Augmentative and Alternative Communication: From Novice to Expert Clinician

By John McCarthy, PhD, CCC-SLP and Aimee Dietz, PhD, CCC-SLP

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Augmentative and Alternative Communication by John McCarthy and Aimee Dietz

Understanding the personal story of an individual who uses augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can have a positive impact on the attitudes of people without disabilities toward that individual (McCarthy, Donofrio-Horwitz, & Smucker, 2010). Almost any AAC specialist has story after story of moments when they have helped reveal the true abilities of an individual through AAC:

• The eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who everyone assumed had below average intellectual ability and presymbolic language skills, was in fact bilingual.
• The forty-year-old woman with bulbar onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who cannot dress or feed herself, but still manages her finances, parents her children, and makes end-of-life decisions.
• The eighteen-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorder whose potential to contribute to society was doubted, yet planned for employment after high school and managed a new mobile device-based communication system.
• The fifty-two-year-old man with stroke-induced aphasia who medical staff assumed was “incompetent”; however, still made informed decisions about medical care and enjoyed friendly banter on the golf course with his adult sons.  Continue reading

“Swallow” – A Documentary About the Lives Affected by Dysphagia

We thought you might be interested in checking out this 15-minute documentary about the lives of those affected by dysphagia.

Swallow: A Documentary shows us the lives of three people with dysphagia. The film as produced by the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders and The Center for Voice and Swallowing at the University of California and aims to raise awareness about dysphagia.

Let us know what you thought of it!

New and Must-Have Tools for Swallowing Disorders!

We take pleasure in sending information about three of our books covering swallowing disorders.


We bring you the third edition of Clinical Management of Swallowing Disorders, a core textbook that addresses the needs of trainees and practicing clinicians treating swallowing disorders in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and in private outpatient clinics.

Dysphagia in Rare Conditions, based on the editors’ and contributors’ knowledge of conditions and expected swallowing signs and treatments, effectively synthesizes the available information to provide essentials needed to help perform sophisticated assessments.

Extraesophageal Reflux is a unique book that presents best evidence and practices from experts in the fields of gastroenterology, allergy, otolaryngology, surgery and pulmonology to best understand the current clinical challenges in this field and to help all subspecialties that interact with this group of patients.

Click here for more details and to order your copies today!

Plural’s Clinical Dysphagia Series

We are delighted to bring you information on the latest addition to Rosenbek and Jones’ Dysphagia Series. See the entire series here!

Dysphagia in Neuromuscular Diseases helps you develop insights into diseases, syndromes, and neurological conditions that extend even beyond those specifically addressed in the text. The book uniquely provides in-depth coverage specific to dysphagia research with a broad spectrum of neuromuscular diseases, and employs a physiologically based taxonomy. For more information and to order your copy today, click here! 

Classics in Dysphagia

Click here for classics such as Carrau and Murry’s Comprehensive Management of Swallowing Disorders, Leonard and Kendall’s Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning, and Tanner’s Case Studies in Dysphagia Malpractice Litigation – must haves for any specialist team working with this dysphagia population.



Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Team Approach, Second Edition is written by working members of a clinical team dealing with dysphagia daily – including physicians, speech pathologists, nurse specialists, and nutritionists. New chapters cover: difficulties in dysphagia assessment, esophageal function, disorders and assessment techniques, laryngopharyngeal reflux, infant and neonatal swallowing and assessment, and interpretation of dynamic swallow studies, with particular attention paid to the value of specific objective measure using examples in specific patient populations. Click here for more information and to order your copy today!

Dysphagia Resources

If you’re interested in dysphagia look no further than Drs. Murry and Carrau’s dysphagia collection. From hands-on exercises to clinical case studies, these practical resources provide essential methods and approaches to evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. Click here to view our collection of dysphagia resources.



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Come See Us at Sin City Laryngology!

Please stop by and see us in Las Vegas at the 6th Annual Voice and Dysphagia Conference.  You’ll receive a 15% meeting discount on all of our books! Some of our new releases include:

Dysphagia in Rare Conditions: An Encyclopedia

Dysphagia Post Trauma

Clinical Voice Pathology, 4e

Science of Successful Supervision and Mentorship

and the exciting new electronic product by Edie Hapner, which contains 3 DVDs and 1 CD:

See you in Vegas!

New FEES Training Tool Coming Soon

Training and Interpretation of FEES in Adults

Edie R. Hapner

This brand new product emanates from the author’s self-developed and proven program for training Speech-Language Pathologists in the use of FEES. Comprehensive and eminently clear and concise, it comprises video lectures on a DVD together with an explanatory manual that gives practicing clinicians a solid foundation on viewing the pharynx, larynx, and velopharynx endoscopically for FEES.

Clinicians are taken through a tutorial on laryngeal anomalies that might be seen before being guided through didactic videoed lectures and actual FEES exams to aid in the accurate diagnosis of swallowing problems endoscopically. Throughout, guidance is given in multidisciplinary management of swallowing through the use of FEES.

Ideally suited to training and competency development for medical Speech-Language Pathologists, it is also targeted at graduate students in Dysphagia courses. Additionally, Otolaryngology residents will learn how to perform and interpret FEES exams.

Coming soon! Click here to order your copy today!