Improving Speech Intelligibility, Mastication, and Quality of Life in Patients with Trismus

Course: #7417Level: Intermediate1.5 Hour 574 Reviews

Trismus, a disorder that is characterized by reduced range of mobility in the jaw, is common in head and neck cancer patients who have undergone oral radiation and/or surgery, and mandibular trauma patients. This course will educate SLPs about trismus intervention in order to skillfully devise progressive, therapeutic, active and passive jaw stretching programs to reduce the negative effects of trismus on a patient’s speech intelligibility, mastication, and quality of life.

Course created on November 30, 2015

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Course Type: Video

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.15 Intermediate, Professional; IACET/0.2; Kansas LTS-S1370/1.5; SAC/1.5

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how to identify patients who have mild, moderate, and severe trismus.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how to evaluate patients with trismus using effective assessment tools.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how to design progressive, therapeutic trismus programs.


0-5 Minutes Introduction, Definitions & Background
5-10 Minutes Etiologies of Trismus
10-15 Minutes Muscles of Mastication, Cranial Nerves V & VII
15-20 Minutes Physiological Process of Trismus; Tx Pathways of Trismus
20-25 Minutes Incidence of Trismus in HNC; Biological Effects of Radiation
25-30 Minutes Trauma-Related Trismus
30-40 Minutes Effects of Trismus
40-50 Minutes Evaluation of Trismus
50-55 Minutes Treatment and Treatment Goals
55-60 Minutes Case Studies
60-80 Minutes Developing a Tx Program
80-85 Minutes Expectations and Pitfalls
85-90 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Megan Nosol was paid an honorarium for this presentation by She has developed a trismus intervention certification course that will be held in Fall 2016. Non-financial: Megan has created a resource website for SLPs who treat patients with head and neck cancer, among other disorders.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

continued, LLC, DBA AudiologyOnline, is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). continued complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, continued is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. continued, LLC, is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this program.

Kansas Dept for Aging and Disability Services

Approved for 1.5 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board: is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board as a Continuing Professional Development Provider, approval number PDP 268. This course may meet the requirements for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for SLPs as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. The responsibility for determining whether or not this specific course counts toward an individual's requirements for license renewal is up to the individual. Please refer to the CA state board rules regarding allowable topics and self-study limits: Live webinars on do not count as self-study courses toward California professional development requirements.

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.