Presenters: Kate Davidson, MS, CCC-SLP & Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Honors
This course is appropriate for SLPs who assess and/or treat adult patients with dysphagia. Completion of the MBSImP™ Standardized Training is a suggested prerequisite, though not a requirement. The 17 MBSImP™ components of swallowing are referenced throughout this course and prior knowledge of the components and their associated scoring metric is beneficial to course participants.
The first portion of this course overviews frontline interventions and the physiologic swallow components for which they are appropriate. Discussed are compensation and retraining strategies to target specific components of the swallowing mechanism (MBSImP™ Components). The presentation expands to discuss strength training, skill training, and programmatic & intensive multi-modality interventions.
The second portion of this course will present patient case studies. Based on patient MBS Study results, participants are guided through selection of targeted interventions and treatment planning. Discussion will include MBSImP™ component-scores and PA Scale results, and how this information is used in developing a targeted intervention plan to include diet recommendations (IDDSI levels), compensatory strategies, and retraining interventions. Short and long-term goals are outlined in detail for each case study. Focus is the adult population.
Offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs – 5 contact hours.
Prior MBSImP™ Training enrollees (course #e01) receive a $20 discount. Discount is applied automatically after login.
Course Overview – Run Time: 5:03:10
"The case studies were very helpful. I felt that I could implement the goal-writing immediately. I liked that there was the possibility of a systematic approach when treating swallowing disorders."
– K.D., prior course participant
"The content and quality of the case studies were exceptional! This course was thorough, relevant, and extremely useful in thinking through therapeutic intervention for dysphagia."
– M.K., prior course participant
This course includes frequent references to the MBSImP™ standardized component-score metric. Prior knowledge in this approach is beneficial, but not a requirement for course participation. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"I thought the slides on oropharyngeal exercises and which physiologic areas they target specifically to be very helpful. I appreciate real cases and MBSs studies to help illustrate course information." L.G. (Jun. 2023)
"Skill vs. strength training was beneficial to discuss. Thorough and informative course." A.S. (Jun. 2023)
"The case studies were super helpful. Excellent course. I loved the application of the clinical knowledge to case studies." A.S. (May 2023)
"Lots of good information. Compensation and retraining exercises that target each individual MBSImP component." C.K. (May 2023)
"Learning which treatment activities match to components on the MBSImP and which strength training devices are available for swallowing treatment. I liked that I was able to complete this course at my own pace. Use of materials and examples were clear and illustrated the information." D.B. (May 2023)
"Linking the MBSImP component with strategies and targeted treatment. Translating assessment results to physiologically targeted treatment, strength training, skill training, intensive multi-modality interventions, and the case studies were all beneficial." L.C. (May 2023)
"The entire presentation was beneficial. I liked how this course reviewed MBS and went into detail about what was actually visualized." T.C. (Apr. 2023)
"Correlation of MBS with treatment recommendations. I liked the detailed information." K.V. (Apr. 2023)
"Pharyngeal contraction exercises were beneficial. I liked how the course was laid out. Very easy to understand." J.D. (Mar. 2023)
"Very thorough course. I liked the information on picking skill and strength training exercises based on the MBSImP components." F.B. (Mar. 2023)
"The MBS slides, documentation, goal writing, and tx plan were beneficial. Liked that I could do the course at my own pace and refer back to it." B.G. (Mar. 2023)
"Specific treatment goals. I liked the case studies." J.B. (Mar. 2023)
"Identifying specific exercises for targeted areas. All of the evidence! EBP!" A.A. (Mar. 2023)
"Therapy recommendations based on MBSImP results." T.L. (Feb. 2023)
"Very pertinent to my daily practice. I liked the biofeedback." J.W. (Feb. 2023)
"Converting MBS results to targeted treatment. Examples, treatment plans, and actual pre and post treatment results." B.B. (Feb. 2023)
"Great visuals, easy to understand step-by-step procedures. Knowledge of A&P, how and when to use specific types of direct therapy for patients with dysphagia." S.V. (Feb. 2023)
"Recommendations for short term goals and objectives based on MBSS results from case studies. Really good quality video/graphics with case study MBSS's." J.A. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the MBS videos in the case studies." M.W. (Jan. 2023)
"Discussion on treatment plans with long and short term goals and treatment objectives. Good organization and examples w/video." A.M. (Jan. 2023)
"Course goes into lots of detail about different interventions. Going through individual MBSImP components and relating them to therapy was beneficial." C.H. (Jan. 2023)
"The case studies were great - translating observations and MBSImP scores into targeted tx." M.F. (Dec. 2022)
"Lots of useful information. I liked the discussion of strategies and compensations that are useful and how they are evidence based." S.B. (Dec. 2022)
