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#e261 The Five Systems Of Dysphagia: Why The SLP Is More Important Today Than Ever

by Jeanna Winchester, PhD

This course explores the multisystem breakdown of the swallow as well as the broadening role of the SLP in dysphagia therapy. The five systems of dysphagia (cognitive - neurological - respiratory - gastrointestinal - muscular) are discussed with explanation of how disorders in these systems can have a devastating effect...more+

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#e258 Issues In Dysphagia Management: Diversity, Culture, & Ethics

by Kellyn Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP

Diversity in healthcare goes far beyond a language barrier. It’s about understanding the larger context of culture and diversity. This course will help you understand the impact of dysphagia on culturally/linguistically diverse populations and navigate ethical conflicts to provide culturally responsive care. ...more+

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#e242 The Introduction To Fascia Management In Head & Neck Cancer Patients

by Vanessa Sifontes, MS, CCC-SLP, CMLDT, BSMT

This course instructs participants in the applied learning theory that focuses on histology, anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems found in the human body. This foundation will then facilitate the knowledge behind clinical skill sets and techniques needed to efficiently understand and treat the head and neck cancer population. ...more+

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#e231 Medical Speech Pathology Essentials For Dysphagia Practice: Managing Complex Adult Patients With Pulmonary, Digestive And Airway Disorders

by James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow

This course provides essential information on managing complex patients who have multiple diagnoses impacting swallowing function. Discussed will be swallow function and treatment planning as related to body systems, the aging process, and patient diagnostic reports...more+

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#e225 Problem Solving Tracheostomy Tubes For The Speech-Language Pathologist

by Roxann Diez Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

This course is intended to increase the participant’s ability to problem solve a range of conditions that may occur when working with patients who have indwelling tracheostomy tubes.  Each problem presented is based on...more+

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#e222 Optimizing Breastfeeding Safety And Outcomes In The Presence Of Feeding And Swallowing Disorders

by Kimberly Morris, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC

This presentation will focus on assessment and treatment techniques to reduce aspiration risk at the breast and will highlight how to overcome obstacles to...more+

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#e212 Oral Hygiene Programs: Oral Care Is Critical Care

by Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP

Which is a better predictor for a person to develop pneumonia: a diagnosis of dysphagia or poor oral hygiene? The answer to this question may surprise you....more+

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#e207 GERD And LPR In Adults: The Role Of The Speech-Language Pathologist In Diagnosis And Treatment

by Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP

This course is intended to educate speech-language pathologists about GERD and LPR as it affects both swallowing and voice disorders in adults. The anatomy and physiology and how they relate to the genesis of reflux will be reviewed for a more complete understanding of the syndromes....more+

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#e203 Developing Critical Thinking Skills In Pediatric Dysphagia: Part 3 – Swallowing Disorders And Medically-Based Feeding Problems

by Jennifer Dahms, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

When working with children who have oropharyngeal dysphagia, the speech-language pathologist will need to be aware of all possible signs and symptoms of swallowing difficulties. Once a diagnosis is made, we need to develop an appropriate therapy plan that addresses...more+

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#e202 Developing Critical Thinking Skills In Pediatric Dysphagia: Part 2 – Oral Sensory Feeding Disorders And Mealtime Management Issues

by Jennifer Dahms, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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. Therapy techniques that are used to assist with bolus management can be developed to help children be more successful eaters. This course includes video...more+

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#e201 Developing Critical Thinking Skills In Pediatric Dysphagia: Part 1 – Postural Stability And Oral Motor Feeding Disorders

by Jennifer Dahms, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Oral motor feeding disorders are quite common in the world of pediatric feeding disorders. It is important that the speech-language pathologist who is working with this population understand the sensory innervation and muscle movements that contribute to such areas of deficits. The exercises that we use with children to improve their overall...more+

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#e192 Purpose And Rationale For Using Endoscopy/FEES In The Management And Treatment Of Dysphagia

by Joseph Murray, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

This course introduces and reviews the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) as a tool for visualizing, monitoring and treating swallowing function. Guidelines for selecting FEES or videofluoroscopic instrumentation are presented with a comprehensive...more+

