The diagnosis of swallowing disorders is complex. Yet, understanding the nature of the patient's swallowing disorder is the foundation for optimal treatment. This audio course features 7 internationally recognized dysphagia experts discussing a variety of diagnostic tests. Highlighted will be what each test indicates, what it doesn't indicate, and which patients can be best assessed using each diagnostic tool. Also included is information on esophageal dysphagia, respiratory function during swallow, swallowing considerations for patients on trachs/vents, and pharmacology and dysphagia. Offered for 1.5 CEUs – 15 contact hours.
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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.
Audio with downloadable handout. Audio files may be streamed online or downloaded. This course was recorded in front of a live seminar audience in 2008 in Atlanta, GA.
Roxann Diez Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a leading expert, accomplished researcher, and frequently invited national and international lecturer. Her areas of expertise include swallowing function, esophageal dysphagia, and management of patients with tracheostomy tubes and speaking valves.
Currently, Roxann is Director of Research at The Children's Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to this position, she was Director of the Swallowing Disorders Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology in the School of Medicine. She is now an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh.
Roxann has published several scientific papers and clinical book chapters. Her primary area of research examines interactions between breathing and swallowing in neurologic and respiratory disease. Over the past 7 years, Roxann has expanded her clinical work and research to include non-pathologic forms of esophageal dysphagia.
Financial — Roxann Diez Gross is presenter of online CEU courses by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Roxann Diez Gross is the author of "Quick Pocket Reference for Tracheostomy Tubes and Speaking Valves" published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Roxann Diez Gross has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Ikuo Hirano, M.D., Gastroenterologist, is Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He attended college at Yale University, medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his medical residency and GI fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He took a faculty position at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center and Harvard Medical School working in esophageal swallowing physiology before coming to Northwestern in 1998. He is currently serving as Associate Chair for the American Gastroenterological Association’s Esophageal, Gastric and Duodenal (EGD) section, site principal investigator for the Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal disease Researchers (CEGIR) and the educational co-chair for International Gastrointestinal Eosinophil Researchers (TIGERS). Dr. Hirano has written over 100 scientific papers and textbook chapters that focus on esophageal and swallowing disorders. He has active grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for research in eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Hirano is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Gastroenterology and on the editorial board for Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He received the Northwestern University School of Medicine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Gastroenterology in 2002 and Distinguished Service Award in 2013. Dr. Hirano has been recognized as one of the Chicago area's "Top Doctors" by the Chicago Consumer's Checkbook and by Best Doctors in America. His clinical and academic interests are in eosinophilic esophagitis, eosinophilic gastroenteritis, gastrointestinal motility and esophageal disorders.
Financial — Ikuo Hirano is presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Ikuo Hirano has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Susan E. Langmore, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, is an internationally known researcher and lecturer in the areas of dysphagia, aspiration pneumonia, and voice disorders. Dr. Langmore is developer of the FEES procedure. Additionally, her "Predictors of Aspiration Pneumonia" research is frequently cited by SLPs in determining which patients should and should not eat by mouth. Dr. Langmore is a Professor in both the Departments of Otolaryngology and Speech and Hearing Sciences at Boston University Medical Center in Boston, MA.
Financial — Susan Langmore is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Susan Langmore has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Jeri A. Logemann, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, was the Ralph and Jean Sundin Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Northwestern University School of Communication from 1995 until her death in 2014. She received all of her degrees at Northwestern and had taught and conducted research at Northwestern since 1978.
Dr. Logemann was a pioneer and leader in the study of dysphagia. She contributed significant research findings for the field of speech-language pathology over the past 35 years, including the development of the modified barium swallow study. She was a Fellow of ASHA and Fellow of the Chicago Medical Society and served as President of ASHA in 1994 and again in 2000.
Northern Speech Services wishes to recognize Dr. Logemann's significant contributions to the field of Speech-Language Pathology and NSS is honored to have partnered with her for over 25 years.
Financial — Jeri A. Logemann developed this online CEU course offered by Northern Speech Services; her estate receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jeri A. Logemann had no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose with regard to this online course.
Donna S. Lundy, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, is Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at the University of Miami Health System in Miami, FL. She is currently collaborating on a project to study the impact of early, prophylactic swallowing exercises in patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy to determine if earlier intervention can improve the outcome. She served as a local P.I. in a number of multi-institutional grants studying dysphagia (swallowing problems) related to treatment for head and neck cancer. These projects have culminated in multiple presentations at national meetings and peer-reviewed publications and have prompted further research. Dr. Lundy is also actively involved in volunteer work with the American Cancer Society (ACS) on a leadership level serving both on the Miami-Dade and the Florida Division Boards. She currently serves as Chair of the Advocacy Operating Committee on the Division Level and pushes for improved legislation for all cancer patients both on the state and federal levels.
