Presenter: Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP
– G.M., prior course participant
Electrical stimulation for the treatment of swallowing impairments is among the most studied of swallowing interventions in the published literature, yet many unanswered questions remain about its efficacy. Many SLPs who treat dysphagia are attending educational and training sessions to obtain certifications to use this technique.
This online course provides a review of swallowing anatomy and physiology and covers the fundamentals of electrical stimulation. The values and limitations of electrical stimulation for swallowing are reviewed, based on the published literature, to assist clinicians in decision-making for their clinical practice. Overall, learners will leave this course able to facilitate their independent critique of past and future studies, which is crucial for evaluating the possible effects of electrical stimulation.
Course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 Contact Hour.
Course Overview – Run Time: 1:05:01
– J.M., prior 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.
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.
"I liked the comparisons of studies related to E-stim validity as a form of therapeutic intervention in dysphagia." K.B. (Jan. 2023)
"Good review. Very specific with the various types of stimulation and the difference between the studies." A.H. (Dec. 2022)
"I will benefit from this course." R.W. (Sept. 2022)
"I would recommend the course. The course flow was good." N.R. (Aug. 2022)
"E-stim is controversial and it's important to know the background and research. This course was clearly presented." M.Z. (July 2022)
"Course was informative. I liked the evaluation of current research relating to e-stim in dysphagia population." K.S. (June 2022)
"The illustrations were very helpful. Liked the discussion of surface electrical stimulation." L.K. (June 2022)
"I appreciated the literature review explaining in plain language the results and recommendations for e-stim use." E.M. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked that I could go at my own pace and re-watch sections of the lecture – specifically the anatomy/physiology section." A.K. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the research evidence comparing healthy adults to those with impairments." A.K. (Feb. 2022)
"Learning which population it benefits, which it doesn't, and the negative impacts was most beneficial." R.G. (Sept. 2021)
"I liked the explanation of the physiologic mechanism of e-stim. Review of literature was beneficial. Visuals were excellent, teaching was clear." J.M. (Sept. 2021)
"The extensive discussion of available studies and recognizing their limitations was good." D.K. (Aug. 2021)
"I enjoyed the discussion on the patient's selection of SES." M.S. (May 2021)
"Review of anatomy and results of current experiment to debunk e-stim claims. Using NMS during VFSS to confirm effectiveness as treatment option." T.M. (May 2021)
"I appreciated the review of the studies." B.M. (Apr. 2021)
"The lecture was thorough and easily followed the slides. I especially appreciated the discussion on the interaction of various intrinsic and extrinsic muscles and the impact SES has on them." G.M. (Mar. 2021)
"The diagrams and overview of A&P for normal swallow were excellent. However, I think more recent studies should be added to the presentation." A.L. (Jan. 2021)
Ianessa A. Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an accomplished scientist, professor, and highly sought-after speaker with expertise in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Her research has studied the effects of electrical stimulation on hyo-laryngeal movement in healthy and dysphagic adults. Dr. Humbert has been on faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Florida, and the University of Iowa.
Financial — Ianessa Humbert is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial— Ianessa Humbert is author of "The Swallowing Pocket Guide" published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Ianessa Humbert is an inventor for Passy Muir, Inc; holds a patent on equipment.
Nonfinancial — Ianessa Humbert has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.1 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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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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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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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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