheostomy and total laryngectomy
  • Describe ways to improve pulmonary function and verbal communication after patients undergo tracheostomy and total laryngectomy