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Course Overview

While swallowing evaluation and treatment are considered entry level skills for occupational therapy professionals, they may not have many opportunities to practice these skills. It is important to review your foundational knowledge of dysphagia evaluation and treatment. This information is critical for an occupational therapist to integrate into their treatment plan and to ensure successful interprofessional care to help promote better patient outcomes. This course provides a short review of the anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing and an in-depth discussion of typical impairments resulting in dysphagia. Learners will be able to recognize the clinical presentation of dysphagia, integration of clinical presentations into treatment, intervention strategies to support SLP treatments and diet modifications, and interprofessional collaboration strategies for the team to support and reinforce patient adherence and compliance with safe swallow strategies.

About the Course Author

Christopher Meketansky OTR/L graduated from Stony Brook University in 2017 with a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. He received training in manual therapy, specialized treatment for individuals with degenerative neurological disorders and post-stroke neurorehabilitation. He has worked in skilled nursing and home healthcare settings with experience treating patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, balance impairments, and a myriad of other conditions impacting the older adult population.

Christopher Meketansky, MS, OTR/L discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests with: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee; Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor.
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests with: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee; Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor.
Norma Jo Majerus, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of experience in various post-acute care settings. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Iowa and her Master of Science degree in special education and communication disorders from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She worked with adult clients with a variety of diagnostic conditions in long-term care, outpatient, and home health settings. In her previous role as a clinical practice specialist for Aegis Therapies, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of the older adult in post-acute care. She provided mentorship and strategies for implementation of clinical programs and initiatives. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed in both Iowa and Nebraska as a speech-language pathologist. Norma Jo Majerus, M.S., CCC-SLP discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests with: Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor; Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as Collecting Speakers Fees.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (9 Match)

  • American Occupational Therapy Association

    0.10HOURS


    Relias LLC is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


    Course approval ID# APP#0000002429. This Distance Learning-Independent is offered at 0.1 CEUs Introductory,Occupational Therapy Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge.

  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours.
  • Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS


    Alabama State Board Of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners

    1.00HOURS


    Arizona Board Of Occupational Therapy Examiners (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS


    Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS


    South Carolina Board Of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Louisiana State Board Medical Examiners- Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS


    Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS


    Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy

    1.00HOURS


    Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-RTS-0-DOOT
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2021-06-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2027-05-31
  • Learning Objectives:

    Identify interventions to support interprofessional treatment strategies.; Identify the types of and indications for diet modification.; Recall the basic anatomy and physiology of the swallowing mechanism.; Recognize at least three signs of dysphagia and aspiration.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Occupational Therapy Role and Scope of Practice
    The Role of Occupational Therapy
    Scope of Practice
    Importance of Collaboration
    Review
    Summary
    Section 3: Anatomy and Physiology
    Overview
    Anatomical Structures
    Key Definitions
    Physiology of Swallow
    Abnormal Swallow
    Screening
    Meet Marie
    Review
    Summary
    Section 4: Assessment
    Patient History and Observation
    Checking on Marie
    Oral Peripheral Examination
    Introduce Food and Liquid
    Marie’s Bedside Swallow Assessment
    Instrumental Assessments
    Review
    Summary
    Section 5: Treatment Planning and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
    Treatment Interventions
    Compensatory Swallowing Strategies
    Understanding Diet Consistencies
    Free Water Protocol
    Recommendations and Referral Options
    Interprofessional Collaboration
    Treatment Plan for Marie
    Section 6: Conclusion
    Course Summary
    Course Contributors
    Resources
    References
    Congratulations!
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Entry level Occupational Therapists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.