This online course presents evidence-based interventions for diagnostic groups including COPD, Parkinson's disease, CVA, ALS, MS, and dementia. Discussed will be determining appropriate patient intervention, including which patients would benefit from rehabilitation to improve function, which patients should receive compensatory strategies to improve or maintain function when active rehabilitation is not appropriate, and suggestions for palliative care. Offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs – 4 contact hours. Course includes 2 hours related to ethics and speech-language pathology practice.
Run Time: 4:00:05
A broad spectrum of clinically relevant topics will be presented including best and evidence-based practice for determining interventions for specific swallowing disorders. Review of videofluorographic studies will be included to help participants link specific disorders with evidence-based outcomes. Also discussed will be factors that can predict when clients are at high risk for aspiration pneumonia, including a clinical decision process for recommending non-oral feedings, as well as when to terminate therapy.
Content Disclosure: 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.
Audio with downloadable handout that follows along with the video & audio files. Audio can be listened to online or downloaded as mp3 files. Audio recorded in front of a live audience in February 2012.
Paula A. Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, currently is a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist in the Department of Neurology/Speech Section, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, FL. Paula's clinical expertise and research are focused on swallowing disorders in head and neck cancer and at end-of-life. She has been affiliated with numerous comprehensive cancer centers, including H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, Sylvester Cancer Center, Miami, FL, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Paula also has participated as part of numerous clinical research trials in swallowing.
Paula served as a co-regional primary investigator for the largest controlled, randomized research trial in oropharyngeal dysphagia funded by the National Institutes of Health (Protocol 201). Protocol 201 examined the effectiveness of chin down and thickened liquids in individuals with dementia and Parkinson's disease both with and without dementia. Other research activities include collaborating with Dr. Jeri Logemann on numerous National Cancer Institute clinical swallowing protocols in head and neck cancer. Additionally, Paula has published numerous articles, book chapters, and co-authored books, including Swallowing Intervention in Oncology and the Easy-To-Swallow, Easy-To-Chew Cookbook. She also has co-authored multiple national guidelines, directives, and policies relating to oropharyngeal swallowing disorders for both the Veterans Health Administration and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a board recognized specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Paula is an ASHA Fellow and former coordinator of ASHA's Division 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She was named "2013 Clinician of the Year" by the Association of Veterans Affairs Speech-Language Pathologists.
Financial — Paula Sullivan is a coauthor of the text, "Easy-To-Swallow; Easy-To-Chew Cookbook"; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Paula Sullivan is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Paula Sullivan has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.4 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.
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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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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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“I liked the video samples of VFSS and FEES and especially the palliative care.” – K.G. (Apr. 2020)
“I enjoyed going over the exercises, and I liked the videos. However, it would have been better to have added the video of the presentation rather than just the audio.” – J.K.S. (Mar. 2020)
"The discussion on end of life was most beneficial. I liked the expert, articulate presenter." – K.P. (Jan. 2020)
"I appreciated talking about the aged swallow vs. sarcopenia as well as the discussion re: palliative care and end of life." – L.H. (Dec. 2019)
"I like that it focused on issues that are relevant to work that we do in medical settings. I especially appreciated going over the statistics on efficacy of therapy techniques, addressing quality of life issues, speech therapy role at the table when presenting options to staff. This course was comprehensive, relevant, and helpful to me as a medical speech pathologist." – C.S. (Nov. 2019)
"The various exercises and protocols as well as practical examples were most beneficial." – G.E. (Nov. 2019)
"The discussion on the palliative care related to dysphagia was helpful. I liked the knowledge of the presenter." – P.T. (Nov. 2019)
"I appreciated the swallowing strategies with different neurological diagnoses. I liked that the course was quick and easy to complete." – C.H. (Nov. 2019)
"I liked the presenter discussing the role of the SLP in Palliative care. The breakdown of different diagnoses was most beneficial." – E.C. (Sept. 2019)
"The review of the diseases was helpful - especially going over Parkinson's Disease and MS progression." – J.R. (July 2019)
"I liked the detail of the information, but as an audio only course, I found it very difficult to follow." – A.E. (June 2019)
"I really enjoyed the discussion on functional reserve and impact on treatment. All of it! Excellent!" – K.B. (Jan. 2019)
"Going over the importance of palliative care was really beneficial. I liked the clips of VFSS and FEES case studies." – S.A. (Jan. 2019)
"Thank you for the breakdown of information based off of several disease diagnoses. The fluoroscopy examples were helpful as well. The instrumental study examples were very helpful." – L.H. (Dec. 2018)
