SLP’s Role in Treating Older Adults with Pulmonary Disease

SLP’s Role in Treating Older Adults with Pulmonary Disease  

Older adults with chronic pulmonary diseases such as COPD, asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema often develop associated speech and swallowing disorders. These individuals may require SLP interventions to assure verbal communication, nutrition, and hydration and to reduce the risk of aspiration. This course will describe the role of the SLP in pulmonary rehabilitation with common treatments used for this population, with general information related to breathing patterns, airway clearance techniques, respiratory muscle strengthening, vocal volume, swallowing, and cognition.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional Area).

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-25735
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
List various pulmonary diseases and how they impact the respiratory system’s exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Explain the impact of various pulmonary conditions on speech production and swallowing.
Cite various SLP treatments useful with persons with communication and swallowing deficits related to chronic pulmonary diseases.


Course Overview

Overview of the Respiratory System

Respiratory System

Inhalation and Exhalation

Functions of the Respiratory System

Knowledge Check

Some Pulmonary Diseases and Associated Functional Problems

Types of Lung Diseases

Restrictive Versus Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases

Restrictive Airway Diseases

Obstructive airway diseases

Restrictive Lung Tissue Disease

Restrictive or Obstructive Lung Circulation Disease

Typical Functional Problems

Knowledge Check

SLP Treatments for Older Adults with Pulmonary Conditions

Determining the Purpose of Treatment

Breathing Patterns: Diaphragmatic Breathing

More Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises

Breathing Patterns: Pursed Lip Breathing

Breathing Patterns: Yoga Breathing

Breathing Patterns: Segmental Breathing

To Facilitate Deep Breathing

Breathing Training and Exercises: Evidence:

Airway Clearance:

Airway Clearance: Postural Drainage

Airway Clearance: Coughing and Huffing

Airway Clearance: Huff forced Exhalation

Airway Clearance: Incentive Spirometry

Evidence for Airway Clearance Techniques

SLP Involvement with Unexplained Chronic Cough

Knowledge Check

Respiratory Muscle Strength Training (RMST)

Respiratory Muscle Strength Training Outcome

Expiratory Muscle Strength Training and Swallowing

Expiratory Muscle Strength Training and Swallowing

Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST)

Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST)

IMST with COPD:  Evidence

IMST in Intensive Care Unit (ICU):  Evidence

EMST:  Evidence

EMST and IMST with Neurodegenerative Disorders:  Evidence

EMST and IMST:  Evidence

Voice Therapy

Dysphagia Therapy

Cognitive Treatment

Supplemental Oxygen

More Aspects of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Knowledge Check




Instructor: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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