Jumpstart your Knowledge: Dysphagia Education and Training in the Digital Age

Presented by Rinki Varindani Desai M.S.,CCC-SLP, CBIS, CDP

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Course Description

This course explores new avenues of dysphagia education. Participants will be able to summarize insufficiencies in traditional SLP training in normal and disordered swallowing, describe current SLP practice patterns and trends related to dysphagia management, and describe proposed learning solutions for improving dysphagia education and training for students and clinicians in the digital age.
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Meet Your Presenter

Rinki Varindani Desai is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist, certified brain injury specialist and certified dementia practitioner; specializing in the assessment and treatment of cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders in adults. She is the founder of the Medical SLP Forum, co-founder of the Swallowing Training and Education Portal learning platform, and co-creator of the Dysphagia Therapy mobile app. She currently serves as Associate Coordinator of ASHA’s Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders Special Interest Group (SIG 13) and as Co-Chair of the Dysphagia Research Society's COVID-19 Task Force. She is also a part of ASHA’s Alternative Payment Models Committee, DRS’ Annual Conference Committee and the MSHA Healthcare Committee. A recipient of seven ASHA ACE awards, Rinki was one among 30 clinicians in the US selected for ASHA’s Leadership Development Program in 2017 and for ASHA’s Faculty Development Institute in 2019. Originally an SLP from Mumbai, India; she has practiced for nearly a decade in acute, sub-acute and long-term care medical settings. She is currently the adult outpatient lead and a clinical instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Rinki has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to adult dysphagia. She enjoys reading, writing, teaching, traveling with her husband around the world, and doing what she can to help advance the profession by paying it forward.


  • This course qualifies for 10 CMH (certified maintenance hours). This is equivalent to one continuing education hour.

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize insufficiencies in traditional SLP training in normal and disordered swallowing.
  2. Describe current SLP practice patterns and trends related to dysphagia management.
  3. Describe proposed learning solutions for improving dysphagia education and training for students and clinicians in the digital age.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Introductions and lecture begins
  • 0:50 - Finalize lecture and address any remaining questions from participants
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

SLPs who address dysphagia in their clinical practice.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

This course was part of the Therapy Insights Continuing Education Task Force application to become an accredited ASHA CE Provider, wherein we demonstrated our commitment to meeting the high standards of the ASHA Continuing Education Board.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
  • Presenter receives a salary from University of Mississippi Medical Center.
  • Presenter receives royalty from Tactus Therapy LLC for Dysphagia Therapy mobile app.
  • Presenter is co-founder of websites Dysphagia Grand Rounds and the Swallowing Training and Education Portal.
  • Presenter is Associate Coordinator of ASHA SIG 13, and Co-Chair of Dysphagia Research Society's COVID-19 Task Force.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • None.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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