Editor's Corner Welcome back from ASHA Convention. It was lovely seeing so many friends and meeting new acquaintances as our readership continues to grow. Our numbers also continue to be reflected in the various dysphagia-related courses that are consistently well attended. In addition, the SIG 13 business meeting was a success, ... Editorial
Editorial  |   March 01, 2013
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Editorial
Editorial   |   March 01, 2013
Editor's Corner
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2013, Vol. 22, 3. doi:10.1044/sasd22.1.3
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2013, Vol. 22, 3. doi:10.1044/sasd22.1.3
Welcome back from ASHA Convention. It was lovely seeing so many friends and meeting new acquaintances as our readership continues to grow. Our numbers also continue to be reflected in the various dysphagia-related courses that are consistently well attended. In addition, the SIG 13 business meeting was a success, and we appreciated the ASHA staff in attendance. Several free SIG 13 memberships were awarded to attendees. Congratulations! Thanks to you all for your flexibility as we transition to ScholarOne, our new manuscript system, and adjust for modifications to publication timelines.
This issue of Perspectives highlights dysphagia considerations in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Deanna Britton, Stuart Cleary, and Robert Miller review ALS etiology and symptomology. They further delve into philosophical arenas of care practices in degenerative disease processes. Michelle McDonagh then shares the role of the registered dietitian, along with current research addressing the importance of nutritional and metabolic support in patients diagnosed with ALS. She proposes further research is needed to establish evidence-based standards and new practices to slow weight loss and improve patient care. Next, Stuart Cleary and Janice Richman-Eisenstat explore pulmonary function decline associated with ALS. They discuss the role of pulmonary aides and clinical techniques to optimize function for pulmonary health, with a focus on lung volume recruitment therapy. Beau Bedore adds to the discussion by focusing on dysphagia and staging of speech, swallowing, and extremity function for those with ALS. Assessment tools and interventions are depicted and coordinated with disease progression. Our issue comes to its conclusion with the “Food for Thought” portion. Laurie Sterling, Rebecca Axline, and Patrice Ragland have accepted the challenge to incorporate patient perception into Perspectives. They have successfully melded research-based treatment approaches with graciously shared dynamic patient perspectives of ALS and the reality of its impact on daily life and interpersonal relationships. This was a difficult challenge, but one that I am so glad was accepted. The article is a gentle reminder to us all to build the appropriate support system for our patients and their families as we offer education, assessment, and plans of care.
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