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Occupational Therapy’s Role in Dysphagia: An important practice area to maintain
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CDT
Category: Events

*This event will be held live via Zoom.*

Timed Agenda
5:00-6:00: Presentation
6:00-6:30: Discussion with the audience, question, and answer

Event Description
This course will include:
•    Content: Cover the history of dysphagia coverage in OT and perceptions of current practice
•    Presenters will break down the concepts of dysphagia care and explain how all OTs can be involved to a certain degree to ensure their care is well-rounded by addressing safety with self-feeding
•    Presenters will educate on how to advance OT careers by seeking more education to cover additional aspects of dysphagia care
•    Presenters will show videos of modified barium swallow studies to explain the range of skills dysphagia therapists need to employ for this advanced part of the practice

Speaker Biographies
Cristina Sisnersos completed her undergraduate degree in 2016 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she studied Psychology and Studio Art. She later attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where she completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) in 2020. While on a clinical rotation during her first year of OT school, she discovered that she has a deep interest in feeding, eating, and swallowing. She later completed her doctoral capstone experience on "Occupational Therapy's Role in the Graz Model of Tube Weaning", with pediatric populations. As a new grad she worked at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Omaha, NE until moving to Rochester, MN for the AOTA Fellowship in Dysphagia at the Mayo Clinic. She is currently working in a pediatric practice area at Mayo Clinic Rochester.

Tastan Kulmeshkenov completed his undergraduate degree in 2008 at Winona State University where he studies Psychology and Sociology. He completed his master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010 at the University of Minnesota. He has been working at Mayo Clinic Rochester for 13 years and has been part of the dysphagia practice for 10 years. He completed his specialty certification in Feeding, Eating and Swallowing in 2018.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
•    Be able to describe the role of OTs in dysphagia care at an entry-level and advanced-level practitioner
•    Be able to list several ways OTs can be actively involved in dysphagia care and aspiration prevention interventions from this time forward
•    Be able to advocate for this area of practice with increased knowledge and understanding that OTs can be considered qualified providers of dysphagia services

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: This course will include cultural considerations when addressing dysphagia, feeding, eating, and swallowing.

Target Audience: All

Level of Content: Introductory, Intermediate

AOTA Practice Area: Health & Wellness, Productive Aging, Rehabilitation & Disability

Contact Hours: 1.5


Contact: [email protected]