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
- After this course, participants will be able to describe how to identify patients who have mild, moderate, and severe trismus.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe how to evaluate patients with trismus using effective assessment tools.
- After 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|
Megan Nosol, MS, MS.Ed, CCC-SLP
Megan has a M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She works in the skilled nursing and outpatient rehabilitation setting in Durham, North Carolina, where she treats adults with an array of communication disorders. Megan is also the author of Love After a Stroke, a children’s book about aphasia and the creator of the website, www.speechtherapytoolbox.com, which is a resource to clinicians who treat head and neck cancer patients and adults with other speech and language disorders.
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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.
This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)
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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.
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