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Exercise Science in Speech-Language Pathology: What, How, Why?

Presented by Lori Burkhead Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP
Registration Fee: $297 for Speech-Language Pathologists


After this course, you will be able to…

  • Define unique aspects of muscle architecture and composition of speech/swallowing musculature that differentiate from other muscle groups in the body.
  • Define two ways in which speech/swallow musculature responds to conditioning and deconditioning.
  • Distinguish simple activity from exercise regarding intensity and impact on functional outcomes.


  • 0-20 minutes: Introduction
  • 20-160 minutes: Neuroanatomy
  • 160-190 minutes: Cognition and Language
  • 190-230 minutes: Neurology Diagnostics
  • 230-305 minutes: Impairments and Diagnoses
  • 305-370 minutes: Assessment
  • 370-410 minutes: Treatment
  • 410-565 minutes: Case Application
  • 565-570 minutes: Take Home Messages


Foundations of muscle structure and function

  • 0-5 min – Personal introduction, disclosures, objectives of the program.
  • 5-30min – Introduction and overview of the integration of respiration, swallowing, and verbal communication.
  • 30-55 min – Neuromuscular anatomy and physiology of muscles of breathing, coughing, eating, swallowing, speaking.
  • 55-80 min – Neural and anatomical changes across the lifespan in the upper aerodigestive tract:  Effects on functional performance.
  • 80-105 min – Foundational principles of neuroplasticity
  • 105-120 minutes Q&A

What is exercise?

  • 120-140 min – Exercise treatment vs. simple activity
  • 140-160 min – Defining the goal:  Strength, skill, speed?
  • 160-180 min – Neuromuscular response to conditioning and deconditioning
  • 180-200 min – Adaptative movements vs. maladaptive movements
  • 200-210 min – Motor Learning
  • 210-225 min – General principles of initiation, intensity, and purpose
  • 225-240 min- Q&A

Exercise:  What and When?

  • 0-25 min – Application of the exercises we all know
  • 25-65 min – Tools of the trade: Technology and devices in dysphagia rehabilitation
  • 65-105 min – Considering context:  Exercise (or not) with various diagnoses
  • 105-120-minute Q&A

Consider the continuum from evaluation to end-goal

  • 120-145 min – Evaluation methods to guide treatment
  • 145-170 min – Consider patient support, motivation, or other limitations
  • 170-185 min – Shared goal setting
  • 185-195 min – Compliance
  • 195- 210 min – Ethical considerations and cost-benefit of treatment regimens.
  • 210-225 min – Documenting and measuring progress.
  • 225-240-minute – Q&A

Speaker Information and Disclosures

Dr. Burkhead Morgan has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 1994 in a variety of healthcare settings, including a Level-1 trauma center, inpatient rehabilitation, an outpatient otolaryngology practice, and as medical school faculty conducting research, teaching, and maintaining a clinical practice. She earned a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Florida in 2005, focusing on applying exercise science principles to communication and swallowing rehabilitation. During nearly 30 years of clinical and academic endeavors, she has developed expertise in the evaluation & treatment of medically complex patients. Dr. Burkhead Morgan is a sought-after speaker, presenting both domestically and internationally. She is a published author on the topic of dysphagia and exercise science as it relates to dysphagia. She is best known for teaching clinicians how to bridge the gap between research and clinical application.


  • MedSLP – honoraria for this talk, consulting fee for the mentorship program.
  • No non-financial disclosures.

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The target audience for this webinar is licensed speech-language pathologists. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed beyond the basic speech-language pathology training and licensing.

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