"Correlating MBSImP data points (scores) with interventions. Practical, as I have recently completed the MBSImP course." J.B. (Dec. 2022)
"The case studies were very practical and useful. I liked how I was able to complete course at my own pace." V.G. (Dec. 2022)
"Review of principles of neuroplasticity was beneficial." E.L. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the case studies of patients in the acute care setting." A.B. (Dec. 2022)
"Lots of VFSS to look at and consider therapy approaches." N.F. (Dec. 2022)
"Research-based benefits of specific exercises. Course was well organized." W.K. (Nov. 2022)
"The detailed explanation of retraining strategies for impairments was helpful." R.M. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked discussion of strength training. Good examples." S.H. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the types of strategies listed under each component and the convenience of taking the course online." K.M. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the ability to stop/start between each presentation. And linking specific impairment to exercises." V.C. (Oct. 2022)
"The format of the course was excellent!" L.Y. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the pace, the case studies, the videos, the rating scales, descriptions, format, and flow. The course was easy to follow." K.H. (Sept. 2022)
"All of the content was very beneficial and I was able to do it according to my schedule." P.S. (Sept. 2022)
"Treatment approaches based on the MBSImP impairments - I learned how to apply these results to treatment. The course format was helpful and the explanations for treatment approaches were clear." L.F. (Sept. 2022)
"The content of this course will benefit my daily practice once I have the opportunity to work in a medical setting. I liked that it gave potential treatments to address underlying causes of the pathophysiologies identified during MBS." L.A. (Sept. 2022)
"This course was easy to follow. Liked the specific treatment techniques for specific components of the MBSImP." M.R. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the powerpoint." C.C. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the videos to go along with explanations of where the disorder is. And determining recommendations for exercises after a MBS." K.K. (Sept. 2022)
"The huge amount of information on swallowing treatment was great, the flow of information in the course is smooth, and it included almost all known therapy approaches for swallowing." A.A. (Aug. 2022)
"Everything was good. What a plethora of information! This was a great course, so much information, charts, the associated videofluoroscopy swallowing studies, outlined goals etc! Thank you so much!" R.H. (Aug. 2022)
"Very informative & useful information! Compensations & retraining exercises specific to each component and with rationale! Liked going through the case studies." A.H. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked that this course covered specific interventions, and that I could go at my own pace." B.M. (Aug. 2022)
"The case studies, the content, and delivery were particularly helpful." E.N. (Aug. 2022)
"The case studies were interesting and I appreciated the review of the different interventions." J.P. (Aug. 2022)
"Updated evidence based treatment methods; use of actual MBSs to reinforce information; breakdown of the information was excellent." C.B. (Aug. 2022)
"The content and quality of the case studies were exceptional! This course was thorough, relevant, and extremely useful in thinking through therapeutic intervention for dysphagia." M.K. (July 2022)
"Learning the breakdown of the 17 physiologic components of the swallow, the what/where/when of each and then the examples of how these would be rated using an example MBSS. I like that I could complete the course at my own pace and I could repeat sections as needed. I also appreciate the downloadable materials that I can now use and reference in my clinical practice." K.F.-H. (July 2022)
"The course is very well done. All of the content was very beneficial." D.P. (July 2022)
"I loved and really connected to the beginning when our skills as SLPs were validated and highlighted to the highest extent. We are so commonly mistaken as professionals who are "just looking for aspiration" by the doctors at the hospital and they have no idea the level of detail we are assessing!" E.R. (June 2022)
"I loved EVERYTHING about the course! Especially the detailed breakdown of each component from MBSImP and how to treat it. I also like all the great research resources." E.R. (June 2022)
"I enjoyed the case studies, followed by specific goals/plans for patient care. I liked the expertise of the presenters. I know the information is accurate and reliable." M.B. (June 2022)
"I liked the practical applications of therapy (compensatory and behavioral)." L.M. (June 2022)
"Concise content, rich examples, detailed information, based on evidence-based medicine." H.H. (May 2022)
"I liked that I could proceed at my own pace as it is on-demand; exercises that specifically target the components; mention of biofeedback and types; included some innovations in treatment." L.C. (May 2022)
"This was all very relevant and thorough. I liked the strategies to use for various impairments." S.K. (May 2022)
"The application practices are extremely helpful. Clear, precise information. Well done!" T.K. (May 2022)
"I liked the review of dysphagia components and the case studies." B.W. (May 2022)
