Frequently Asked Questions

What is STEP?

STEP stands for the Swallowing Training and Education Portal. It is a subscription-based dysphagia course library and your one-stop shop for swallowing training and education. STEP offers 50+ hours of evidence-based courses and resources on topics ranging from the normal swallow to swallowing assessment and treatment as well as professional issues in dysphagia management.

Who is STEP for?

STEP is for anyone wanting to learn more about swallowing and swallowing disorders. STEP is for students, professors, clinical supervisors, clinical fellows, new grads, seasoned clinicians and everyone else in between. We like to think of this as the STEP COMMUNITY - with resources to help each of you improve your own knowledge and skills in the area of swallowing disorders, to ultimately help improve patient outcomes and lives. 

Why was STEP created?

Formal and informal academic training in the area of dysphagia is not entirely comprehensive. An increasing number of students and clinicians have reported feeling inadequately prepared to provide competent care to patients with swallowing impairments. STEP serves as an affordable ALL-IN-ONE evidence-based learning solution; filling the gap between knowledge and practice for all those involved in dysphagia management.

What are the different "STEPS"?

STEP offers a variety of educational courses organized into different STEPS ( course types) such as: Swallowing Neuro Anatomy and Physiology Shorts (SNAPS), Foundations, Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management (CTDM), Dysphagia Grand Rounds (DGR), Dysphagia Cafe (DC), Down the Hatch (DtH) and STEP Snippets (mini-tutorials). These are further organized by content into four modules for students. Visit the About STEP page to learn more. You can also view the curriculum for our four learning modules and STEP bundle here.

Is STEP evidence-based?

We wouldn't have created it any other way! Evidence-Based Practice is central to creating and curating all course content and resources for STEP.

What formats are STEP courses available in?

STEP offers courses under each learning module in MULTIPLE FORMATS including: audio, text-based and video courses. Once you sign up, STEP courses can be viewed across most computers, tablets and mobile devices with ease.

How can I join STEP?

You have unlimited access to STEP courses for a flat subscription rate of $15/month. There are no membership commitments. If you don’t like what you see, you can CANCEL ANYTIME. Click here to join the STEP program and start learning today. 

Besides our monthly subscription, you can also learn about our additional offerings such as the Swallow Physiology Masterclass, Swallowing Symposium 2020 and our unique swallow anatomy posters on STEP Merch

I teach a course in dysphagia. How can I incorporate STEP in my class?

STEP is ideal for using as a teaching resource in your in-person or online dysphagia course. Students can be asked to review certain modules ahead of time. Learning assessments can help instructors keep track of student progress. The Normal Swallowing module and Swallowing Neuro Anatomy and Physiology Shorts (SNAPS) animated tutorials are a HUGE hit with our instructors - to help provide students with a detailed and engaging overview of normal swallow anatomy and physiology. All instructors receive a FREE STEP subscription. We can partner with your University to provide bulk memberships to students for the semester as well. If you are an instructor wanting to learn more about STEP University Licenses, please email us at

How can I cancel my STEP subscription?

Members can cancel their STEP subscription anytime. Follow these steps to end your active subscriptions. Sign in to your STEP account and select My Account (top right corner). Select the Billing tab. To end recurring payments, from My Account > Billing, click Cancel to end your current subscription. Email us at with any questions. 

Can I get ASHA CEUs for STEP courses?

We now offer ASHA CEUs for all STEP courses July 1, 2020 onwards, with the purchase of an addition CEU bundle. You can earn up to 5.1 ASHA CEUs by purchasing CEU add-ons for any of the individual learning modules OR for the entire STEP program. You can also earn 1.65 ASHA CEUs for completing the Down the Hatch podcast series on STEP. Learn more about our ASHA CEU Add-On Options by clicking here.

Can I participate in STEP if I live outside the US?

Absolutely! STEP courses were created to be accessible to everyone, around the world. Anyone can participate and learn on STEP, as long as you have internet access and a viewing device. 

Who created STEP?

STEP is the brainchild of swallowing researcher Dr. Ianessa Humbert and speech-language pathologist Rinki Varindani Desai, who both saw a critical need to create an all-in-one learning platform for swallowing disorders, that is affordable, evidence-based, engaging and accessible. Visit About STEP to learn more about our founders.