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Gerrita Morris

MA, CCC-SLP

Gerrita Morris is the president of Dysphagia Solutions Inc. and is based in Wesley Chapel, Florida. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1991 and 1993, respectively. Ms. Morris has been a speech-language pathologist for 28 years and has worked across a number of settings, including public and private schools, skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals, and private practice. She has owned and been the sole endoscopist for her mobile FEES practice since 2005. In addition, she continues to provide prn speech services for acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, and she provides guest lectures at universities as well as for the FEES Biz and Inner Circle events. She also assists Dr. Eric Blicker with training for FEES through Community Care Partners Inc. and completes competency training and mentorship for FEES clinicians. She is a member of ASHA and SIG 13.

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FEES: Normal Variant vs. Anatomical  Abnormality

Presented by Gerrita Morris, MA, CCC-SLP

FEES: Normal Variant vs. Anatomical Abnormality

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Video Runtime: 40 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 27 Minutes

In recent years, due to technological advances in camera and light quality in FEES, it has become more prevalent and respected in the instrumental evaluation of swallowing. Recent research has shown that more anatomical abnormalities are being identified via FEES, which allows the SLP to make appropriate referrals for swift treatment. However, there is limited training and education available with a focus on FEES. This course will aid clinicians in understanding the difference between normal variants of anatomy and anatomical abnormalities to ensure that overreferring or underreferring is not a problem. Additionally, clinicians will be able to identify anatomical abnormalities and provide the appropriate referrals to the correct specialists, which will ensure an expeditious treatment is provided. Speech-language pathologists who work in any medical setting (acute care hospitals, private practice, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care, long-term acute care hospitals, rehab hospitals, specialty hospitals, etc.) or who plan to work in a medical setting will benefit from this course.

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FEES: Normal vs. Abnormal Swallow Function

Presented by Gerrita Morris, MA, CCC-SLP

FEES: Normal vs. Abnormal Swallow Function

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Video Runtime: 42 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 27 Minutes

In recent years, due to technological advances and increased accessibility, FEES has become more prevalent and respected in the instrumental evaluation of swallowing. Recent research has shown that FEES is an excellent tool for not only detecting aspiration and residue but also in determining effective treatment. Determining the cause of dysphagia allows for effective and efficient treatment potentially reducing length of stays and diminishing the costs of altered diets and alternate feeding sources. However, there is limited training and education available with focus on FEES. At the end of this course, clinicians will understand the difference between normal variants of swallowing function and deficits in swallowing function that require treatment or modifications in diet, and they will know the presentation or technique to recommend appropriate diets and ensure they are not over or under treating to achieve optimal outcomes for patients. Clinicians will be able to identify normal (or functional) vs. abnormal swallowing results and proceed with appropriate diet recommendations and treatment protocol. Speech-language pathologists who work in or plan to work in any medical setting (acute care hospitals, private practice, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care, long-term acute care hospitals, rehab hospitals, specialty hospitals, etc.) would benefit from this course.

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FEES: Compensatory Strategies to Improve Swallowing Functionality

Presented by Gerrita Morris, MA, CCC-SLP

FEES: Compensatory Strategies to Improve Swallowing Functionality

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Video Runtime: 54 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 27 Minutes

In recent years, due to technological advances and increased accessibility, FEES has become more prevalent and respected in the instrumental evaluation of swallowing. Recent research has shown that FEES is an excellent tool for not only detecting aspiration and residue but also in determining effective treatment. The use of FEES as a diagnostic tool is also helpful when planning possible compensatory strategies and techniques to improve swallowing safety. There are virtually no limits to the ability to visualize these techniques with FEES. Determining the cause of dysphagia and the compensatory possibilities allows for effective and efficient treatment. However, there is limited training and education available with focus on FEES. At the end of this course, clinicians will understand the use of FEES to assess the patient's swallowing with multiple compensatory strategies and techniques that will enhance treatment of dysphagia as well as aid in placing patients on the least restrictive diet. These techniques will assist the clinician in treatment planning to ensure for optimal outcomes for patients. Speech-language pathologists who work in any medical setting (hospitals, home health, long-term care, IRFs, SNFs, LTACHs, ENT offices, ALFs, private practices, etc.) or plan to work in a medical setting would benefit from this course.

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