Advances in Communication and Swallowing

Official Journal of the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists


27, 2 issues

Latest issue

26:2 online 08 December 2023

Next issue

27:1 scheduled for June 2024

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1991

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Aims & Scope


  • To publish original work of a clinical and/or theoretical nature in the areas of communication and swallowing 
  • To disseminate research of a high standard, nationally and internationally 
  • To add to the evidence base in the management of communication and swallowing disorders 
  • To promote awareness of the research being conducted by IASLT members, collaborators and others, including of an interdisciplinary nature. 


From 2021, Advances in Communication and Swallowing (ACS) is the official journal of the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT), published by IOS Press from Volume 24. The IASLT journal was formerly known as the Journal of Clinical Speech & Language Studies, originally established in 1991. The content for Volumes 1 to 23 is available in the IOS Press Content Library.

ACS is a peer-reviewed journal which welcomes submissions from clinicians and researchers in areas including, speech, language, voice, fluency, communication and swallowing. It is multidisciplinary in nature with submissions considered from professional and scientific disciplines allied to speech and language pathology, such as linguistics, psychology, education, audiology, and medicine. The journal provides a platform for the sharing and exchange of information of a contemporary or historical nature, with communication and swallowing as the broad focus.

Research papers and reports, critical or systematic reviews and case studies are welcomed in addition to invited commentaries or editorials. Research submissions from both quantitative and qualitative analytic frameworks are encouraged. All submitted accounts of research studies must have a clearly stated research design with thoroughly analysed and interpreted results/findings. ACS is published biannually and there is scope for special issues with guest editorship. The journal conducts double-blind peer review of submitted manuscripts and authors can choose to publish gold open access in ACS with associated costs.

Editorial Board


Ciarán Kenny

Dr. Ciarán Kenny
Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies
School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

I am an Assistant Professor in Speech and Language Pathology at Trinity College Dublin. My experience as a Speech and Language Therapist is primarily in adult acute settings, where I have worked with diverse populations. My clinical and research interests include: cancer care, dysphagia, voice, and working with transgender people.

Julie Regan Dr. Julie Regan
Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies
School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

I am a speech and language therapist and Associate Professor in Speech and Language Pathology at Trinity College Dublin. Research interests include novel instrumental dysphagia evaluations and evidence-based dysphagia rehabilitation across clinical populations. I have over 80 publications in the field of dysphagia and I have recently been elected to the board of the European Society of Swallowing Disorders.

 Associate Editors

Helen Kelly Dr. Helen Kelly
University College Cork
Cork, Ireland

I am the Programme Director for BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy at University College Cork, Ireland. My research interests include adult acquired communication impairments with a particular interest in aphasia. I am passionate about facilitating the reintegration of people with aphasia into their communities and have established an Aphasia Café in collaboration with my students to provide opportunities for people with aphasia to practice and engage in everyday conversations. I also have a keen interest in technology and how it can be made more accessible and functional for people with aphasia.

Rena Lyons Dr. Rena Lyons
National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland

I am a speech and language therapist and Associate Lecturer in Discipline of Speech and Language Therapy, School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, NUI Galway, Ireland. My research interests and publications focus on working collaboratively with families and foregrounding the voices of children with speech, language and communication needs. I have expertise in qualitative methods.

Dr. Carol-Anne Murphy
University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland


Margaret Walshe Dr. Margaret Walshe
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

I am a speech and language therapist and Associate Professor in Speech-Language Pathology at Trinity College, Dublin. My research interests are in dysphagia, dysarthria, and evidence-based practice. I am an active contributor to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and a member of the International Multi-professional Steering Committee in the Cochrane Rehabilitation Field.

Editorial Board  

Helen Cameron Helen Cameron
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, United Kingdom

I am a speech and language therapist working in Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, UK. My clinical and research interests are the analysis of talk-in-interaction, neurodevelopmental assessment and support, and practice education for allied health professionals.  

Paul Conroy Paul Conroy
University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

I trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at City University in London, after undergraduate studies in Linguistics in Dublin. After 15 years in clinical practice in the UK, I took up an academic post at the University of Manchester, where I am now Strategic Lead for Speech and Language Therapy. My research interests include assessment and management of adult acquired communication disorders, especially aphasia and dysarthria.

Sandra Cummings Sandra Cummings
University College Cork
Cork, Ireland

I qualified as a Speech Language therapist and audiologist at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and completed a Doctorate in Audiology through Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, USA. I am the principal audiologist at Beacon Audiology Hearing and Balance and an adjunct lecturer in the MSc Audiology program at UCC College of Medicine & Health. My special interests are paediatric audiology, paediatric vestibular assessments and hearing aid fittings.  