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#e190 Orofacial Myology/Tongue Thrust: An Introduction With Assessment Applications

by Sandra Holtzman, MS, CCC-SLP, COM, QOM

This course presents an overview of the specialty area of orofacial myology and its relationship to the field of speech-language pathology. Also covered are the procedures involved...more+

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#e189 Esophageal Disorders: A New Technology And Perspective On Management

by Robert Arnold, SLPD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

This course explores integrating into the clinical swallow exam the concepts of esophageal physiology evaluation as well as screening for signs and symptoms of pathology in the lower GI tract. ...more+

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#e183 Tackling Palliative Rehabilitation: The SLP's Guide To End Of Life Services

by Irene Gofman, MS, CCC-SLP & Amanda Warren, MS, CCC-SLP

In this course, we will review ways that dysphagia management, cognitive management, and communication enhancement differ in End of Life care in comparison to our other scope of practice. We will address early decision making and...more+

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#e181 Esophageal Dysphagia: Evaluation And Treatment Options

by Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP

This course will discuss the role of the speech-language pathologist in the evaluation and treatment of Esophageal Stage Dysphagia....more+

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#e173 Trach And Vent Patients: What The SLP Needs To Know About Communication And Swallowing

by Roxann Diez Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow & Lyndsi Yarkosky, BS, RRT-NPS

This online course will examine factors that affect communication and swallowing performance for adult patients with tracheostomy tubes with and without mechanical ventilation....more+

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#e171 Pediatric Feeding And Swallowing: Ethics Across Settings Ensuring Quality Of Care Through Collaboration

by Donna Edwards, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S & Lisa Rai Mabry-Price, MS, CCC-SLP

This course reinforces the support of our professional role to serve children with feeding and swallowing disorders across settings and to advocate for those children and families for best outcomes....more+

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#e168 Gauging The Aging Swallow: 3-Part Course For The Medical SLP

by Yvette McCoy, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S & Rinki Varindani Desai, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

The primary objective of this Course is to enable clinicians to successfully differentiate between the normal aging swallow (presbyphagia) and impaired swallow function (dysphagia) in older adults and to be able to utilize and apply that knowledge clinically to improve their patient’s overall quality of life....more+

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#e161 Treatment Of Picky And Problem Eaters Using Food Chaining Therapy

by Cheri Fraker, CCC-SLP, CLC & Laura Walbert, CCC-SLP, CLC

This course instructs professionals in the treatment of children with complex feeding aversion using the techniques of Food Chaining. Participants will learn analysis of core diet, flavor mapping and flavor masking, and use of transitional flavors....more+

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#e156 Prevention Of Feeding, Speech, And Mouth Development Problems: Birth To Age 2

by Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI

Participants will learn strategies to help establish solid foundations for the development of normal speech and feeding behavior for young children (birth to age 2) to prevent or reduce life-long feeding, speech, and mouth development problems....more+

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#e154 Perspectives On Dysphagia Service Delivery: All About Treatment

by multiple expert presenters

Twelve master clinicians in the field of speech-language pathology team up to discuss the history of dysphagia management, how evidence-based practice has evolved over the years, and what best practice looks like today....more+

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#e149 Ethics, Evidence & Pediatric Decision Making

by Donna Edwards, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S & Paula Leslie, PhD, FRCSLT, CCC-SLP

This course will help to fill the information void on ethical decision making in the pediatric setting. When striving for autonomy and the push for clinical beneficence clash, service providers need sound advice based on current best practice....more+

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#e139 The Cranial Nerve Examination: Integrating Assessment And Treatment In Dysphagia Management

by Yvette McCoy, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S & Tiffani Wallace, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Presenters will provide instructions and case studies to assist clinicians in performing, interpreting and developing a dysphagia treatment plan based on the deficits noted during the oral mechanism/cranial nerve assessment....more+

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#e137 Dysphagia Assessment: A Comprehensive Review Of Evidence-Based Practice

by multiple expert presenters

This comprehensive assessment course is presented by 5 leading experts in the field of speech-language pathology. Included will be both instrumental and non-instrumental diagnostic methods available when assessing a person with dysphagia....more+

