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VitalStim®Therapy Specialty Program
An ICE Accredited Assessment Based Certificate Program
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Appropriate Disciplines:
• Speech Language Pathologist
• Occupational Therapist

Add to Calendar 06/23/2012 00:00 AM 06/24/2012 00:00 AM America/Chicago VitalStim®Therapy Specialty Program Hotel: Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport
Phone: 949-833-2770
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This is an ADULT FOCUSED COURSE. Click HERE for Pediatric Focus.
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VitalStim Therapy is now a Specialty Certificate Program!
On April 3, 2015, the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) granted accreditation to CIAO Seminars' VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program for demonstrating compliance with ICE 1100 - Standard for Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. ICE 1100 was first published in January 2009 to ensure that assessment-based certificate programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the credentialing industry. More information about ICE is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org.

This dynamic and innovative program is revolutionizing dysphagia therapy! Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists will bring their facilities to a state-of-the-art-level with this Specialty Certificate Program. VitalStim® Therapy is the only FDA cleared treatment approach that successfully combines Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and traditional dysphagia techniques. This energetic course will focus on topics such as muscle physiology, kinesiology of the swallowing mechanism and on pathological swallowing mechanisms and processes. The basic principles and concepts of neuromuscular electrical stimulation will be taught and the VitalStim® Therapy protocol will be extensively reviewed and practiced. The participants will receive one-on-one attention from two instructors, a certified SLP and a PT. Through extensive hands-on labs; attendees will apply the theory of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to the treatment of dysphagia. This exclusive program will provide participants with the building blocks to implement a successful VitalStim® Therapy program and will add value to therapists, facilities, and most of all patient care!

NOTE: Successful completion of the pre-requisite online MBS: The Clear Picture and this 2-day VitalStim® Therapy Course will train the participant to utilize VitalStim® technology in the treatment of dysphagia. DJO has developed and patented a licensed technology trademarked as VitalStim. Because there are no other similar products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of VitalStim.

This is an intermediate level course. Requirements for the course are as follows:
  • Successful completion of online anatomy and MBS review course (click link for more details) MBS Course Instructions
  • Prior knowledge and experience in dysphagia management
  • Dysphagia as a significant portion of active caseload
  • SLP or OTR with current licensure in state of practice
  • SLP or OTR in compliance with state and national practice acts
VitalStim® Therapy Specialty recognition will be awarded to those who:
  • Complete the written post-test.
  • Demonstrate the accurate practical application of VitalStim® Therapy
NOTE: If these criteria are not met at the course, additional opportunities to successfully complete the process will be available

CIAO offers the VitalStim Specialty course for two populations (adult and pediatric). Either course may be taken to become a VitalStim Provider. VitalStim Providers may treat either or both populations.

This is an adult focused course. Placements discussed and presented will be for the adult population only. Pediatric placements are discussed and provided in the Pediatric Focused VitalStim course as well as in the online Pediatric VitalStim Therapy 1 & 2: Enhancing Decision Making course.

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VitalStim Therapy Specialty Certificate Program Press Release

Course Pricing
$725 (Group - 10-24)
$625 (Group - 25-99)
$525 (Group - 100 or more)
$350 (Renewal 1.6 CEUs)
The VitalStim Manual will be issued at the live course.

The VitalStim® Therapy Specialty Program includes the online course, MBS - The Clear Picture for 1.2 CEUs (12 contact hours) and the two day hands-on "VitalStim® Therapy Course" for 1.6 CEUs (16 contact hours)

Renewal Options
Live Renewal
Attend the live 2 day VitalStim course again (no online MBS required for renewal)
1.6 CEUs (16 contact hours) will be awarded for successful completion of course.
Entire live course is required for this option.
Register above by selecting the date/city and clicking register.
Choose the price option labeled "Renewal (no online MBS course required)"
You may also renew by attending the Pediatric Focus course.

Online Renewal
0.7 CEUs (7 contact hours) will be awarded for successful completion of course.
Activate course when you're ready
30 days to complete once activated
Click to register for Online Renewal .