Roganie Govender Roganie Govender
University College London
London, United Kingdom

I am a consultant clinical-academic Speech and Language Therapist based at University College London Head & Neck Academic Centre. My clinical work includes the assessment and management of swallowing and communication difficulties in people with head and neck cancer. My specific research interests include dysphagia, health behaviour change, cancer prehabilitation, laryngectomy care, and implementation of complex interventions in healthcare.

Helen Grech Helen Grech
University of Malta
Msida, Malta

I am a Professor in Communication Therapy at the University of Malta. I am a speech language pathologist and an audiologist. My main research interest is speech acquisition and disorders in multilingual children.

Timothy Kittel Timothy Kittel
Speech Pathology Australia
Melbourne, Australia

I am President of Speech Pathology Australia and a practicing speech pathologist. Having worked across public and private settings, I now work alongside children and adolescents with speech and language disorder, and people who are neurodiverse. My interests lie in the culture and impact of speech/language therapy, client experience, and potential futures for the profession.

Yvonne Lynch Yvonne Lynch
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

I am an Assistant Professor in Speech and Language Pathology in the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies and am a CORU registered Speech and Language Therapist. I am the School’s Disability Liaison Officer. My clinical experience is in supporting children and adults who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to realise their potential. My research interests include AAC, clinical decision making and the use of technology to enhance healthcare delivery.

Sharynne McLeod Sharynne McLeod
Charles Sturt University Australia
Bathurst, Australia

I am a speech-language pathologist and professor of speech and language acquisition at Charles Sturt University, Australia. I have received Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, am a Life Member of Speech Pathology Australia and previous editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. I have co-authored 11 books and over 230 peer reviewed journal articles and chapters focusing on children’s speech acquisition, speech sound disorders, and multilingualism.  

Shaun O’ Keeffe Shaun O’ Keeffe
National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland

I graduated from University College Dublin in 1985. I trained in Internal and Geriatric Medicine in Galway, Dublin, Boston and Liverpool. I have been a Consultant Geriatrician and an Honorary Personal Professor of Medicine in Galway University Hospitals since 2000. I am co-chair of the HSE National Consent Policy revision group and of national health service working groups for implementing new Irish laws dealing with capacity and advance healthcare directives. I have published over 200 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. My research interests include cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance, dysphagia and ethical issues in the care of older people.

Ashli O’Rourke Ashli O’Rourke
Medical University of South Carolina
Mt Pleasant, SC, USA

I am a Laryngologist, specializing in voice disorders, dysphagia and endoscopic airway surgery. As an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, my research interests involve the exploration of novel techniques for objective measurements of oropharyngeal dysphagia as well as the use of pharyngeal manometry as a biofeedback tool.  

Michael Robb Michael Robb
University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand

I am a speech-language therapist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. My research expertise involves application of experimental phonetics to examine normal and disordered speech production across the lifespan. My primary research focus is in areas of early vocal development and speech fluency.

Martine Smith Martine Smith
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

I am a speech and language therapist and Professor in Speech-Language Pathology at Trinity College, Dublin. My research and teaching focuses mostly on developmental speech and language impairments, with a particular focus on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). I am a Past President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and a former Editor-in-Chief of the AAC journal.

Author Guidelines

Advances in Communication and Swallowing (ACS) is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research. ACS publishes manuscripts in English (only) and accepts experimental, review and theoretical discussion papers, employing quantitative and/or qualitative methods. ACS aims to foster research capacity in the field of communication and swallowing sciences and, as such, supports and encourages submission from both new and experienced researchers.

Please read these instructions carefully as any manuscripts not complying with these guidelines will be returned to the authors for revisions prior to any review being undertaken.


By submitting an article to this journal, every author agrees to the Author Copyright Agreement, the IOS Press Privacy Policy and the IOS Press Ethics Policy.

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system. The manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included at the end. Note that the submitted files must be editable (e.g., MS word).

Please be sure to read carefully the section “Preparing your paper” below, and to include the following files:

  • Title page
  • Manuscript
  • Reporting guidelines checklist

Manuscript Types

Below is a description of the manuscript types which will be considered by the ACS Editorial Board. Authors should state the reporting guideline that they have followed in their methods section (detailed information in the section "Preparing your paper").

