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Continuing Education and Professional Development
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Siena Hall, Room 106
Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002 516.323.3550

Speech-Language Pathology - Continuing Education

Molloy College offers programming wherein participants are eligible to receive CEUs from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the accrediting organization for speech pathologists and audiologists. Programs are offered throughout the year, normally once in the fall and once in the spring. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list, email Cindy Thomas at or call 516.323.3554.

Two programs will be offered this spring:

DSM 5 Conference

The DSM 5: What You Need to Know from the Experts
Friday, April 4, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ●  Wilbur Arts Center, Hays Theater, Rockville Centre campus

To register and for more details  

Current Trends and Challenges in Evaluating and Treating Dysphagia

Friday, April 25 from  8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  ●  Atrium, Suffolk Center campus

The Speech-Language Pathology Program and the Office of Continuing Education at Molloy College is pleased to present the program: "Current Trends and Challenges in Evaluating and Treating Dysphagia." The program will be presented by Ellen N. Friedman, MA, CCC/SLP.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recite three new swallow evaluation methodologies
2. Compare the Pro's and Con's of six current therapy strategies
3. Differentiate between13 variations of esophageal dysphagia.
4. Describe three types of reflux disease its implications for care.

Participants will be able to:
1.  List the philosophies and benefits of the tableside swallowing evaluation using cervical auscultation, the  Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP), and the Penetration-Aspiration Scale (PAS).
2. Differentiate the pro's and cons of the Frazier Free Water Protocol, Vocal Function exercises, vital stimulation (NMES), Masako technique, PEG supplementation, and weight gain strategies.
3. Define 17 esophageal dysphagia types by symptoms and their causes.
4. Explain why PEG tube limitations.
5. Describe normal physiology of upper digestion.
6. Delineate between GERD, NERD, and LPR and its ramifications.

Program Outline:
8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.             Introduction/Course Objectives
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.          New Evaluation tools, techniques, limitations:
                                         • Tableside swallowing evaluation with cervical auscultation
                                         • Modified barium swallow study impairment profile
                                         • Penetration-aspiration scale
                                         • Three ounce water test
                                         Therapy techniques; benefits and limitations:
                                         • Frazier free water protocol
                                         • Vocal function exercises
                                         • Vital stimulation
                                         • Masako technique
                                         • PEG supplementation
                                         • Weight gain strategies

11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Esophageal dysphagia, symptoms and treatment:
                                         • Acalasia
                                         • Diffuse esophageal spasms
                                         • Nutcracker esophagus
                                         • Atrogenic issues
                                         • Zenker's diverticulum
                                         •Hiatal hernia
                                         • Schatzki's ring
                                         • Varices
                                         • Hiatal hernia
                                         • carcinoma/ squamous cell, adenocarcinoma
                                         • Barrett's esophagus
                                         • Peptic Stricture
                                         • Esophageal web
                                         • Cricopharyngeal bar
                                         • Sjogrens disease
                                         • Immunocomprised hosts
                                         • Tracheo-Esophageal fistula

12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.        Lunch

12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.          PEG tubes
                                         • Developed for children and applied to adult care
                                         • No nutritional support in end stages
                                         • May actually hasten death based on reflux aspiration
                                         • Quality of life reduction
                                         • Induces internal bleeding and infection
                                         • Induces malabsorption and intractible diarrhea
                                         • Reduces skin integrity

                                         Normal Digestion:
                                         • Normal PH of stomach acidity and the digestive cascade
                                         • Triggers for upper esophageal sphincter, lower esophageal sphincter, and pyloric sphincter
                                         • Triggers for acid protection of the stomach and esophageal mucosa
                                         • Physiologic instances of reflux

                                         Disordered Digestion: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
                                         • GERD
                                         • NERD
                                         • LPR
                                         • H-Pylori
                                         • Triad relationship and Cancer risks
                                         • Triad relationship and Respiratory risks

3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.           Break
3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.           Disordered Digestion: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment (continued)
                                          • Behavioral reflux precautions and food guidelines
                                          • Medications
                                          • Surgery

                                          Concluding Remarks:  Q & A

Presenter Ellen N. Friedman, MA, CCC/SLP, is a speech/language pathologist in private practice, with a sub-specialty in voice disorders. She is a master's prepared SLP with advanced training in performing arts medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is also a professional actor, vocalist, acting/voice/dialect coach and a stage and film director. Ellen has been receiving critical acclaim for her application of bio-mechanics to voice therapy, calling her approach, bio-mechanical voice therapy, which teaches patients to change muscle memory via increased kinesthetic awareness of the vocal apparatus. Ellen has taught courses at Kent State University and Cleveland State University and also teaches at international film festivals around the world. She just finished co-directing a full length feature which is being entered into film festivals. Her most recent one-act film was shown at the 2013 LA film festival. Ellen has been a front runner in the relationship of GERD and LPR on voice and swallowing. She teaches an Adult Failure to Thrive course for PESI Healthcare division and is published in the field of GERD as a main feature article for the ASHA LEADER and in voice in Classical Singing Magazine.

Ellen Friedman, MA,MACCC-SLP  has disclosed that she has no financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Date and Time
The program will take place on Friday, April 25 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs. Intermediate level; Professional Area). A certificate of completion will be issued at the conclusion of the program.

The conference will be given at Molloy's Suffolk Center campus located just off Route 110 in East Farmingdale. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be found on our website. 

If you need hotel arrangements, the TownePlace Suites, located at 1 Marriott Plaza, East Farmingdale, is within walking distance of the Suffolk Center. Book your stay by April 11 and receive a special rate of $155. a night. The regular rate is normally $219. per night.  To make a reservation online use: Book your group rate: Molloy College April Group or call the hotel at 631.454.0080 and refer to the group code: "MLYC.".

List of area hotels near the Suffolk Center. Need more info? Call 516.323.3554.

Tuition Rates:
Early Registration, until 4/4/14: $100
Regular Registration, 4/5-4/16: $125
Late Registration, after 4/17 or at the door: $135
Molloy Students: $10 (must register by 4/16)
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID at door): $50 (must register by 4/16)
Molloy Alumni: 10% discount

The course number is: SLP 2500 Section A. You can click here to register onlilne. Click here to register in person, by phone, fax or mail.  Confirmation of your registration and classroom assignments will be mailed or emailed to you upon receipt of your registration.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us 1 week prior to the start of each program. However, substitutions can be made until the day of the program at no charge.

Brochure and Mailing List
View program brochure. To be placed on our mailing list, call Cindy Thomas at 516.323.3554 or email

If you should have any questions concerning registration or the program, call 516.323.3554 or email

 Current schedule of programs

Speech-Language Pathology Department

Molloy's Speech-Language Pathology Department continues to offer a comprehensive undergraduate program in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. The Master's program in Speech-Language Pathology at Molloy College is a Candidate for Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.

The Speech, Language and Hearing Center is now located at 30 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre and continues to serve the community by providing an array of evaluation and treatment services.