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

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

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.

Duration: 1 hour.

Agenda (U.S. mountain time):
0:00 - Introductions and lecture begins.
0:50 - Finalize lecture and address any remaining questions from participants.
1:00 - Lecture ends and exam opens up for participants.

Instructional level: Beginner/Intermediate (most appropriate for clinicians seeking certification and clinicians who are licensed with at least 1 year of clinical experience).

Course pre-requisites: None.

Key learning outcomes:

As a result of this activity, the participant 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.

Instructor 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

Instructional methodology: Lecture

Course completion requires completing an exam. You will receive immediate feedback and be able to correct answers. We want to ensure that you have the correct information as presented in this course. Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive a  certificate of completion emailed to you with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a signature from the CE Task Force director confirming attendance and completion of course.

Special accommodations: Please email us with any special needs (e.g., people with hearing loss, people with learning disabilities, etc) prior to the event.

Is this course accredited by any association? 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. At the time this course was developed, Therapy Insights was not an ASHA CE Provider. Note that this course meets the requirements for ASHA Certification Maintenance Hours and may count towards your CEU requirements for your state license. Keep in mind that state licensing boards set the guidelines for CEU requirements (not state or national organizations). Each state has different rules. No stamp of approval from any organization is a guarantee that any CEU will be accepted by your local licensing board. Always check with your local rules and regulations before spending time on or paying for a continuing education course.

Access to this course is reserved for Access Pass members.