Many children have difficulties with an over-reactive or under-reactive sensory system. These reactions can have a negative impact on the child’s ability to manage food. It is important for speech-language pathologists to determine how a child is responding to food and how those reactions impact the meal situation. We are then able to develop activities to assist with improving the child’s responses to foods. Children can also have difficulties with how they manage boluses in their mouths. When a child has difficulty moving food through the oral cavity, many different problems can arise. Therapy techniques that are used to assist with bolus management can be developed to help children be more successful eaters. This course includes video examples, case studies, lab practice, and application activities. Research on various oral sensory disorders and mealtime management issues will be discussed. Offered for 0.8 ASHA CEUs – 8 Contact Hours.
Course Run Time: 8:03:43
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.
Jennifer Dahms, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She has worked in two different counties in Wisconsin, providing Birth-to-Three and outpatient therapy services. She moved to Boise, Idaho in 2006 and initially worked for St. Luke’s Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services for two years. Jennifer then opened her own private practice, Valley Pediatric Feeding LLC, in October 2008. Over the course of her career, she has focused the majority of her continuing education on pediatric feeding disorders. Jennifer earned ASHA’s ACE Award in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. She initially became Board Certified in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in 2011. She is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society and is a SIG 13 member. Jennifer has presented on pediatric feeding disorders at state and regional conferences as well as with several online webinars.
Financial — Jennifer Dahms is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Dahms has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.8 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.
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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 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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"Learning about various ways to increase consuming a variety of solid foods was helpful. The info about bolus formation was specifically beneficial." – N.G. (May 2020)
"I am new to pediatric feeding information, so all the topics were useful as an introduction to potential issues and techniques that can be used in therapy. I liked the mixture of information, video examples, and application activities." – J.F. (Apr. 2020)
"The entire course will be beneficial. I particularly liked the Mealtime Management portion related to the sensory aspect of feeding issues. I liked the comprehensive handouts for quidk reference and the list of resources and the videos. Goal writing or sample goals would be helpful." – L.O. (Mar. 2020)
"I enjoyed all the therapy techniques and that the presentation style was easy to follow." – R.D. (Feb. 2020)
"Great information & research/evidence based practices to intervention for feeding. All of the sensory difficulties addressed, along with therapy techniques to help remediate the child's difficulties were beneficial." – A.M. (Jan. 2020)
"I love the videos and the lab practices. I enjoyed the discussion on the reason children may resist certain foods. I always thought it was related to texture but that may not be the case. The speaker is so knowledgeable and explains everything very well." – G.S. (Jan. 2020)
"There was so much detail about each deficit, but not in an overwhelming way. It was a very comprehensive look at each deficit. The therapy techniques and ideas for each area discussed were especially helpful." – M.C. (Jan. 2020)
"As with the first course, this course provided TONS of information in regard to swallowing/feeding and improving those areas. A great source of information." – S.J. (Jan. 2020)
"Comprehensive. Real life examples. Hands-on lab learning. I would have liked a bit more information on weaning off tube-feeding, esp. for preschool age children who have had long-term tube feeding." – C.K. (Jan. 2020)
"As with the other two from this series, the theory to research to practice links are beautifully illustrated." – M.V. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked the clinician's experience and compassion for her clients." – T.P. (Dec. 2019)
"The discussions on hyper- and hypo- responsive gag reflexes were msot beneficial. The course was quite comprehensive!" – A.P. (Nov. 2019)
"The presenter kept an excellent pace and did not rush through the topics. The videos and real life examples were very helpful." – C.M. (Oct. 2019)
"I was most interested in the information related to hyper-responsive gag reflexes. I greatly appreciate the references to additional information. I will be looking into the Food Chaining book. I appreciate the robust yet thorough presentation." – A.T. (Oct. 2019)
"I enjoyed the information about bolus cohesion and propulsion. I liked the clinical examples and strategies as well as the more complex i.e. more than one cause clinical cases. I had hoped there would be some oral defensiveness examples as I am working with cases where the child simply resists any oral stimulatiom on interventions that involve others." – A.B.W. (Sept. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussions on bolus cohesion, propulsion as well as oral holding, pocketing, and palatal pocketing along with the therapy strategies. The videos that go along with the teaching are very helpful." – C.T. (Aug. 2019)
"I found the information towards the beginning of the course, mostly about the hyper/hypo responsive gag reflex and therapy strategies, to be most beneficial for the students that are on my caseload. There was a lot of detailed information and applications for therapy. However, I expected more information to share with parents." – S.T. (July 2019)
"Everything was useful. I especially liked the case studies." – S.M. (July 2019)
"This course was very good about teasing out the effects of sensory and motor components of eating. Great application examples." – S.S. (June 2019)
"I specifically enjoyed the introduction of a deficit and then the transition to therapeutic techniques to improve feeding based on both motor and sensory components. Thank you for including videos for examples - this is very helpful!" – S.C. (June 2019)
"Overall, I thought the division between hyper and hypo with specific examples and tx techniques of each was very beneficial for what I see every day. It helped me clarify how to better approach these types of patients. I liked the application questions and case studies." – S.S. (Apr. 2019)
"The course was great and very informative. I liked the therapy examples provided and the discussion on mealtime management." – A.R. (Mar. 2019)
"I have plenty of experience with adults, but no experience with pediatric dysphagia. In my new job, I will have clients who need pediatric dysphagia treatment. I learned a lot from this session that I will use and will be referring back to the course handouts regularly." – D.P. (Mar. 2019)
"I enjoyed the practical exercises for therapy and the application of anatomical knowledge to therapy." – M.C. (Feb. 2019)
"I appreciated going over the breakdown of deficits and the case study videos." – E.M. (Jan. 2019)
"The most beneficial topic to my daily practice would be that I have a better understanding of swallowing, pocketing, bolus control, and hyper-gag reflexes." – J.Y. (Dec. 2018)
"A very comprehensive course. It explains more of the connection of what to look for and why certain responses are happening. I like that I can better explain the "why" aspect of sensory responses to feeding." - J.J. (Nov. 2018)
"This course taught great mealtime management strategies. I really liked learning about hyper-responsive gag reflex signs/symptoms and therapeutic strategies."- A.C. (Nov. 2018)
"All portions of this course applied to my daily caseload. I really enjoyed the instruction on the oral sensitivity gag reflex."- K.E. (Oct. 2018)