This online course addresses protocols, logistics, goals and collaborative factors related to implementing a restorative rehabilitation dining program in your facility. Individual therapy provided in a therapy room is an appropriate environment to teach swallowing techniques such as maneuvers, positioning, adaptive equipment, sensory stimulation, and/or memory strategies to improve swallowing safety and efficiency. A real mealtime experience, however, is necessary to determine if these skills are being generalized safely to the dining environment as a client eats with fellow residents or family members.
Participants will learn to identify ideal patient candidates for rehabilitation dining programs, and learn the necessary steps to successfully implement rehab dining programs. Presented will be providing co-treatments with other rehab dining team members, policies and procedures related to rehab dining programs, how to document these important services, and how to safely advance diet consistencies. Added benefits of increased socialization and counseling opportunities will be discussed. Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours.
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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.
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, Client Factors, Activity Demands
OT Process: Performance Skills, Context and Environment, Intervention
Laura Roberts, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, and LSVT-LOUD certified clinician. Currently, she provides Speech-Language Pathology services through her private practice, Buffalo Communication Arts, and contractually through home health and medical agencies. She served as an instructor and clinical supervisor at SUNY Buffalo State from 2008-2015. For over 15 years she has worked extensively in the areas of swallowing and swallowing disorders, cognitive-communication, voice, speech, and language. She has worked at Erie County Medical Center, Western New York's Level One Trauma Center, specializing in the swallowing and communication/cognition of trauma patients. Working for Diversified Rehabilitation Services, she provided assessment and treatment at many Western New York nursing homes, health care agencies, and hospitals. As an instructor for Dynamic Therapeutic Resources, Inc., she traveled the Northeast, presenting her continuing education course, titled, "The Dysphagia Detective." She has presented on speech-language & swallowing to various medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, dieticians, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. In addition, she has presented to residents and medical students at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. She has been certified in LSVT-LOUD for individuals with Parkinson's Disease since 2014. In private practice, she has provided medical SLP services as well as both individual and group training for accent modification and public speaking for businesses. In 2013, she was pleased to earn an ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) for completing over 70 hours of continuing education within the previous year.
Financial — Laura Roberts is the author of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Laura Roberts is a member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 13: Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders and Special Interest Group 11: Administration & Supervision.
Nonfinancial — Laura Roberts is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society.
This program is offered for 0.2 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.
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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.
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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.
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. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.
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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.
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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 courses include closed captioning.
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.
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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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"Very detailed description of its benefits." – J.D. (May 2021)
“I have been an SLP in long-term care for 13 years. I found this course to be geared toward new practitioners, as the information presented was very basic. The ideas, topics, and logistics discussed are things that I have put into practice for many years. Although it was good information for a new SLP, I did not find any new information or ideas in this course. I liked that the presenter was realistic about the challenges that SLPs face when setting up a rehab dining program, including cooperation from CNAs and kitchen staff.” – M.J. (Jun. 2020)
"I found the practical applications for rehab dining most beneficial including step by step instructions on how to implement in a facility. The presenter style was easy to listen to...a well organized presentation with practical power point slides, etc." – A.D. (Apr. 2020)
"As a new clinician, I appreciate your recommendations for goals and logistics of the program." – S.J. (Mar. 2020)
"I liked that it involved a practical section on tips for success. The portion on logistics and counseling was especially helpful." – S.P. (Jan. 2020)
"I enjoyed the additional ideas for improving our existing rehab dining program in terms of involving PT and nursing staff. The course was very well organized for learning." – S.L. (Dec. 2019)
"I appreciated the interdisciplinary approach - specifically transporting of residents to dining." – C.B. (Dec. 2019)
"Very pragmatic approach with excellent doable suggestions. I liked the applicability to any setting." – G.E. (Nov. 2019)
"I enjoyed going over the procedures for implementing a dining group." – G.B. (Oct. 2019)
"The course was very thorough. The logistics and counseling was important to me." – C.T. (Sept. 2019)
"I appreciated the incorporation of other goals during dining programs and the relevance of the course overall." – B.W. (July 2019)
"I think the information on how to gain cooperation of the facility was interesting. It was an informative course and easy to understand." – R.C. (June 2019)
"I liked the functional examples, templates, and scenarios in which the SLP may encounter. Great course!" – R.S. (May 2019)
"Good review of dining rules for patients." – E.W. (Apr. 2019)
"The discussion of the importance to have policy and procedure was most beneficial." – R.R. (Apr. 2019)
"I liked that this course covers all the basics you will need to implement this program correctly and miss the errors made by others." – R.H. (Jan. 2019)
"I liked that the course was functional and comes from a place of experience. Going over the nuts and bolts of the program was most beneficial." – M.G. (Dec. 2018)
"I really appreciated going over actually setting up the restorative dining and swallowing and having more information on education I can provide to family, the patient, and the staff on how the program. I liked the ease in taking the course and at my own pace." – C.B. (Sept. 2018)
"I enjoyed the outline, slides, ability to stop & start at various headers, and the anecdotal information." – V.S. (June 2018)
"Going over the importance of other disciplines to be involved was most useful. However, I expected more specifics related to billing codes." – J.P. (Nov. 2017)
"The discussion on the roles each person plays was beneficial for my situation in a SNF. I liked that I could do the course at my own pace." – L.B.W. (Sept. 2017)
"The steps in setting up a rehab dining program were very helpful. I liked that the course was easy to follow with a visual powerpoint." – E.B. (June 2017)
"The inclusion of OTR was very beneficial." – J.B. (Apr. 2017)
"I liked the ideas on how to better my rehab dining program. However, I expected info on how to better train staff to assist with rehab dining (ex. CNAs or RAs)." – K.W. (Mar. 2017)
"I appreciated the discussion on developing a policy and procedure manual for a rehab dining program. The whole course was very good and informative." – D.G. (Feb. 2017)
"I found the information about program design, specifically the foundation elements (purpose, objectives, policies) that are required prior to the trial period very helpful. I enjoyed the added commentary and additional information about the instructor's experiences with restorative dining programs." – C.B. (Jan. 2017)