Developed by Joan Arvedson, PhD, this course aims to improve the ability of the dysphagia clinician to diagnose and plan treatment interventions for oropharyngeal dysphagia though videofluoroscopy. Included are 25 videofluoroscopic swallow studies of various swallowing disorders in infants and children. Participants will learn to determine the cause(s) of swallow abnormalities and plan treatment strategies that address the cause(s) of abnormal swallow function. A downloadable handout discusses each swallow study, including the rationale for the diagnosis and treatment planning recommendations. A formal written report is also included for each swallow study. Offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs – 5 contact hours.
Participants will learn to:
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.
Videofluorographic swallow studies streamed online with downloadable handout discussing each swallow study.
Joan C. Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow, is a leading expert and international lecturer on feeding and swallowing disorders in infants and children. She is Coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She is also a Clinical Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Arvedson has three books in publication: Interpretation of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies of Infants and Children; Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, 3rd Edition to be published at the end of 2017 (with L. Brodsky & M. Lefton-Greif); and Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies: A Professional Manual with Caregiver Guidelines (with M. Lefton-Greif, PhD).
Financial — Joan Arvedson is the author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Joan Arvedson is the author of Interpretation of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies of Infants and Children published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Joan Arvedson is the author of Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, 3rd Edition in process; no royalties until the new edition is published.
Financial — Joan Arvedson is the author of Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies: A Professional Manual with Caregiver Guidelines; now out of print, no royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Joan Arvedson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.5 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.
Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:
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.
Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.
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.
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 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.
For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
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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"I enjoyed having the videos to watch with detailed outlines of how each study was interpreted. When I registered for this course, pediatric MBSS was completely new to me." – K.K. (May 2020)
"The entire course was helpful in supporting my swallow study learning. I liked the video examples with the corresponding written materials." – L.H. (Mar. 2020)
"The review of anatomy and physiology, the information about recommendations and report writing were very useful. I really enjoyed watching each of the 25 videos supplemented with the case history information, findings and recommendations." – F.D. (Mar. 2020)
“I appreciated getting a chance to review the videos and thinking on the spot.” – V.B. (Feb. 2020)
“The discussion on considerations in the newborn infant and neurological impaired child opportunity to practice was most beneficial.” – L.M. (Feb. 2020)
“I liked the multiple videos and opportunities to interpret and assess individually. I especially enjoyed the case histories and related results from MBSS.” – M.W. (Jan. 2020)
“The comprehensive reports of each video was very helpful. I liked the format of history followed by video followed by results.” – R.D. (Dec. 2019)
“I really enjoyed how succinctly the information was presented and the progression from anatomy through the stages of swallow and then through interpretation and recommendations of the VFSS. I appreciated all of the information regarding physiological occurrences at each phase of swallow and what muscles are involved. This is so helpful when report writing and explaining to other parents and other professionals involved in the child’s care.” – L.S. (Dec. 2019)
"Very complete information provided, particularly with regard to recommendations following VFSS." – M.G. (Nov. 2019)
"I enjoyed that there was audio along with the videos, which helped clarify re textures, etc. The general recap of structures and anatomy and dysphagia in general was most beneficial." – K.M. (Oct. 2019)
"I liked using the VFSS template to go along with the VFSS case studies and the sample reports. I like the fact that it is accessible online, rather than having to travel somewhere to take the course. However, the course probably needs to be updated re: new info on thickening agents & would like to know what type of barium to use." – M.C. (Sept. 2019)
"I appreciated the many VFSS videos that helped me to identify structures and swallowing abnormalities." – J.R. (Aug. 2019)
"The specific information related to each component/phase of the swallow was helpful. The review of live videos was also helpful." – C.B. (July 2019)
"I liked the handout on radiographic signs and swallowing disorders." – C.C. (June 2019)
"Great overview of material. I enjoyed the general overview of differences between peds and adults." – K.M. (Apr. 2019)
"I found the variety of VFSSs to be beneficial. The review of anatomy and the differences for infants was also helpful." – V.M. (Apr. 2019)
"The online videos were excellent. The format of watching and then doing own interpretation and then checking with the manual was very good." – S.P. (Mar. 2019)
"Watching so many different pediatric MBS studies is extremely helpful to my training in this area. I liked watching the videos and then being able to check my work with the answers." – R.N. (Feb. 2019)
"The live videos were the best part and most helpful." – S.B. (Jan. 2019)
"I enjoyed learning about swallow studies with children, it will be helpful for when I have an actual feeding client. The course covered all areas that I expected to see and learn about." – J.Y. (Dec. 2018)