Original article
A full text article reporting original research using either quantitative or qualitative methods. Case reports will be considered if they adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines. Authors should adhere to relevant reporting guidelines for different study designs (see EQUATOR). Submissions must not exceed 250 words for abstract and manuscripts should be approximately 3500–4500 words. Please include no more than 40 references for research articles and a maximum of eight tables and figures. Case reports will be considered (maximum word count for case reports it 2000 words) if they adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines.

Review article
A review of theoretical or clinical topics which will typically be in the format of a scoping or a systematic review. Authors should adhere to relevant reporting guidelines (e.g., PRISMA 2020 or PRISMA-SCR). Submissions must not exceed 250 words for abstract and manuscripts should be maximum 4500 words. Please include no more than 50 references for review articles and a maximum of eight tables and figures.

Protocols for review articles and intervention studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Recruitment to these studies must not yet be complete and ethical approval must have been obtained (where relevant). Manuscripts should include Introduction, Methods and Discussion sections and they should be maximum 2500 words in length. Please include no more than 40 references for research protocols and a maximum of five tables and figures.

Spotlight on...
These invited manuscripts are a condensed review article focusing on current research or clinical issues within the broad field of communication and swallowing. Invited authors may chose to prepare these review articles as a Tutorial or a Brief Report. Manuscripts provide cutting edge perspectives from multidisciplinary experts on topics including, but not limited to, emerging evaluations, innovative interventions, novel research methods, and patient perspectives. Submissions must not exceed (i) 250 words for abstract (ii) 2500 words excluding references for main body of manuscript, excluding references (iii) 40 references, and (iv) 3 displays (images/tables/figures).

Letter to the editor
Letters relating to articles recently (within six months) published in the ACS journal. Letters (i) should not exceed 500 words and five references; (ii) should have one table/figure maximum (iii) should have no abstract or key points.

Publication fee

ACS does not charge a publication fee. All articles accepted for publication in ACS are currently published freely available at no fee.

Open Access option

The IOS Press Open Library offers authors an Open Access (OA) option. By selecting the OA option, the article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module. In the Open Library the article processing charges are paid in the form of an Open Access Fee. Authors will receive an Open Access Order Form upon acceptance of their article. The current fee for publishing your article Open Access CC BY-NC 4.0 is €1500/US$1500. To publish under a CC BY 4.0 license, as mandated by certain funding agencies, the fee is €2150/US$2150.
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Open Access is entirely optional.


Reporting guidelines

The Editors-in-Chief require that manuscripts adhere to reporting guidelines relevant to the research design used. These guidelines and accompanying checklists identify essential matters that should be considered and reported upon in your paper. Authors can submit a checklist from the appropriate reporting guideline with your paper as a guide to the Editors-in-Chief and reviewers of your paper.

Reporting guidelines include:

General formatting

All submissions must have a title and an abstract, be in A4 format with numbered pages, be double line spaced and have a margin of 2.5cm all around. Lines must also be numbered continuously throughout the text. The body of text must not exceed 12 pt font. Illustrations, figures and tables should be placed at the end of the paper (after the references) and not inserted into text. Placeholders may be inserted to suggest desired positioning of figures etc. All articles should be written in UK English.

Articles should be structured in the following order:
- Title page
- Abstract
- Keywords
- Main text
- References
- Appendices (as appropriate)
- Table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages)
- Figures
- Figure captions (as a list)

Title Page
The title page should be uploaded as a separate document to enable double blind-peer review. This page should include:
- Article title (should be clear, descriptive, and have up to 150 characters including spaces)
- Author(s) name(s) without abbreviation
- Author(s) affiliation(s): department, institution, city, country
- Complete mailing address of the author to whom all correspondence should be sent, including professional email address
- Running head
- Keywords (up to five)
- Acknowledgments
- Declaration of interest

Please ensure everyone meeting the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) requirements for authorship is included as an author of your paper. Where available, please also include ORCIDs. One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF and the online article. Authors' affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted.

This section should contain all acknowledgments, including any funding source to the research. Please supply all funding details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies.
If there are no acknowledgments or funding, then please state "The authors have no acknowledgments".

Conflict of interest
Authors should provide a declaration of interest statement. Financial conflicts of interest can include any financial relationship between the authors and any organization that may have a financial interest in their research or financial interests on the part of the authors themselves. This can include, but is not limited to, employment, stocks or shares, patents, research funding, travel or other expenses, lecture fees, or goods or services. Non-financial conflicts of interest can include any relationship between the authors and any person or organization that could reasonably be seen to compromise (or impact) the impartiality of the authors of an article. This can include, but is not limited to benefits to relatives, close friends or associates, or organizations that the author has an unpaid relationship with (such as consulting or advisory roles, or providing administrative assistance). Please refer to the ICJME guidelines on Conflicts of interest for further information.
(Co-)authors who are members of the Editorial Board should disclose this information in this section.
If here is no conflict, then please state “The authors have no conflict of interest to report”.


