Sydney National Conference 2017

Featured Presenters

Monday 29 May

9.20am – 10.30am

MKP – Keynote Presentation:

Harnessing principles of plasticity in speech and swallowing rehabilitation

Speech language therapists have the ability to take advantage of neural plasticity in the habilitation and rehabilitation of speech, language and swallowing dysfunction in the developing system during learning and in the acquired system during relearning. Specific principles of plasticity that are of relevance to the practice of the speech language therapist include: use, repetition,

intensity, load, specificity, salience, difficulty, and transference. A detailed overview of each key principle of plasticity will be provided with specific applications to speech, language and swallowing rehabilitation and suggestions for treatment design and implementation to optimise functional outcomes and true recovery of function.

Professor Emily Plowman Professor Emily Plowman completed a Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science with First Class Honours from Curtin University in 2000. Her postgraduate studies were completed in the US (Doctorate in neurorehabilitation supervised by Jay Rosenbek; post-doctoral fellowship in basic neuroscience with Jeffrey Kleim). Emily holds the position of Associate Professor in the departments of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences, Physical Therapy and Neurology at the University of Florida, is clinical director at the Center for Respiratory Rehabilitation and Research, and clinical director of speech pathology services at specialised Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) multidisciplinary clinics at the University of South Florida and the University of Florida. Emily is an accomplished clinician, teacher and an internationally renowned speaker in the area of critical thinking in dysphagia management. Emily is founding Co-Director of the Swallowing Systems Core. Her research focus has been on understanding mechanisms of bulbar dysfunction in neuromuscular disease and improving the clinical management of speech, swallowing and breathing in these challenging patient populations. She holds current funding from both the National Institutes of Health and the ALS Association in this area. Her research in the treatment of bulbar dysfunction in ALS was recognised with the 2013 ASHA Specialty Board in Swallowing Disorders Award.

Monday 29 May

2.15pm - 3.45pm continued 4.15pm - 5.45pm

M2A – Keynote Seminar Presentation: Advanced dysphagia treatment (S) During this dysphagia treatment seminar the following topics will be covered: • Overview of the current state of play for treatment of dysphagia • Review of compensation vs. active interventions for dysphagia • Review of key principles of plasticity that exploit true recovery of function • What is the relative role of strength vs. strength training in dysphagia rehabilitation? • Overview of both expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) and lingual resistance training in dysphagia management that will include a review of supporting evidence and applications for specific patient populations • A hands on live demonstration of both EMST and lingual resistance training and how to obtain and record outcome measures for treatment tracking

Learning objectives: 1. Derive physiologically based treatments to address several of the most common challenging swallowing pathophysiologies 2. Understand key principles of strength vs. skill training in dysphagia rehabilitation 3. Describe concepts of expiratory muscle strength training and lingual resistance training and what individuals may benefit from such programs 4. Design a targeted treatment program to address airway defense deficits in individuals with dysphagia 5. Understand limitations of each treatment regime Requisites for registrants: • Intermediate • Background of normal swallowing physiology and dysphagia treatment

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