Swallowing Issues in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

Description: While we don’t often consider it in our daily lives, swallowing involves a great deal of strength and coordination of the mechanisms involved, and both can be significantly impacted by a spinal cord injury. This webinar will provide an overview of the basic anatomy/physiology of the swallowing mechanism, with focus on the impact of swallowing impairments on those with spinal cord injuries. While such deficits are usually the focus of SLPs, discussion will also address the impact of swallowing difficulties on various other aspects of an individual’s rehabilitation, including the various other disciplines involved.

Instructor: Lindsay Giewont, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Spinal Cord Innovation Center, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech Language Pathologists, Nurses

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

  • Describe basic principles of anatomy and physiology of the swallowing mechanism.
  • Identify common causes of swallowing difficulties in patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI).
  • Describe consequences/complications of swallowing issues in patients with SCI.
  • Explain basic rationale for potential interventions used for difficulty swallowing in patients with SCI.

    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 Contact Hour. Approval #216-000069.

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 1 contact hour.

    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 0.10 CEUs or 1.0 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Classification Code: Category 1: OT Process - Intervention


    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (OH-362, 09/01/2020) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    This CNE is being offered for 1.0 contact hours OH-362, 09/01/2020-105KAS.

    Speech-Language Pathology


    This course is offered for  0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).


    Financial -  Receives a salary and an honorarium for presenting this webinar from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

    Non-Financial -  No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists

    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.


    Online Learning Nurses Occupational Therapists OTA and PTA Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists