Thursday, January 31

4 to 5:30 p.m., College of Health Sciences, Building 2, Room 2206

Aspiration and Rumination:  Evaluation and Treatment 

Description: An overview of aspiration will be provided with indications and contraindications for a modified barium swallow study (MBSS) in the pediatric popluation. Rationales for common MBSS recommendations will be discussed. Dysphagia treatment options based on age will be identified and therapy strategies will be explained. Rumination will be defined and referral sources will be presented.

This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area.) 

Cost is FREE.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Learner Outcome 1:  Define and identify clinical signs of aspiration
  • Learner Outcome 2: Give statistics on the occurrence of aspiration in pediatric population
  • Learner Outcome 3: Give indications and contraindications for a modified barium swallow study (MBSS)
  • Learner Outcome 4: Describe consistencies trialed during the MBSS
  • Learner Outcome 5:  Discuss common MBSS recommendations and their rationale
  • Learner Outcome 6:  Explain progression from bottle to sippy cup following swallowing precautions
  • Learner Outcome 7:  Identify and explain age-specific treatment options for dysphagia
  • Learner Outcome 8:  Describe treatment strategies
  • Learner Outcome 9:  Define rumination and identify appropriate referral sources


  • 4:00 - 4:20: Understanding Aspiration
  • 4:20 – 4:40: Modified Barium Swallow: When It's Necessary and What You Do with Findings
  • 4:40 – 5:00: Swallowing Therapy - Treatment May Involve More than Thickening
  • 5:00 - 5:20: Rumination - What it is and Why SLPs are Involved in Treatment
  • 5:20 - 5:30: Discussion


Amanda Rogers, M.S., CCC-SLP, graduated with a BS in Communication Disorders from Auburn University (2010) and an MS in Speech Language Pathology (2014) from The University of Montevallo. Following graduation, Amanda trained in endoscopy and performed comprehensive swallow and voice assessments through endoscopy evaluations at skilled nursing facilities across the state. Amanda has worked at UAB since 2014 as a PRN acute care SLP primarily focusing on dysphagia and FEES evaluations. Amanda has been at Children’s of Alabama since 2016 primarily focusing on evaluation and intervention of infants and children with feeding and swallowing disorders, as well as providing outpatient VitalStim therapy. 

Financial Disclosures: Financial: None. Non-financial: None.


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