Coordinator's Column The focus for this issue of Perspectives is respiration and swallowing, and we have experts in the fields of pulmonary medicine and pediatric and adult speech pathology contributing articles on this topic. As all divisions have an October issue and due to the National Office’s commitments to the upcoming ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   October 01, 2003
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column   |   October 01, 2003
Coordinator's Column
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2003, Vol. 12, 1. doi:10.1044/sasd12.3.1
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2003, Vol. 12, 1. doi:10.1044/sasd12.3.1
The focus for this issue of Perspectives is respiration and swallowing, and we have experts in the fields of pulmonary medicine and pediatric and adult speech pathology contributing articles on this topic. As all divisions have an October issue and due to the National Office’s commitments to the upcoming ASHA Convention, we have shortened some of the regular columns or have postponed them until the December issue. Even with the slightly condensed version, I think you will find a lot of informative articles in this issue.
In line with the theme of respiration and swallowing, Division 13 will present a master Short Course at ASHA entitled “The Biophysiologic Relationship Between Alimentary and Pulmonary Systems: A Delicate Balance” (SC 29) Saturday, November 15, 9–12 a.m. Immediately following, Division 13 will hold its annual business meeting, 12 noon–1 p.m. The Steering Committee will provide an update on activities of the past year and solicit affiliate input for 2004 initiatives. I also would like to bring to your attention “Quest for Consistency: Concepts in Developing Dysphagia Diets” to be held Friday, November 14, 2–4 p.m. The 2-hour seminar will be presented by members of the Dysphagia Diet task force appointed by Division 13’s Steering Committee. The session will educate speech-language pathologists on the current evidence regarding how food properties affect swallow physiology, the pros and cons of the National Dysphagia Diet (NDD), and future research directions necessary to develop dysphagia diet recommendations based on sound empirical evidence. The session will also provide information regarding the concept of scale validity as it is applied to dysphagia assessment tools and diets. Hopefully, the seminar will answer questions regarding the NDD which has stimulated considerable interest and discussion among dietitians and speech-language pathologists.
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