Getting Acquainted with Esophageal Disorders that Affect Deglutition: What is the Role of the Speech Pathologist?

It is common for esophageal disorders to present as and/or co-exist with oropharyngeal dysphagia. Although the Speech-Language Pathologist does not diagnose, manage or treat esophageal disorders, he or she often becomes the professional who must differentiate what instrumental diagnostic test to perform through artful and objective chart review and patient interview, educate the patient post examination regarding the diagnostic findings, and determine the most appropriate medical referral for the patient.


By the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify esophageal disorders that may symptomatically present as oropharyngeal dysphagia.
  • Identify diagnostic testing used to evaluate esophageal disorders.
  • Identify effective educational and referral methods for patients with suspected esophageal problems.

This program is offered for up to 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area). Attendance of entire presentation and program survey is required to achieve Learning Outcomes for ASHACE credit.


9:45-10:15 a.m.—Registration

10:15 a.m. - Presentation by Caryn Easterling, Ph.D. CCC

Financial Disclosure: Receives a salary from Concordia University Wisconsin. Non-Financial Disclosures: There are no non-financial relationships to disclose.

11:15 a.m. – Presentation ends


To register, email with your name, email, address, and phone.

(If you desire ASHA CEUs, please provide ASHA #)

The cost is $25 for the general public and free for current and past clinical instructors or affiliates (students, faculty, advisory board, and current/past CI)