Speech-Language Pathologists use a variety of strategies, tools and techniques to provide therapeutic exercise and improve safe swallow for our dyshagia patients. Some are inexpensive and easy to make in the therapy room while others are somewhat expensive.
This course looks at what is in our tool box and why! Our therapy program is based on many factors including information revealed from the bedside evaluation, instrumental assessments, and environmental factors that may be contributing to decreased or poor oral intake. A review will be presented of the muscles/nerves that are involved in the swallow and the functions that could be impaired based on the disease/disorder.
Recent literature will be presented looking at exercise, evidence based practice and positive outcomes. Therapy tools will be presented that can be made, tools to utilize to improve respiratory function, as well as sEMG, and electrical stimulation. Adaptive cups, straws and spoons will be reviewed as well as the rationale for their use with our patients.
This seminar-on-demand is 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
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- Information revealed in bedside eval-nerves, muscles that are impacted - as well as information revealed in the instrumental assessment of swallow
- Literature from 2015-2016 on dysphagia in head/neck cancer, stroke, frail elderly and outcomes of exercises in the research
- Simple tools to construct for therapy as well as products available on the market for targeting lips, tongue, respiration, sEMG and electrical stimulation
- Adaptive cups, straws and utensils as well as rationale for their use with patients and sterilization techniques to utilize with therapy tools
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the Speech Language Pathologist on the tools that are available we have for the therapy program and its many factors including; bedside evaluation, instrumental assessments, and environmental factors that may be contributing to decreased or poor oral intake.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Identify areas of muscle/nerve weakness/damage which impact the swallow
- List studies in recent literature on evidence based practice that show positive exercise outcomes for the swallow
- Identify the specific uses of various therapy tools and the benefits for the patient and swallow outcomes
- Identify various adaptive cups, straws and utensils available for patients
Contact Hours: 3
Target Audience: Speech Language Pathologists
Instructional Level: Intermediate
The materials for this course are available in our online format available instantly or by mail. Our mail order format allows you to obtain a hardcopy of the course materials.
This course is offered for 0.30 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).
Financial — Denise Dougherty is the owner of a private practice and receives a salary. Denise Dougherty receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial — No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.
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