This course integrates a holistic review of anatomy and physiology of the critical systems of the human body as related to medical speech pathology. Presented will be valuable information on how body systems function to promote, delay, or impede progress with intervention programs targeting acquired communication and/or swallowing disorders. Foundational concepts for understanding the relationships between pathophysiology, laboratory studies (e.g. blood, urine, etc.), and pharmacological interventions are introduced. Learn how blood sugar levels and brain cell sodium levels can affect communication and swallowing. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of disease and the medical management process as related specifically to communication and swallowing disorders.
This course puts it all together for the SLP and participants will gain a better understanding of how body systems function in relation to the assessments and interventions employed by the speech-language pathologist. Offered for 0.9 ASHA CEUs – 9 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.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Robert J. Arnold, SLPD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is the Chief Clinical Officer for Southeastern Biocommunication Associates, LLC. Dr. Arnold has over 20 years of experience in medical speech-language pathology as a diagnostician, therapist, clinical research scientist, author, inventor, and adjunct professor. He has made numerous presentations at the state, regional, and national level. Dr. Arnold has been twice presented with the Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award by the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. In addition, Dr. Arnold is the inventor of the Oromotor Dynamometer.
Financial — Robert Arnold is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Robert Arnold is the inventor of Oromotor Dynamometer; holds the patent.
Financial — Robert Arnold is the author of the CSA Endoscopy differential diagnostic algorithm for the upper aerodigestive tract; holds copyrights & trademark.
Financial — Robert Arnold is a co-owner of Southeastern Biocommunication Associates, LLC; ownership interests.
Nonfinancial — Robert Arnold has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Employer — Southeastern Biocommunication Associates, LLC, Hoover, AL.
Financial — Veda Cochran is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Veda Cochran has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.9 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.
ASHA CE Registry: 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.
ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
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Course Completion Timeframe:
You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.
However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.
Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the My Online Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.
Certificate of Completion:
On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.
ASHA CE Registry Submission:
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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What is an Online Course?
Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.
Registering for an online course:
You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:
You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Number of CEUs offered:
We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs:
NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
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Course Cancellation Policy:
A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
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"This is a good reminder on the importance of sodium and hydration in daily diets. It had a great overview and a reminder of things to consider when treating patients." B.C. (June 2021)
“It was a generous amount of information, but the presenter did a great job in sectioning it out as well as linking each section to a case study.” – D.K. (Jan. 2021)
“Great information about the connectivity of the brain!” – P.R. (Dec. 2020)
“I enjoyed learning about lab values and how these levels can influence cognition and swallowing.”– K.L. (Dec. 2020)
“I liked how thorough the presenter was in describing each system and their commonality of deficits that affect cognition. What can seem too simple for a Speech-Language Pathologist to check, because we are nursing or a doctor, can be the very reason we see difficulties in a patients cognitive functioning.” – J.L. (Oct. 2020)
“I truly loved it all and found it all to be exactly what I need while working in the home health setting. I enjoyed the thoroughness and handouts.” – H.K. (Aug. 2020)
“I enjoyed the functional outcomes of varied lab values, medication interactions, and discussions regarding the cascading impact of varied medical conditions/labs. The discussions regarding the functional impact of medical conditions/labs and the sequelae were also helpful.” – M.C. (Jun. 2020)
"I appreciated the information about lab values and how I can look at them from a clinician standpoint. This was a very long and detailed course, but it was on topics that are not taught in school and that other medical professionals expect us to know. I will have to review a lot of this information to fully understand the concepts, but it was a great start to expanding on my knowledge in these areas." – L.T. (May 2020)
"The course was very thorough. I especially enjoyed the explanation of all the different systems and the lab values." – A.G. (Apr. 2020)
"The lab values and medication side affects discussions were most helpful. All the information was great." – A.S. (Mar. 2020)
"All of the topics were beneficial! I liked the detailed information and practical application for medical SLPs. I loved the course! I was just saying how I wish more courses were straight to the point and filled with information and how to apply information to our daily practice as therapists. My wish came true! Great job!!!!!" – J.C. (Feb. 2020)
