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Course Overview

Dysphagia can lead to malnutrition, social restrictions, anxiety, dehydration, aspiration pneumonia, acute/chronic illnesses, or even death. Difficulties swallowing are often associated with a higher mortality rate making validated and reliable assessments and the ability to interpret them a necessity in successful management. Early identification is dependent upon utilization and understanding of efficient assessment tools. This course will review the current types of swallow assessments, discuss who should receive them, who should carry them out, and how to implement them in your facility.

About the Course Author

Amy Reinstein, M.S., CCC – SLP has been practicing speech language pathology for 8 years focusing on the dysphagia and neurogenic communication adult population. Amy has worked in various New York City acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, short term rehabilitation centers, home health care, and outpatient private practice. She has extensive experience in performing and evaluating Modified Barium Swallow Studies. Her teaching experience includes supervising Clinical Fellows to attain their certification, as well as certified speech–language pathologists in home health and skilled nursing facilities. Amy has also worked extensively with the New York City Board of Education K- 12 and Special Education schools. Special projects include publishing various articles for trade magazines and blogs, contributing to CEU courses, publishing of a live website, and creating clinical assessments and evaluations. She is currently authoring a speech and language textbook and conducting a research study in dysphagia. Amy Reinstein, MS, CCC – SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


    Introductory Level

    0.15 ASHA CEUs

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


    Approved for 1.5 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours.
  • Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (Dietary)


    Approved for 1.5 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-D1058. This activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours.
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This course is approved for 1.5 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Define and describe the differences between aspiration, aspiration pneumonia, and aspiration pneumonitis.; Describe the incidence and outcomes of dysphagia and aspiration.; Identify assessment tools to detect dysphagia and describe the difference between a screen, clinical swallow exam, and instrumental exam.; Identify the need for efficient dysphagia assessment tools.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Dysphagia and Aspiration
    Topic Introduction
    The Need for Reliable Swallow Screens and Assessments
    Prevalence of Dysphagia
    Impact of Dysphagia and Aspiration
    Section 3: Swallow Assessments
    Topic Introduction
    Types of Swallow Assessments
    Swallow Screens
    Diagnostic Evaluations
    Clinical Swallow Examination
    Instrumental Evaluation
    Screens vs. Diagnostic Exams
    Informal Assessments
    Section 4: Standardized Swallow Screens
    Understanding the Research
    Swallow Screens
    The Yale Swallow Protocol
    Toronto Bedside Swallowing Screening Test (TOR - BSST)
    Modified Mann Assessment of Swallowing Ability (MASA)
    Burke Swallow Test
    Gugging Swallow Screen
    Eating Assessment Tool (EAT)
    The Nursing Bedside Swallow Screen
    Section 5: A Closer Look at Diagnostic Evaluations
    Diagnostic Evaluations
    Components of The Clinical Swallow Exam
    Videofluoroscopy or Modified Barium Swallow Study
    The Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
    Videofluoroscopy vs. Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
    Penetration - Aspiration Scale
    Section 6: Conclusion
    Course Contributors

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Introductory level Speech and Language Pathologists; Level II level Dietitians; 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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    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.
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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.