Passionate about Parkinson’s

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 Leigh Ann Porter, MA, CCC-SLP & Julie Fechter, MS, CCC-SLP
Join Julie and Leigh Ann as they explore evolving best practices to work with people with Parkinson’s disease. Learn about the benefits of a preventative model for treatment and how to support individuals through a progressive neurological disease process. Julie brings a healthy dose of enthusiasm and mixes it with a solid foundation in best practices rooted in the latest evidence. In fact, Julie doesn’t wait for evidence to be published in the literature, she’s reaching out to researchers and learning about the work that is currently underway. My hope is that in addition to the knowledge and skill-building available in this podcourse, you will also learn how to connect with patients and earn the highest praise: “you instill confidence!” 

By the conclusion of this Podcourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify two certifications available to enhance your clinician skills in working with patients with Parkinson’s Disease. 
  2. Describe the statistics from the evidence on the prevalence of people with Parkinson’s who will experience dysarthria and/or dysphagia.
  3. Discuss the benefit of a “dental model” for therapy frequency for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

About Leigh Ann: Leigh Ann earned her master’s in Communication Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2013, and has enjoyed being an SLP ever since. While at UCF, Leigh Ann was part of a grant to prepare SLPs to work with English Language Learners, earning a graduate certificate of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Leigh Ann now resides in Kansas City where she divides her time working across outpatient, acute, and inpatient rehab settings. She has presented for ASHA CEUs to regional SLPs on topics such as how the respiratory system and cough influence dysphagia, a review of the literature on dysphagia exercises, and generating measurable dysphagia goals. For multidisciplinary continuing education with PTs and OTs, Leigh Ann has presented on topics such as Cognitive Retraining with an emphasis on memory strategies, and the SLP’s scope of practice & making appropriate patient referrals to the SLP. 

About Julie: 
Educated at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, Julie lived the SNF life for 6 years in the greater Seattle area until she got overwhelmed by the large amount of overtime she was working and ran away to travel the world for a year and a half. 


Since coming back in July 2018, she had held jobs in SNFs, hospitals, and inpatient rehab, and started her own practice, which is the hardest thing she’s ever done. Did she mention it was getting Botox that lead her down this path? 

Certified in MDTP and LSVT and trained in PhoRTE, Speak OUT!, LMRVT, and CSCFT, she is trying to branch out into non-Parkinson’s voice treatment as well, but her true love is working with individuals with Parkinson’s disease. She volunteers at a music therapy group, as well as boxing on Saturdays she’s not working. 

You can find her mainly online, as she’s trying to save up money to buy fees equipment and can’t leave her house without spending at least $30, or on Instagram documenting the ridiculous minutiae of her life: @julie.365.weekend
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:
1-9: Welcome and background
9-12: Statistics of People with Parkinson’s (PwP) who will get dysarthria/dysphagia
12-16: Using a “dental model” for therapy with PwP
16-20: When should therapy be initiated for PwP?
20-24: Common characteristics associated with PwP
24-50: Tools for Parkinson’s Therapy
50-55: Dysphagia & Parkinson’s: future developments currently under research.
55-60: Q & A

Disclosure Statement for Leigh Ann Porter:

Financial: Leigh Ann Porter is a presenter for and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Julie Fechter:

Financial: Julie Fechter is a presenter for and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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