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1.1  ASHA CEUs

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


Presenter: James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow

This course provides SLPs with essential information on managing complex adult patients with dysphagia.


"Very practical information for acute care that we do not get in school."

– T.S., course participant

Speech-Language Pathologists working in the medical setting face unique challenges. Patients referred for evaluation and treatment often have multiple diagnoses impacting swallowing function.

This comprehensive course presented by dysphagia expert, James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, provides SLPs with essential information on managing complex adult patients. Discussed will be swallow function and treatment planning as related to body systems, the aging process, and patient diagnostic reports.

This course is presented in video format with downloadable handouts. Stop and start the course as you wish with unlimited time to finish. Access to all content is retained after course completion allowing for ongoing reference and review.

Offered for 1.1 ASHA CEUs – 11 contact hours. 

This Clinically Focused Presentation Will Cover

  • Respiratory and deglutitive interactions in the aerodigestive tract.
  • Common pulmonary diseases in adults and how they alter breathing and swallowing.
  • Identifying risk factors for pneumonia.
  • Is it pneumonia, aspiration pneumonia or something else, and how do lungs respond to pneumonia?
  • Effects of normal aging on the respiratory system and dysphagia.
  • Understanding chest X-ray reports and other diagnostic reports in the medical record.
  • Understanding the digestive system and its many functions.
  • Understanding normal esophageal structure and function and esophageal test procedures.
  • Structural disorders of the esophagus and implications for the SLP.
  • Esophageal motility disorders including considerations for reflux disease.
  • Appropriate and informed decisions regarding patients with a tracheostomy.
  • Compensatory and restorative treatments: what are they, and who can benefit?
Dysphagia and Aspiration
"I enjoyed the whole course! Dr. Coyle does an amazing job of doing a functional but deep dive into the hows and whys of what Medical Speech Pathologists work with on a daily basis. The result is a greater understanding of what we see and how we can treat it."

– A.L., course participant

Course Overview – Run Time: 11:22:15

  • Ventilation, respiration, breathing and swallowing.
  • Pulmonary diseases in adults.
  • What is, and what isn’t, pneumonia.
  • When is it aspiration pneumonia and when isn’t it?
  • Aging and breathing.
  • What does that x-ray report mean?
  • Digestive system, the esophagus, esophageal disorders.
  • Artificial airway considerations.
  • Treatment of swallowing disorders.

Stop and start the course as you wish with unlimited time to finish.

"My knowledge regarding this topic has increased tremendously, and will surely benefit my patients. I liked Dr. Coyle's depth, and explanation of more difficult material."

– P.R., 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.

Course Format

Video lecture presentation with a downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review. Recorded in front of a live audience.

Reviews

"The complex information was delivered in a very engaging and user friendly way."  S.S. (Aug. 2022)

"ALL of the A and P and evidence are excellent."  C.Y.C. (Aug. 2022)

"Very digestible content."  C.B. (Aug. 2022)

"All of the course was very informative."  J.M. (July 2022)

"Speaker is very knowledgeable."  E.H.T. (July 2022)

"I like that I can watch certain sections again."  M.L. (July 2022)

"In-depth explanations of medical terms to increase our skill set for medical based practice. Course was very thorough." J.H. (June 2022)

"Enjoyed the content of the entire course. I like the ability to stop and start the course." E.P. (June 2022)

"Consistently clear and comprehensive presentation style, supported by visual illustrations and videos." M.C. (June 2022)

"I enjoyed the content of the entire course." E.K. (June 2022)

"Everything regarding the relationship between respiration and swallowing was beneficial. Dr. Coyle is a great speaker. Very useful information presented in a straightforward manner."  K.I. (June 2022)

"The instructor!! Presented info as a pragmatic clinician/researcher. Truly appreciate Dr. Coyle's extensive knowledge base and ability to convey in such a succinct and memorable fashion." T.S. (June 2022)

"The entire course was informative. Provided a very comprehensive look into how to assess and treat those with dysphagia that are compromised due to pulmonary issues."  L.A. (June 2022)

"The information regarding chest x-rays was valuable in helping me understand how to determine what might be aspiration related." J.B. (May 2022)

"Presenter was very clear and personable." R.C. (May 2022)

"Dr. Coyle was very thorough and explained things in a clear, concise manner. As a clinician who works both in the outpatient setting performing MBS's and FEES, as well as in acute care, I found helpful information in all areas covered. I honestly soaked up every little thing of this course." K.C. (Apr. 2022)

"I appreciated learning how to approach referring physicians so that they will appreciate and trust your input." S.R. (Apr. 2022)

"The additional information regarding chin down posture and its impact on aspiration was beneficial." M.D. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked the section on Dysphagia in the ICU, the depth of the conversations, and how much the presenter went into detail on interventions." B.B. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked the knowledge and comfort level of the presenter. It was a lot of material. The presenter was aware of the old theories and pressed the audience to take the journey to explore new possibilities after understanding the basics." V.J. (Mar. 2022)

"The diversity and depth of information in one course was beneficial." J.B. (Mar. 2022)

"The speaker was clear and kept me interested." I.H. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the two lectures on compensatory and restorative treatments, and the thoroughness and vast knowledge of the presenter." F.B. (Feb. 2022)

