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Decision-Making for Swallowing Disorders From Birth to End of Life

Individuals with swallowing disorders pose challenges for clinicians providing diagnostic and treatment services across the lifespan. Infants and toddlers with a number of health conditions can experience swallowing and feeding difficulties that lead to approach and avoidance behaviors. Providing appropriate intervention that complements neurodevelopment and facilitates acceptance is essential.

On the other end of the age spectrum are elderly who experience a variety of neurologic and other health issues that undermine swallowing. Clinical decision-making with these individuals requires an appreciation of ethics, values, evidence-based practices, and personal autonomy. As the end of life approaches, legal perspectives also are important to understand. Two experts will share the evidence, their experience, and patient perspectives to guide successful decision-making in difficult circumstances.

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Paula Leslie, Ph.D., FRCSLT, CCC-SLP, University of Pittsburgh

Neina Ferguson, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, Tubes to Tables, Pensacola, Florida, University of South Alabama

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