Sep 20 2022


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dysphagia from the Surgeon’s Perspective

Dysphagia is often multifactorial in nature. This course will analyze dysphagia from an otolaryngologist & surgeon’s perspective and educate providers regarding specific diagnostic tests performed, common diagnoses, and multidisciplinary collaboration that is crucial for maximizing client success. This course will not only encourage appropriate provider collaboration with a client’s medical team, but it will also enable providers to better support their families while they navigate medical procedures.

Please note this event is taking place at 6:30 pm Central Standard Time, and will be held virtually via Zoom. To find out what time this is where you live, look here

Registration will close at 5:00 pm on Monday September 19, 2022. **Please check your spam folder as our emails occasionally end up there.**

This course is being submitted for credit with the Illinois Early Intervention Program. Please check with your local professional organization to determine additional professional education credit. Those who have paid for a professional ticket and are in attendance for the duration of the full event will receive a certificate of attendance for credit. Those who registered for a student ticket will also receive a certificate, however these will not be eligible for CEUs.

Tickets Available

Please register for the appropriate ticket type that best describes you. Please see descriptions below.

  • Caregiver
  • Student
  • Professional*
  • Affiliate

*We ask all professionals to register individually.

Should cost be a concern that would hinder your participation, we may be able to offer financial assistance. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Lindsay Hoffer at


Taher Valika, MD, is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is the Medical Director of the Aerodigestive Program, which is one of the nations leading airway reconstruction programs. 

He received his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University and completed his residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Illinois Hospital. Dr. Valika then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and subsequently joined the division as a member of the Airway Team, where he is also the Director of Upper Airway Surgery.

His academic expertise is in pediatric airway reconstruction, managing complex sleep related airway disorders, and feeding disorders. His research focuses on innovation including 3D printing for airway reconstruction.