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#e127 Parkinson's Disease, Swallowing And Best Practice

by Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

This course will discuss components of a targeted assessment of swallowing, saliva, eating, and speech in individuals with Parkinson's disease. Extensive discussion will focus on both compensatory approaches and rehabilitative techniques....more+

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#e125 Evidence-Based Practice In Adult Dysphagia Management: What The Evidence Says About Commonly Selected Rehabilitation Interventions

by multiple expert presenters

Primary goals of this course include: present the evidence for frequently prescribed swallowing rehabilitation techniques, examine common swallowing pathophysiologies that contribute to aspiration and how they are measured, and discuss levels of research evidence relative to their contribution to the current state of dysphagia rehabilitation....more+

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#e116 Medical Speech Pathology: The Influence Of Body Systems On Cognition, Communication And Swallowing

by Robert Arnold, SLPD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S & Veda Cochran, RN, BSN

This course integrates a holistic review of anatomy and physiology of the critical systems of the human body as related to medical speech pathology. Presented will be valuable information on how body systems function to promote, delay, or impede progress with intervention programs...more+

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#e113 Pros And Cons Of Dysphagia Bedside Screening And Assessment

by James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow

This course will review the screening and clinical assessment process, clarify the differences between dysphagia screening and evaluation, explain how to use evidence on screening and assessment to judge the value of testing components, and select test procedures based on good evidence....more+

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#e111 Making The Most Of Mealtime: Helping Older Adults Compensate For Sensory Impairment During Meals

by Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP

Learn to address environmental barriers such as inadequate lighting, noisy conditions, poor or absent environmental cues, and visual clutter as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for older adults with dysphagia....more+

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#e107 Dietary Recommendations, Feeding Tubes And Ethical Practice

by Paula Leslie, PhD, FRCSLT, CCC-SLP

This course combines knowledge of feeding tubes in dementia with informed consent and decision making. Discussed are the requirements for informed consent, and how knowledge of ethical principles and research evidence can support clinicians and families in making better decisions....more+

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#e106 Dysphagia In The Medically Fragile And Frail Elder: Management And Decision-Making

by Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

This comprehensive presentation will discuss the impact of illness and deconditioning on swallowing, review evidence-based interventions, and provide a clear framework to guide the practitioner, team and family with decision-making that is appropriate, realistic and patient-focused....more+

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#e104 Using Sensory Stimulation To Assist With Swallowing Rehabilitation

by Christy Ludlow, PhD, CCC-SLP

Evidence suggests that sensory stimulation using either air puffs on the faucial pillars in the mouth or vibrators on the neck over the larynx will increase swallowing and enhance neural activation of the swallowing system in the brain. These findings were the basis for the introduction of a new model of dysphagia therapy where patients use a vibratory device for sensory induction of swallowing during intensive practice throughout the day....more+

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#e103 Dysphagia: Integrating Respiration And Deglutition

by Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Honors

This course overviews the mechanistic, anatomical, and functional relationships of the human upper aerodigestive tract in health and disease....more+

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#e101 Relevance Of Lab Values And Medications In Dysphagia Management: Chest Imaging, Pneumonia Differential Diagnosis, Bloodwork

by James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow

This course will focus on common findings from chest imaging reports and lab tests, and decipher some of the language within those reports to enable the SLP in the medical setting to more expertly integrate that information into patient management....more+

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#e100 Restorative Rehabilitation Dining Programs: Successful Development & Implementation

by Laura Roberts, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

This course will address goals, protocols, logistics, and collaborative factors needed for implementing a restorative rehabilitation dining program in your facility....more+

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#e012 Translating MBS Study Results Into Targeted Treatment: Evidence-Based Interventions Using The MBSImP™ Approach

by Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Honors & Kate Davidson, MS, CCC-SLP

This course demonstrates how the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP™) approach can be used to link physiologic components of swallowing with evidence-based interventions to specifically target swallowing impairment. Content presented is appropriate for SLPs who assess and/or treat adult patients with dysphagia. ...more+

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#e94 Tongue Tie 101 For SLPs: What Is Our Role?

