This conference will focus on improving evidence-based and theory-based practice patterns of speech-language pathologists working with pulmonary compromised patients. It will include perspectives from a variety of levels of care and relevant assessment and treatment of patients with acute and chronic pulmonary diagnoses. Presentations will include managing patients with COPD-related dysphagia, instrumental assessments (MBS and FEES) with this population, parameters and considerations for assessing and treating patients on high flow nasal cannula, managing tracheostomy and ventilated patients in the long-term setting, evaluating and treating laryngeal airway disorders, assisting orally intubated/ventilated patients in early communication, and a teamwork approach to in-line speaking valves.


Sarah Glenn, MS, CCC-SLP, MBA, BCS-S, is an inpatient therapy supervisor and a speech-language pathologist. Sarah has worked in acute care, inpatient rehab, outpatient, skilled nursing facilities and a mobile MBS company. She is a board certified swallowing specialist and has completed the leadership development program through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Aubrey Dunlap, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in a level I trauma center. She works in inpatient acute care as well as with outpatient laryngectomees. She is passionate about FEES, head and neck cancer, and multidisciplinary collaboration for evidence based practice.

Allison Hoffman, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with a special interest in critical and acute care. She has years of experience in clinical and staff management and program development.

Jessica Lasky, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who currently works in a trauma one medical center and also does mobile FEES studies in local rehab facilities. She also works for a national continuing education company creating educational content and resources for medical-based speech-language pathologists.

Lorie Loreman, DO, is a board certified pulmonologist. She is passionate about best patient care and multidisciplinary involvement. She is an advocate for the role of the speech-language pathologist and the importance of dysphagia management.

Noelle Nicolas, MS, CCC-SLP, has experience working with both children and adults in the schools, skilled nursing facilities, home health and mobile diagnostics. She currently works in a long-term acute care hospital with medically complex patients, as well as with medically complex children in the home setting.

Susie Okun, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with extensive experience in acute care. She is passionate about instrumental exams, staff training and program development.

Dori Scholer, DMA, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who earned her doctorate in vocal performance and second master’s degree in speech, language and hearing sciences from The University of Arizona. Dr. Scholer specializes in the evaluation and treatment of voice and laryngeal airway disorders.

Learner Outcomes

  1. Identify which instrumental studies are most appropriate for various types of pulmonary compromised patients, including those requiring tracheostomies or high flow nasal cannula.
  2. Describe effective management techniques for individuals with vocal cord dysfunction and chronic cough.
  3. Explain therapeutic strategies for addressing speaking valve use across the levels of care.
  4. Identify chest x-ray findings that are relevant to potential dysphagia and aspiration.
  5. Explain the correlation of COPD and dysphagia and how to manage this from a swallow standpoint.
  6. Describe implementation of early communication modalities for ventilated patients.

This course is offered for 0.7 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level, professional area).

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* Requests for refunds must be made in writing and received by September 12, 2019.  A $20 handling fee will be deducted from your refund.



$60 - ArSHA Member
$120 - Non-Member Professional
$30 - ArSHA Student Member
$60 - Student Non-Member

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COPD, CXRs & Dysphagia: Managing the Complicated Pulmonary-Swallow Correlation, Lorie Loreman, DO; Allison Hoffman, MS, CCC-SLP; Susie Okun, MS, CCC-SLP

Instrumental Evaluations in the Pulmonary Compromised Patient, Jessica Lasky, MS, CCC-SLP


Swallowing and High Flow Nasal Cannula: How Much Is Too Much?, Aubrey Dunlap, MS, CCC-SLP

Managing Tracheostomy and Ventilated Patients at the Next Level of Care: What Happens in the Long Term?, Noelle Nicolas, MS, CCC-SLP


Resolving the Paradox: The SLP’s Role in the Evaluation and Management of Laryngeal Airway Disorders, Dori Scholer, DMA, MS, CCC-SLP

Early Communication for the Ventilated ICU Patient, Sarah Glenn, MS, CCC-SLP, MBA, BCS-S


In-Line Speaking Valves: Supporting Teamwork, Confidence, and Consistency, Jessica Lasky, MS, CCC-SLP; Aubrey Dunlap, MS, CCC-SLP; Noelle Nicolas, MS, CCC-SLP