Beginning Summer 2023, Faulkner’s Master of SLP program will offer two specialized training sessions, which are available to students for a fee. These trainings include Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment – LOUD. These trainings are optional.
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is a procedure whereby the SLP passes a scope through the nasopharynx, which allows for visualization of the vocal folds. The SLP then administers various food and liquid consistencies to the patient and watches the patient swallow them. Based on these trials, the SLP can then determine if the patient is aspirating or is at risk of aspiration, along with the reason for why this is happening and whether this can be remediated behaviorally. It is important to note that students must be physically present for the training. The cost for the training is approximately $350. Students will receive a certificate after successful completion.
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment – LOUD (LSVT LOUD) is a program designed for individuals with Parkinson’s disease to increase vocal loudness, which could subsequently improve speech intelligibility. This training will be offered after the summer semester and will be offered online. Students have 60 days to complete the training. The cost is $295. Students will be certified upon successful completion.