Frequently Asked Questions

What is STEP?

STEP stands for the Swallowing Training and Education Portal. It is a subscription-based swallowing education library and your one-stop shop for dysphagia education and training. STEP offers 60+ 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 us 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 (or 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 Learning Modules for students. Visit the About STEP page to learn more.

Is STEP evidence based?

We wouldn't have had it any other way! Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is central to creating and curating all content 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 participate in STEP?

You have unlimited access to all STEP courses at a subscription rate of $9/month. There are no membership commitments. If you don’t like what you see, you can CANCEL ANYTIME.

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 SNAPS animated tutorials are a particular 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, hit Cancel to end your current subscription. Email us at with any questions or concerns. 

Do I get ASHA CEUs for STEP courses?

Not at this time. However, each STEP participant who completes a course receives a Certificate of Completion. You can earn 1.65 ASHA CEUs for purchasing and completing the Down the Hatch podcast series on STEP. 

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

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

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 clinicians could trust. Visit About STEP to learn more about the founders. 

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