VitalStim is a registered trademark of VitalStim, LLC.
VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program© CIAO Seminars

AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of OT: Client Factors, Context Environment
OT Process: Intervention
Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to::
  • Name the anatomical structures relevant to the swallowing function
  • Palpate the structures mentioned under objective 1 that are accessible to palpation
  • Describe the various phases of the normal swallowing movement
  • Describe the neuro-physiological processes involved in normal swallowing, neural pathways controlling swallowing, positive and negative feedback occurring during swallowing
  • Discuss the psychological aspects involved with and their impact on swallowing
  • Describe the main pathological conditions affecting the swallowing function in both the adult and pediatric population
  • Interpret the results of a modified barium study
  • Describe the procedure/protocol to perform a standard MBS
  • Categorize the swallowing disorder based on the result of the evaluation
  • Describe the characteristics of electrical stimulation and the influence of electricity on muscle tissue
  • Identify the pathological conditions for which electrical stimulation is indicated
  • Describe the characteristics of the VitalStim® Therapy electrical stimulation unit and the electrodes used
  • Discuss and demonstrate the application of VitalStim® Therapy technology in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Discuss and demonstrate the use of swallowing exercise during and after the application of VitalStim® technology
  • Discuss the use of other interventions to maximize the impact of VitalStim Therapy
  • Discuss and demonstrate correct use of documentation forms
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills regarding VitalStim therapy with other members of the healthcare team
Carole R. Roth
Dr. Carole Roth holds a doctorate degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Colorado. She completed postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic in the Departments of Neurology and Otolaryngology. She has extensive clinical experience in diagnosing and treating neurologic communication disorders as well as voice, swallowing and fluency disorders. Dr. Roth has authored journal articles in the field and has lectured in the United States, Australia, and Europe. She has directed medical speech pathology programs and has participated on interdisciplinary clinics including: stroke, ALS, neuromuscular disorders and Huntington’s disease. She has sat on medical ethics committees and worked for the University of California, San Diego research ethics program. Dr. Roth holds board certification by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. She teaches part-time at San Diego State University and works as a full-time clinician in a medical center and in private practice. Dr. Roth is married and has two daughters.

Yorick Wijting
Yorick Wijting, PT, DPT.
Yorick received his Physical Therapy degree in the Netherlands and his DPT at the University of St. Augustine, Florida. He has extensive training and practical experience in biophysical agents, and teaches nationally and internationally to medical professionals on their therapeutic use. Yorick has been instrumental in developing the use of electrical stimulation by Speech Language Pathologists in the treatment of dysphagia. Yorick currently lives in California and works for DJO Global as the Global Senior Director of Clinical Education. In this role he facilitates research initiatives, educational programs and the development of new rehabilitation methodologies and applications.
Financial Disclosure: Yorick receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: no relevant relationships

  Day 1
  07:30 - 08:00   Registration (Continental breakfast provided)
  08:00 - 10:00   Introduction, Program Overview, Swallowing physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, palpitation of head and neck structures (lab)
  10:00 - 10:15   Break
  10:15 - 12:00   Dysphagia: presentation, evaluation, treatment
  12:00 - 01:00   Lunch (on your own)
  01:00 - 02:30   Dysphagia: presentation, evaluation, treatment (cont.), Electrical stimulation: Basic theory
  02:30 - 02:45   Break
  02:45 - 05:00   Electrical stimulation: Basic theory (cont.), Electrical Stimulation for swallowing (lab)
  05:00 - 06:30   Written Exam

  Day 2
  07:00 - 07:30   Registration (Continental breakfast provided)
  07:30 - 08:30   Review of material day 1, Q&A
  08:30 - 09:30   Electrical stimulation for swallowing: theory
  09:30 - 09:45   Break
  09:45 - 11:30   Electrical Stimulation for swallowing (lab continued)
  11:30 - 12:30   Lunch (on your own)
  12:30 - 03:15   Treatment progression, diet progression, case studies, integration
  03:15 - 03:45   VitalStim Resource Network, General Q&A

