Dysphagia in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)​ – Live Webinar

Presented by: Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand, PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS, CCRE

October 27th, 2021

8:30 PM EST / 7:30 PM CST / 6:30 PM MST / 5:30 PM PST

After this webinar, you will be able to…

  • Learners will explain how Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) impacts swallowing safety and efficiency.
  • Participants will list components of a clinical examination to assess swallowing in ALS that also included the role of speech-language pathologist.
  • Attendees will integrate appropriate rationale for targeted compensatory strategies for dysphagia in ALS.
  • Learners will describe best evidence available to support use of exercise in ALS.


  • 8:30 PM -8:40 PM: Introduction and Disclosures
  • 8:40 PM- 9:00 PM: Impact of ALS on swallowing function
  • 9:00 PM – 9:20 PM: Assessment of dysphagia in ALS
  • 9:20 PM – 9:40 PM: Dysphagia management in ALS
  • 9:40 PM – 9:50 PM: Oral health
  • 9:50 PM – 10:00 PM: Alternative nutrition
  • 10:00 PM – 10:10 PM: Ethical considerations
  • 10:10 PM – 10:15 PM: Conclusions
  • 10:15 PM – 10:30 PM: Q&A

Speaker Information

Dr. Garand is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology within the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of South Alabama. Further, she is the Founder and Principal Investigator of the Swallowing Disorders Initiative Research Laboratory, serves as the Program Coordinator for the PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and holds an adjunct appointment with the Department of Neurology within the College of Medicine. Her work has been funded through the Veterans Affairs, ASHFoundation, and the University of South Alabama. You may find some of her contributions in Dysphagia, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology. She is also the current Editor of Perspectives for SIG 13 (Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders) and Vice Chairperson for the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She is passionate about spreading awareness for those with swallowing disorders, training future dysphagia clinicians as critical thinkers, and mentoring the next generation of clinical investigators to help improve the lives of those with dysphagia.
Kendra Garland will receive an honorarium for this webinar from the Medical SLP Collective.  She receives a Salary and Grant from University of South Alabama and a grant from Mitsubishi Tanaba Pharma.
Kendra Garland has a professional relationship with Northeast ALS Consortium, AHSA, and Dysphagia Research Society.

Additional Info and FAQ:

Can I get continuing education for this webinar?  

After watching the webinar, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be emailed to you. Once completed, we will email you a certificate of completion within 48 hours.  You have 14 days to complete the test.

If you'd like to earn ASHA CEUs for the presentation, we can report your completion to ASHA. ASHA CEUs are awarded to those that meet eligibility criteria by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the ASHA CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider.

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What can I do if I have a complaint?  

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Who is this webinar appropriate for?  

The target audience for this webinar is licensed speech-language pathologists. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed beyond the basic speech-language pathology training and licensing.

What if I need special accommodations?  

If you require accommodations to access these materials due to a disability, please email us at info@medslpcollective.com

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