"I liked the connection between MBSImP scores and treatment targets via presenting the case studies." A.C. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the frontline tactics/compensatory strategies, and how it is divided into different types of treatment." L.M. (Apr. 2022)
"All material was relevant and well structured. I liked the literature reviews and useable resources." S.S. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked being able to review cases and videos and see the treatment options planned as a result. I liked that I could access it when able to, around other work commitments." C.C. (Mar. 2022)
"Evidence-based practice of treatment. Flexible pace of learning." W.L. (Mar. 2022)
"My skills as a clinician will be improved by the connection between impairments seen on the MBSS and strengthening/retraining interventions directly targeting these deficits." W.E. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the review of anatomy of the swallow in detail, and the interventions suggested. Easy to access – material easy to follow and process." L.A. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the review of swallowing exercises and when to use them based on MBS findings. Introduction to treatment programs that were unfamiliar to me; appreciate the discussions on current research. Review of MBSImP components (although I recently finished training, so not as beneficial - but, the Compensation vs Retraining slides for each component was NICE!). CASE STUDIES! Very helpful in looking at a case from beginning to end." J.K. (Feb. 2022)
"I found it very beneficial to have case studies with a systematic approach to evaluation and treatment, including goal-writing. I liked that there were several case studies from start to finish." K.D. (Jan. 2022)
"The case studies were very helpful. I felt that I could implement the goal-writing immediately." T.D. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked using the specific components of the MBSImP to determine treatment targets. Easy to understand and salient to my daily practice as a medically based SLP." M.J. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked watching the MBSS and then seeing what therapy techniques would be used in therapy." H.B. (Jan. 2022)
"Very practical information and excellent adjunct to the MBSImP training." C.B. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked seeing the case studies from start to finish of their treatment." A.G. (Dec. 2021)
"The case studies where the PMH, current nutritional status, MBS-Imp scores, goals and treatment plan. This was fantastic!" M.B. (Nov. 2021)
"I liked the pace, the detail, the mastery by the presenters. I saw Bonnie do the MBSImP course many years ago and I'm glad we have gurus like her still helping us be better and better." J.C. (Nov. 2021)
"I liked the outline of evidence-based treatment approaches, including new programs." S.E. (Nov. 2021)
"The breakdown of specific treatment activities for each possible area of deficit of swallowing were beneficial for my daily practice. I liked the simple format with helpful course slides." V.B. (Oct. 2021)
"Treatment plan examples for intervention targeting underlying mechanisms were beneficial for my daily practice." J.W. (Oct. 2021)
"I appreciated the slides depicting how you can have similar issues (i.e. aspiration, pharyngeal residue) but the cause be from completely different physiology. I liked the clear review of treatment options in an organized way based on MBSImP." S.S. (Oct. 2021)
"I liked that I could work at my own pace. Use printed as well as audio to learn." D.S. (Sept. 2021)
"The evidence on the efficacy of each treatment method and the case studies were beneficial for my practice." B.I. (Aug. 2021)
“I really enjoyed that the material was highly applicable to clinical practice and intervention. I also felt the speaker, images and slides were clear and concise.” K.P. (Aug. 2021)
“I thought all of the information presented was not only well researched, but explained very clearly with a lot of very good examples.” L.S. (July 2021)
“The breakdown of specific exercises and which physiologic impairments they target were helpful. As well as the provision of the evidence base.” R.M. (July 2021)
"It had a lot of functional ways of implementing the results of the MBSS from goal setting, to compensatory strategies, to therapeutic modalities that were all evidence based." C.S. (July 2021)
"I liked that the case studies allowed revision of MBSImP studies and demonstrated how to link outcome to treatment." D.W. (May 2021)
"The videos breaking down each MBSImP component and most supported interventions were exactly what I hoped to see in this course. Additionally, the review of each intervention approach, the evidence (or lack of), and further discussion will help direct my intervention planning." E.F. (Apr. 2021)
"Having specific information on each exercise or compensatory strategy - function, mechanics, and targets - was most beneficial. I liked the thoroughness and logical progression." B.D. (Apr. 2021)
"Very clear every step of the way. Excellent visuals and case studies to complement the information. I liked the review of all aspects of the MBS and specific therapies to target each area. Very comprehensive." T.M. (Mar. 2021)
"I loved the information about which treatment approaches were best suited for each impairment identified on the MBSImP." L.L. (Feb. 2021)
Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Honors, is the Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She is also Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Radiation Oncology, Feinberg School of Medicine.
