MDS-ES Speech and Swallowing Problems in Patients with Movement Disorders

MDS-Africa Mouvements Anormaux (Abnormal Movements) – Presented in French

Lectures and associated resources available July 1, 2021
Live/Interactive Components July 1-2, 2021 at 14:00 BST



Course Director

Elina Tripoliti, PhD, MRCSLT and Hanneke Kalf, PhD


To be announced.

Course Description

The ability to communicate effectively is vital, but highly compromised in the majority of patients with Movement Disorders, leading to inability to maintain employment and family/ social roles. Equally, the ability to enjoy a meal safely can be severely affected by tremor, bradykinesia and rigidity of the muscles involved in swallowing, with aspiration pneumonia being the main cause of death in PD.

In spite of advances in pharmacological and surgical treatments, speech and swallowing (along with gait and balance) remain a challenge in the treatment of Movement Disorders.

This course aims at bringing together the basic knowledge and clinical practice in assessing and treating speech and swallowing problems both in hypokinetic and hyperkinetic disorders. Saliva control, an often overlooked disability, is also going to be discussed as it affects both the ability to speak and to swallow.

Interactive Components

This course will be streamed over two days and will consist of didactic lectures with case presentations. The course will also include two interactive workshop sessions. Following each streamed lecture will be a live Question and Answer session, where the speakers will answer questions from attendees in real time. The individual lectures will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing for 60 days following the live-stream event.

Target Audience

This course is intended for speech, physio, and physical therapists interested in the treatment of speech and swallowing disorders in Movement Disorders.

Learning Objectives 
  1. Compare and describe the perceptual characteristics of hyperkinetic and hypokinetic speech disorders
  2. Describe the main ways of assessing swallowing problems
  3. Plan treatment based on functional aims for communication and participation.
  4. Define the main issues related to tube feeding.
  5. Discuss the main ways of dealing with sialorrhoea in PD

EANThis meeting has been endorsed by the European Academy of Neurology.

Course Program



Registration closes June 30, 2021

Registration Fee:

MDS Members: Free

Non-Members: $50

*Non-Members wishing to apply for MDS Membership to receive the MDS Member rate for this course will need to apply for membership no later than 2 weeks in advance of session.

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