Contact hours pre-approved for:
  • 16 Hours (1.6 CEUs) SLPs
  • 16 Hours (1.6 CEUs) OTs
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for ASHA #AAWA (SLPs)
  • This course is offered for 1.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (20 PDUs Clinical Lab Assessment)
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for AOTA #4119 (OTs)
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer 1.6 CEUs for this program.
  • CIAO is an IACET Approved Provider
  • VitalStim Providers will receive a total of 28.0 Contact Hours (with MBS Online Course)
  • This course is approved by the CA Board of OT for Advanced Practice:
  • - 7.0 hrs Swallowing CABOT#25-S1
  • - 11.25 hrs Physical Agent Modalities CABOT#25-P4
CIAO is regognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
CIAO has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, the (organization name) has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, (organization name) is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
Louisville, KY   Aug 2017
The best course I've ever taken. Highly interesting & informative! Wonderful presenters!!
Louisville, KY   Aug 2017
This is a spectacular program. I've been doing this a long time (6 years), but my practice will greatly improve after this renewal!
Louisville, KY   Aug 2017
Very engaging & educational. Was very beneficial.
Houston, TX   Jul 2017
The overall lectures were delivered very well (each and every word was understood) The best part was the hand-on clinical practice which boost up the confidence to apply NMES directly to pts after this course. I would like to request CIAO Seminars to visit my country (Pakistan) for their courses. Looking forward! (R. B. S.)
Boston, MA   Jun 2017
Both presenters were fantastic- highly knowledgeable and equally as approachable with questions/ guidance. Truly enjoyed this course!
Boston, MA   Jun 2017
Teaching of both instructors throughout the course had a synergistic effect on your learning the material.
Kansas City, MO   Jun 2017
Presenters were knowledgeable & kept us all attentive. Course was interactive and beneficial to me as a practicing clinician.
Kansas City, MO   Jun 2017
I feel guilty that I have not been trained for NMES before now to have helped the many dysphagia pts I've had in the past! Amazing teaching speakers! Incredible simplified explanations - THANK YOU!!! You're both gifts to our field!!!!
Pittsburgh, PA   May 2017
Excellent course. All of the analogies used will be helpful in explaining medical concepts to my patients/families.
Irving, TX   Apr 2017
Best CEU I've taken so far, hands on was so helpful to the learning! Presenters were highly knowledgable and engaging. Thank you.
Houston, TX   Jan 2017
Very informative-great presenters-can't wait to start providing the service to my population!!
Houston, TX   Jan 2017
This course was wonderful and very informative/entertaining. Will be recommending. I feel as though I can begin using these skills immediately.
Columbus, OH   Dec 2016
The hands-on labs for VitalStim were really helpful. I gained a better sense of how it feels and I think it helps me to understand my patient's perspectives.
Charlotte, NC   Dec 2016
Very good information! Made me think about dysphagia treatment "upside down". I wonder why this wasn't taught in graduate school.
Newark, NJ   Nov 2016
Amazing course not just for vitalstim but for dysphagia in general! Wonderful instructors, organized & in-depth presentation!
Romulus, MI   May 2015
This was a wonderful seminar that not only educated us on VitalStim but also provided so much additional education on evaluation; treatment for patients with dysphagia.
Metairie, LA   Feb 2015
The course was fantastic! I can not wait to benefit my pts at a greater level with this new information.
Metairie, LA   Feb 2015
Amazing! I gained not only more infor/knowledge about NMES but greater understanding of Dysphagia.
San Antonio, TX   Feb 2015
Phenomenal course! I learned so much!! Can't wait to apply what I have learned!!
Baltimore, MD   Feb 2015
I really enjoyed this course. Both presenters were very engaging while moving through a lot of info at an appropriate pace.
Atlanta, GA   Feb 2015
Amazing course! I would recommend the course to anyone even those who remain skeptical of NMES in treating dysphagia. There was a wealth of info!!
Nashville, TN   Jan 2015
This course was excellent! I learned so much and will use this knowledge everyday in my practice to better my patients lives.
Phoenix, AZ   Dec 2014
Great course! Learned so much. Thank you!
Tampa, FL   Nov 2014
I came to this seminar quite apprehensive and a bit stressed. Upon completion, I am now equipped with new knowledge and confidence - ready and eager to apply these skills! Loved this course! Excellent presenters.
Nashville, TN   Feb 2014
Especially liked cranial nerve review. Great info. Switching of speakers was helpful. Presenters answered all questions. Nice hotel/location.
Nashville, TN   Feb 2014
Wonderful intense, coursework. Labs were very helpful with direct feedback from presenters.
Houston, TX   Jan 2014
Great presenters. Thorough explanations helped understand the course material with ease. 100% satisfied.
Houston, TX   Jan 2014
Jodie rocked! Jodie for President! :) Love & appreciated how Jodie used her arms & hands as visual aids to help us learn structurs concepts for anatomy. Was blown away by both Jodie's & John's vast applied knowledge & how well they taught us. Liked having PT perspective. Lynus has the best contagious smile & energy! Thank you!!!
Tampa, FL   Dec 2013
I can apply what I've learned immediately in therapy.
Tampa, FL   Dec 2013
Great class! Fun, interesting, thorough and functionally applicable. Thank you!
St Louis, MO   Oct 2013
St Louis, MO   Oct 2013
A Lot of material in a very short amount time.
Richmond, VA   Sep 2013
Fantastic diagrams that helped facilitate a greater knowledge of muscles and placements!
Minneapolis, MN   Apr 2013
Course was very informative. I liked that case studies were presented as well as hypothetical patient cases - to help w/ application
Little Rock, AR   Mar 2013
Enjoyed the course. Presenters with excellent knowledge and teaching methods. Ready to put the VitalStim to use with patients.
Columbus, OH   Mar 2013
Excellent course- the best CEU course I have taken. I can’t wait to start using VitalStim in my practice.