by Sandra Holtzman, MS, CCC-SLP, COM, QOM

Ankyloglossia and the SLP: To ignore it or not? To refer or not? Learn information critical in advising parents regarding feeding issues, dental concerns, social considerations, and referral options related to tongue tie....more+

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#e90 Swallowing Physiology: Understanding Its Relationship To Traditional Swallowing Treatments

by Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP

Increase your swallow physiology knowledge to more effectively communicate information about cranial nerves and muscles to physicians and other healthcare professionals....more+

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#e83 Best Practice In The Treatment Of The High Risk Elder With Neurogenic Dysphagia

by Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Determining if an elderly person with dysphagia is a candidate for active therapy or a candidate for palliative care involves a complex decision-making process. This course aims to better prepare the SLP to make these tough decisions to ensure the highest quality of care is provided....more+

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#e81 Prevention Of Aspiration Pneumonia: Oral Care And Free Water

by Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIST

The decision to give free water to dysphagic patients remains controversial, causing many clinicians to be reluctant to offer free water. Just how risky is free water? What is the correlation between free water and aspiration pneumonia?...more+

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#e74 Assessing Cough In Dysphagia Practice

by Teresa Pitts, PhD, CCC-SLP

How significant is patient cough during or after a meal? Are there means to determine if the cough is related to dysphagia? This research-focused course examines the literature on cough and dysphagia to help SLPs make evidence-based decisions related to the cough event....more+

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#e72 Oral Mechanism/Cranial Nerve Examination: What Every SLP Needs To Know

by Kellyn Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP

This course provides step-by-step instructions for performing and interpreting a quick, yet thorough, oral mechanism and cranial nerve exam across all ages. Includes specific guidelines and examples for interpreting and reporting results....more+

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#e68 Head And Neck Cancer Across The Continuum Of Care: Addressing Swallowing Challenges

by Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

The most comprehensive Head and Neck Cancer online course ever offered for the SLP. This course provides an in-depth examination of head and neck cancer, its presentation, functional sequelae, evaluation approaches, treatment options, and...more+

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#e29 Aspiration Pneumonia And The Role Of The SLP: Using Evidence To Determine Risks Associated With Oral Feeding

by James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow

Is it a myth that all pneumonias are related to dysphagia? Learn the link between breathing and swallowing and the role of the SLP in the treatment of respiratory diseases in this audio course....more+

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#e28 Drugs And Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating And Swallowing

by Lynette Carl, PharmD, BCPS & Peter Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

This text-only course discusses medications affecting the central nervous system and dysphagia, including specific classes of medications and their effects on dysphagia. Also covered is reflux disease, medications associated with gastrointestinal injury and the effects of pain medications....more+

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#e08 Interpretation Of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies Of INFANTS & CHILDREN

by Joan Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow

Developed by one of the most highly respected pediatric dysphagia clinicians, this course examines the evaluation and treatment of infants and children with dysphagia using videofluoroscopic studies to guide the decision-making process....more+

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#e07 Dysphagia Practice: Moving Toward More Comprehensive Treatment Protocols

by multiple expert presenters

This audio course brings together six leading experts who explain how to expand your current treatment options to include a more comprehensive treatment approach for working with persons with dysphagia....more+

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#e06 Electrical Stimulation In The Normal And Impaired Swallow

by Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP

Electrical stimulation is among the most studied of swallowing interventions in the published literature, yet many unanswered questions remain about its efficacy. Learn which patients are the best candidates for this technique....more+

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#e001 Introduction To MBSImP™ – A Standardized Protocol For Assessment Of Swallowing Impairment

by Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Honors

Participants will learn an evidence-based, standardized approach toward the MBS study, including clinical training, administration of the study, interpretation of impairment, and reporting of results — each aspect standardized. This course serves as an excellent preparatory course prior to enrolling in the MBSImP Standardized Training and Reliability Testing (see course #e01)...more+

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#e01 The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile: MBSImP™ Standardized Training And Reliability Testing

by Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Honors

The MBS study, while a clinically useful tool, remains a subjective test. The MBSImP approach provides a validated and evidence-based protocol to interpret and communicate MBS study results in a manner that is consistent, specific, accurate, and objective....more+

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