"I liked the thorough review of symptoms and going over the lab values we never learned in grad school." – L.W. (Jan. 2020)
"The discussion of implications of various lab results and interactions of multiple abnormal lab results in an individual. The content and clarity of presentation was great! The practical applications and implications were provided." – M.O.S. (Dec. 2019)
"The section that dealt with cardiology was especially helpful since I spend a lot of time in our cardiac unit. Very very thorough!" – J.S. (Dec. 2019)
"The discussion on fluid levels was beneficial as I see a lot of this at work. This course explains a lot of 'unexplainable' bouts of cognitive issues." – J.B. (Oct. 2019)
"I appreciated putting all the pieces together re medical status to help understand relevant sequelae and to help us be able to recognize the need to alert other professionals regarding pt behavior and possible underlying causes. I like the clear explanations." – C.G. (Sept. 2019)
"Going over the implications for speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders was most helpful. I iked the detailed information and the handouts." – D.S. (Sept. 2019)
"I absolutely loved the comprehensive nature of this course." – D.M. (July 2019)
"I appreciated going over the significant effects of dehydration on speech, language, and cognition." – C.E. (July 2019)
"I liked the scope of knowledge covered. The discussion on fluid/electrolyte imbalance was especially helpful." – A.E. (June 2019)
"This course taught me the importance of paying close attention to lab data and medical history not only when conducting a chart review for evaluation, but also throughout the treatment period. There was so much valuable information provided in this course." – S.S. (May 2019)
"I work in a hospital setting. This information will be invaluable." – L.N.K. (May 2019)
"All topics were equally beneficial for daily practice as I work in acute care and rehabilitation and need to have a good understanding of body functions as they impact cognition and dysphagia." – E.V. (May 2019)
"I particularly liked the discussion on fluid imbalances, interpreting lab values, and review of the renal and endocrine systems and how these body system changes will affect the patient. It was also helpful to connect what we're observing in change in patient's cognition and swallowing and how this relates to these body system changes. All of the information was critically important to help understand about how our bodies function, especially for those working the medical setting." – C.W. (Apr. 2019)
"The discussion about lab values and pharmaceuticals was of particular benefit to me. It stressed the importance of looking at these areas and the impact on the patient's participation in therapy activities. The handouts were very well organized and detailed. The presenter expanding further on the information provided and gave excellent examples and case studies." – P.K. (Apr. 2019)
"An overview of all systems was incredibly helpful since I am a practicing SLP in a SNF. Understanding lab values and the effects directly related to speech-language pathology is not information obtained during graduate school and will allow me to be a more effective clinician." – S.S. (Jan. 2019)
"The first lesson was very applicable to a patient I have now. All of the information was very pertinent but that first lesson and the importance of hydration was very beneficial! I liked that the course was self-paced and applicable to my work setting." – B.P. (Jan. 2019)
"I liked that the course was a holistic approach to cog-comm and swallowing disorders. Very informative in explaining how all body systems are connected and providing practical ways to better assess a patient's status and risk for cog-comm/swallow disorders through translating lab values." – M.R. (Dec. 2018)
"All the topics were helpful but especially info related to fluid balance system, dehydration, and digestion. I liked the case studies, practical info, and info about reading lab values." – A.P. (Dec. 2018)
"I appreciated the review of non-traditional diagnosis and the potential effect on the nervous system. I liked that the course was concise, well-organized, and practical." – L.R. (Aug. 2018)
"This course is a MUST for all Medical Speech Pathologists! Thank you, Dr. Arnold!!!" – D.L. (June 2018)
"Going over conditions to be aware of that may explain changes in cognition and swallowing, such as labs, diagnosis, and medications was most beneficial. Great information for the medical SLP." – R.S. (Apr. 2018)
"It gave me a better understanding of the cognitive decline (both sudden and gradual) that I see in my patients with no seeming explanation. I especially appreciated the review of lab results and how to interpret them." – A.F. (Apr. 2018)
"The discussion about drugs and their effect on / implications for swallowing. I liked the coverage of the broad range of conditions that can affect communication and cognition that were discussed. This will help me to be better equipped to help patients and multi-disciplinary team members. Also, I liked the mention of the proposed unified taxonomy classification system of Cognitive Communication Disorders." – C.V.R. (Feb. 2018)
"I found the discussions on electrolyte imbalances and why a patient "falls asleep" mid-sentence and then wakes up a minute later and continues talking where they left off very helpful. I would have loved more case studies, though." – E.M. (Dec. 2017)
"I enjoyed the review of all the medical systems, and I will have increased confidence during patient management. I felt Dr. Arnold is extremely knowledgeable, and the case scenarios were very helpful." – J.H. (Nov. 2017)
"Very thorough review of many topics. I especially liked the section on renal function. I liked that the course helps the SLP understand the body as a whole as well as the relevance of medication." – J.P. (Oct. 2017)
"The discussion on WBC and neutrophil counts and its relation to dysphagia patients was most beneficial." – G.P. (Oct. 2017)
"Going over all of the different body systems and how they relate back to cognition and swallowing was very helpful. It was a really good course with tons of information." – W.R. (July 2017)