What’s New in Dysphagia? Continuing Education Course

Onsite or Online Speech Pathology CEU Course

New Approaches for Evaluation and Treatment of Adults with Swallowing Disorders

What you Should do and Shouldn’t…
Dysphagia clinicians have regularly been faced with large amounts of information across the years. Information about dysphagia we thought was correct has been disproved with new research. Interventions we know and used have changed.

Be Properly Informed!

(This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs Intermediate level, Professional area)

What to Expect from Your Dysphagia Course

This course will review the available evidence in a number of areas of dysphagia assessment including risk factors for aspiration and aspiration pneumonia, the use of instrumental assessment, and identification of several characteristics of normal swallowing that are often misdiagnosed as dysphagia. This course will also include a discussion of the evidence as it pertains to interventions to assist clinicians in decision making regarding exercise and electrical stimulation, oral hygiene, compensations and sensory interventions. Recommendations regarding diet, therapeutic techniques, or non-oral feeding can have implications well beyond the swallow system which will be clearly outlined. This course will also assist the clinician in reviewing all of the available evidence, including patient specific factors, in order to develop safe and effective management plans for their patients.

dysphagia problems
dysphagia diagnosis

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the pros and cons of not recommending an instrumental assessment for the patient with dysphagia
  2. Identify risks and benefits of the use of free water with dysphagia patients
  3. Recognize appropriate and non-appropriate candidates for oral and/or pharyngeal exercise and NMES.
  4. Describe the benefits of completing a cranial nerve assessment
  5. Describe several effective evidence based assessment and treatment approaches for dysphagia
Dysphagia Course Details
Course Cost:
Early Bird – $199
(30 days prior to course)
Standard Rate – $219


Option 1: On Location

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Option 2: Online Webinar
Webinar format is WebEx. You will receive your book and an email with more information a week prior to course. Learn More.

Seminar Schedule:

8:00AM                 Registration

8:30AM                 Course Begins

12:00-1:00PM      Lunch (On your own)

4:00PM                  Conclusion

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*Receive 15% off of total price when enrolling in more than one course or registering as a group of 3 or more. Must register together.


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Day One
8:00-8:30 Registration for What’s New in Dysphagia
8:30-8:45 Introduction   Assessment 8:45-12:00
8:45-9:15 Assessment

  1.      What is a swallowing assessment?
  2.     Normal swallow
  3.     Aging Swallow
  4.     Esophageal considerations
  5.      Education (Anatomy/Physiology Apps)
9:15-9:30 Assessment Myths
9:30-10:30 Clinical Assessment

  1.      Reviewing the medical recorda.     Lab reviewb.     Chest x-ray/Respirationc.     Medications
  2. Components of the Clinical Dysphagia Assessment.a.     Oral Careb.     Aspirationc.     Cognitiond.     Cranial Nervese.     Assessment Appsf.      Peak Flowg.     Outcome Measuresh.     Recommendations
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Instrumental Assessment

  1.      Goals and purpose
  2.     Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS)
  3.     Flexible Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing (FEES)
11:30-12:00 Case Review and Q & A
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
Intervention 1:00-4:00
1:00-2:00 Driving your therapeutic decision making

  1.      Goals of therapy
  2.      Compliance issues/diet waivers
  3.     Neuroplasticity


Thickened liquids

  1.     Clinical indications for thickening
  2.     Thickener types/mechanisms

Free water

2:00-2:45 Sensory components of the swallow

  1.    Sensory techniques
  2.      Taste
  3.     Chemesthesis
  4.     Variations of the bolus
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 Exercise

  1.      Principles of exercise physiology
  2.     Oral exercises
  3.     Pharyngeal exercises
  4.     Respiratory muscle strengthening
  5.     E-Stim
  6.      Exercise programs
  7.      Home Exercise Program
  8.     Exercise Apps

About Your Presenter…

Tiffani Wallace has been treating patients with dysphagia for over 15 years. She currently holds her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S). Tiffani has worked in various facilities, including schools, SNF’s, outpatient and acute care and completes Modified Barium Swallow Studies. Tiffani has recently earned her eleventh ACE award. She is also an associate member of the Dysphagia Research Society.


Tiffani is the founder and author of Dysphagia Ramlings and she currently has multiple webinars available through SpeechPathology.com and Northern Speech Services. Tiffani created and is the administrator of the Dysphagia Therapy Group and Dysphagia Therapy Group-Professional Edition on Facebook, offering a place for professionals, students and patients/families to share ideas and experiences. Tiffani currently serves on the Advisory Board for Smarty Ears Inc. and is a co-author of the apps Dysphagia2Go and Dysphagia Therapy. She is also the author of the app iScreen Aphasia.

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