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266 – The Dysphagia Pathways Program: Palliative Dysphagia Management – Mechelle Motsinger, MA, CCC-SLP

266 – The Dysphagia Pathways Program: Palliative Dysphagia Management – Mechelle Motsinger, MA, CCC-SLP

How many times have you had a dysphagia patient that is at the end of their life and someone suggests a PEG? Maybe they still want to eat, because food makes their life enjoyable, but they don't want to be a DNR? What's the SLP's role in the decision-making process in palliative dysphagia management? And where do we even begin to tackle these issues? My guest this week is answering ALL of these questions and dropping some major inspiration while she's at it!

In this episode of SYP, I have a conversation with Mechelle Motsinger, MA, CCC-SLP about her experience in creating The Dysphagia Pathways Program, a decision-making guide for palliative management of dysphagia. She discusses her experience from her literature review to submission for publication and everything in between. Mechelle shares so many real-life situations in this conversation that SLPs will resonate with and find comfort in knowing they're not in this fight alone. Our field will be grateful for the guidance of The Dysphagia Pathways Programs for years and years to come.

In this episode, you'll hear about:
-What is The Dysphagia Pathways Program?
-What is the SLP's role in palliative care?
-Does a patient have to be a DNR if they don't want to follow the recommended diet?
-How can SLPs have difficult conversations, hold space for their patients, and help their physician colleagues in the same breath?

Get the show notes at https://syppodcast.com/266

265 – Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome and the SLP – Erin Redle Sizemore PhD, CCC-SLP

265 – Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome and the SLP – Erin Redle Sizemore PhD, CCC-SLP

Looking to get into the NICU or EI settings? My guest this week is sharing her experience working with these populations and some of the newer challenges they're facing. As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate far too many lives, our youngest patients unfortunately are included in that. Erin Redle Sizemore, PhD, CCC-SLP is sharing how SLPs can help these children in the NICU and EI to set them up for success long term.

She is a wealth of knowledge about Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) and what development looks like for these children. Erin shares ideas for providing the best care for this population and how we can best prepare SLP grad students to work with these patients.

Dr. Sizemore also gives us a peek into what it's like to start a brand new master's program for SLPs (the tough and rewarding parts!) when she's not serving her patients in the NICU! She's making such a massive impact on the future of our field, the patients we see, and the practices used. This conversation will leave you nothing short of awe-struck and inspired!

In this episode, you'll hear about:
-Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS)
-Speech, language, and feeding development in children with NOWS
-Ideas for alleviating long-term difficulties for children with NOWS
-Trauma-informed care
-What it's like to be the program director for a brand new Master's program
-The challenge of teaching all that SLPs need to know in grad school

Get the show notes at syppodcast.com/265

264 – Pediatric Feeding in Real Life: From the NICU to the Schools – Lauren Pontoppidan Straughan MA, CCC-SLP

264 – Pediatric Feeding in Real Life: From the NICU to the Schools – Lauren Pontoppidan Straughan MA, CCC-SLP

Are you a medical SLP or a school SLP? What if I told you that you don't have to choose? Sure, many SLPs work in schools and PRN in a medical facility on the weekends or during school breaks… But what about the SLPs who work in the schools and help their PFD kids in the academic setting? My guest this week is sharing how she's paving the way for PFD to be treated in the school setting in her community after seeing a need left unmet!

After all, these kids are eating at school and don't get to check their PFD at the door…

In this episode of SYP, I have a conversation with Lauren Pontoppidan Straughan, MA, CCC-SLP about pediatric feeding disorders, the weight PFD parents carry, and the many settings in which SLPs can help PFD patients (hint: it's not just for “medical” SLPs!)

Lauren is deeply passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about PFD, but what I admire most about her after this conversation is her ability to meet families where they are and consider the entire picture of not just the patient, but their entire family when making recommendations and walking through the PFD journey with them. She's an asset to every family she encounters, her school team, and the entire field of speech-language pathology!

In this episode, you'll hear about:
-Getting into feeding/dysphagia when your CF was done in a school and the false dichotomy of the “medical SLP” vs “school SLP”
-Challenges and benefits of each setting (school, clinic, home health)
-Key differences in assessment and treatment of babies versus adults
-Valuable courses for pediatric feeding
-The role of the SLP for sensory feeding disorders

Get the show notes at syppodcast.com/264

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249 – All Things Pediatric Feeding

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