Caryn Grabowski, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Director of Clinical Education and Instructor of Speech-Language Pathology, has obtained her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) by the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (ABSSD). A swallowing disorder, also known as dysphagia, is the difficulty or inability to swallow and can occur throughout the lifespan for a variety of reasons. A speech-language pathologist who is a Board Certified Specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders can diagnose and treat these complex disorders. All certified speech-language pathologists are able to treat dysphagia however. those SLPs who become board certified are recognized for having advanced experience and education in this domain. The goal of a speech-language pathologist who specializes in swallowing disorders is to maintain or maximize the health, safety, and wellbeing of an individual. Of note, there are less than 400 affiliates with this designation across the United States.
Without proper swallowing, individuals may become dehydrated, malnourished, aspirate, or can acquire pneumonia. All of these problems are serious and without proper intervention can become fatal. An SLP who is Board Certified in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders can work with patients to improve swallowing with various different techniques and greatly improve daily life.
Professor Grabowski says that she "has achieved a long standing personal and professional goal that could not have been achieved without the opportunities in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology." She is eager to advance the knowledge and skills of SHMS students in the field of swallowing and swallowing disorders.
Grabowski has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 2009, with clinical focus in the domains of acquired impairments of communication and swallowing in adult populations. Her research interests include radiation dysphagia, predictors of patient compliance, practice patterns of SLPs in rehabilitation, and clinical training and assessment. With this advanced certification, Grabowski has achieved another milestone in the profession.
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