This course reviews normal oropharyngeal swallowing physiology and the effects of aging on swallowing. Abnormal swallowing specific to motor function and the effects on swallowing safety and efficiency will be defined. Therapeutic strategies targeting swallowing function for improved swallowing safety and efficiency will be reviewed. Discussion will focus on current exercise regimens including strengthening and use of swallow maneuvers. Best practice discussion will be supported by current research. Offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 contact hours (Run Time 1:30:32).
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, sample videos and downloadable handout.
Cathy L. Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is one of the premier researchers in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. She has conducted research and lectured internationally for over 30 years on swallowing disorders and quality of life in the in the head & neck cancer population. Dr. Lazarus is the Director of Research for the Thyroid Head & Neck Research Center, THANC Foundation, at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is an ASHA Fellow.
Financial — Cathy Lazarus is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Cathy Lazarus is presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives honorarium.
Nonfinancial — Cathy Lazarus has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 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 this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.
Content Access: 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 E-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 the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).
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: 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.
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What is an Online Course? Our Online Courses include text, audio, or video formats 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 computer, via your Northern Speech 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.
Receiving CEUs: Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for 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 online CEUs.
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 Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click View next to the course you’d 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.
Course completion timeframes: Nearly all our courses provide for unlimited time to complete your course. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.
Course content expiration: Nearly all our courses provide for continued access to course content and materials, even after completion of the post test. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.
Testing requirements: 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.
Certificate of completion: A certificate displaying participant name, date of course completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and the number of contact hours earned is presented to participants once a score of 80% or greater is earned on the post test. 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: Northern Speech will provide CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry for you. At the time of course enrollment if you select that you are taking the course for ASHA Credit and if you provide your ASHA Member Number, Northern Speech will automatically submit your hours to the CE Registry after you successfully complete the post test. Please allow 45-60 days from the date of course completion for your hours to appear on your CE transcript. Note that ASHA will record your CEUs as earned on the last day of the month in which you completed your course. For example, if you completed your course on Nov 7, the CE Registry will reflect course completion as Nov 30.
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 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.
Course formats: Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page.
Course handouts: Most of our non-text online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout.
Purchase orders: 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.
Group discounts: 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.
Computer requirements: 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, Internet Explorer, etc) and newest version of Flash Player. 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 appreciated the review of the normal swallow as I work with pediatrics." – A.R. (Apr. 2018)
"I liked the explanations about the different swallow maneuvers and the effects of pretreatment swallow exercise on dysphagia." – V.M.P.C (Mar. 2018)
"The discussion about the purpose of exercises and evidence supporting use of exercises were most beneficial." – R.S. (Jan. 2018)
"Great course!" – S.B. (Nov. 2017)
"Going over the functions of the tongue and the impact it has on swallow was very helpful." – E.C. (Oct. 2017)
"Great review of what's involved in a swallow. I liked the review of exercises/therapy and maneuvers." – L.V. (Aug. 2017)
"I don't typically work with this population but may like to someday. I was surprised to learn about the potential efficacy of tongue strengthening exercises prior to surgery. I liked the discussion of treatment strategies and highlighting the studies that I could go back and read for more information. The speaker was a little monotone at parts, though." – M.W. (July 2017)
"Great review of the oropharygneal swallow with applicable research for treatment. I liked the great video and auditory input." – M.L. (June 2017)
"Excellent course. Great research to consult on a wide variety of swallow issues. Everything was beautifully covered." – J.R. (Mar. 2017)
"I enjoyed the review of normal phases of swallow." – B.H. (Feb. 2017)
"The studies were most helpful, and I liked the easy to follow format. Excellent course." – C.C. (Jan. 2017)
"Great review of anatomy and physiology of swallow. I liked the review of research and the explanation of swallow examples and techniques/maneuvers. The videos were great!! I felt like the course was presented very practically minded and described what we would clinically see related to a particular deficit/dysfunction." – L.L. (Dec. 2016)
"The discussion of the different exercises was most beneficial. I now have a better understanding of them." – J.P. (Nov. 2016)
"I appreciated that the course reinforced research behind treatment choices. Well organized and applicable." – A.T.P. (Nov. 2016)
"The review of neuroanatomy and motor and sensory pathways of the swallow mechanism as well as understanding normal changes in the Elderly was all very helpful." – M.R. (Oct. 2016)
"I was grateful for the confirmation that the oral exercises I am currently using with my patients are evidence based." – L.V.Z. (Oct. 2016)
"I found the discussion regarding protocols for preventative dysphagia exercises in head and neck cancer patients to be most beneficial for my daily practice. I liked the in-depth discussion regarding the various swallowing maneuvers and exercises." – S.N. (Sept. 2016)
"I enjoyed the therapeutic exercises and explanation of them." – S.C. (Aug. 2016)
"The tongue exercises were especially helpful. Good information on swallowing." – M.S. (July 2016)
"I liked the evidence provided for the validity of treatment techniques. The discussion on dysphagia treatment was really useful." – J.A. (July 2016)
"The discussion of what each maneuver/exercise is used for was most beneficial to me. My education in this area has been minimal. I liked the clear presentation. It allowed me to take detailed notes without losing content. I especially loved the explanation of the various muscle groups." – C.R. (July 2016)
"The details of the research were especially helpful. The course was highly organized." – M.R. (June 2016)
"I liked the detailed presentation and analysis of exercise related to each phase of swallowing function, with related research findings. The accompanying MBSS videos were great. Wish separate discussion addresses these videos." – J.H. (June 2016)
"I liked the discussion on exercise regime and the MBS videos demonstrating maneuvers." – J.L. (June 2016)
"The review of exercises was most beneficial." – B.R. (Mar. 2016)
"I appreciated the description of how motor impairment of the various anatomical structures can affect the swallow. It was a good review, and it is something I will use in my assessments at work." – G.S. (Feb. 2016)
"The review of muscle groups in swallowing and discussion of treatment exercises was really helpful." – T.L. (Feb. 2016)
"I liked the review of the phases of the swallow and the discussion of the exercises." – K.S. (Feb. 2016)
"The discussion on swallow exercise protocols with evidence was very beneficial. I liked the organization of the material." – E.K. (Jan. 2016)