Discussed will be important concepts and terminologies that clinicians need to know to better understand the peripheral and central nervous systems as related to swallowing physiology. Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEU – 1 contact hour.
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The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint Presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Ianessa A. Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Iowa. She is an accomplished researcher, having studied the effects of electrical stimulation on hyo-laryngeal movement in healthy and dysphagic adults. Dr. Humbert's research focuses on swallowing neurophysiology and Alzheimer's disease.
Financial — Ianessa Humbert is an author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial— Ianessa Humbert is the author of the text, "The Swallowing Pocket Guide" published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Ianessa Humbert is an inventor for Passy Muir, Inc; holds a patent on equipment.
Nonfinancial — Ianessa Humbert has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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"The breakdown of maneuvers, what they target, and instructions on implementing. I also liked the comparison of study results on sensory types." S.S. (Oct. 2021)
“This course had a nice review of anatomy and maneuvers, but I found the information on the impact of heightened stimulation was most beneficial to me. I also found the objective review of the studies regarding types of bolus modification to be very interesting.” – B.G. (Aug. 2020)
“I enjoyed learning the appropriate terms to describe what occurs with swallowing, such as kinematics vs. biomechanics to increase my accuracy in what I am describing.” - C.B. (Jun. 2020)
"I liked the traditional swallowing technique broken down into a table. It will be nice to show patients this as to why, how we are completing these exercises. I enjoyed the visual images of the larynx." – C.E. (May 2020)
"I appreciated having a solid review of the anatomy and physiology reviewing the intrinsic and extrinsic muscles, reviewing cranial nerve supply, and reviewing the function of each muscle. During the review of compensatory maneuvers, it was nice to have the FEES view of what it looks like internally. The organization was very effective. Dr. Humbert was systematic in her description and gave very clear descriptions. The illustrations used were all very easy to follow." – S.C. (Apr. 2020)
"The discussion on study findings related to sensory types and their effects on swallow behavior was most useful. The course was a great review of anatomy and physiology of swallowing. I think the course was pretty comprehensive given the fact that traditional swallowing treatments were a focus as they relate to physiology." – M.R. (Mar. 2020)
"I enjoyed the discussion on sensations - research on different sensations / bolus modification." – L.C. (Jan. 2020)
"The details of the information was complete with good representation through visual aids. The CN and muscle review were significantly helpful." – R.L. (Jan. 2020)
"The discussion of the compensatory versus rehabilitative swallowing strategies was most beneficial." – A.M. (Dec. 2019)
"I especially enjoyed the discussion on bolus modification." – K.V. (Nov. 2019)
"The images and ways of explaining the anatomy and physiology of the swallow were most beneficial. I like that the course was clear and succinct. However, I was expecting more recent strategies to treat dysphagia (e.g., Expiratory muscle strength training) to be covered." – K.B. (Oct. 2019)
"I really liked the clear, systematic review of swallowing maneuvers and research on effects of bolus sensory properties. The images for the cranial nerve review were excellent! They really supported memorization of the muscle groups." – L.M. (Sept. 2019)
"I appreciated the research review of effects of sensory changes on the swallow. The slow presentation rate gave me time to process and contemplate the information." – J.M. (Aug. 2019)
"Overall, the information was excellent; everything was a combination of refresher and new learning." – R.C. (July 2019)
"Great great review of nerves and muscles and physiology of swallow." – S.M. (June 2019)
"It was a comprehensive course, and I appreciated her addressing the current practice vs. some of the sensory based practices. It was a good course." – K.D. (May 2019)
"I liked the easy to understand schematic representation. Good examples. The discussion on the treatment for dysphagia was most beneficial." – R.M. (Apr. 2019)
"The studies supporting change and no change on bolus modification were helpful. I liked the compensatory strategies and what impact they might have on swallowing." – M.J. (Jan. 2019)
"I liked the discussion about the types of bolus modification that SLPs may try (e.g., temperature, taste, volume, etc)." – B.O.W. (Dec. 2018)
"Good visuals. The review of anatomy & physiology was especially helpful." – E.G. (Nov. 2018)
"I enjoyed the review of intrinsic and extrinsic laryngeal muscles and how they interact. I liked the visuals provided to help with understanding of muscle location and physiology." – L.B. (June 2018)
"I appreciated the research conducted and presented on this topic. The review of the cranial nerves in relation to the innervation of head muscles was beneficial." – S.K. (May 2018)
"I liked the thorough review of anatomy and physiology and research on compensatory and rehabilitative strategies." – G.E. (Mar. 2018)
"I enjoyed the studies that compared enhanced sensory information on the swallow. It was an incredibly thorough course." – C.L. (Jan. 2018)
"Going over the postural adjustments and swallowing maneuvers and the charts for them was very helpful." – L.M. (Dec. 2017)
"I appreciated the details about muscles and Cranial nerves." – W.R. (Nov. 2017)
"Good refresher and guidance for evidence-based decision-making and clinical practice." – H.M. (Oct. 2017)
"I found it to be very helpful to see the sequence of muscular innervation in the progression of oral to pharyngeal to esophageal movement. Loved the visual combination of videofluoroscopy and highlighted muscles and nerve innervation." – K.H. (Aug. 2017)
"The discussion of bolus modifications was most beneficial. Very detailed explanations of swallowing physiology." – Y.Y. (June 2017)
"I enjoyed the heightened stimulation theory as well as the models/graphics/printouts." – E.S. (Feb. 2017)
"The review of EBP on treatment approaches was very helpful. I liked the depictions/illustrations for improved comprehension." – L.N. (Jan. 2017)
"I liked the highlighted anatomy pictures and her narration. I wish I was her student. Although I read, re-read, and made my own guide, I felt like this presentation was worth a half semester of my graduate dysphagia class. I didn't feel like she was just teaching to the ones with a good grasp of dysphagia. She went through the basics and built up to complicated considerations." – N.S. (Dec. 2016)
"I appreciated the information related to sensory information and how swallowing kinematics was effected." – T.T. (Nov. 2016)
"I found the research results and possible application beneficial. The course was easy to follow, well organized, and applicable." – A.T.P. (Oct. 2016)
"I like the descriptions with all of the swallowing techniques and purpose behind each one." – E.C. (Sept. 2016)
"The discussion on bolus modification studies was most helpful." – S.W. (Aug. 2016)
"The review of terminology and CN involvement was clearly presented with excellent diagrams. I liked that the slides were extremely well organized." – A.D. (July 2016)
"I liked the clear anatomical pictures that helped to increase the location and function of muscles." – K.R. (July 2016)
"I appreciated the description of the cranial nerves. The pictures were very helpful." – S.P. (July 2016)