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Possible Effects of Medication on Communication and Swallowing: What SLPs Need to Know (WEB18202)

Presenter(s): Lisa Milliken, MA, CCC-SLP
Course Description

Medication can have a significant impact on a client’s swallowing or communication deficit, and this webinar will give SLPs much-needed information to ensure they are considering medication effects when evaluating and treating their clients. The webinar will explore the latest evidence-based research to help SLPs recognize drug interactions and know how and when to report them to a health care team member. The presenter will discuss examples of medication interactions and recommend actions SLPs can take during assessment and treatment to ensure the best outcomes for their clients.

Learning Objectives:
You will be able to:

  • list research-based factors relating polypharmacy to negative clinical consequences
  • identify ways to predict and monitor a client’s medications and any adverse effects
  • select optimal treatment protocols to accommodate any adverse drug effects of a client’s current drug regimen


Introduction/Overview – 5 min.
How medications impact the clinical picture – 2 min.
Pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic actions – 6 min.
Adverse drug events and age – 19 min.
Risks of polypharmacy – 5 min.
Adverse drug events per drug class and Beers criteria – 47 min.
Medications’ influence on SLPs’ clients – 29 min.
Case scenarios – 6 min.

What is Included?

You'll get online access to all the course content, including the full video, references, worksheets, and eManual, so you can access it from anywhere!

Assessment Type

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

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Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): WEB18202
Available Through: February 13, 2024