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Breathing and Swallowing in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

presented by Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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Financial: Angela Mansolillo receives MedBridge speaking fees. She is a Cooley Dickinson Hospital employee and Elms College employee. She receives PESI speaking fees, Continued speaking fees, and Colibri Group (formerly Home CEU) speaking fees. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Angela Mansolillo is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 47 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 53 Minutes

This course will explore the complex interrelationships between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and swallow dysfunction. It will provide clinicians with tools to identify patients with dysphagia and strategies to improve swallow function, with a goal of reducing complications and improving quality of life.

Meet Your Instructor

Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Angela Mansolillo is a speech-language pathologist and board-certified specialist in swallowing disorders with more than 25 years of experience. She is currently a senior speech-language pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she provides evaluation and treatment services for adults and children with dysphagia and is involved in program planning and development for…

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1. Dysphagia in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Why Do We Care?

Chapter 1 will examine the relationships between swallowing dysfunction and negative outcomes in patients with OSA. Impact of dysphagia and OSA on quality of life will be examined.

2. Dysphagia and OSA: What Does It Look Like?

This chapter will explore the specific characteristics of dysphagia in patients with OSA, including pharyngeal stasis, anatomical and physiological changes, and the contribution of GER.

3. How Can We Identify Dysphagia?

The characteristics typically associated with dysphagia in OSA will be examined in order to ensure early identification and assist with prevention of negative outcomes.

4. How Can We Help?

In chapter 4, clinicians will be provided with compensatory strategies, management tips, and exercises to improve swallow function in individuals with OSA.

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