She is a Past-President of the Dysphagia Research Society, past Chair of the Specialty Board for Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), and Associate Editor for the Dysphagia Journal. She is an ASHA Fellow, recipient of the 2016 Admiral Albert J. Baciocco Innovation Award – Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), The 2017 12th Annual Pepper Lecturer, Northwestern School of Communication, Honorary Member of the MUSC Chapter of The National Academy of Inventors, recipient of Honors from the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SCSHA), 2010 MUSC College of Health Professions Scholar of the Year Award, and associate member of the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Head and Neck Society.
Dr. Martin-Harris is the author and developer of the first standardized method for videofluoroscopic assessment of swallowing impairment (Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile, MBSImP™), translated to research and clinical practice in the United States, Canada, and 13 additional countries. She is also the author of the manual, "Standardized Training In Swallowing Physiology—Evidence-Based Assessment Using The MBSImP Approach" published by Northern Speech Services. Her work is funded by the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), the Veteran's Administration, and the Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris is the presenter of CE seminars and online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees and royalties.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris is the author of "Standardized Training In Swallowing Physiology — Evidence-Based Assessment Using The MBSImP Approach" published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' former employer, MUSC, receives royalties from Northern Speech related to enrollment tuition of the MBSImP Online Training.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' MBSImP research and development was funded in part by Bracco Diagnostics; received grant funding.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' research is funded in part by the Veteran's Administration (VA); receives grant and research funding.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' research is funded in part by the Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation; receives grant funding.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' research is funded in part by the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD); receives grant and research funding.
Nonfinancial — Bonnie Martin-Harris is associated with numerous journals, publications, and boards related to speech-language pathology; receives no compensation in these roles.
Kate Davidson, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Research Associate at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC where she has practiced dysphagia management for over 10 years. In addition to her clinical role, Kate advises a cohort of post-doctoral, doctoral and graduate students as Assistant Lab Director of the Swallowing Cross-System Collaborative at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Kate received her master’s degree in communication sciences and Disorders from MUSC and completed her Clinical Fellowship under the direction of Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, Terry Day, MD and Julie Blair, MA. Her clinical focus is in adult swallowing disorders and her research interests include standardization of the videofluoroscopic swallow study and the use of high-resolution pharyngeal manometry as an assistive biofeedback device for swallow rehabilitation. She is a Modified Barium Swallow Study Impairment Profile (MBSImP™) consultant for Northern Speech Services, and a continuing education consultant for the High-Resolution Pharyngeal Manometry branch of Medtronic, Inc.
Financial— Kate Davidson is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial— Kate Davidson is employed by Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC); receives a salary.
Financial— Kate Davidson's employer, MUSC, receives royalties from Northern Speech related to enrollment tuition of the MBSImP Online Training.
Financial— Kate Davidson serves as a consultant to Northern Speech Services related to the MBSImP Training and supplementary materials; receives consulting fees.
Financial— Kate Davidson is a continuing education consultant with Medtronic, Inc; receives compensation in this role.
Nonfinancial— Kate Davidson has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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