The Swallow Your Pride Podcast was created with the purpose of diving deeper into the issues that speech-language pathologists face when working with patients with swallowing disorders.

We’ll discuss many controversial topics in order to provide the LATEST evidence-based treatment strategies, and create a community of dysphagia clinicians who want to consume incredibly valuable insight and information.

Our goal is to allow you to #swallowyourpride, and be open and willing to try the latest in evidence based treatment approaches by learning from experts and researchers in our field in order to create the best outcomes for our patients who need it most!


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180 – Embracing IDDSI- John Holahan MBA, BS

John Holahan, the founder of SimplyThick, is here to discuss how we can all embrace IDDSI. John tells us about the exciting projects his company is working on behind the scenes (top secret recipes included), some facts about the decision making and implementation of IDDSI, and a plethora of resources available for SLPs to learn more about the framework.

162 – So You Want to be Board Certified – Selena Reece

This episode Is dedicated to all things BCS-S , or Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. BUT, Before Selena and Theresa get Into the designation of BCS-S, they discuss the recent controversy In the dysphagia world.

151 – AAC in Dysphagia Therapy – Kacy Barron M.A., CCC-SLP

This week on SYP, I’m talking to AAC guru, Kacy Barron, about supporting our patients with complex communication needs in conjunction with dysphagia services. BOOM! Kacy shares her holistic approach, considerations for the different levels of AAC, tips for patient...

038 – Matt Ward, M.S., CCC-SLP – Part 3 of a “Frank” Discussion: Why It Is So Crucial To Have A Solid Foundation In Dysphagia Prior To Completing Instrumental Assessments And Making Recommendations For Our Patients

In this episode, Matt Ward is back for part 3 of his interview to discuss how our recommendations can help our patients or hold them back from reaching their full potential, and it’s vital that we are well educated on the impact that all of our recommendations can have.

031 – Karen Sheffler M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S – Setting the Record Straight On the WashPo Article on 2/25/18, Now How Do We Use This To Our Advantage? An SLP Action Plan to Encourage Education, Advocacy, and Transdisciplinary Care

In this episode, we discuss Karen Sheffler’s excellent rebuttal blog post on and also discuss an SLP Action Plan, and how we can grow from this article to advocate and educate our colleagues.

030 – Carmin Bartow, M.S. CCC-SLP, BCS-S – Part 2 – How to Form a “Trach Team” in Your Hospital: Utilizing a Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach to Improve Outcomes in Both Speech AND Swallowing For Patients With Tracheostomies

In part 2 of this episode, we continue to discuss how and why to form a trach team in your facility. We discuss challenges that SLPs face when dealing with trach patients, the benefits of forming a trach team, and the SLPs role in improving speech and swallowing in...

009 – Edgar Vincent Clark, M. Ed. CCC-SLP – The Financials Involved in Managing Dysphagia, and How instrumental Assessments Can Not Only Be a Cost Savings, But Revenue Generating For Your Facility

In this episode, we discuss the cost of instrumental assessments, and how they are not only a cost savings, but can be revenue generating, and also the financials associated with therapy materials, as well as where to locate all of the regulations.

006 – Dan Weinstein, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S – Palliative Care in the Acute and SNF Settings, Feeding Tubes, Thickened Liquids, and Esophageal Dysphagia

In this episode, we discuss palliative care in both the acute care and SNF settings. We dispel some myths about feedings tubes, thickened liquids, and how best to treat our end of life patients with dysphagia. Dan also touches on esophageal dysphagia and some things we should and shouldn’t do with treating that.

004 – Nannette Crawford M.A., CCC-SLP – Is this waiver worth the paper it’s written on? Ethical decision making, the importance of having a mentor, and to never stop learning.

Nannette Crawford is an SLP with over 45 years of experience who wears many, many hats, and wears all of them very, very well. Her specialty is cognition, brain injury, and post concussive symptoms, but she works in an outpatient clinic where she also treats patients with dysphagia.

002 – Tiffani Wallace, M.A. CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Dysphagia Ramblings, Cranial Nerves, and Making Your Patient Aspirate

Dysphagia Ramblings, Cranial Nerves and How to Make Your Patient Aspirate – In this episode of the Swallow Your Pride Podcast, we discuss how cranial nerve exams should actually drive your therapy plans, and how watching your patient aspirate can be a good thing! Tiffani also discussed some of her most favorite treatment strategies and research papers that have helped to shape her dysphagia practice.