"The live MBSS videos and case studies were great, and the manual was informative." – A.J. (Dec. 2018)
"Looking at the specific VFSS was helpful to practice as in graduate school we are not always getting a plethora of videos to evaluate." – K.P. (Nov. 2018)
"The videos and explanation on video swallow studies including infants were beneficial. The review of anatomy and physiology of the swallow was also very helpful." – C.S. (Oct. 2018)
"I work with adults but also complete NICU VSS in conjunction with an OT present. The information re: infants was most helpful." – N.B. (Sept. 2018)
"MBSS video examples were great!! Not many classes have that many infant/pediatric MBSS videos. I enjoyed the review of 'normal' swallowing physiology for infant/pediatric population." – L.B. (Aug. 2018)
"The video examples were fabulous training exercises!" – S.M. (June 2018)
"The video swallow study examples presented with background information, testing observations, and recommendations were very helpful and extremely practical." – D.W. (May 2018)
"All topics were beneficial. The course was well organized and provided example swallow studies to view for practice." – S.C. (May 2018)
"I found the videos and detailed analysis to be excellent. I liked the varied case presentations." – C.O. (Apr. 2018)
"The interventions were great. High quality, comprehensive, & excellent course." – A.M. (Mar. 2018)
"The review of anatomical structures and the swallow phases were very useful and a nice refresher. I liked the videos of recorded MBS along with audio commentary to walk through the studies." – E.L. (Feb. 2018)
"The review of VFSS in real time with case history and assessment/recommendations were very helpful and easy to navigate." – E.Z. (Dec. 2017)
"Comparing VFSS results in adults and infants, especially when penetration in infants or children might be considered a variation of normal versus in adults, was most beneficial. The PDF manual was so helpful. It was great to be able to read, re-read, highlight information that was interesting. I loved the review of anatomy and physiology in the beginning. However, some audio-visual component to listen to versus just reading the manual alone would have been enhanced the course." – P.E. (Nov. 2017)
"It was great to be able to go over the anatomy and physiology of the swallowing mechanism. I found that the diagnostic approaches and methods will be the most beneficial to my daily practice." – J.C. (Sept. 2017)
"I loved all of the videos of fluoro and the explanations of what was happening during each video as well as recommendations. I liked that the course was interactive and provided actual case studies for review. It also allowed the participant to try to make decisions/figure out strategies prior to revealing answers to treatment plans." – K.D. (Aug. 2017)
"All was very helpful, as I do not see a lot of infants/children for swallow studies. I liked the case studies and sample swallow studies. It was a very informative course." – H.P. (June 2017)
"Learning the anatomical differences between children and adults and how they develop over time was most helpful. I liked the practical videos and reports explaining findings." – H.M. (May 2017)
"The videos along with comments were helpful at helping me see/understand what I was looking at." – A.H. (Mar. 2017)
"I found the examples of swallow studies very helpful. Lots of good information." – P.R. (Dec. 2016)
"The testing results and applying standardized tests into workable goals for students were the most beneficial sections." – L.G. (Dec. 2016)
"I really appreciated the review of swallowing anatomy and ability to practice/apply my skills using case study video examples." – N.C. (Dec. 2016)
"Pediatric anatomy is new to me so going over the differences in their structure in comparison to adult structures was very beneficial. I am unfamiliar with pediatric videofluoroscopic swallow studies so watching the videos themselves and going over the written results were tremendously helpful." – K.M. (Nov. 2016)
"The information about recommendations from result of VFSS and for writing reports was most helpful. I liked the chance to view actual videos and match my recs with the instructor's." – B.N. (Nov. 2016)
"I felt the entire course was beneficial to my daily practice. I loved the 25 VFSS provided and following along with the VFSS swallow study patient form." – L.W. (Oct. 2016)
"I liked having the video swallow studies to watch and reading the reports. I would have liked more infant/NICU video swallow studies to review." – L.R. (Oct. 2016)
"Videos and commentary during videos were great. I loved the real cases, real studies that could relate to my practice." – R.W. (Sept. 2016)
"Everything was beneficial! We need more courses for pediatric dysphagia." – M.M. (Sept. 2016)
"I appreciated the recommendations to give to parents. I liked being able to view lots of VFSS studies." – E.C. (Sept. 2016)
"I found the anatomy/physiology videos and sample reports to be most helpful. The variety of videos was excellent." – E.K. (Aug. 2016)
"The VFSS examples helped greatly. I liked the examples and explanations, but I wish there were more information regarding GERD." – J.M. (June 2016)
"I appreciated the explanation and review of anatomical structures and phases of swallowing. The videos and case studies were great." – A.G. (June 2016)
"I liked the wide variety of videos and the VFSS worksheet as well as the recommendations that were detailed at the end of the case studies. I felt that a good amount of questions on the test were not covered in the manual." – K.C. (May 2016)
"Going over the use and order of implementation of strategies with live x-ray studies was beneficial. I liked the variety of MBS studies that were offered for viewing." – A.M. (May 2016)
"Very thorough, the videos were extremely helpful in learning to interpret peds VFSS. I have experience with adults VFSS, but needed to be exposed to some of the differences between adult and pediatric anatomy and the different types of recommendation for the pediatric population." – K.P.R. (Mar. 2016)
"All of the case studies to actually watch the VFSS were most beneficial." – R.B. (Feb. 2016)
"The interpretations of swallow findings were very helpful. I liked the videos and being able to hear Joan's voice and interpretation." - J.O. (Jan. 2016)