Financial — Donna Lundy is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Donna Lundy has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
James F. Naas, PhD, CCC-SLP, lectures nationally and internationally to Speech-Language Pathologists on pharmacology and the geriatric population. He practiced Medical Speech Pathology in the acute care environment for over 32 years. Dr. Naas continues his office practice in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Financial — James Naas is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — James Naas has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
JoAnne Robbins, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an internationally known researcher, lecturer, author and inventor. She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and she also serves as Associate Director of Research for the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI. Dr. Robbins has over 20 years of experience in treating dysphagic patients. Her work is known worldwide and published in numerous international and national peer-reviewed journals. She is also coauthor of the "Easy-To-Swallow, Easy-To-Chew Cookbook."
Financial — JoAnne Robbins is the author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — JoAnne Robbins has ownership interest in Swallow Solutions, LLC; Board Member and Owner.
Financial — JoAnne Robbins is the co-Author of the text, "Easy-To-Swallow; Easy-To-Chew Cookbook"; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — JoAnne Robbins has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 1.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
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"The portion on esophageal dysphagia was particularly interesting and pertinent to my practice. I liked the variety and expertise of the speakers. An improvement to the audio quality would be welcomed." – S.M. (Aug. 2017)
"The case studies were the most useful. The advanced level of content was exactly what I was seeking for con ed. Some audio was difficult to hear." – K.K. (July 2017)
"Every topic discussed is highly beneficial to my daily practice. Very organized, very informative. Excellent course content and provided different views of the practice. I wish the course was both audio AND visual. I would be willing to pay more for the course if the actual presentation was filmed and if the slides/videos presented were made available." – A.S.J. (Mar. 2017)
"Quite frankly, every last one of the sections was beneficial. They allowed me to receive up to date research and introduced information I had no idea had become so much more in depth. I loved the panel of expert speakers. Unfortunately, the static in the recordings and at times especially with Jeri Logemann made it difficult to hear what they were saying. It was so frustrating cause I so wanted to get every ounce of knowledge she and the others were providing. The stronger the voice, the more clear and satisfying the lecture was." – J.B. (Jan. 2017)
"I enjoyed reviewing the physiology information. I liked the amount of information covered and the amount of CEUs offered." – N.W. (Jan. 2017)
"I really enjoyed Dr. Logemann, such an inspiring woman full of knowledge & eager to share. She will be missed! Specifically, I enjoyed the comparison of FEES vs. Modified Barium Swallow Study. This information is good documented information to share with colleagues. I also enjoyed the discussion by Dr. Hirano which enlightened SLPs regarding Esophageal Dysphagia." – T.B. (Dec. 2016)
"I wish I could listen to Dr. Logemann on Spotify! She's the best! Also, I enjoyed pharmacology and respiratory support. Nurses sources and respiratory are great resources, but these topics weren't covered in my grad studies extensively." – K.Z. (Dec. 2016)
"Overall was an excellent course. I would recommend it to other SLPs. I especially appreciated the discussion on respiratory testing and impact on dysphagia and esophageal dysphagia. I liked the flexibility to listen at my own pace and go back if I needed further clarification. The course covered more than I expected." – S.S. (Dec. 2016)
"I found the portions on the Modified barium swallow study and clinical swallow evaluation as well as esophageal dysphagia most beneficial. I liked being able to complete this type of a course online. I would have liked to see the person talking and to see some of the videos that were shown of the content." – M.K. (Nov. 2016)
"I learned something new in each section. I probably learned the most from the pharmacology discussion which will benefit me greatly at my job at a rehab hospital. I liked the depth of the discussions and research backing it up." – A.B. (Oct. 2016)
"I really liked the last track on Pharmacology and labs as that is an often neglected area in our field when we are taught about swallowing. I liked that the course was broken down into sections. It was very long and took me some time to complete it." – T.W. (Sept. 2016)
"I appreciated the specifics regarding FEES and therapeutic interventions." – S.E. (Aug. 2016)
"I do not have much experience with FEES, so it was nice to have an overview and comparison of FEES and MBS. I enjoyed having the discussions from different presenters, but it was difficult not being able to see the videos that encompassed much of this course." – J.S. (May 2016)
"The discussion by speakers and panels helped me improve my professional judgement. I really liked the discussion among the panel speakers." – M.P. (Apr. 2016)
"I enjoyed the case studies as well as the discussion on respiratory function and swallowing. Excellent review of swallow function." – E.V. (Mar. 2016)
"I really appreciated the portion on FEES vs. MBSS. I thought that the presentation of the case studies shed some light on everyday patients that I encounter in the hospital. It would have been helpful to directly hear the audience participation." – A.J. (Feb. 2016)
"I liked the information about elderly's swallow function. I appreciated the understanding of FEES." – G.K. (Feb. 2016)
"The discussions on pharmacology, instrumental testing, and case studies were really beneficial." – J.S. (Jan. 2016)