Course Faculty: Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, Roxann Diez Gross, PhD, Christy Ludlow, PhD, Paula Sullivan, MS, and Jacqueline Hind, MS.
This comprehensive assessment course is presented by 5 leading experts in the field of speech-language pathology. Included will be both instrumental and non-instrumental diagnostic methods available when assessing a person with dysphagia. Discussed will be dysphagia screenings, bedside evaluations, FEES, MBS study, MRI, EMG, cranial nerve, manometry and others. Special considerations are given to motor and sensory factors. The importance of using standardized assessment protocols is stressed.
Participants will learn advantages, strengths and limitations associated with various assessment methods and how to apply this knowledge clinically for more accurate diagnosis, better targeted treatment planning, and more positive patient outcomes. Specific diagnostic groups discussed include neurodegenerative disease, respiratory disorders, head & neck cancer, stroke, Parkinson's disease, COPD, TBI, tracheostomy and dementia. Offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs – 10 contact hours.
Run Time: 10:24:57
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.
Roxann Diez Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is a leading expert, accomplished researcher, and frequently invited national and international lecturer. Her areas of expertise include swallowing function, esophageal dysphagia, and management of patients with tracheostomy tubes and speaking valves.
Currently, Roxann is Director of Research at The Children's Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to this position, she was Director of the Swallowing Disorders Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology in the School of Medicine. She is now an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh.
Roxann has published several scientific papers and clinical book chapters. Her primary area of research examines interactions between breathing and swallowing in neurologic and respiratory disease. Over the past 7 years, Roxann has expanded her clinical work and research to include non-pathologic forms of esophageal dysphagia.
Financial — Roxann Diez Gross is a presenter of online CEU courses by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Roxann Diez Gross is the author of "Quick Pocket Reference for Tracheostomy Tubes and Speaking Valves" published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Roxann Diez Gross has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline A. Hind, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is an accomplished clinician, researcher, and inventor. Her work in adult dysphagia has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and she was a regional principal investigator for the largest NIH-funded, randomized clinical trial in swallowing. Ms. Hind is an Outreach Program Manager and Coordinator of the Swallowing Speech And Dining Enhancement Program (SSWAL-ADE) at the University of Wisconsin and at the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center within the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI.
Financial — Jacqueline Hind is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jacqueline Hind has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Christy Ludlow, PhD, CCC-SLP, (Retired) is one of the premier researchers in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Ludlow specializes in voice and swallowing neurophysiology and disorders and is a frequently invited international lecturer on the diagnosis and management of voice and swallowing disorders. Dr. Ludlow's research has been published in numerous leading peer-reviewed journals covering neuroimaging, neurophysiology, dysphagia and Speech Pathology, among others.
Dr. Ludlow recently retired as Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University in Virginia where she taught courses on voice, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and clinical trials. She also developed the Laboratory on Neural Bases of Communication and Swallowing and currently is active in research focusing on the role of sensory feedback in neural control for voice, speech, and swallowing; the use of sensory enhancement during motor training for recovery from dysphagia; and the diagnosis and assessment of spasmodic dysphonia.
Financial — Christy Ludlow is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored Northern Speech Services; receives a royalty.
Financial — Christy Ludlow serves as a research consultant for StimSwal; receives payment.
Financial — Christy Ludlow authors books on building a research career and measuring voice, speech and swallowing for Plural Publishing, Inc.; receives a royalty.
Nonfinancial — Christy Ludlow has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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.
Paula A. Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, currently is a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist in the Department of Neurology/Speech Section, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, FL. Paula's clinical expertise and research are focused on swallowing disorders in head and neck cancer and at end-of-life. She has been affiliated with numerous comprehensive cancer centers, including H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, Sylvester Cancer Center, Miami, FL, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Paula also has participated as part of numerous clinical research trials in swallowing.
Paula served as a co-regional primary investigator for the largest controlled, randomized research trial in oropharyngeal dysphagia funded by the National Institutes of Health (Protocol 201). Protocol 201 examined the effectiveness of chin down and thickened liquids in individuals with dementia and Parkinson's disease both with and without dementia. Other research activities include collaborating with Dr. Jeri Logemann on numerous National Cancer Institute clinical swallowing protocols in head and neck cancer. Additionally, Paula has published numerous articles, book chapters, and co-authored books, including Swallowing Intervention in Oncology and the Easy-To-Swallow, Easy-To-Chew Cookbook. She also has co-authored multiple national guidelines, directives, and policies relating to oropharyngeal swallowing disorders for both the Veterans Health Administration and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a board recognized specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Paula is an ASHA Fellow and former coordinator of ASHA's Division 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She was named "2013 Clinician of the Year" by the Association of Veterans Affairs Speech-Language Pathologists.
