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Principles and Evidence: Treatment of Pharyngeal Dysphagia

Course: #7950Level: Intermediate1.5 Hour 3378 Reviews

Planning and implementing successful treatment for dysphagia necessitates the use of appropriate compensatory, postural and rehabilitation strategies. Selection of appropriate treatment techniques requires an understanding of the principles of motor learning and the role of neuroplasticity. In this course, specific compensatory, bolus modification, postural and rehabilitation strategies will be described and available evidence for the technique will be summarized.

Course created on May 30, 2017

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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 the relationship between impaired physiology and signs and symptoms of dysphagia.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the differences between postural, compensatory and rehabilitative techniques for pharyngeal dysphagia.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to explain how to determine appropriate strategies for various pharyngeal deficits.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the evidence for specific techniques for pharyngeal dysphagia.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-30 Minutes Principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning
30-40 Minutes Categorizing and combining strategies
40-45 Minutes Framework for treatment
45-55 Minutes Tongue - Evidence for treatment
55-85 Minutes Treatment strategies for pharyngeal dysphagia and evidence to support
85-90 Minutes Conclusion, Q&A


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Nancy Swigert was paid an honorarium for this course by SpeechPathology.com. She owns Swigert & Associates Inc, a private practice in Lexington, KY, and has several publications related to the topic of dysphagia. Non-financial: Previous chair of the Board of Swallowing and Swallowing 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: SpeechPathology.com 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: http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/licensees/ce_req.shtml. Live webinars on SpeechPathology.com 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 SpeechPathology.com. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.