The abstract should follow the title page, maximum word length 250 words. The abstract should provide the context or background for the study and should state the study’s purpose, basic methods, main results, and principal conclusions. It should emphasise new and important aspects of the study or observations. The abstract for research papers should follow the structured abstract format. Headings should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon.



Manuscripts are typically divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results/Findings, and Discussion. Manuscripts should be approximately 3500–4500 words. Please include a word count for your paper. Papers should not exceed 30 pages. Manuscripts longer than this should be discussed with the Editors-in-Chief prior to submission.


The Introduction should provide the context or background for the study. It should include a statement of the specific aim or research objective of the study or observation. The introduction should not include data or conclusions from the work being reported.


The Methods section should give the methodological framework of the study. The methods should provide sufficient detail on how the study was conducted. The methods should include a description of your selection of participants, including inclusion and exclusion criteria. There should be a clear identification of the methods, materials, and procedures to allow for replicability. Authors submitting review manuscripts should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesising data. These methods should also be summarised in the abstract. Statistical methods should be described with sufficient detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results/findings. If used, the statistical software for analysis of results must be specified.

Experimental subjects

When human subjects are used, manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each subject, and that the study conforms with the Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki), printed in the British Medical Journal (18 July 1964).

When experimental animals are used, the Materials and methods section must briefly but explicitly state measures which were taken to minimize pain or discomfort, e.g. type and dose of anaesthetic used. Experiments should be carried out in accordance with the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC) or with the Guidelines laid down by the NIH in the US, available from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, RKLI, Suite 360, MSC 7982, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7982, or online ( .htm#pol) regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures.

All studies using human or animal subjects should include an explicit statement in the Materials and Methods section identifying the review and approval committee for each study, including the approval number and date. Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there is doubt whether appropriate procedures have been used.


Results/Findings should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures. The most important finding or main findings should be presented first. Do not repeat all the data in the tables or figures in the text; emphasise or summarise only the most important observations. Please indicate in text where tables and figures should be inserted using, for example ‘Insert Table 1 here’.

Tables and figures should be included at the end of the manuscript after the references.


The Discussion should emphasise the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat results/findings in detail or other information given in the introduction. For experimental studies, it is useful to begin the discussion by summarising briefly the main findings, then explore possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings, compare and contrast the results with other relevant studies, state the limitations of the study, and explore the implications of the findings for future research and for clinical practice.

Supplementary data

If there is a data set associated with the paper, please provide information about where the data supporting the results or analyses presented in the paper can be found. Where applicable, this should include the hyperlink, DOI or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s).


References should follow American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines (see APA guidance). Where a reference is cited within the text and contains more than two but less than six authors, cite all authors the first time the reference occurs; thereafter, only the surname of the first author followed by "et al." and the year need be included. In the reference list, references should be listed alphabetically then chronologically under each author. Please include DOI numbers when known. Examples of references in the APA style:

Journal articles

Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217.

Jerrentrup, A., Mueller, T., Glowalla, U., Herder, M., Henrichs, N., Neubauer, A., & Schaefer, J. R. (2018). Teaching medicine with the help of “Dr. House.” PLoS ONE, 13(3), Article e0193972.


Jackson, L. M. (2019). The psychology of prejudice: From attitudes to social action (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.

Kesharwani, P. (Ed.). (2020). Nanotechnology based approaches for tuberculosis treatment. Academic Press.

Sapolsky, R. M. (2017). Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst. Penguin Books.

Book chapter

Dillard, J. P. (2020). Currents in the study of persuasion. In M. B. Oliver, A. A. Raney, & J. Bryant (Eds.), Media effects: Advances in theory and research (4th ed., pp. 115–129). Routledge.


National Institute of Mental Health. (2018, July). Anxiety disorders. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.

Please include no more than 40 references for research articles and no more than 50 references for review articles.

Tables & Figures


Tables should be numbered as Table 1, Table 2, etc. All tables must be referred to in the text. Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text. Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be included in parentheses. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns’ instead leave some extra space between the columns. Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in brief footnotes at the bottom of the table.


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Peer Review

Advances in Communication and Swallowing (ACS) adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct for editors and reviewers. Our guidelines should be read in conjunction with this broader guidance. All studies must be conducted to a high ethical standard and must adhere to local regulations and standards for gaining scrutiny and approval.

