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GERD And LPR In Adults: The Role Of The Speech-Language Pathologist In Diagnosis And Treatment #e207


Presenter: Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP

The SLP's role in GERD and LPR assessment and treatment.

"It was very complete – from what kinds of things can cause GERD and onto management, medications, and various surgical procedures."

– J.D., course participant

This course is intended to educate and inform SLPs about GERD and LPR as it affects both swallowing and voice disorders in adults.

Learn how anatomy and physiology relate to the genesis of reflux for a more complete understanding of the syndromes. Review current GERD and LPR research and apply the findings to SLP practice. Also, understand the role SLPs can play in assessment, as well as behavioral and medical treatment.

Course is offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs – 4 contact hours.

Course Overview – Run Time: 4:02:44

PART I: Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease: Effects on Swallowing and Voice

  • Symptoms and Diagnosis: GERD vs. LPR
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract

PART II: Pathophysiology and Treatment

  • Voice Disorders Related to LPR
  • Manometry and pH Studies
  • Intervention by the SLP and Treatment Planning

"Learning about the role that LPR and GERD can play with voice and swallowing. This is going to be something I now add to my case history with all clients. I also feel prepared to be making relevant recommendations in my reports to clients and back to their GPs. The presenter's manner was engaging and his anecdotes and experience was helpful."

– S.S., 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.

Course Format

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.

Reviews

"The ease of use of the course was good."  C.D. (Sept. 2022)

"The flow and format of the course is excellent."  T.M. (Aug. 2022)

"Clearly presented with excellent handouts."  L.F. (July 2022)

"Very informative course. I work in a SNF and I see a lot of GI related issues. I liked learning the effects of reflux disease and swallowing." J.M. (July 2022)

"Great speaker. Content was excellent." A.H. (June 2022)

"Learning more in-depth information about signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for GERD and LPR." J.G. (May 2022)

"All content was great – useful and relatable to my practice." C.S. (May 2022)

"The pictures and videos were super helpful. Liked learning how GERD is diagnosed and how to appropriately refer patients." J.V. (May 2022)

"Photos, graphics, videos, images, and description of real procedures and tools were very helpful. Thank you. This course increased my knowledge and understanding of GERD and LPR." R.G. (Apr. 2022)

"Presenter was fluent, precise, articulate with excellent slides and videos. Excellent information about a condition I was not well educated about." S.M. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked the patient examples and the slides showing procedures. Good info on behavioral and treatment options." W.W. (Apr. 2022)

"I really enjoyed this class – great explanations, examples, pictures/videos, etc." K.M. (Apr. 2022)

"The visuals of the different esophageal issues in order to adequately label them for GI to further assess was beneficial. I liked the fact that it's online and I can do it when I have time, and that I can also review the course when I have questions during my practice." I.D. (Apr. 2022)

"S/s of various conditions to indicate importance of GI referral, review of anatomy, process of digestion – very thorough, well explained, supported by anecdote and diagrams." E.M. (Mar. 2022)

"Instructor was great! Perfect level of information." L.C. (Feb. 2022)

"The importance of LPR and GERD in dysphagia patients will help me with my patients in SNF. The presenter was knowledgeable about symptoms, pharmacy, etiology and made relevant recommendations." V.J. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the extraesophageal symptoms, link to asthma." J.A. (Jan. 2022)

"Symptoms of LPR, extraesophageal symptoms of GERD, medications and surgeries, advice to patients. The thoroughness, easy to follow and understand." P.A. (Jan. 2022)

"Speaker was a real pleasure to listen to – knowledgeable, organized, and passionate." S.S. (Dec. 2021)

"Practical tips to address behavioral modifications needed and the contra-indications for PPI with other meds." V.G. (Dec. 2021)

"The treatment portion of the presentation, including lifestyle changes as well as meds." S.S. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the review of the differences between GERD and LPR; different diagnostic tests." S.M. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the interesting information, presenter moved at a good pace through info. Also, different treatment options besides meds." S.S. (Nov. 2021)

"The information was applicable. The presenter explained the information in a clear concise, and well organized manner."  B.O. (Oct. 2021)

"The ways to make a differential diagnosis between LPR and GERD and lifestyle changes related to managing GERD and LPR were beneficial.  The instructor was informative and had working knowledge of subject and cases to relate." M.K. (Sept. 2021)

"Learning about the role that LPR and GERD can play with voice and swallowing. This is going to be something I now add to my case history with all clients. I also feel prepared to be making relevant recommendations in my reports to clients and back to their GPs.  The presenter's manner was engaging and his anecdotes and experience was helpful." S.S. (Aug. 2021)

“Despite working closely with our GI docs over the years, I felt that the presenter shared insights concerning LPR, chemical interactions within the body, and insights regarding etiology of clinical presentations that I have never heard before. The practical, very applicable information will be extremely useful in my daily practice!” J.A. (Jul. 2021)

“I liked that the speaker provided examples from his practice. I feel these examples helped me to understand how related dysphagia and LPR symptoms are.” J.W. (Jul. 2021)

"It was very complete – from what kinds of things can cause GERD and onto management, medications, and various surgical procedures." J.D. (Jun. 2021)

"I enjoyed the sections on LPR vs GERD and their symptoms, how to diagnose and treat. I liked the applicable information - great case study discussions to assist with making the information functional in daily practice. This information assists in seeing the big picture when working with acute patients." K.C. (Jun. 2021)

"This course really helps with my assessment and treatment of pts with GERD and LPR and in guiding them to next steps to discuss with their family docs." R.H. (May 2021)

“I loved the flow of the presentation. The presenter was wonderful and made it feel like a 1-hour course instead of a 4-hour course. This definitely made me so much more interested in reflux/esophageal dysphagia in general.” M.C. (Feb. 2021)

"The discussion of causes and symptoms of GERD and treatment were most beneficial. Excellent presenter style - very comfortable and makes it easy to listen to him. It didn't sound like he was reading every line but presented as a discussion. Very knowledgeable and complete. I wish I knew someone with GERD and then would send for an evaluation." G.J. (Jan. 2021)

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the esophagus and understand how swallowing and voice disorders occur from disorders of the esophagus.
  2. Describe Laryngeal-Pharyngeal Reflux and its role in voice disorders.
  3. Describe diagnostic and treatment options for patients with LPR and GERD.
  4. Compare and contrast the various symptoms of LPR and GERD as seen adults.

Presenter & Disclosures

Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP, has recently retired after a 40-year career as a medical speech-language pathologist. Throughout his career, Tom was a highly sought-after speaker on the topics of Dysphagia Management, Free Water Protocols, and Oral Hygiene Programs. As an invited speaker, he educated thousands of Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout North America and Europe. With over 40 years in the field, Tom accumulated a high level of experience in all areas of medical speech pathology, especially in the area of esophageal dysphagia and its impacts on swallowing and voice. Tom is also nationally known for the role he has played in the development of the Free Water Protocol. During his career he routinely provided consultation to hospitals and other institutions on establishing heartburn and swallowing disorders centers, on developing free water protocols, and on implementing oral hygiene programs. Tom continues to share his expertise through online training courses.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Tom Franceschini is the presenter of online CEU courses by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Tom Franceschini has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

asha ce approved provider

This program is offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP

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:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

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.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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Certificate of Completion:

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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.

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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.

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Testing requirements:

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.

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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.

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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.

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Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file. 

Group discounts:

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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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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