Department of Speech-Language Pathology Workshops

Fall 2021

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"Dysphagia and Adults with Intellectual Disability: A Lifelong Perspective"
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Webinar on Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)

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Featured Speaker: Melissa Farrow (SLP Class of 2012), MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Speech-Language Pathologist with expertise is in the management of disordered swallowing in medically complex populations. Melissa earned her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Duquesne University in 2012 and since then, her passion for helping patients with swallowing problems has been the driving force of her career. Melissa is board certified as a Swallowing Specialist by the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, holds certification as a Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP ©) clinician, and has earned six consecutive ASHA ACE awards for her exceptional commitment to continuing education in dysphagia. Currently, Melissa works as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, where she serves as Chair of the Physical-Nutritional Management Team in caring for those with intellectual disabilities (ID) and complex medical conditions. She also conducts research in the areas of ID and oral care and clinical practice patterns for dysphagia in those with ID.

Abstract: Adults with intellectual disability are at risk for dysphagia. The unique swallowing, feeding, and behavioral challenges experienced in this population must be considerations when assessing and treating these patients. This presentation will discuss the nature of dysphagia management in adults with intellectual disability by exploring the current evidence in this area as it relates to the clinical practice of speech pathologists who assess and treat swallowing disorders in this population.

For more information contact Lori Marra marral@duq.edu or call 412-396-1584.