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Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand

PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Dr. Kendrea Garand is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of South Alabama. Further, she is the founder and director of the Swallowing Disorders Initiative Research Laboratory. She holds board certification in swallowing and swallowing disorders (BCS-S) and serves on the board of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Her primary research interests include assessment and management of dysphagia in patients with progressive neurodegenerative disease, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Her research efforts have been funded through Veterans Affairs, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the University of South Alabama.

Dr. Garand has published and presented at national and international levels, including at numerous proceedings of the Northeast ALS (NEALS) Consortium, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Dysphagia Research Society. Further, she serves as co-chair of the Swallowing Working Group as part of the NEALS Bulbar Committee. Lastly, Dr. Garand continues to be activity involved in providing speech-language pathology services to adults with neurologic diseases/conditions resulting in swallowing and communication impairments.

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Introduction to the Assessment and Management of Dysphagia in ALS

Presented by Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand, PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Introduction to the Assessment and Management of Dysphagia in ALS

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Video Runtime: 68 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Did you know that the majority of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) present with dysphagia, requiring an interdisciplinary approach to optimize patient care? This course material, presented by Dr. Garand, was designed with the primary purpose of sharing knowledge with clinicians who provide dysphagia clinical services for patients with ALS. Since ALS is a rare disease and standardized clinical practices are not yet available, this course will provide a comprehensive overview for how ALS impacts swallowing function and what evidence is currently available to guide management for dysphagia. Patient videos will be used to highlight impairments discussed, and specific management strategies will also be provided. This course was developed in collaboration with Drs. Emily Plowman and Debra Suiter. It is part of a three-course series on ALS. Please be sure to check out the other courses in this series:

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