Course Description

The Professional Issues learning module discusses issues related to ethics and advocacy in dysphagia management. Using analogies and terminology that all can understand, this course discusses the barriers that impact best patient care in dysphagia management. This course also informs learners about the importance of documentation, interprofessional collaboration and education, and patient advocacy in order to maximize patient outcomes and quality of life.  

Professional Issues Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • Welcome

  • 2

    CTDM: Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management

    • Advocacy in Dysphagia Management

    • Jumpstart your Knowledge: Swallowing Training and Educational Tools for Students and Dysphagia Clinicians

    • Learning Assessment

  • 3

    DGR: Dysphagia Grand Rounds

    • DGR Research Methods 101

    • DGR 7: Omission of Dysphagia Therapies in Hospital Discharge Communications

    • DGR 7 Article: Kind, Anderson, Hind, Robbins, & Smith (2011)

    • Learning Assessment

  • 4

    DtH: Down the Hatch Podcast

    • Advocacy in Dysphagia Management

    • The Documentation Dilemma

  • 5

    DC: Dysphagia Cafe Blog Posts

    • Dysphagia Interprofessional Education: Preparing SLP Students for Success

  • 6

    STEP Snippets: Mini-Tutorials

    • Dysphagia Awareness Video

    • Strategic Planning in Dysphagia Management

  • 7

    Final Steps

    • ASHA CEU Information

    • Post-Course Evaluation

Course Overview

0.6 ASHA CEUs

About: The Swallowing Training and Education Portal (STEP) Normal Swallowing learning module offers 0.6 ASHA CEUs to all those enrolled in the STEP CEU Membership Plan. It discusses issues related to ethics and advocacy in dysphagia management. Using analogies and terminology that all can understand, this course discusses the barriers that impact best patient care in dysphagia management. This course also informs learners about the importance of documentation, interprofessional collaboration and patient advocacy in order to maximize patient outcomes and quality of life.   

Target Audience: Speech-language pathology students and clinicians 

Learning Objectives: As a result of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the anatomy of the muscles and structures of the oropharynx 
  • Identify the physiology of the muscles and structures of the oropharynx
  • List at least two potential barriers to the understanding of normal swallow function 
  • Discuss insufficiencies in traditional SLP training in normal swallowing physiology 
  • Explain the normal variability in oropharyngeal swallowing in adults

Completion Requirements: The entirety of this course must be completed in order to earn 0.6 ASHA CEUs. Partial credit is NOT available for this course. Please Note: ASHA CEUs are only offered to all those who are enrolled in our CEU Membership Plan. ASHA CEU credit is not being offered for this course for those enrolled in our monthly Starter and Plus plans. 

About the Instructors: 

Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D.CCC-SLP is an accomplished scientist, professor, and highly sought-after speaker with expertise in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Dr. Humbert’s innovative training style has been funded by ASHFoundation and extends to non-traditional learning formats. She is the co-creator of the popular Down the Hatch podcast, has co-founded online learning tools including STEP (Swallowing Training and Education Portal) and has developed high-quality, no-cost learning tools available on her YouTube Channel and website www.ianessahumbert.com. Dr. Humbert has demonstrated her gift for creating images that depict the dynamism of swallowing via her Swallowing Pocket Guide and Swallowing Neuro Anatomy and Physiology Shorts or SNAPS (on STEP). Dr. Humbert has been on faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Florida, and the University of Iowa. The content from Dr. Humbert’s courses are supported by scientific evidence from her laboratory and from the larger body of research literature.

Financial disclosures: Ianessa Humbert is a co-owner of Swallowology LLC and Elemint LLC. Non-Financial disclosures: Ianessa Humbert is the co-creator of Down the Hatch and STEP. 


Rinki Varindani Desai M.S.,CCC-SLP  is an ASHA-certified medical speech-language pathologist, certified brain injury specialist and certified dementia practitioner; specializing in the assessment and treatment of cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders in adults. Rinki is the co-founder of the Swallowing Training and Education Portal, founder of the Medical SLP Forum and co-creator of the Dysphagia Therapy mobile app. She currently serves as Associate Coordinator of ASHA’s Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders Special Interest Group (SIG 13) and as Co-Chair of the Dysphagia Research Society's COVID-19 Task Force. She is also a part of ASHA’s Scientific Professional Education Board and on the Board of Directors for Burgundy and White, a non-profit for the head neck cancer community. Originally an SLP from Mumbai, India; Rinki has practiced for nearly a decade in acute, sub-acute and long-term care medical settings. She is currently the adult outpatient lead of the Voice and Swallowing Center and a clinical instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Financial disclosures: Rinki Varindani Desai receives a royalty for her contributions to the STEP website. Non-Financial disclosures: Rinki volunteers with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA SIG 13) and Dysphagia Research Society. Rinki is the founder of the Medical SLP Forum and the co-creator of the Dysphagia Therapy mobile app.

 

 This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Reviews

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Kamryn Rabb

This was a critical topic to dive into.

This was a critical topic to dive into.

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Outstanding,

Jessica Scott

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Very thought provoking and informative!!

Sherri Coker

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Dysphagia Interprofessional Education: Preparing SLP Students for Success

Wendy Rich

I thought this was very insightful. I totally agree with what needs to change with the current graduate programs, but am not sure if they will.

I thought this was very insightful. I totally agree with what needs to change with the current graduate programs, but am not sure if they will.

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Excellent

Amer Alhayek

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