Pediatric Practice Let me begin by thanking Joan Arvedson and Joan Sheppard for providing much needed ears as I delve further into the area of pediatric dysphagia. As a clinician, I serve both an adult head and neck cancer population and have begun a pediatric dysphagia program at a tertiary care ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 1998
Pediatric Practice
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  • Lisa A. Newman
    Voice, Speech & Swallowing, University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Memphis, TN
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Pediatric Practice
Article   |   December 01, 1998
Pediatric Practice
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 1998, Vol. 7, 4-6. doi:10.1044/sasd7.4.4
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 1998, Vol. 7, 4-6. doi:10.1044/sasd7.4.4
Let me begin by thanking Joan Arvedson and Joan Sheppard for providing much needed ears as I delve further into the area of pediatric dysphagia. As a clinician, I serve both an adult head and neck cancer population and have begun a pediatric dysphagia program at a tertiary care pediatric hospital. As a result of my discussions with Arvedson, she asked me to write an article addressing training and practice issues in pediatric dysphagia.
The 1997 ASHA survey of caseloads revealed that just over half of the speech-language pathologists indicated that they diagnose and/or treat patients with dysphagia (ASHA, 1997). Persons with dysphagia make up one of the largest populations served by our profession. Dysphagia is unique in our profession due to its critical nature and potential life threatening consequences that include respiratory complications, malnutrition, and dehydration. Therefore, quality education and training in dysphagia at the graduate and postgraduate level are of the utmost importance.
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