"The presentation of information was well organized and easy to follow. The presenter was excellent and knowledgeable. I love that the course was broken down into sections / separate videos. That made the content easier to get through and it allowed me to view small amounts at a time when I had availability during my work day." J.D. (Jan. 2022)

"I liked the discussion about the language doctors use and interpreting the radiographic studies. Lots of good information about the studies the doctors perform and I developed a better understanding of the radiologists' findings." R.K. (Dec. 2021)

"I enjoyed the amount of time spent on each topic. I feel like I learned a lot while being engaged." E.S. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the entirety of efficacy in treatment methods/modes for dysphagia. Dr. Coyle's presentations are always so interesting and, of course, research-based." L.F. (Dec. 2021)

"I did enjoy the in-depth discussion of the esophageal phase." C.R. (Dec. 2021)

"Very thorough for medical SLPs, great resource for speaking with physicians and other medical professionals." A.G. (Dec. 2021)

"Extensive explanation of anatomy/physiology of medical diagnoses (COPD, CHF) that are commonly treated. Allows for more understanding and critical thinking when managing these patients." A.R. (Dec. 2021)

"Being able to access & stop, return to information & continue was good." N.M. (Oct. 2021)

"The comprehensive review of pulmonary diseases, pneumonias, respiratory diseases, and reviewing chest films was extremely beneficial. I feel much more knowledgeable in these areas after this course. The self paced aspect of this course made it very easy to watch components of the course, take notes, and even look up referenced literature to support learning." C.C. (Oct. 2021)

"Understanding the physiology behind the respiratory and digestive systems and how this impacts our work as SLPs will be beneficial for my daily practice.  Dr Coyle is an engaging and knowledgeable lecturer who made the material easy to follow and understand." M.K. (July 2021)

"The evidence-based treatment strategies will be beneficial for my daily practice.  Overall, the course gave me a different perspective and approach to dysphagia evaluation and treatment." C.M. (July 2021)

"I really enjoyed the whole course but I truly appreciated how in-depth the presenter went on dysphagia treatments. I find in a lot of courses, this is an area that is not as thoroughly discussed.  I loved that it was a medical speech language pathology course. I am a med/surg therapist and it can be hard to find courses on this subject matter. This is one of the best courses I have ever taken!" M.H. (July 2021)

"All which was discussed was vary important and useful.  I enjoyed the speaker's enthusiasm and clarity." M.R. (July 2021)

"The basis of respiration was extremely helpful in providing a foundation for the vent/recently extracted patients.  The variety of topics pertinent to medical SLP was excellent." A.H. (July 2021)

"My knowledge regarding this topic has increased tremendously, will surely benefit my patients.  I liked Dr. Coyle's depth, and explanation of more difficult material." P.R. (July 2021)

"Reading of CXRs and the use of a radiology dictionary was most beneficial for my daily practice!  The course had excellent background information into pulmonary and digestive processes." S.M. (June 2021)

"The instructor brought together a large amount of information and provided the SLP with the tools to diagnose swallowing difficulties as related to total patient health." B.W. (May 2021)

"The explanation of pulmonary systems, normal vs impaired in associated diseases/conditions, and its impact on swallowing was informative." L.I. (May 2021)

"The detailed discussions of underlying medical anatomy & physiology was helpful." K.F. (May 2021)

"I enjoyed the whole course! Dr Coyle does an amazing job of doing a functional but deep dive into the hows and whys of what Medical Speech Pathologists work with on a daily basis. The result is a greater understanding of what we see and how we can treat it." A.L. (May 2021)

“I liked the fact the instructor incorporated research articles, and he provided real-life examples.” J.S. (May 2021)

“This course really focused on the diagnosis/disease/etiologies of problems instead of putting band aids on something we don't fully understand. I think looking at the etiology, and the underlying cause for things will make us all much better clinicians.”  M.H. (Feb. 2021)

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the ventilatory and respiratory roles of the respiratory system.
  2. State how common pulmonary diseases affect normal breathing.
  3. List three risk factors for pneumonia.
  4. Describe the effects of aging on the respiratory system.
  5. Explain how parts of the digestive system work in healthy states.
  6. List one esophageal disorder related to speech pathology practice.
  7. List two behaviors to identify when assessing a patient with a tracheostomy.
  8. State one compensatory intervention technique that would be appropriate for a patient with a digestive disorder.
  9. State one restorative intervention technique that would be appropriate for a patient with a pulmonary disorder.

Presenter & Disclosures

James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow, is a Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh where he teaches courses in the Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology and courses in the SLP Clinical Doctorate Program. He also supervises undergraduate and graduate student dysphagia research. Dr. Coyle evaluates patients and teaches clinical practicum at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals and is funded by the NIH to investigate the use of technology and signal processing in the screening and treatment of dysphagia. Other research includes the effects of exercise in relating dysphagia caused by radiation therapy for head and neck cancer and investigation of brain networks related to swallowing function. He's a Fellow of ASHA and received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — James Coyle is a presenter of CE seminars and online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees and royalties.

Nonfinancial — James Coyle has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

asha ce approved provider

This program is offered for 1.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP

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:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

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.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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