Strategies to Reduce Common Post-Laryngectomy Challenges (IAL Virtual Event #1 2021)


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Strategies to Reduce Common Post-Laryngectomy Challenges
Presented by: The International Association of Laryngectomees, Powered by Atos
Friday, May 21, 2021
12:00pm-3:00pm PT | 1:00pm-4:00pm MT | 2:00pm-5:00pm CT | 3:00pm-6:00pm ET

Course Description

People who have a laryngectomy may find they need additional therapy and support beyond the standard path of care. Complications can develop and persist following surgery. These include lymphedema, persistent pain and restricted range of motion. Additionally, persons with a total laryngectomy may not be able to engage with the traditional methods of voice restoration, e.g., esophageal speech, tracheoesophageal speech or use of the artificial larynx. This webinar presents some solutions to these challenging complications and alternative ways of communicating when traditional methods of voice restoration are not possible.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the impact of total laryngectomy on myofascia
  • Summarize the potential benefits of myofascial release as it relates to speech/swallow function in the total laryngectomy population
  • Describe the role of the lymphatic system and how it is affected by cancer treatment
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of head and neck lymphedema
  • Discuss the components of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
  • Name three apps for communication when the three traditional means of voice restoration following laryngectomy are not possible
  • Name two AAC devices best suited to the laryngectomy population

Who should attend?   

  • People living with laryngectomy and their caregivers, family and friends
  • Speech-Language pathologists and other healthcare providers interested in learning about the topic
  • Speech-Language pathology students

Registration Information

Registration is required. Registration confirmation will be provided by email. There is no fee for attending this course.

For Speech-Language pathologists, this course is being offered for .3 ASHA CEUs by the International Association of Laryngectomees. Click here for more details.


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