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Bonnie Martin-Harris
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Course #: 2297

Dysphagia Treatment: Evidence-Based Interventions for
Swallowing Impairment Using a Standardized Approach
Across the Continuum of Care

Location Date Price
Edmonton, AB
April 8-9, 2017

CEUs: 1.0
CEEs: 10.0

1 person: $325.00 USD $295.00 USD
2-4 people: $305.00 USD $275.00 USD
5+ people: $295.00 USD $275.00 USD

Sale thru 12/31/16

*Groups MUST register at the same time to qualify for the group rate.
Thank you for your interest in this seminar. We are unable to take further registrations as the seminar date has already past. Please feel free to view other uplcoming seminars by clicking here or contacting our office at 888-337-3866.


Seminar content will benefit Speech-Language Pathologists across the continuum of care, including SLPs who conduct MBS studies and SLPs who develop and execute treatment plans for dysphagic patients. Focus will be the adult population and participants do not need to conduct MBS studies to benefit from the content presented. In fact, clinicians who do not have access to comprehensive examinations will be introduced to standardized interpretation of MBSSs from referring facilities. Participants will learn how a standardized assessment is changing dysphagia service delivery and producing better treatment outcomes. Specific areas of focus will include:

Assessment. Discussed will be a standardized approach to assessment – one that focuses on specific physiologic impairment(s) and not solely on the presence or absence of aspiration. Presented will be 17 physiologic components necessary for the execution of normal swallowing and why each component should be assessed in all patients as part of a complete examination. Videofluoroscopic radiographs, paired with physiology animations, and detailed anatomic medical illustrations of the muscles and nerves involved in each component will be the method for instruction. A novel approach for classifying dysphagia severity using a combination of physiologic and patient oriented measures will be introduced.

Treatment. Next, this seminar will link the impaired physiologic components with evidence-based interventions to specifically target swallowing impairment. Case-based instruction will demonstrate the application of targeted interventions and treatment planning based on assessment outcomes in patients with dysphagia related to neurologic disorders, cancers of the head and neck, and pulmonary disease. Evidence-based interventions including demonstrations of visual feedback and training methods for strength training and respiratory swallowing coordination will be illustrated.

Outcomes. Formulation of appropriate treatment goals using the approach and association of impairment scores to overall dysphagia severity will be introduced. Participants will learn to apply and track the outcomes of treatments that target the physiologic components of swallowing toward optimization of function. Tracking swallowing outcomes (physiologic, intake status, quality of life) over time and throughout the healthcare continuum will be demonstrated. Note: tuition is in USD. Groups of 5 or more enrolling at same time save $30 USD each.

This course will benefit SLPs who work with dysphagic patients across the continuum of care, including SLPs
working in skilled nursing facilities, home health,
outpatient and hospital settings. 

Speaker: Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Prerequisite: Must have a degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Content Disclosure: This CE seminar will reference the MBSImP component scoring system.  Speaker financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab found above.

Cancellation Policy & Late Registration

Registration Cancellation Policy:

Tuition will be refunded less a $25 processing fee if emailed notification is received by NSS up to two weeks prior to the seminar date. Two weeks to 72 hours prior to seminar date: 50% refund; 72 hours or less: no refund. NSS reserves the right to cancel the event up to 7 days prior to the seminar date. If cancelled by NSS full tuition refunds will be issued. Substitutions are permitted if NSS is notified in advance by phone or email.

Late Registration Fee:

Add $20 to tuition rate if registration is received within
2 weeks of the seminar date.

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                                                       DAY ONE

7:30-7:50           Check In and Onsite Registration (Coffee and Tea)

8:00-9:30        • A Place for Standardization in Individual Dysphagia Treatment

                       • Physiologic Foundation of Swallowing Function and Impairment

                             • Discovery and innovation 

9:30-9:45           Break

9:45-11:45      • Targeted Treatment: Front Line Tactics 

                       • Translating Assessment Results to Physiologically Targeted Treatment

                             • Compensation, Adaptation, Strengthening, Agility 

11:45-12:45        Lunch on Own 

12:45-2:30      • Demonstration and Implementation of Assistive Technology

                             • Guided Visual, Auditory, and Tactile Feedback during Swallowing Retraining

2:30-2:45           Break

2:45-4:00         Respiratory-Swallowing Coordination and Training:

                             •  Effects on Airway Protection and Pharyngeal Clearance 

        4:00           Adjourn and Sign Out


                                                      DAY TWO

7:30-7:55           Sign In (Coffee and Tea)

8:00-8:45        • Training Paradigms and Goal Setting

8:45-9:45        • Standardizing Reporting: Progress and Outcome Measures; Optimizing Reimbursement 

9:45-10:00         Break

10:00-12:00    • Grand Rounds: Integration of Best Practice and Standardized Assessment in Swallowing Treatment

                       • Case-Based Learning: Neurologic Diseases and Conditions, Head and Neck Cancer, Pulmonary Disease, Frail Elderly

        12:00         Adjourn, Sign Out and Certificates


Speaker Profile

Bonnie Martin-Harris,

ASHA Fellow

Dr. Martin-Harris is the Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She is also Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Radiation Oncology, Feinberg School of Medicine.

