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Breathing, Digestion and Swallowing: Best Practices in Dysphagia Management
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Assessing the Interrelationships Between the Respiratory and Gastroesophageal Systems
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association estimates that more than 15 million people in the United States have dysphagia. With dysphagia being that common, the need for an effective treatment plan is considerable. Furthermore, dysphagia is often correlated with many other medical conditions, including gastrointestinal conditions, nervous system disorders and respiratory disorders. These medical conditions can exacerbate the patient’s dysphagia and complicate the assessment process. Clinicians who fail to recognize the interrelationships between the respiratory and gastroesophageal systems may be under-treating the patient’s condition.

This recording will help give clinicians a clearer picture of the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, their relationship to each other, and their impact on dysphagia management. Disease processes, with particular emphasis on aspiration pneumonia and gastroesophageal reflux disease, will be discussed along with strategies for clinical management. Finish with the skills to thoroughly assess and treat the whole patient, not just their symptoms.

Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a speech-language pathologist and Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing Disorders with over 21 years of experience. She is a senior speech-language pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts where she is involved in evaluation, treatment, and program planning for adults and children with dysphagia.

In addition, she is a clinical supervisor and adjunct faculty member at Elms College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Chicopee, Massachusetts. For over 15 years, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, provided numerous regional and national presentations and served as guest lecturer at several colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts.

Ms. Mansolillo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Rhode Island College and earned her Master of Arts in speech-language pathology from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a member of Special Interest Division 13, which focuses on swallowing and swallowing disorders.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Angela Mansolillo has an employment relationship with Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Angela Mansolillo is board certified specialist, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 


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