ACS is committed to peer review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a double-blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is not communicated to the reviewers, and the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

After automatic plagiarism screening through iThenticate, all submissions to the journal are screened for suitability by the Editors-in-Chief, and, if considered to be of interest to the readership of ACS and of sufficient quality, are sent for review by at least two anonymous reviewers. Decisions on whether a manuscript is accepted, accepted with revisions, or not suitable for publication in its present form, will be made by the Editors-in-Chief after considering peer reviews. The Editors-in-Chief strive to ensure a typical turnaround time of 2-3 months.

The authors will be informed of peer reviewers’ comments by the Editors-in-Chief, whose decision is final.

In-house submissions are subjected to the peer review process described above. Co-authors who are also members of the Editorial Board are not involved in any way with the peer review process of articles of their (co-)authorship, and are asked to disclose this information in the section conflict of interest.

IASLT Postgraduate Student Project Prize

This new annual prize will be awarded to the best postgraduate student research article published in Advances in Communication and Swallowing (ACS). The prize is €200, generously awarded by IASLT. To be eligible, students must be either current postgraduate students or else within two years of graduating from their postgraduate research. The article must be based on their postgraduate research, and students should inform editors of their eligibility during submission. The decision will be made via a blind review process by nominated members of the ACS editorial board.

The Advances in Communication and Swallowing Annual Best Paper Award

This award is selected based on (i) the scientific quality and (ii) clinical impact of papers published in the journal. Papers accepted for publication within each calendar year are eligible for this annual award. The paper is selected by Editorial Board members via an anonymous voting system. Awardees will be invited to give an online webinar to the ACS readership in the subsequent year based on the award-winning paper.

2022 winner: Cough reflex testing in clinical dysphagia practice | Emma Wallace et al.

2021 winner: Aspiration, risk and risk feeding: A critique of the Royal College of Physicians guidance on care of people with eating and drinking difficulties | Shaun O'Keeffe et al.

Spring 2024 Online Lecture: Maria Gibbons is a Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working for the Health Service Executive. In this online lecture, she discusses her research into Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), which won the Advances in Communication and Swallowing 2023 award for best paper based on postgraduate research. Maria's research involved interviewing teachers and children with DLD about their understanding and awareness of the condition, as well as their identified needs. She speaks about how her findings are relevant to health promotion as it relates to DLD in schools. Watch the recording via the YouTube channel here.

Autumn 2023 Online Lecture: Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) is a condition characterised by the backflow of stomach contents into the upper aerodigestive tract. Dr Ciarán Kenny (Trinity College Dublin) speaks in this webinar about the clinical characteristics of this condition. He explores how reflux can negatively affect both voice and swallowing, as well as its interactions with other related conditions like chronic cough and inducible laryngeal obstruction. He concludes his webinar with practical recommendations for assessment and management, which clinicians can introduce into their practice. Watch the recording on YouTube.

Midsummer 2023 Online Lecture: Across the globe, speech and language therapists (SLTs) have long worked with clients and their families where multilingualism is a fact of life, a necessity rather than a choice. In this online lecture hosted by Advances in Communication and Swallowing, Dr. Mary-Pat O Malley (University of Galway) addresses the myths and misunderstandings about multilingual children, drawing both on the research literature and her experiences with developing ways to more reliably assess speech and language in multilingual children. Watch the recording via the IOS Press YouTube channel here.

Autumn 2022 Online Lecture: Advances in Communication & Swallowing (ACS) hosted its first autumn online lecture event on October 12, 2022. Dr. Nicole McGill and Prof. Sharynne McLeod (Charles Sturt University, Australia) talked about waiting list management, in reference to their paper “Waiting list management: Professionals’ perspectives and innovations”, recently published in ACS. Watch the recording on YouTube and grab your handout here.


Spring 2022 Online LectureAdvances in Communication & Swallowing (ACS) hosted its first spring online lecture event for all professionals with an interest in communication/swallowing on April 27, 2022. It was given by Dr. Shaun O' Keeffe, Consultant Geriatrician (National University of Ireland, Galway), along with his research team, and was based on their recently published and the top-viewed ACS paper “Aspiration, risk, and risk feeding: A critique of the Royal College of Physicians' guidance on care of people with eating and drinking difficulties.” Watch the recording via the IOS Press YouTube channel here.

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Journal Acquisition: From 2021, ACS is the official journal of the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT), published by IOS Press from Volume 24. The IASLT journal was formerly known as the Journal of Clinical Speech & Language Studies, originally established in 1991. The content for Volumes 1 to 23 is available in the IOS Press Content Library.

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