Presenter: Teresa Pitts, PhD, CCC-SLP
– S.J., prior course participant
When patients cough during or after a meal how significant is this event? 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 speech-language pathologists and other healthcare professionals make evidence-based decisions related to the cough event.
Participants will learn the phases of cough and understand how each cough phase is produced. Covered will be assessment, diagnosis, and treatment techniques and how to use cough measurement along with other respiratory/swallow measures. Learn what diseases and conditions could affect cough.
Course is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs – 3.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 3:35:26
– S.N., 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.
"Practical clinical application. I liked the treatment options." J.R. (Oct. 2023)
"I liked the explanation of different coughs, and the detailed explanations." E.S. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked the info I can share with patients, family, and doctors on relevance. The value of assessing cough in conjunction with swallowing deficits was beneficial." D.B. (Jul. 2023)
"Good mix of research and clinical. Assessment of cough was beneficial." C.G. (Jul. 2023)
"Improved my understanding of the pragmatic of respiration. I liked the presentation." B.P. (Jul. 2023)
"Cough and swallow in stroke and PD were beneficial topics. I liked the length and detailed information of this course." M.M. (Jun. 2023)
"I liked the treatment options. And learning stages of the cough." K.G. (Jun. 2023)
"Spinal cord injury, and EMST were beneficial topics." M.P. (May 2023)
"I liked the information on spinal cord injury, baclofen, and EMST/IMST." M.G. (Apr. 2023)
"I liked the review of anatomy and the descriptions of phases of cough." T.R. (Dec. 2022)
"New information learned, such as ASIA scale. And adding cough goals to the plan of care." J.M. (Jul. 2022)
"Very interesting content. I liked the anatomy and clinical practice." C.C. (Jul. 2022)
"I liked the visual data and support of the EMST exercises." E.N. (Jul. 2022)
"I liked the organization and flow of the material. It is obvious the presenter has been active in direct patient care. Also, the assessment of cough and inclusion of respiratory strength training was beneficial." B.G. (Jun. 2022)
"I liked the whole course. It's been a long time since I heard a continuing ed that was very interesting. I liked the phases of cough, influences such as vital capacity and expiratory drive, EST influence." J.T. (Apr. 2022)
"Use of digital peak flow meter, EMST, and inspiratory strength training which I feel the output measures would help aid resident getting on board with insight and participation to ensure improved upper airway protection. I liked the general assessment and treatments." K.K. (Apr. 2022)
"I used to be private practice voice center with mostly chronic cough, post viral cough/voice therapy, now I am inpatient rehab, so excited for the SCI info. Thank you." M.P. (Jan. 2022)
"A deep dive into cough as a subject – incorporating assessment and treatment of cough into assessment and treatment of dysphagia." J.H. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the research and application to clinical tx. And the enthusiasm from the presenter regarding the topic of cough." K.A. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the examples provided by the presenter – how cough can be used to assess aspiration." J.S. (Dec. 2021)
"This was very pertinent to some of the patients I have been treating lately. I liked the rehabilitation ideas." S.J. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the techniques for rehabilitation of the cough." J.P. (Dec. 2021)
"So much of the information was helpful. I work in a LTACH with patients on vent, with trach and spinal cord injuries. This instructor was fantastic. She gave so many outlines, repeated slides that were important, repeated information and gave so many reviews. She summed up what she had presented so thoroughly, with outlines and she provided links to her research, her colleagues research, photos of what she was talking about, etc. This was so much information. The presenter's rate was appropriate and she was pleasant to listen to for 3 hours!!" S.D. (Oct. 2021)
"The PowerPoint slides were relevant and interesting. The discussion on Spinal cord injury was most beneficial." K.M. (Jun. 2021)
“I enjoyed the presenter's willingness to share knowledge liberally! I can hear the passion in the topics discussed just from the recording alone!” X.C. (Mar. 2021)
"Going over the use of EMST was most beneficial. The presentation was organized and speaker did well communicating the message." T.H. (Mar. 2021)
“I enjoyed the description of phases of a cough with diagrams. Also, understanding that just listening to a cough is not a good way to evaluate it. Plus, the understanding that the UES must constrict during cough. The specifics of why Parkinson's patients have a disordered cough, and instructions for assessing voluntary cough were also helpful.” S.N. (Feb. 2021)
"Very thorough! I liked the data and how the speaker stressed that we each should be a part of assessing the cough as a tool.” D.C. (Feb. 2021)
“It was very informative on assessing cough when completing Dysphagia evaluation, and treatments in a clinical setting. I also liked that I could pause the presentation and listen to the information again. It was helpful to have the materials to look at during the presentation.” P.E. (Jan 2021)
"The techniques to facilitate cough, i.e.: use of EMST device, are practical to my current practice. I enjoyed the case studies and patient examples. I would have appreciated a list of contraindications for EMST in medical patients." M.P. (Jan. 2021)
"I enjoyed the discussion of the cough reflex. I don't work with spinal cord pts but do work in SNFs and geriatrics so cough disorder is common. Very informative lecture." G.J. (Jan. 2021)
Teresa Pitts, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant research professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences at the University of Florida. She received her bachelor and master of art degrees in Communicative Disorders at the University of Central Florida and there also received her clinical certification for Speech-Language Pathology. She completed her doctorate in 2010 at the University of Florida, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, where her studies focused on the study of airway protection in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Pitts' work focuses on increasing our understanding of the coordination of cough and swallow through basic science, clinical, and computational modeling research techniques. Dr. Pitts is also working on developing novel treatment techniques for dysphagia and dystussia.
Financial — Teresa Pitts is the author of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Teresa Pitts is employed by The University of Florida; receives a salary.
Financial — Teresa Pitts receives funding through a Pathway To Independence K99/R00 Award through the National Institutes of Health; receives grant funding.
Nonfinancial — Teresa Pitts has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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