Presenter: Joan Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, BCS-S, ASHA Honors & Fellow
"The videos and slides are great tools for enhancing learning. For the VFSS self-guided section, I really appreciate that the cases are varied when it comes to patient age and diagnoses."
– N.O., prior course participant
In this course, participants will learn to delineate VFSS findings in objective ways, to relate findings to underlying physiologic processes, to determine possible strategies under fluoroscopy to aid intervention decisions, and to interpret findings to aid decision making for treatment planning in light of the "whole child".
This course begins with a video lecture covering anatomy & physiology of pediatric swallowing, review of instrumental swallow evaluation, interpretation of findings, and decision making. Next, participants will complete a guided self-study of 20 patient VFSS cases. These case studies will cover varied ages (ages 2 months to 17 years) and underlying etiologies with a range of swallowing disorders. Each case includes the VFSS video and a written summary of demographics, procedure notes, findings & interpretations, and recommendations & goals.
Course is offered for 0.8 ASHA CEUs – 8 contact hours.
Course Sections Include:
This course includes a guided self-study section featuring 20 patient VFSS cases of varied ages and underlying etiologies with a range of swallowing disorders.
"Case studies with documentation examples - amazing! This course will lead to real, immediate changes in my practice."
– M.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. Includes a guided self-study section featuring 20 patient cases of varied ages and underlying etiologies with a range of swallowing disorders.
"Gained a better understanding of what to expect from a neurotypical infant to better understand differences. Self-paced VFSS. I appreciated that I could watch the videos multiple times to ensure I saw all that I needed to." L.B. (May. 2023)
"Everything was very informative and allowed me to compare practices at my hospital. I liked the format of this course. It was engaging and easy to pick back up when breaks were needed." Y.M. (May. 2023)
"The practice with the recorded swallow studies was beneficial. I liked the way course was broken into sections and the wording/feedback of the recorded swallow studies." K.R. (May. 2023)
"I am currently being trained to perform inpatient VFSS at my acute care facility. The checklist of signs and physiologic findings will be very helpful for my daily practice. I liked the checklist, and the self-guided video studies." T.R. (May. 2023)
"I appreciated that recommendations were included with each self-study VFSS. I liked the self-study VFSS section." A.D. (May. 2023)
"Review of findings, interpretation, and recommendations during case studies were beneficial." E.I. (May. 2023)
"The case studies and associated videos were most enlightening across the board." W.F. (May. 2023)
"I liked the discussion of what VFSS is and is not, and the examples of helpful report descriptions. The videos and case studies were beneficial." E.T. (May. 2023)
"Joan is the key in this course. Her knowledge is priceless. I liked the organization and ample real-life examples." J.K. (May. 2023)
"Neural anatomy and pharyngeal swallowing findings and interpretation were beneficial." S.F. (Apr. 2023)
"Discussion of VFSS in relation to pediatrics was beneficial - I currently perform adult studies, and it was helpful to learn the technicalities. I liked the case studies to review at the end - solidifies the information learned." H.B. (Apr. 2023)
"The format for efficiency and thoroughness will be applied to my future reports. I liked the functional MBS videos with audio and documentation." R.S. (Apr. 2023)
"Actual video of VFSS and interpretation was beneficial. I liked the many video examples which helped visualize structures and the sequence of swallow." N.S. (Apr. 2023)
"I appreciated the copious information to begin my journey with VFSS in the pediatric populations. I have extensive adult VFSS experience, so the contrasts of VFSS to pediatric were beneficial. I enjoyed the large amount of video examples with explanations for exposure to various anatomical and functional things I may encounter. I enjoyed the variety of patients and disorders that we were able to view." R.L. (Apr. 2023)
"The anatomic and physiologic differences between pediatric and adult patients were beneficial. I liked the examples of VFSS." E.H. (Apr. 2023)
"I found the case studies most helpful in learning. I liked the course format of both lectured material, as well as self-study material." C.M. (Apr. 2023)
"I currently work in pediatrics and complete instrumental evaluation, so this course was a great overview of the procedure and how best to describe findings and recommendations. I liked having the instructor talk through the video examples and discuss how she would describe her findings." A.V. (Mar. 2023)
"Interpretation of the VFSS and implication to recommendations. I liked the mix of videos and case studies." N.L. (Mar. 2023)