She is a Past-President of the Dysphagia Research Society, past Chair of the Specialty Board for Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), and Associate Editor for the Dysphagia Journal. She is an ASHA Fellow, recipient of the 2016 Admiral Albert J. Baciocco Innovation Award – Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), The 2017 12th Annual Pepper Lecturer, Northwestern School of Communication, Honorary Member of the MUSC Chapter of The National Academy of Inventors, recipient of Honors from the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SCSHA), 2010 MUSC College of Health Professions Scholar of the Year Award, and associate member of the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Head and Neck Society.

Dr. Martin-Harris is the author and developer of the first standardized method for videofluoroscopic assessment of swallowing impairment (Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile, MBSImP™), translated to research and clinical practice in the United States, Canada and 13 additional countries. She is also author of the manual, "Standardized Training In Swallowing Physiology—Evidence-Based Assessment Using The MBSImP Approach" published by Northern Speech Services. Her work is funded by the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), the Veteran’s Administration, and the Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation.

Presenter Disclosures:

Financial Bonnie Martin-Harris is presenter of CE seminars and online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees and royalties.

Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris is author of "Standardized Training In Swallowing Physiology — Evidence-Based Assessment Using The MBSImP Approach" published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties. 

Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' former employer, MUSC, receives royalty payments from Northern Speech related to enrollment tuition of the MBSImP Online Training.

Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' MBSImP research and development was funded in part by Bracco Diagnostics; received grant funding.

Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' research is funded in part by the Veteran's Administration (VA); receives grant and research funding.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' research is funded in part by the Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation; receives grant funding.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' research is funded in part by the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD); receives grant and research funding.
Nonfinancial — Bonnie Martin-Harris is associated with numerous journals, publications and boards related to speech-language pathology; receives no compensation in these roles.

Location & Lodging

Seminar Location:

The Royal Alexandra Hospital
Robbins Learning Centre, Level G
10245 111 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5G 3V9

Phone: 780-735-4111
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Meeting Room: We will meet in Robbins Learning Centre within the Robbins Pavilion on Level G–Ground.
The Robbins Pavilion is inside the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. Campus map.

Parking: Onsite parking is $16 per day.  Use the "North East Parkade" accessed via 102 St.
Purchase parking from Pay and Display machine in parkade using credit card. Campus map.

Nearby Hotels: No room blocks have been reserved. Please negotiate your best rate. 

Intended Audience

  • SLP


SAC CEEs:  Offered for 10.0 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures. (0.1 CEU is equivalent to 1 CEE.)

ASHA CEUs: This program is offered for 1.0 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Content Disclosure: This CE seminar will reference the MBSImP component scoring system. Speaker financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab found above.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology 

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may provide their eligibility on the ASHA CEU Participant Form or inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.




More Offerings by: Bonnie Martin-Harris


  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e01 The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile: MBSImP™ Standardized Training and Reliability Testing
Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow
2.1 $600.00
e001 Introduction to MBSImP™ – A Standardized Protocol for Assessment of Swallowing Impairment
Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow
0.6 $124.00
e137 Dysphagia Assessment: A Comprehensive Review of Evidence-Based Practice
Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jacqueline Hind, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Christy Ludlow, PhD, CCC-SLP and Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow and Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
1.0 $139.00
e103 Dysphagia: Integrating Respiration and Deglutition
Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow
0.1 $24.00


  Title Price  
Standardized Training in Swallowing Physiology: Evidence-Based Assessment Using the Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP™) Approach $59.00

Past Participant Comments

Over 97% of past participants would recommend this seminar to a colleague!

"You were an inspirational speaker and it was great to have the balance of research
with lots of practical treatment options that can be used in therapy."

"Bonnie Martin-Harris continues to set the bar high with her knowledge and teaching style."

"Excellent tool – can't wait to start using it.  You've changed the way I look at MBS studies."

"I consider Bonnie Martin-Harris as top in our field and think she is filling a much needed
service in the area of swallowing disorders with this move to standardization."

"Bonnie is down-to-earth, not over your head, and enjoyable to listen to...great interaction
with the course attendees – always made sure we were on the same page."

"What a nice combination of professionalism and 'down-to-earth-ness' of the presenter."

"Bonnie is an excellent speaker with a wealth of experience and knowledge.  I appreciate her candid attitude."

"Thank you for your work and research in this pioneering adventure at standardization."

"This is information I can use at work. Great videos to demonstrate each component of
swallowing (normal and abnormal)."  

 "A fabulous tool with excellent research behind it.  Looking forward to using it."

"Thank you so much for your contributions to our profession and to dysphagia.  It has made
us all better clinicians!"

"In almost 30 years, I've never yet been to a NSS seminar that wasn't informative, stimulating,
and wonderfully organized."

"Always well-organized, comfortable seating, and interesting topics and speakers."

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