Course Description

The Normal Swallowing module will provide clinicians with a thorough understanding of normal swallowing anatomy, physiology and function in adults. It will identify and discuss barriers to clinicians' current understanding of normal swallowing physiology and factors leading to misdiagnoses, over referrals and inappropriate treatment targets. This course will also review normal swallowing VFSS and FEES videos and discuss research related to the differences seen in normal swallow function across different adults.

Normal Swallowing Curriculum

  • 1

    SNAPS: Swallowing Neuro Anatomy and Physiology Shorts

    • Hyolarynx

    • Tongue

    • Palate

    • Pharynx

    • Larynx

    • Nerves

    • Upper Esophageal Sphincter

    • Normal Swallowing Events

    • SNAPS Learning Assessment

  • 2

    CTDM: Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management

    • Redefining Normal Swallowing

    • CTDM Learning Assessment

  • 3

    Normal Swallow 101: Clinical Workshop Courses

    • The Missing A&P Course: Normal, Functional and Dysfunctional Swallowing

    • Oral sensory-motor integration for planning the movements of a swallow: What is necessary?

    • The best thing about swallowing is the part we will never see

  • 4

    FOUNDATIONS

    • Presbyphagia: The Aging Swallow

    • Presbyphagia Handout

    • Supplemental Reading: Dysphagia in the Elderly (Humbert and Robbins, 2008)

    • Foundations Learning Assessment

  • 5

    DGR: Dysphagia Grand Rounds

    • DGR 1 Article: Logemann, Pauloski, Rademaker, & Kahrilas (2002)

    • DGR 1 Webinar: Oropharyngeal Swallow in Younger and Older Women - A Videofluoroscopic Analysis

    • DGR 2 Article: Kamarunas, McCullough, Mennemeier, & Munn (2015)

    • DGR 2 Webinar: Oral Perception of Liquid Volume Changes with Age

    • DGR Learning Assessment

  • 6

    DtH: Down the Hatch Podcast

    • DtH3: What is Normal?

  • 7

    DC: Dysphagia Cafe Blog Posts

    • Normal Newborn Development

    • Swallowing Difference v/s Disorder: Power of Perspective

  • 8

    STEP Snippets: Mini-Tutorials

    • Vallecular Aggregation

    • Swallowing with Tongue Markers

    • Sequential Water Swallows: LVC Patterns

    • Normal People Aspirate

    • Variations of Normal

    • Central Control of Swallow Functions

    • All About Epiglottic Inversion

    • Role of the Aryepiglottic Folds

Reviews

5 star rating

LOVED IT!!

Cristina Vargas

I learned so much and it has helped me to become a more confident clinician. I am so excited to continue learning!!!! :) Thank you so much!!!

I learned so much and it has helped me to become a more confident clinician. I am so excited to continue learning!!!! :) Thank you so much!!!

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5 star rating

More than what I was looking for!

Kla Wymbs

I am the type of student who learns best on my own, especially with videos that I can pause, go back, and replay many times over. I have finished this course and am surprised to say that I do not feel as anxious about the swallowing mechanism cont...

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I am the type of student who learns best on my own, especially with videos that I can pause, go back, and replay many times over. I have finished this course and am surprised to say that I do not feel as anxious about the swallowing mechanism content as I previously did. The material is presented in an appealing manner. It is concise and yet manages to provide all of the high-yield information a student needs to begin thinking critically. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into this course. I am truly appreciative!

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5 star rating

Amazing course

Maria Schwab

Fabulous course on normal swallowing! Thank you for presenting research in a clear manner and relating research to clinical practice.

Fabulous course on normal swallowing! Thank you for presenting research in a clear manner and relating research to clinical practice.

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4 star rating

Excellent review of all anatomy and physiology in a short amount of time

Jessica Rubinstein

Great review of fundamental Anatomy and Phys I haven't thought about since grad school. I will confess that I joined this platform expecting it to be full of Dr. Humbert's engaging personality that you hear on Down the Hatch that make learning thr...

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Great review of fundamental Anatomy and Phys I haven't thought about since grad school. I will confess that I joined this platform expecting it to be full of Dr. Humbert's engaging personality that you hear on Down the Hatch that make learning through the podcast so enjoyable. This was much more dry and to the point compared to her podcast discussions, but the information that she reviewed was still thorough, and I enjoyed the animations being broken down and labeled to aid in comprehension. ***Addendum: LOVED the section on Presbyphagia! I loved the use of the side by side fluoros where you also highlighted specific things of note (i.e., location of bolus at initiation of hyoid burst, location/presence of penetration, etc.). See these side by side for age, as well as both being healthy/WFL, is extremely helpful! I work in a SNF and don't often get to watch MBS regularly, so I would LOVE more side-bye-side/highlighted videos like this!

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5 star rating

hyolarynx, tongue and palate

LisaRose McCabe

This is the type of review I have been craving for years! Slow but effective pace, visual representation and review at the conclusion of each section permits higher retention of the information for me. I am planning on reviewing each one a few m...

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This is the type of review I have been craving for years! Slow but effective pace, visual representation and review at the conclusion of each section permits higher retention of the information for me. I am planning on reviewing each one a few more times to solidify the information for use in my clinical practice and documentation. Thank you, thank you thank you!!!

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