Financial — Paula Sullivan is a coauthor of the text, "Easy-To-Swallow; Easy-To-Chew Cookbook"; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Paula Sullivan is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Paula Sullivan has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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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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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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"The course presented a good overview of old and new evidence based dysphagia assessments." – E.K. (Apr. 2020)
"I found all the specific information related to dysphagia most useful. It was also very detailed information and for those of us that have been practicing for a long time we can still learn something new." – J.J. (Apr. 2020)
"The course is comprehensive, and the section on VFSS and FEES was especially helpful." – B.M. (Jan. 2020)
"I was really impressed with the course. The discussion on MBSImP and assessment of sensory systems for swallowing were the most beneficial parts." – S.B. (Dec. 2019)
"I enjoyed the information regarding best practices during clinical bedside swallowing evaluations." – K.H. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked the section on trach tubes and application potential." – E.C. (Nov. 2019)
"All sections were crucial to my PRN work in the acute care hospitals and the skilled nursing facility I work in; and, what a difference there is! I very much appreciated its organization and ease of going back to review different segments at different times. Excellent course!" – C.F. (Oct. 2019)
"I find it beneficial to review swallow function and benefits of certain assessments. The course was well organized and easy to follow - all topics were covered well." – H.R. (Sept. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussion on sensory and motor assessment." – T.T. (Aug. 2019)
"Going over the clinical swallow exam was most beneficial." – P.M. (July 2019)
"This course was excellent. The information it provided was comprehensive and useful." – D.M. (June 2019)
"I liked learning about dysphagia in HNC and reviewing the components of a CSE." – L.H. (May 2019)
"The speakers' styles of presentation allowed an abundance of information to be easily comprehended. I returned to work with enhanced and much-appreciated information that I readily put to use." – D.D. (Apr. 2019)
"I learned more effective ways of completing a bedside swallow evaluation. It was a good overview of many different topics that you don't always come across, but it gives me a good starting point for when I do see these cases in that I know where to start my research." – B.H. (Apr. 2019)
"The content was well organized. I especially enjoyed the assessments and information regarding head and neck cancers." – L.W. (Mar. 2019)
"Great videos and additional PFD presented. I like that I have information to review later. Great EBP." – P.M. (Feb. 2019)
"I like that it covered a variety of information - especially the various types of dysphagia assessments." – K.F. (Jan. 2019)
"I really enjoyed the information presented on Head and Neck Cancer and Trach patients." – A.B. (Dec. 2018)
"The discussions on bedside swallow evaluation, complete OM exam, review on trach and vent, and differentiation of when to order MBSS vs FEES were most beneficial." – S.D. (Dec. 2018)
"I appreciated the evaluation of patients with tracheostomy tubes and motor assessment. I liked that you can work at your own pace and detailed handouts were provided for future reference." – A.J. (Nov. 2018)
"The review of clinical assessments and head and neck cancer information was most helpful." – S.D. (Oct. 2018)
"Good review of anatomy and physiology for improved communication with physicians." – J.A. (Sept. 2018)
"The course provided information I need to provide the best possible care and education for my patients." – M.J. (June 2018)
"The discussion on VFSS/FEES alternative imaging and non-imaging tests for swallow function was most beneficial. I like that the speaker was clear and offered clinical examples to support the key areas of discussion." – L.M. (Apr. 2018)
"I appreciated the evidence-based protocols and procedures." – J.Y.L. (Mar. 2018)
"Bonnie's talk was especially good. Great detail and images in the course." – L.A. (Jan. 2018)
"The Tracheostomy section was very helpful. I enjoyed the ease of course materials." – K.L. (Dec. 2017)
"The info on cranial nerves was especially useful." – M.S. (Nov. 2017)
"Engaging presenters!" – C.L.T. (Oct. 2017)
"Everything was great & easy to follow! I really enjoyed the discussion on Tracheostomy treatment." – S.F. (June 2017)
"Exceptionally thorough course! I especially enjoyed the detailed review of swallowing sensory and motor function versus impairment based on structure and innervation." – L.C. (Apr. 2017)
"I liked the clinical swallow evaluation. The course was very well presented with slides and video clips." – A.A. (Mar. 2017)
"The information regarding assessment with patients who have tracheostomies was most beneficial. I liked the audio to go with the powerpoints, and I felt the course was extremely thorough." – K.M. (Feb. 2017)
"I appreciated the discussions on motor assessment of swallowing and information specific for stroke, TBI, and neurodegenerative." – B.S. (Feb. 2017)
"The information on bedside swallow evaluations was very helpful. I liked the flexibility of taking the course on my own time." – P.M. (Dec. 2016)
"I liked the diagrams and explanation of CN innervation and videos of VFSS and FEES." – H.B. (Nov. 2016)
"I found the dysphagia screening protocols comparison of VFSS and FEES excellent. I like that the presenters based their presentations on current research and best practice as well as the convenience of taking the course at home. This course is a good basic course in dysphagia." – J.S. (Oct. 2016)
"The discussion on swallowing with trachs was especially beneficial. I liked having both the pdf of the presentation as well as the video. It made it more like an on site education seminar." – K.T. (Aug. 2016)
"The information on nerves and inner actions as well as EVB information was most helpful. I liked the examples, handouts, and videos." – K.S. (July 2016)
"The predictors of swallowing difficulties and possible aspiration were very useful. I liked the video explanations." – M.C. (June 2016)
"It was good to have a review of both the clinical and instrumental swallowing evaluation. I liked the variety of speakers and topics." – G.S. (May 2016)
"I liked the specific procedures and assessment tools." – M.S. (May 2016)
"The review of motor & sensory systems in dysphagia was really helpful." – P.A. (May 2016)
"I found the information on MBSS most beneficial. I liked the assessment ideas." – J.M. (May 2016)
"I really enjoyed the trach info. I liked the varied instructors throughout the course and the handouts – nice to have for future reference." – G.C. (Apr. 2016)
"I appreciated the discussion on clinical based swallow screens." – C.F. (Apr. 2016)
"I liked the treatment options for patients with a trach or with recent diagnosis of HNC." – G.S. (Mar. 2016)
"It was comprehensive. Enjoyed this course." – M.S. (Feb. 2016)
"Well organized presentation with slides supportive in my learning process." – D.S.E.P. (Jan. 2016)