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.
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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. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.
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 courses include closed captioning.
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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"Having the ability to work at my own pace was nice." T.S. (April 2022)
"I appreciated the ability to reference treatment recommendations after reviewing the 25 studies. This was helpful to inform the process from start to finish. The recommendations were detailed and specific. This was incredibly helpful! I liked the duality of presentation with foundational reading and studies to review." A.D. (April 2022)
"Infant VFSS interpretation and example case studies were great. I liked hearing Joan talk through her VFSS procedure on the example videos. The materials and example write-ups for interpretation and recommendations were validating to my current practice." K.M. (March 2022)
"The practice of offering strong flavoured liquids via a spoon for pleasure purposes in an child who is NPOTipping the lips with the spoon to encourage clearing swallows (previously we would have recommended offering an empty spoon). The wide range of clinical presentations and the practical element The layout was very useful and the provision of report for each case with recommendations." S.K. (Jan. 2022)
"Everything was amazing thank you so much!" M.G. (Jan. 2022)
"I really enjoyed the videos, the commentary on the videos, and the detailed reports provided." A.R. (Jan. 2022)
"The recommendations, adequate anatomy and physiology, videos were helpful for my daily practice" K.P. (Oct. 2021)
"I found the topic about making recommendations and selecting modifications to be very helpful. Additionally, the case studies were extremely helpful. I liked how it had a wonderful overview of all the anatomy. It provided a variety of examples of real life patients. It helped me feel more confident of my findings from a VFSS." J.B. (Oct. 2021)
"The PDF is such a good resource and the chat at the end is very helpful." M.N. (Oct. 2021)
"I'm starting to do VFSS and this is very helpful practice outside of the radiology room." B.S. (Oct. 2021)
“I really liked the online videos, they definitely challenged my critical thinking skills.” – H.M (Mar. 2021)
“I enjoyed the ability to view the swallow studies, interpret information and then reflect/gain feedback to understand what you may have missed.” – K.O. (Jan. 2021)
“It was all beneficial but comparing/contrasting infant/children to adults was useful since my primary practice is with adults. Also, the review of neurological information always helpful!” – E.M. (Dec. 2020)
“I appreciated the anatomy and physiology review followed by the videos. I found it most helpful.” – M.R. (Oct. 2020)
“I loved the set-up of reading the history, then watching and interpreting the video itself before reading the final report.” – J.M. (Sep. 2020)
“The recommendation and the video Swallow Studies Images helped me to better understand the importance of doing swallow studies.” – S.L. (Aug 2020)
“I specifically loved the information on younger infants/NICU cases - this is my daily practice! It also targeted a variety of ages and diagnoses.” – S.L. (Jul 2020)
"The interpretation practice of the MBS studies was very helpful, along with the ease of accessing materials." – E.E. (Jun 2020)
"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)
"I liked that I got to analyze the actual videos and then read a very clear report about that video." – M.C. (Apr. 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)