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 the needs of the child based on the reasons behind the dysphagia. Speech-language pathologists also are often confronted with other diagnoses with specific concerns from the family in terms of a child’s feeding deficits. It is crucial to determine what difficulties are present, what the possible reasons behind those symptoms are in the first place, and what the best techniques are for targeting such deficits. This course includes video examples, case studies, lab practice, and application activities. Research on various pediatric dysphagia and medically-based issues with pediatrics will be discussed. Offered for 0.8 ASHA CEUs – 8 Contact Hours.
Course Run Time: 8:03:14
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.
Jennifer Dahms, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She has worked in two different counties in Wisconsin, providing Birth-to-Three and outpatient therapy services. She moved to Boise, Idaho in 2006 and initially worked for St. Luke’s Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services for two years. Jennifer then opened her own private practice, Valley Pediatric Feeding LLC, in October 2008. Over the course of her career, she has focused the majority of her continuing education on pediatric feeding disorders. Jennifer earned ASHA’s ACE Award in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. She initially became Board Certified in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in 2011. She is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society and is a SIG 13 member. Jennifer has presented on pediatric feeding disorders at state and regional conferences as well as with several online webinars.
Financial — Jennifer Dahms is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Dahms 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.
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.
Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.
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.
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 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.
For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
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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"I liked the examples and the actual therapy techniques given to address specific issues." – M.W. (May 2020)
"The information related to GERD was very helpful. I liked the patient examples and application activities." – L.O. (Apr. 2020)
"The discussion on ASD sensory aversions and describing therapy options for sensory aversions was most beneficial." – E.B. (Mar. 2020)
"I appreciated the therapy techniques to use with those with GERD and picky eaters and the videos." – R.D. (Feb. 2020)
"Great information, great practice through the application activities. I especially enjoyed the discussion on attention difficulties and their impact on feeding and prematurity's impact on feeding and GERD's impact on feeding." – A.M. (Jan. 2020)
"Many of the students in my school district with swallowing and feeding difficulties are medically-based and I didn't even know where to begin. I like everything about it, but the videos and labs after Parts 1 & 2 were especially useful." – G.S. (Jan. 2020)
"All the information presented was very helpful. I really enjoyed the case studies and feel they helped apply the knowledge." – E.D. (Jan. 2020)
"This course was very comprehensive. It will be a valuable tool to save and review as needed in the future. All the information related to aspiration, swallow, positioning, and signs/symptoms was beneficial." – A.T. (Jan. 2020)
"I enjoyed the information about children with cleft palate. The practical everyday exercises that will help improve my interaction with students to help increase their skills." – S.J. (Jan. 2020)
"The case scenarios highlighting important ideas. I also thought the swallowing information was very good and more in depth than most courses." – M.V. (Dec. 2019)
"The discussion on feeding issues for children diagnosed with ASD was most beneficial. I liked her inclusion of cases with videos that demonstrated the topic. I also liked the inclusion of research articles." – C.M. (Nov. 2019)
"The case studies were very helpful." – A.W. (Sept. 2019)
"Review of the cranial nerves was helpful." – R.T. (Sept. 2019)
"I liked the practical exercise and examples, and I especially enjoyed the intervention therapeutics strategies for different medical conditions. The course was complete and really useful." – S.M. (July 2019)
"Going over the swallow studies was most beneficial. I liked the detailed presentation of information." – M.M. (July 2019)
"I appreciated understanding what feeding therapy looks like so I know which patients are good candidates for it and understanding reasons for behaviors reported by parents so we can see the big picture of what's going on with each child. I expected more information about normal infant swallowing, though. It's hard to know abnormal if I don't know what normal is." – K.H. (July 2019)
"It was a great course. The instructor provided a great list of resources, and the review of nerves and muscles involved in the swallowing process, as well as issues affecting premature and those with autism, was very helpful." – K.H. (June 2019)
"I liked the information on medical dx and affects on swallowing as well as the case studies. Going over the specific strategies based on different diagnoses was beneficial." – T.C. (June 2019)
"I enjoyed the discussion on sensory feeding difficulties as well as the case studies, but I expected more treatment suggestions." – K.G. (May 2019)
"The discussion on feeding difficulties stemming from Cleft Lip and Palate was most helpful." – P.M. (Apr. 2019)
"Very detailed course. The speaker seemed very knowledgeable in many different aspects of pediatric feeding. Everything about premature baby and issues with reflux and g tubes was most beneficial." – C.R. (Mar. 2019)
"I appreciated the in-depth explanation about specific diagnoses and the case studies." – E.M. (Feb. 2019)
"Good information on diet restrictions and strategies especially for autistic children. I liked the application questions after each topic." – M.F. (Jan. 2019)
"I found going over how to treat the premature population most beneficial. I liked learning about how to treat children with attention deficit issues; I was not expecting to learn about that. This was a great course." – J.Y. (Dec. 2019)
"This course offered great case studies and therapeutic techniques to use with children with ASD." – A.C. (Nov. 2018)
"A great course with a perfect balance of the complex anatomy/physiology and interesting treatment protocols and recommendations. Wonderful, thank you!!" – S.S. (Aug. 2018)