Course Description

The Swallowing Assessment learning module includes in-depth training related to the clinical evaluation of swallowing; both, at bedside and using instrumental exams. It teaches ways to implement validated clinical tools to probe different aspects of the swallow mechanism including: airway defense physiologic capacity, lingual physiologic capacity, swallow safety and aspiration screening, patient self-report and quality of life. The module also includes videos of FEES and VFSS evaluations, MBSS interpretation training resources, and assessments in specialized populations such as individuals with stroke and trach/vent dependence.

Swallowing Assessment Curriculum

  • 1

    SNAPS: Swallowing Neuro Anatomy and Physiology Shorts

    • Normal Swallowing Events

  • 2

    FOUNDATIONS

    • Clinical Bedside Swallowing Exam

    • Penetration-Aspiration Scale Mini-Tutorial

    • MBSS Interpretation

    • Foundations Learning Assessment

  • 3

    CTDM: Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management

    • Supporting clinical decisions with physiologically guided metrics

    • CTDM Learning Assessment

  • 4

    Normal Swallow 101: Clinical Workshop Courses

    • Distinguishing normal, functional and dysfunctional swallowing in instrumental evaluations

  • 5

    MBSS Interpretation Series

    • MBSS Interpretation Foundation

    • MBSS Interpretation: Down the Hatch

    • All about Laryngeal Vestibule Closure

    • Differentiating Swallow Onset Delay and Premature Spillage

    • Penetration-Aspiration Scale (PAS) Visual Tutorial

  • 6

    DGR: Dysphagia Grand Rounds

    • DGR 8 Article: Bonilha et al. (2013)

    • DGR 8 Webinar: Effects of VFSS Pulse Rate on Judgments of Swallowing Impairment and Treatment Recommendations

    • DGR Learning Assessment

  • 7

    DtH: Down the Hatch Podcast

    • Everybody's Doing It

    • Piecing Together the Clinical Swallowing Evaluation (CSE)

    • MBSS Interpretation

  • 8

    DC: Dysphagia Cafe Blog Posts

    • Clinical Swallow Evaluation with a Focus on Stroke

    • Clinical Bedside Swallow Exam with Tracheostomy and Ventilator Dependent Patients

    • Modified Barium Swallow Study and the Aging Swallow

    • Best Practices in Videofluoroscopy

  • 9

    STEP Snippets: Mini-Tutorials

    • Premature Spillage v/s Swallow Delay

    • VFSS of Swallow Maneuvers

    • Cough during CSE: Part 1

    • Cough Testing during CSE: Part 2

    • Why did she aspirate? Part 1

    • Why did she aspirate? Part 2

    • SLP-induced Aspiration

    • What do you see in this swallow?

    • Sensory Testing during CSE

    • Assessing Lingual Function During CSE

    • Assessing Laryngeal Movement during CSE

Course Reviews

5 star rating

Really accessible

Nicholas de Mora-Mieszkowski

What a wonderful job of explaining clearly and with lovely visuals. I took this course as someone who supervises therapists developing their competencies and I will be recommending it highly to colleagues and students.

What a wonderful job of explaining clearly and with lovely visuals. I took this course as someone who supervises therapists developing their competencies and I will be recommending it highly to colleagues and students.

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5 star rating

LOVED IT!!

Cristina Vargas

Great overview and great critical thinking for swallowing assessments. I'm excited to continue to the next segment!

Great overview and great critical thinking for swallowing assessments. I'm excited to continue to the next segment!

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5 star rating

down the hatch

Christina Cardenas

Very informative. Is a great compliment to the material in my dysphagia course

Very informative. Is a great compliment to the material in my dysphagia course

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5 star rating

DGR Bonhilla Study

S Stern

Can't thank you enough for this tremendous course! You made the research thoroughly accessible. In addition, you sparked some very useful information for another problem I have when you brought in the nature of SLPs to vary a lot when looking at t...

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Can't thank you enough for this tremendous course! You made the research thoroughly accessible. In addition, you sparked some very useful information for another problem I have when you brought in the nature of SLPs to vary a lot when looking at the same information. I'm a new clinician, so can't provide more useful feedback as you requested, however, I can say thank you again.

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5 star rating

Comprehensive but easy to understand

Stephanie Clunne

5 star rating

Excellent Information!

Sherri Coker

5 star rating

Great step by step reveiw. Appreciated all the MBS exposure.

Trina Wilson

5 star rating

Such a comprehensive and easy to access review of swallowing fundamentals.

laura murph

5 star rating

This was so GOOD!

Linda Nash

Very clear. Easy follow most times

Very clear. Easy follow most times

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