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February 17, 2012

Joan Arvedson to speak at ULM's 24th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Spring Conference March 15-16

Renowned speech-language pathologist Dr. Joan Arvedson will be the featured speaker at ULM's 24th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Spring Conference March 15-16 at the Monroe Civic Center.

Events on Thursday, March 15, run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with a lunch break factored in.

The schedule on Friday, March 16, extends from 8-11:15 a.m.

Those attending both days will be eligible to receive 1.0 Continuing Education Units.

Arvedson, program coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is considered one of the foremost experts in the field as a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Her program is described as "Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Solving Problems with Complex Patients." It emphasizes that speech-language pathologists and other health professionals need a thorough understanding of medical and health issues to make the best assessment and management decisions for infants and young children with complex swallowing and feeding problems.

The program states that nutrition needs and pulmonary health must never be jeopardized by therapeutic decisions.

Evaluation and management issues will be addressed through lecture, videotapes and interactive discussions for problem solving.

Upon completion of Arvedson's course, participants should be able to identify physiologic components of multiple body systems that affect or are affected by swallowing and feeding deficits; analyze oral sensorimotor function/swallowing in the context of health, medical and developmental factors; describe reasons for consideration of an instrumental swallow evaluation for infants and young children with neurological impairments affecting swallowing; and incorporate related information into decision making for management of infants and children with dysphagia.

Other educational opportunities will be afforded participants. Graduate student research posters will focus on diverse topics like constructing literacy with a child with a cochlear implant; opinions regarding the use of sensory integration therapy; judgments and theoretical justifications of the clinical utility of processing-dependent measures; and teacher and parent judgments of factors related to vocabulary development of children from two schools in Northeast Louisiana.

Roundtable discussions will involve caregiver information for children with Down syndrome; internationally adopted children and their potential for English language acquisition; the importance of play and gesture for emerging language; and what to expect following a pediatric stroke.

On-site registration for professionals is $85 – Thursday only; $65 – Friday only; and $135 – both days. On site registration for students is $75 – Thursday only; $55 – Friday only; and $100 – both days.

Checks should be made payable to ULM-SLP, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA, 71209-0321.

The .pdf containing the conference agenda and registration form may be found at:

For questions or more information call 318-342-1392.

More about Arvedson:

Arvedson is a clinical professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin. She received her bachelor's of science, master's of science and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She has three books in publication: "Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management "(with Dr. L. Brodsky, physician); "Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies: A Professional Manual with Caregiver Guidelines" (with Dr. M. Lefton-Greif); and "Interpretation of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies of Infants and Children."

Arvedson has given workshops and seminars on the topic of swallowing and feeding disorders in infants and children throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. Her patient care, teaching and research are focused in those areas.

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