Presenter: Jeanna Winchester, PhD
– K.B., prior course participant
This course explores the multisystem breakdown of the swallow as well as the broadening role of the SLP in dysphagia therapy. The five systems of dysphagia (cognitive - neurological - respiratory - gastrointestinal - muscular) are discussed with explanation of how disorders in these systems can have a devastating effect on the swallow.
Applications in everyday clinical practice as well as dysphagia assessment and treatment planning are provided. Aspiration risk and other related factors that contribute to repeat hospital admissions in this population are documented.
Several case studies are presented covering neurogenic dysphagia, indicators of return to hospital risk, and the possible oral, laryngeal and lobar effects of COVID-19.
Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:03:39
– S.N., prior course participant
– J.B., prior course participant
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. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"The discussion on COVID was helpful. Good stats." A.B. (Dec. 2023)
"Interesting information. I liked the discussions on dementia and dysphagia." B.O. (Nov. 2023)
"New research on Covid effects on aging population and dysphagia." J.W. (Nov. 2023)
"I liked that course emphasized SLP role." E.P. (Nov. 2023)
"The impact of dysphagia on aging patients with regard to the decline in specific swallow functions and the attention to bedside and instrumental assessment was beneficial. I appreciated the emphasis on the value of SLP services with regard to dysphagia across the board." C.W. (Sep. 2023)
"I liked the discussion and elaboration of the 5 systems and how they impact overall swallow function. I appreciated the elaboration on the neurological and cognitively impaired patients, which are the primary areas we see in our hospital setting. Also appreciated the information provided about dysphagia in the post-hip fracture patient." C.W. (Sep. 2023)
"Involvement of neurogenic disorders associated with dysphagia, and specifics to dysphagia in acute care setting were beneficial." M.W. (Aug. 2023)
"Informative, timely, and self-paced. I liked the information on dysphagia during COVID-19 and AD." A.B. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked the comprehensive nature of this course. Specific review of the 5 systems was beneficial." L.M. (Jun. 2023)
"I found the overall topic interesting. The information was delivered in a way that was easily understood and provided practical implications for use in practice as well as general knowledge." D.H. (Jun. 2023)
"I liked the discussion on dysphagia as it relates to Covid virus. The presenter was easy to listen to and knowledgeable." J.P. (Jun. 2023)
"Very informative. I liked all of it." Y.C. (Apr. 2023)
"Covid-19 info was beneficial." J.K. (Apr. 2023)
"AD and the clinical recommendations were beneficial. It’s a simple yet thorough coverage of information." B.H. (Apr. 2023)
"I liked the topic on dysphagia in patients with dementia. Good detail provided." K.H. (Mar. 2023)
"Great information that was clearly presented. I liked the incorporation of information relative to COVID-19." A.M. (Mar. 2023)
"Consideration of ways that dysphagia contributes to worsening of cognitive and physical function in geriatric populations." L.M. (Mar. 2023)
"All areas related to AD, especially in the rehabilitation setting. I liked that there were topics discussed that are not discussed in other courses re: neurological conditions." K.H. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the presenter's style and the 5 systems of dysphagia." A.C. (Dec. 2022)
"Specifying the 5 systems of dysphagia and their interactions was beneficial." A.V. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning the expanding role of the SLP in dysphagia treatment was interesting. I liked the explanation of the systems involved with dysphagia." C.H. (Dec. 2022)
"Malnutrition effects - including all of the systems that can be involved." M.W. (Dec. 2022)
"Good information especially with COVID-19. Very thorough." C.B. (Nov. 2022)
"The class provided an excellent overview of how discretely connected the systems of dysphagia are. The section on how insurances factor into how hospitals and care centers prioritize patient care was very enlightening!" J.K. (Nov. 2022)
"The presenter was very thorough and presented information well." C.B. (Nov. 2022)
"Great work on the statistics topic." J.C. (Nov. 2022)
"All the information related to AD and dementia was good. The course has easy-to-follow slides." K.C. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the COVID info and all the examples." K.A. (Oct. 2022)
"The layout was easy to follow and the content was very informative and pertinent to the clinical setting." K.C. (Sept. 2022)
"The real clinical examples were good." S.A. (Sept. 2022)
"Her discussion was easy to follow." E.B. (Sept. 2022)
"The course covered a range of conditions." M.H. (Sept. 2022)
"The information regarding management of dysphagia in acquired & progressive neurologic conditions was good." B.J. (Sept. 2022)
"The information about the neuroanatomy and physiology involved in the swallow appeared well understood by the presenter and was at an appropriate complexity level for experienced clinicians. The content about characteristics of dysphagia in particularly populations (e.g., impaired closure of UES in Alzheimer's dementia patients) and the content about recent regulatory changes (e.g., CMS focusing on factors that will reduce re-hospitalization rates) was the most helpful." E.G. (Aug. 2022)
"The flow and format are excellent!" D.M. (Jul. 2022)
