The field of speech-language pathology continues to grow and expand. PVFM and Chronic Cough challenge the speech-language pathologist and allow for a dynamic role in the evaluation and treatment of functional laryngeal airway disorders. This course will review evidence-based practice and application, provide guidance in case history intake, differential diagnosis, and treatment of PVFM and Chronic Cough. Offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs – 3.5 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.
Sherri K. Zelazny, MA, RSLP, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist with nearly 30 years of clinical experience. Sherri is Clinical Director of the Surrey Voice Clinic at Abilities Neurological Rehabilitation in Surrey, British Columbia, where she specializes in evaluation and treatment of voice and laryngeal airway disorders across the lifespan. Prior to her current position, Sherri was the Adult Voice Clinic Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Voice Clinic where she worked from 2002-2011. Publications include Sandage, M. J., & Zelazny, S. K. (2004). Paradoxical vocal fold motion in children and adolescents. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 35(4), 353-362, and Zelazny, SK., Thibeault, SL., Johns, M. Paradoxical vocal fold motion. IN: BMJ Point of Care (online textbook). BMJ, Epocrates.
Financial — Sherri Zelazny is the presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Sheri Zelazny has no relevant nonfinancial disclosures.
This program is offered for 0.35 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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“I enjoyed learning how to diagnose PVFM and how to treat it. It was easy to follow and understand the materials presented.” – E.B. (Jun. 2020)
"I liked the comprehensive info about both evaluation and treatment of PVFM & UCC as well as the discussion on chronic cough." – T.B. (May 2020)
"The whole was beneficial!! I did appreciate the information on how to specifically introduce clients to their odor triggers and use substitutes to help them. I liked the format being online & that I could do it at my own pace. Also, the price was great for the amount of CEUs acquired." – R.C. (Apr. 2020)
"The reference to anxiety and reflux questionnaires was helpful. I liked the case studies." – J.L. (Mar. 2020)
"I liked the provided research and statistics. The breakdown of sessions was very helpful." – J.M. (Feb. 2020)
"I appreciated the actual videostroboscopies and the case studies. I would have liked more real life experiences and how she shows to inhale & exhale." – M.B. (Jan. 2020)
"I loved the links to websites! All was excellent." – J.O. (Dec. 2019)
"I enjoyed the video clips. Very thorough course. Loved the research articles that she included throughout." – A.L. (Dec. 2019)
"The specific treatment techniques for both PVFM and chronic cough were most beneficial. I appreciate the fact that the information presented was supported by research and that the articles were cited." – A.S. (Nov. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussions on chronic cough control and use of external triggers for paradoxical vocal fold function." – A.R. (Oct. 2019)
"The straightforward diagnostic and treatment suggestions were most valuable. I liked the course detail and examples." – L.C. (Sept. 2019)
"I like that the course addresses treatment techniques. So often, courses talk about principles of treatment rather than a great clinician showing what they actually do in therapy. Also, the sniff technique is new to me (I had been using sipping air)." – E.G. (Sept. 2019)
"All helpful. All beneficial. Presenter has a nice presenting style. Good content. Easy to follow and learn." – S.S. (Aug. 2019)
"The Chronic cough assessment was most valuable. I liked the videos and articles cited and explained throughout the presentation." – G.P. (Aug. 2019)
"The sections on Odor Sensitivity and Chronic Cough were most beneficial. I like that the course covered not only PVFM but also other related conditions (like Odor Sensitivity & Chronic Cough)." – A.V. (July 2019)
"I liked the detailed report on how to eval and treat PVFM and chronic cough." – W.M. (June 2019)
"This was a wonderful course. Informative, easy to follow and well organized. I haven't seen a good PVFM course in years. Kudos to the author. :)" – N.S. (May 2019)
"I appreciated the discussion on the evaluation of PVFM and treatment -- good detailed information that is applicable to my practice." – K.S. (May 2019)
"This course included usable clinical information, not just research. Better understanding diagnosis of PFVM." – E.G. (Apr. 2019)
"I found all the information very well covered with complete recommendations and examples of treatment techniques. One of the best online courses I have taken." – S.J. (Mar. 2019)
"Tons of great resources, well-organized, helpful information! I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone!" – D.W. (Feb. 2019)
"Really found the FEES clinical examples useful. Great presentation, good resources." – C.F. (Jan. 2019)
"The discussions on Chronic cough, throat clearing, and how to remediate were most beneficial. I liked the pace, reference materials, and terminology." – O.B. (Dec. 2018)
"Specifically, the techniques to manage chronic cough and throat clearing were very useful. I liked the videostroboscopic examples and case studies! I would have appreciated more focus on the actual treatment for paradoxical vocal fold movement. I know that we have to teach diaphragmatic breathing, but video examples of breathing exercises/treatment strategies would have been very informative." – H.G. (Nov. 2018)
"The presenter did an excellent job providing information on PVFM. She was thorough in her presentation of the various aspects of the disorder. The presentation flowed well. The videos she presented were very interesting and offered a real-time anatomical view of the laryngeal area and the disorder." – M.R. (Sept. 2018)
"I enjoyed the therapy techniques & flexible endoscopic eval video. Great content, expert presenter. Thank you!" – J.B. (Aug. 2018)
"I was intrigued by the idea of using IMT for PVFM. It was very helpful to have the endoscopy and stroboscopy videos along with the discussion." – D.H. (July 2018)
"The recommendations for a multi-diagnostic check before assuming a case, the therapeutic suggestions, and reiterating the aspect of counseling as a key component to treatment were all beneficial. I liked the rate of the presentation and obvious knowledge base of the presenter." – E.H. (Apr. 2018)
"I liked the brief overview of chronic cough and treatment and especially enjoyed the discussion on treatment of PVFM in a structured way, including for high-level athletes." – C.S. (Feb. 2018)
"The treatment techniques and case studies were excellent. I liked the pace, clear explanations, examples, and FEES." – N.M. (Jan. 2018)
"I was fascinated with this online course as a speech/language pathologist who has this condition, and I liked just about everything about this course. Since I spent most of my career as a public school SLP who was not regularly exposed to SLP medical/scientific terms, I could've used an explanation of the more scientific terms and photographs." – L.L.C. (Dec. 2017)
"I really appreciated the case studies that went through evaluation to treatment and that the treatment strategies were easy to apply right away." – N.K. (Dec. 2017)
"Good, thorough course with practical instructions. I liked the instructor's deliberate instruction." – K.M. (Nov. 2017)
"I loved the whole course. Honestly, one of the BEST courses I have taken! I loved that she explained everything, gave treatment timelines, ideas for therapy, and videos with case studies." – R.K. (Sept. 2017)
"This is a relevant presentation for those working with voice cases. If covered in a graduate class, it is not extensive. This information is extremely informative and could prevent an incorrect diagnosis of a patient. Again, I think this information that is specific to PVFM is important for SLPs working with voice cases. Following this presentation, I feel more confident teaching on this subject in my Voice and Voice Disorders course." – A.V.S. (July 2017)