"Dr. Arvedson's expertise in interpreting findings was extremely helpful; what she would consider normal vs. delay, recommendations she would make and a rationale for them. Good pace, great information, good sequence for presentation of information. The case studies with interpretation are really beneficial to have." P.T. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the case studies. The explanations and real-life discussions were beneficial." T.A. (Mar. 2023)
"Relevant information that is easily applied to practice. Overview of anatomy as well as case studies were beneficial." M.S. (Feb. 2023)
"Interpretation and recommendations for treatment planning. I liked the ability to work through case studies and check my work." M.B. (Feb. 2023)
"Reassuring that I am doing the right thing when making decisions about when to continue some small p.o. trials with aspirators if medically stable. I liked being able to do course on my own time." E.H. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the review of anatomy/physiology and all the case studies." M.S. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the self study portion that allowed me to make my own conclusions and then compare to the presenter's. And the explanations on how to best characterize swallows in a chart." J.H. (Feb. 2023)
"I loved everything about this course! The most beneficial topics to me were: educating me about the correct terminology use, sample VFSS reports and videos, understanding VFSS findings, etc. I loved the case studies and sample reports." A.F. (Feb. 2023)
"The lectures and videos were great." G.M. (Feb. 2023)
"All of it was beneficial. I liked the video case studies to work through." B.L. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the flexibility of self-study." A.A. (Feb. 2023)
"This course will lead to real, immediate changes in my practice. Liked the case studies with documentation examples - amazing!" M.M. (Jan. 2023)
"Joan, you're a star. Well presented. Honest and critical. I liked the videos - I love when a speaker presents a case study, from how they picked up the file to how they transferred the child back to community." A.C. (Jan. 2023)
"Knowledge that I can apply tomorrow when returning to work. Very practical and functional. I've spent almost 30 years performing MBSS daily on adults. I found this lecture on the A&P differences between adults and children very helpful." M.S. (Jan. 2023)
"Decision making and findings. Notes that accompanied the VFSS studies were really helpful." A.M. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the review of anatomy and watching the videos." T.K. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the self guided section with the videos of the interpretation and results. Helped me to see better what was occurring during the VFSS, what the results mean, and if my recommendations matched. I enjoyed the information in the lecture in combination with the self guided section to help apply what was learned." L.B. (Jan. 2023)
"Dr. Arvedson is enjoyable to listen to and extremely knowledgeable about this subject. She shares her experiences in clinical practice, proving her competence in the subject matter." M.S. (Jan. 2023)
"I work with preschool children in a school setting who have feeding problems, and while I do not perform or interpret VFSS, it was very interesting to observe the videos and consider the treatment/management decisions. It was all very interesting and observing case studies was most interesting." S.C. (Dec. 2022)
"Discussion regarding procedural guidelines for improving pediatric compliance during VFSS was beneficial. I liked the videos." K.A. (Dec. 2022)
"The lecture was extremely informative as well as all the practice VFSS videos. In general, an amazing class! I liked the template and example reports." A.C. (Dec. 2022)
"The infant feeding information and examples were beneficial." L.B. (Dec. 2022)
"Defining and discussing specific components of the swallow was a really helpful part of this course. Self-study section was helpful for direct application of information as well." C.R. (Dec. 2022)
"Good video/case presentations." L.T. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the videos with interpretation and findings." A.L. (Dec. 2022)
"The videos and slides are great tools for enhancing learning. For the VFSS self-guided section, I really appreciate that the cases are varied when it comes to patient age and diagnoses." N.O. (Nov. 2022)
Joan C. Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, BCS-S, ASHA Honors & 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 is co-author of Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, 3rd Edition (with L. Brodsky & M. Lefton-Greif).
Financial — Joan Arvedson is the author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Joan Arvedson is the author of Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, 3rd Edition; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Joan Arvedson 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.
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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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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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