"The case studies related to AD patients was beneficial. This is a majority of my caseload. Thorough overview of background info, and clinical application." E.P. (Jun. 2022)
"The use of universal dysphagia screening was good." J.B. (Jun. 2022)
"Speaker's knowledge was good." M.S. (Jun. 2022)
"This course highlighted topics that I deal with on a daily basis when working in a SNF and when working in acute care at a hospital." K.B. (Jun. 2022)
"A lot of this information can also be applied to children with neurological impairments. Very informative and well organized." A.P. (Jun. 2022)
"Loved the different stages for swallowing." D.P. (Jun. 2022)
"Relevant information. Easy to follow and understand." T.M. (May 2022)
"The speaker made the material interesting and related it to everyday practice." R.P. (May 2022)
"I thought the information related to dementia and dysphagia was helpful to know what to expect with these patients. I liked the different examples of different diagnoses and how dysphagia progressed and occurred in each of these diagnoses." J.S. (April 2022)
"The presenter kept my interest, and provided many examples and personal experiences from her practice, which enhanced the total presentation of the course." J.B. (Feb. 2022)
"It was comprehensive and pertinent to my current place of employment." R.A. (Dec. 2021)
"Comprehensively, it was helpful to review the systems involved in dysphagia and aspiration risk. This course pointed me, once again, to how important it is to know type and severity of diagnosis and how it related to consideration of the care plan and communication with the family or facility. The handout reinforced the verbal presentation which is helpful for later review of pertinent information." A.H. (Nov. 2021)
"The outline and presenter helped pace the material." V.G. (Oct. 2021)
“The information on the relationship between COVID-19 and its association with dysphagia was insightful. It was very informative in how it related to the current pandemic situation.” A.P. (Oct. 2021)
“I found that relating the 5 systems to relevance in treating ALL patients who may present with dysphagia to be very helpful. The course was easy to listen to, good pace, relevant and current info.” V.G. (Oct. 2021)
"I appreciated the consideration of the whole person. I liked the inclusion of Covid-19." H.T. (Sept. 2021)
"Going over dysphagia among dementia patients was most helpful. I liked the realistic presentation." S.T. (Sept. 2021)
"I liked the practical implications. The COVID-19 information was most beneficial." G.W. (Sept. 2021)
"The link among the five systems which are interconnected was interesting. The course was easy to follow even for SLPs who are not specialized in the area." R.C. (Aug. 2021)
"Being aware of how dementia can affect dysphagia was a good lesson. The integration of systems and how they interact with or cause dysphagia was interesting." S.M. (Aug. 2021)
"Very current. Great course!" V.B. (Aug. 2021)
"Helpful information on new roles for SLP with the onset of COVID 19, along with patient's that have AD. It was easy to follow and pertinent to my current setting." J.D. (Aug. 2021)
"I found all the presentations interesting." I.C. (Aug. 2021)
"The knowledge and complete presentation regarding Dysphagia and management of it in many disorders was good." P.M. (Aug. 2021)
"Discussing the different types of dementia and how each impacts swallowing will be beneficial to my daily practice. The teacher did not waste any time, and solely focused on the material - since it was online, it could be paused and I could rewind if needed." B.F. (Jul. 2021)
"I am looking to transition from the school-based setting to a medical setting. This course was a help refresher for me. This course was engaging and informative." K.G. (May 2021)
“The information was timely and applicable to long-term settings.” S.F. (Mar. 2021)
“I liked the review of the multiple regions of the brain involved in swallowing. The influence of the pons and medullary coordination for CO2 was insightful. Also, the involvement of regions of the brain affecting memory and how this contributes to dementia-related dysphagia was very interesting.” G.O. (Feb. 2021)
“The information on reducing repeat hospital admissions, connection between cognition and malnutrition was very informative. I liked that it was designed in terms of body systems, which is the way doctors and nurses learn about the disease. When I was in school, the approach was primarily neurological.” S.N. (Dec. 2020)
“I found it particularly beneficial that the current COVID-19 crisis is discussed. And how it is having a major impact on our profession. It was timely and very relevant. Jeanna Winchester, Ph.D. was an excellent presenter. Very knowledgeable, easy to listen to, and a champion for the profession. Thank you!” K.A. (Dec. 2020)
Jeanna Winchester, PhD, is a Clinical Cognitive Neuroscientist, Professor of Medicine, Allied-Health Instructor, Author and a small business owner of JWPhD LLC; a Continuing Education Firm. Dr. Winchester works with industry leaders to provide CME, CPD & CEU content in America, the UK, Australia, Canada & New Zealand. Dr. Winchester has additional post-graduate education in Health Law, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Speech-Language Pathology & Healthcare Administration.
Financial — Jeanna Winchester is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jeanna Winchester has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional Area).
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During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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