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Speech & Language Pathology Course

Let's Talk About Parkinson's: How Can Speech and Language Pathologists Deliver the Best Care?
Saturday, October 28, 2017 Atlanta, GA

This course is designed by expert speech and language pathologists in the Parkinson's field to help other speech and language pathologists improve care for people with Parkinson's. The Parkinson's Foundation in collaboration with the American Congress of Rehabilitation (ACRM) developed the course, which will take place at ACRM's Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

Created by the Parkinson's Foundation, this day-long educational program is designed for Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) who deliver care to people with Parkinson's throughout all disease stages. Parkinson's affects not only speech, voice and swallowing, but also the gestures and facial expressions that are critical to communication. We're looking to further educate SLPs to examine the complexities that Parkinson's has on vocalization and swallow behaviors and explore how anti-Parkinson's medications influence complex sensorimotor enrichment outcomes. This program will be recorded for webcasting.

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Who should participate?
This course is designed for speech and language pathologists  in all care settings who want to provide the best care for people living with Parkinson's disease — from diagnosis to advanced PD.

This course will be filmed live on October 28, 2017, and ready for viewing online January 2018. Once online, this course will be available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Program and speaker biographies can be found at

The course is free to view on the Parkinson's Foundation website. Continuing education units will be provided through the American Congress of Rehabilitation (ACRM) for a fee starting in January 2018.

Watch the five modules, each 75 to 110 minutes long, separately or all at once. Links to view will be available in January 2018.

Planning Committee & Presenters Members:

Nina Browner, M.D.
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lori Campbell, M.A., CCC-SLP
Citrus Valley Healthcare Partners

Michelle R. Ciucci, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin

Karen Hegland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Jessica E. Huber, M.A., Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor, Purdue University

Leslie Mahler, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island

Celia Stewart, Ph.D.
(Planning Committee only)
Associate Professor
NYU: Steinhardt School of Culutre, Education and Human Develpoment

Michelle Troche, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
(Planning Committee only)
Assistant Professor
Teachers College, Columbia University
Director, Laboratory for the Study of Upper Airway Dysfunction

The Parkinson's Foundation is proud to offer this important initiative and is grateful to the planning committee for their efforts in developing such a comprehensive course.

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