Swallowing 101: Dysphagia for Non-SLPs

Description: Swallowing is a highly complex skill that can be compromised by neurological or structural changes to the mechanism. The resulting impairment, dysphagia, is common in rehab and aging populations. To best care for our patients and maximize rehab potential, it is imperative that rehabilitation staff have an understanding of dysphagia. This course discusses normal and disordered swallowing, populations at risk for swallowing impairments, and the physical and social consequences of dysphagia. The crucial role of non-SLPs in the management of dysphagia is discussed.

Instructor: Rene Ruzicka Kanadet, MS, CCC-SLP, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe normal swallowing
  • Define characteristics and consequences of dysphagia
  • Identify the role of the SLP and typical assessment tools
  • Discuss compensatory strategies, including appropriate use and misuse
  • Explain the role of non-SLP team members

    Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants

    Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Physical Therapy 

    This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

    Occupational Therapy 

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1: Domain of OT 

    Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

    • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
    • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.



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