Presenters: Robert Arnold, SLPD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S & Veda Cochran, RN, BSN
– J.B., prior course participant
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 deeper understanding of how body systems function in relation to the assessments and interventions employed by the SLP. Offered for 0.9 ASHA CEUs – 9 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 9:20:22
– M.B., prior course participant
Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
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.
"Better understanding of the meaning of various lab tests and the complexity of determining underlying causes in order to treat fluid balance and electrolyte disorders." C.B. (Nov. 2023)
"The review of lab data was beneficial. I liked how the course was organized and easy to follow along with the handouts." A.H. (Nov. 2023)
"Lab values and systems implications were helpful. I enjoyed the handouts, quality information, relevant to the population I treat." J.M. (Nov. 2023)
"I liked that I could listen to this course very much like a podcast and refer to the slides afterward." M.W. (Oct. 2023)
"Considering lab values, considering medications was beneficial. I liked the amount of content covered." A.Z. (Oct. 2023)
"The GI and medication sections were helpful. I liked the big overview." P.D. (Oct. 2023)
"Relationship of body systems to cognition and swallowing was beneficial. Course was thorough and well presented." S.C. (Oct. 2023)
"The entire course was beneficial for my daily practice. I liked how detailed the information was and how it was related to clinical practice." D.K. (Aug. 2023)
"Pharmacology, as related to each body system and presentation of body systems, was beneficial. I liked the length and detail of each section." A.B. (Jul. 2023)
"All course content was helpful." L.L. (Jun. 2023)
"I strongly recommend this course. All topics are beneficial for my daily practice. All the information provided is evidence-based and easy to understand with specific data. Case studies are so amazing and beneficial for the Medical SLP and our role in hospital and clinical arenas." S.M. (May 2023)
"Information about labs was beneficial. I liked the thoroughness of the information and all the topics covered." L.M. (May 2023)
"I liked the medical information about pneumonia to help determine aspiration-related pneumonia vs. community-acquired pneumonia. The flow/organization of the material made this course easy to understand." R.C. (Apr. 2023)
"The general medical knowledge provided was beneficial." M.S. (Mar. 2023)
"Learning lab values and the general review of body systems was beneficial. This course was very thorough." M.B. (Feb. 2023)
"Very detailed information. Learning fluid balance system and pharmacological considerations for the SLP." T.O. (Jan. 2023)
"All of this can be applied in my daily practice. This course was very thorough." D.P. (Dec. 2022)
"I feel so empowered! Highly recommend this course. It closes the gap that graduate school doesn't provide for the medical SLP. Very detailed, thorough, and informative." J.B. (Dec. 2022)
"This entire course was very informative and something I will return back to again and again as a resource for dysphagia and why my patients with no other relevant medical history are showing signs and symptoms." A.Y. (Dec. 2022)
"This course was very educational and covered a wide variety of topics. Very detailed and informative." K.D. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked all of it. Great information provided." E.A. (Dec. 2022)
"All excellent information." R.D. (Dec. 2022)
"Very detail oriented course. I enjoyed the aspect relating to electrolyte imbalances and dehydration." G.H. (Dec. 2022)
"The impact of the cardiovascular system on cognitive communication and swallow function was interesting. I liked the integration of previous course information with newly introduced information." M.F. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning the benefit of understanding labs. I liked the biology/physiology." L.L. (Nov. 2022)
"Considering a patient's holistic medical condition and medications being taken and their effects on swallowing and cognition was beneficial. I liked the in-depth study of the body systems' effects on swallowing and cognition." V.B. (Oct. 2022)
"The medical knowledge will assist me with prognostic indicators for improved performance of therapy tasks or assessment." A.F. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the cardiac and respiratory system reviews. This course was very in-depth." B.M. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the entire presentation! And the way the presenter categorized the subjects and concepts." R.K. (Sept. 2022)
"Info on labs, meds was very helpful. I liked the course format and information." A.M. (Aug. 2022)
"The level of information was great! Liked the discussion on electrolyte systems." M.M. (Jul. 2022)
"I found the discussion on metabolic disturbances, changes in cardiac function, and changes to respiratory system/respiratory disease to be the most educational/enlightening. I feel like "toxic metabolic encephalopathy" actually means something more specific to me now." S.C. (Jun. 2022)
"I have a better understanding of metabolic changes which will impact my diagnostic and interventional practice, as well as allow me to better educate patients and families on why cognitive-communication and swallow are affected in these circumstances." S.C. (Jun. 2022)
"The course was easy to understand. Good section on esophageal dysphagia." J.M. (Jun. 2022)
"Accessibility and content level was good. I liked the review of the body systems." S.T. (Jun. 2022)
"The medical background was great." C.C. (May 2022)
"The speaker had great expertise: pharmacological indications, resources for looking up interaction of conditions, discussion of encephalopathy and fluid, electrolyte imbalance, etc." L.J. (May 2022)
"Every medical SLP should take this course. It addressed critical information for my work as a medical SLP – and sadly, my graduate school did not offer a course like this, so I had to learn it on the job. The level of detail made it seem like a course designed for medical school – but it covered everything that SLPs need to know. Presenter explained carefully and made good use of case studies to support all the material presented. I may listen to it all one more time." M.B. (Apr. 2022)
"The depth of information made this course incredibly helpful. Dr. Arnold broke it down with detailed information, then continually put it all back together and repeatedly explained the importance of the information to the SLP's practice." D.M. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked learning about the specific effects of dehydration on cognition. It was a great refresher of my knowledge on the body systems." M.D. (Apr. 2022)
"Learning about lab values and learning the pulmonary system were beneficial." J.H. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the discussion about impacts of dehydration." M.K. (Feb. 2022)
"There was so much good information, and I liked that I could watch a little bit at a time." R.A. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the lymphatic system review for HNC patients s/p resection and radiation therapy, and that I was able to take this course at my own pace." H.A. (Jan. 2022)
"I so appreciated the in depth coverage of body systems' impact on cognition, communication and deglutition in that I can now more fully appreciate how I can assist patients with non traditional diagnoses and can more fully justify my role in their recovery. I enjoyed the case studies and anecdotes as a means to assist in retention of the material presented in this course." L.K. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the use of lab values and impact on cognitive communication and swallowing in acute care patients. Accessibility and thoroughness of this course." J.G. (Jan. 2022)
"Very thorough course. I liked the topic of the nervous system and medication reactions." S.C. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the case studies, and how medications affect speech and ability to swallow." K.M. (Dec. 2021)
"The lab values and medication side affects discussions were most helpful. All the information was great." A.S. (Dec. 2021)
"I loved this course! All of the topics were beneficial! I liked the detailed information and practical application for medical SLPs. 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. (Dec. 2021)
"I never paid much attention when the MD reported on labs in team meetings. I now know they are far more relevant than I thought." J.G. (Nov. 2021)
"I liked that the course was easy to access and I could work at own pace." J.Z. (Nov. 2021)
"The influence of the pulmonary system on communication and swallowing and the case studies were good." C.W. (Aug. 2021)
"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. (June 2021)
“Great information about the connectivity of the brain!” P.R. (May 2021)
“I enjoyed learning about lab values and how these levels can influence cognition and swallowing.” K.L. (May 2021)
“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. (Mar. 2021)
“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. (Mar. 2021)
“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. (Feb. 2021)
"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. (Jan. 2021)
"The course was very thorough. I especially enjoyed the explanation of all the different systems and the lab values." A.G. (Jan. 2021)
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).
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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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