Aging Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) & Dysphagia





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Presenters: Caitlin Saxtein, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS and Jennifer Biener, M.S., CCC-SLP

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

: 5:30pm

Workshop: 5:45pm - 9:00pm

Member: $60.00

Student Member: $25.00

Non-Member Professional: $85.00



Caitlin Saxtein, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS and Jennifer Biener, M.S., CCC-SLP will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for their presentation. Caitlin Saxtein is an employee of Peconic Bay Medical Center and Long Island Community Hospital. Jennifer Biener is an employee of Access Communication and Therapy.  


Caitlin Saxtein is a Director of Speech-Language Pathology on the LISHA Board, and she is also the Director of Human Resources on the Board at The Dysphagia Outreach Project. Jennifer Biener, M.S., CCC-SLP is a volunteer member of The Dysphagia Outreach Project.


Radisson Hauppauge, Long Island, 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Workshop Coordinator

Francine Pickus, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Speech-Language Pathology


An Intellectual Disability (ID) is a chronic disorder characterized by limitations in intellectual function and adaptive behaviors, which may also include additional mental and physical impairments. As a result, those with ID often have lifelong needs for support in their daily living. Intellectual disability is a risk factor for dysphagia with a likelihood of increased severity in swallowing problems, as both age and cognitive impairment increases. Dysphagia is also associated with many age-related health complications. Aspiration pneumonia, considered by many to be the main complication of dysphagia, is of significant concern due to its morbidity and mortality in people with intellectual disabilities. Other health complications include choking, compromised nutritional status, dehydration, and urinary tract infections. The unique swallowing, feeding, and behavioral challenges experienced in this population are vital considerations in the assessment and treatment of these patients. This presentation will discuss the nature of dysphagia management in aging adults with ID by exploring the current evidence in this area and discuss the clinical experiences of speech-language pathologists who assess and treat adults with ID across care settings. The speakers will engage the audience in critical thinking exercises to promote awareness of complexity of clinical cases.


Caitlin Saxtein, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS is a medical speech-language pathologist, currently working in the acute care setting and has experience in subacute rehabilitation, outpatient, and home health. Caitlin is the Director of Speech Pathology for Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LISHA), the Co-Chair of the Adult/Medical Dysphagia Track for the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) Convention (2020, 2021, 2022), and the Director of Human Resources of the Dysphagia Outreach Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to collect and distribute dysphagia supplies and establish dysphagia awareness and education services. Caitlin has an extensive background with East End Hospice, volunteering with this organization for nearly 15 years and holds CAPC Designation in Communication Skills, Pain Management, Symptom Management, and Best Practices in Dementia Care and Caregiver Support through the Center to Advance Palliative Care. She is a 6-time ASHA ACE Award recipient, has been selected to present at the local, state, and national level and featured as a guest speaker on the SYP Podcast and the Speech Uncensored Podcast.

Jennifer Biener, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist specializing in communication and swallowing disorders in adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She is an employee of Access Communication and Therapy and prior to joining the new frontier of teletherapy, she worked in residential and vocational settings for adults with developmental disabilities. Jennifer is a proud ASHA ACE Award recipient and has furthered her education in dysphagia through completion of the Advanced Certification in Pediatric Dysphagia at New York Medical College. Jennifer has presented to clinicians at the local and state level as well as students at the graduate and undergraduate level on the topic of dysphagia in adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Jennifer recently accepted a volunteer position as Team Manager of the University Relation Division with the Dysphagia Outreach Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

**LISHA speaker selection does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or procedures. We reserve the right to substitute speakers due to circumstances beyond our control. **

Learning Objectives

Participants will: 
1.    Explain the associated complications that result from chronic dysphagia in aging adults with ID
2.    Identify factors that differentiate dysphagia in aging adults with ID from dysphagia in the general aging population.
3.    Describe swallow assessment and treatment strategies for aging patients with ID.
4.    Identify risk factors for aspiration pneumonia and choking unique to the ID population.
5.    Identify the swallowing, feeding, and behavioral impacts of patients with ID.


5:30 - 5:45    Registration and Light Refreshments
5:45 - 6:10    Defining Foundational Terms & Exploring Historical Contexts of Diagnostic Criteria
6:10 - 6:20    Speech Speak - Analyzing Bias and Clinical Language
6:20 - 6:50    Clinical Swallowing/Feeding Evaluations Across Care Settings (Group Home, Day Program,  Acute Care, SNF, Outpatient Setting).
6:50 - 7:10     Swallowing Instrumentals
7:10 - 7:30    Therapeutic Intervention and Current Evidence: Swallowing, Feeding, and Behavioral Challenges in Patients with ID
7:30 - 7:45     Break
7:45 - 8:25     Advanced Directives & Quality of Life
8:25 - 8:45    Shared Experiences
8:45 - 9:00     Questions and Answers


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PowerPoint/Handout Presentations will be emailed to confirmed attendees, 72 hours prior to the workshop. There will be no internet access at the venue to download handouts. You will need to print a copy or download the file to a computer, tablet, or phone prior to the workshop. Paper handouts will NOT be available at the event.


November 9th, 2021 5:30 PM through  9:00 PM
Radisson Hotel, Long Island
110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
United States
Event Fee(s)
Professional Fee $ 85.00
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