Pediatric & Adult Dysphagia: Do You Know Your “Swallowology”?

July 13 – 14, 2019

This course delves into one of the most basic, but also one of most complex, human reflexes: swallowing – and how atypical or dysfunctional swallowing can significantly impact other basic human activities such as drinking, eating and speaking – and overall quality of life.

Course Objectives

  • Understand what is considered typical and atypical swallowing function
  • Recognize 4 causes of pediatric dysphagia
  • Identify the speech and feeding professional therapist role as part of the pediatric swallowing and feeding team
  • Conduct and present a basic swallowing and feeding assessment
  • Apply 3 therapeutic techniques to facilitate improved feeding and swallowing function and safety


Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, TX 77030

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

This program is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).  AOTA CEUs: 1.2

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Colette Ellis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a speech-language pathologist with over 38 years of clinical experience, holding Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She is the owner of 29th Street Therapy Center, and the lead clinician for Grady Memorial Hospital, both in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She has recently launched a mobile FEES (fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) service to better serve patients and families who may not have access to specialized swallowing and voice diagnostics.


Day 1

8:30AM - 12:00PM (15 MIN. BREAK AT 10:45AM)

  • Swallowing basics
  • Impacts of atypical and dysfunctional swallowing on other functions
  • Key terms, definitions and topical information

12:00 – 1:00   Lunch

1:00PM – 4:00PM (15 MIN. BREAK at 2:15PM)

  • Pediatric vs. Adult Dysphagia -- similarities? Differences?
  • Assessing your client
  • Video Review/Discussion

Day 2

8:30AM – 12:00PM (15 MIN. BREAK AT 10:45AM)

  • Focus on Pediatric Dysphagia -- identifying root causes and assessing comorbidities
  • Integrating a basic swallowing program as part of a feeding and/or speech plan
  • Video Review

12:00PM – 1:00PM   LUNCH

1:00PM – 4:00PM (15 MIN. BREAK AT 2:30PM)

  • Practical strategies and tools to apply to your everyday practice
  • Wrap-up/ Q & A


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030
Nightly rate: $115.00 (price varies based on room availability)

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