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A Preventative Approach to Radiation-Associated Dysphagia (On Demand Webinar) (PD102584)

Presenter(s): Heather M. Starmer, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Course Description


SLPs are increasingly involved in the care of patients with head and neck cancer. While preventative dysphagia services are accepted as standard of care, many clinicians don't have the background in this population to determine how to best evaluate and treat patients prior to radiation. This webinar covers what clinicians need to know to provide prehabilitative care—from justification to assessment to treatment to working within the multidisciplinary cancer care team.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Discuss the need for prehabilitative care with others on the cancer care team 
  • Create assessment flow sheets to be used prior to radiation 
  • Design patient education materials to be used prior to radiation


  • Introduction
  • Justification for prehabilitation
  • Establishing the prehabilitation clinic
  • Baseline assessment
  • Prehabilitative treatment
  • Q&A

Presenter Information

Heather Starmer, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University and the Director of Head and Neck Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation at the Stanford Cancer Center. She is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders and specializes in clinical care and research involving functional outcomes following head and neck cancer. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Liverpool.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • SBIR grant funding for HNC Virtual Coach

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete and submit the learning assessment by December 16, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Live webinar date: December 14, 2022
End date: December 16, 2027

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102584
Available Through: December 16, 2027