East Tennessee Symposium: Current Topics in Dysphagia


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A one-day symposium for Speech-Language Pathologists in East Tennessee who provide services to patients in medical, rehabilitative, and long-term care facilities. This is a show of appreciation by SA Swallowing Services to these professionals.

Registration is limited to 50 participants.

To Register: Click “Add to Cart” below. Complete the Billing Information. Tell us if you have special dietary needs in the Additional Information Box.  Then Pay.  You are registered!


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Symposium Information:


Saturday, July 8, 2023

Hosted by:

SA Swallowing Services, Nashville TN


Buckingham Retirement Community, 7303 Manderly Way, Knoxville, TN 37909

Intended Audience:

Speech-Language Pathologists working in nursing care units and rehabilitation hospitals in East Tennessee.

Local Contact: Jessica Scott (flpescott@gmail.com)

Registration/Course Contact: John R. Ashford, Ph.D. John@sasspllc.com


To provide a symposium for Speech-Language Pathologists working in nursing care facilities and rehabilitation hospitals in east Tennessee on topics relevant to dysphagia assessment and management in their patient-care populations.

Objectives: At the completion of this conference participants should be able to:

  • Contrast signs of reflux from signs/symptoms of dysphagia

• Explain the benefits of flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)

• Identify the basic components of ethical practice with dysphagia evaluation and treatment.

• Explain the importance of water for normal homeostatic function

• Associate the impact of medications and drug classes on dysphagia

• Explain the pathogenesis of pneumonia

Presenters and Disclosures:

Sherri Coker, RN, M.S., CCC-SLP: Financial: Paid presenter; Nonfinancial: None.

Christina Everett, M.S., CCC-SLP: Financial: Paid presenter; Nonfinancial: None.

Jessica Scott, M.S., CCC-SLP:Financial: Paid presenter; Nonfinancial: None.

Matthew Ward, M.S., CCC-SLP:Financial: Paid presenter; Nonfinancial: None.

Buckingham Retirement Community: Financial: None; Non-Financial: Use of their facilities.

Course Agenda:

7.45-8:00            Check-in – Coffee and Lite Breakfast

8:00-8:30           Welcome and Introduction

8:30-9:30            Instrumental Swallowing Evaluation:  Why We  Should LOOK

9:30-10:00         Considering GERD When Diagnosing and Treating Dysphagia

10:00-10:15        Break

10:15-11:15          Ethical Considerations for Dysphagia Evaluation and Treatment

11:15-12:15           Medications and Dysphagia: Considerations for SLPs

12:15-1:15            Fun Lunch Provided – Game & Giveaways

1:15-1:45             Water: A Vital Component for the Human Body

1:45-3:00            Pneumonia: What Do We Really Know?

3:00-3:30           Final Raffle Drawing and Closing Remarks 

Course Registration and Fee:

  • $15.00 per participant.
  • Complete the registration information requested on the Checkout Page.
  • In the Additional Information Box, please let us know if you
    have special dietary needs.
  • Participants must pay online using a credit card only. NO checks.

Continuing Education Credit:

This course is offered for a total of 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level).  Partial Credit is not given.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancelations must be in writing, preferably via email.

If you cancel 30 days or more before the course date, full tuition, less credit card processing fees, will be refunded within 30 days following the course completion date.

If you cancel between 11 and 29 days prior to course, 50% tuition will be refunded.

If you cancel 10 days or less prior to course, loss of tuition.

Requests to switch registration to a later course, if received 30 days or more prior to the original registered course, will be made without charge.

Requests to switch courses received less than 30 days prior to the original course date will be subject to a $150.00 reprocessing and scheduling charge.

If SASS cancels a previously advertised and scheduled training course or even, full registration plus credit card processing fees will be reimbursed.