"I found the information on Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease to be the most beneficial for my daily practice as I treat patients with these diagnoses often. I enjoyed having the videos to coincide with the presentation as I am a visual learner. I also felt the presenter moved through the information at a good pace to keep my attention." – K.G. (Dec. 2018)
"I enjoyed the presenter's manner and relevance of the material." – K.P. (Oct. 2018)
"I appreciated the discussion of FITT and its application to oral pharyngeal exercises as well as the discussion of presbydysphagi. The PDF handouts were helpful." – B.M. (Oct. 2018)
"I liked the supplementary videos as well as the discussion on specific treatment modalities for different diseases and risks of thickened liquids and tube feeding." – A.L. (Sept. 2018)
"The discussion on palliative care was very helpful." – M.G. (Aug. 2018)
"Placing greater emphasis on including palliative care considerations into your treatment options was a beneficial discussion." – K.S. (June 2018)
"The documentation examples and the speaker's comfort, familiarity, and personal experience with this topic were very helpful!" – K.J. (May 2018)
"I work in an acute care setting. The discussion by the presenter RE: QOL, TF, palliative care are all relevant to my daily work. Thanks, Paula, for another great presentation!" – S.A. (Dec. 2017)
"The information & study data on swallowing strategies were helpful. I was surprised with some results but with further explanation could understand why." – H.H. (Nov. 2017)
"I especially enjoyed the discussion on elder dining strategies and education necessary for this population. I liked that there were lots of examples and videos." – C.N. (Oct. 2017)
"I love that you share your own personal experiences and provide a lot of examples. You kept me interested and engaged during the entire course. I also appreciated the different examples of wording you provided for different situations that we may need to document." – P.M. (Sept. 2017)
"The discussion on end of life considerations and strategies was most beneficial. I liked the fact that the course is online, and I also really liked the strategies and application given for each type of disease process." – P.C. (June 2017)
"I enjoyed the information regarding dysphagia and nutrition and how to approach diet and therapy recommendations for individuals in declining health. I liked the VFSS and FEES videos and discussion of previous cases related to this topic." – C.B. (May 2017)
"I found the discussion on feeding tubes and advanced dementia patients - including the evidence that demonstrates the adverse effects of feeding tubes in that population - very helpful. I liked the videos and case studies and that I am able to apply techniques to different scenarios." – L.A.P. (Feb. 2017)
"The whole course was informative, but the section on palliative care was especially excellent. The instructor had an excellent speaking voice, way and organizational approach." – T.H. (Dec. 2016)
"I liked the discussion of which swallow strategies to use with different types of patients with neurogenic conditions." – A.B. (Nov. 2016)
"I really appreciated the portions on end of life; deconditioning; frail elders and management of tube feeds and recommendations." – R.T. (Oct. 2016)
"There were many excellent references and suggestions given for improving clinical practice. I enjoyed the discussion regarding comfort/palliative care and learning more about considerations and approaches to feeding options." – L.K. (Sept. 2016)
"I appreciated the discussions on the free water protocol, the importance of oral hygiene, and the multi factors contributing to aspiration pneumonia. I liked the videos of the swallowing studies and the case examples. The handout of the lecture was beneficial." – C.A.S. (Sept. 2016)
"Going over the appropriateness of feeding tubes and also how to recommend a comfort approach was very helpful. The presenter was excellent." – M.M. (Aug. 2016)
"I enjoyed the discussion to be able to expand the topic/recommendations for patients with neurogenic disorders. This is much needed in my facility to assist with decreased hospital stay, patient satisfaction of diet and safety. I enjoyed the specific examples and case studies of patients the presenter had experience with to help me assess current patient on my caseload." – J.G. (June 2016)
"The therapies used for swallow were very interesting. The course gave me new wording to use for my goals and a stronger belief in some of the therapies I use." – E.C. (Apr. 2016)
"I appreciated the specific techniques and studies around ALS, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's as well as current trends in treating patients with dementia and feeding disorders." – E.M. (Apr. 2016)
"I liked the realistic approach utilizing current evidence for practicing with this population. I found the information regarding presbyphagia vs. dysphagia, considerations regarding role of SLP in palliation, updated evidence regarding exercises and their proper practice all very excellent." – J.V.R. (Apr. 2016)
"The information on palliative care and end of life issues relevant to the role of the SLP were new to me. I liked the document tips." – D.S. (Mar. 2016)
"I liked the functional information for my practice." – K.S. (Feb. 2016)
"The "Resources for the Clinician" portion was most useful." – M.F. (Feb. 2016)
"Beneficial exercise in neurogenic dysphagia. I expected more functional treatment examples, though." – K.H. (Feb. 2016)
"Organized, practical." – S.M. (Feb. 2016)
"The Treatment strategies and rationales behind their use were really beneficial. I liked the variety of disorders and treatment strategies - variety of resources also." – C.K. (Jan. 2016)
"Paula Sullivan's personal experiences as they relate to the frail elderly were extremely helpful. I liked the practical applications of safe swallowing treatment." – D.S.E.P. (Jan. 2016)
"I found the review of the exercises and which are contra-indicated for specific diagnoses really useful as well as the review of free water protocol and that it is NOT for everyone!" – C.B. (Jan. 2016)