Discussed will be important concepts and terminologies that clinicians need to know to better understand the peripheral and central nervous systems as related to swallowing physiology. Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEU – 1 contact hour. Topics include:
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.
Ianessa A. Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She is an accomplished researcher, having studied the effects of electrical stimulation on hyo-laryngeal movement in healthy and dysphagic adults. Dr. Humbert's current research focuses on swallowing neurophysiology and on Alzheimer's disease.
Financial — Ianessa Humbert is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Ianessa Humbert is presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives honorarium.
Financial— Ianessa Humbert is author of the text, "The Swallowing Pocket Guide" published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Ianessa Humbert is an inventor for Passy Muir, Inc; holds a patent on equipment.
Nonfinancial — Ianessa Humbert has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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"I appreciated the research conducted and presented on this topic. The review of the cranial nerves in relation to the innervation of head muscles was beneficial." – S.K. (May. 2018)
"I liked the thorough review of anatomy and physiology and research on compensatory and rehabilitative strategies." – G.E. (Mar. 2018)
"I enjoyed the studies that compared enhanced sensory information on the swallow. It was an incredibly thorough course." – C.L. (Jan. 2018)
"Going over the postural adjustments and swallowing maneuvers and the charts for them was very helpful." – L.M. (Dec. 2017)
"I appreciated the details about muscles and Cranial nerves." – W.R. (Nov. 2017)
"Good refresher and guidance for evidence-based decision-making and clinical practice." – H.M. (Oct. 2017)
"I found it to be very helpful to see the sequence of muscular innervation in the progression of oral to pharyngeal to esophageal movement. Loved the visual combination of videofluoroscopy and highlighted muscles and nerve innervation." – K.H. (Aug. 2017)
"The discussion of bolus modifications was most beneficial. Very detailed explanations of swallowing physiology." – Y.Y. (June 2017)
"I enjoyed the heightened stimulation theory as well as the models/graphics/printouts." – E.S. (Feb. 2017)
"The review of EBP on treatment approaches was very helpful. I liked the depictions/illustrations for improved comprehension." – L.N. (Jan. 2017)
"I liked the highlighted anatomy pictures and her narration. I wish I was her student. Although I read, re-read, and made my own guide, I felt like this presentation was worth a half semester of my graduate dysphagia class. I didn't feel like she was just teaching to the ones with a good grasp of dysphagia. She went through the basics and built up to complicated considerations." – N.S. (Dec. 2016)
"I appreciated the information related to sensory information and how swallowing kinematics was effected." – T.T. (Nov. 2016)
"I found the research results and possible application beneficial. The course was easy to follow, well organized, and applicable." – A.T.P. (Oct. 2016)
"I like the descriptions with all of the swallowing techniques and purpose behind each one." – E.C. (Sept. 2016)
"The discussion on bolus modification studies was most helpful." – S.W. (Aug. 2016)
"The review of terminology and CN involvement was clearly presented with excellent diagrams. I liked that the slides were extremely well organized." – A.D. (July 2016)
"I liked the clear anatomical pictures that helped to increase the location and function of muscles." – K.R. (July 2016)
"I appreciated the description of the cranial nerves. The pictures were very helpful." – S.P. (July 2016)
"I found the discussion on Taste vs Flavor most beneficial." – J.O. (June 2016)
"The coverage on how compensatory strategies affect the swallow was very informative." – L.D. (June 2016)
"The review of A&P is wonderful with the ease method of recalling all pertinent info." – B.W. (June 2016)
"I appreciated coming away with the understanding of how the muscles work together. I liked the diagrams and the breakdown of the movements." – S.N. (June 2016)
"Nice pictured examples of muscle movement." – B.G.D. (May 2016)
"The information on studies in regard to bolus modification was most beneficial." – A.M. (May 2016)
"I think the supplementary handout/ppt is an extremely useful visual to keep." – J.K. (Apr. 2016)
"Good review of general principles that we can forget over time." – N.M.R. (Apr. 2016)
"I liked the explanation of posture/maneuvers that can improve swallowing." – B.S. (Mar. 2016)
"I loved the review of the cranial nerves in the sense that it was significantly relevant to our daily practice and not just another series of anatomy and physiology terms." – T.C. (Mar. 2016)
"The overview of current literature was beneficial." – E.F. (Feb. 2016)
"It was a good comprehensive summary without getting bogged down in too many details. The summary of compensatory postures and swallowing maneuvers was most helpful." – S.A. (Feb. 2016)
"Good listing of studies of research results. Good review of anatomy and physiology." – K.M. (Feb. 2016)
"I appreciated the practical application of the research studies. I liked the organization of the information, charts, MBS clips. However, I expected research on use of nectar, honey and pudding thick liquids." – E.K. (Jan. 2016)