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VitalStim Therapy Renewal (Live Stream)
January 27, 2018
Course Calendar
Appropriate Disciplines:
• Speech Language Pathologist
• Occupational Therapist
  • Course Description
  • Objectives
  • Instructors
  • Agenda
  • CEU's
  • Reviews

NEW! Get the best of both worlds by taking your VitalStim Renewal course via Livestream. You'll enjoy the benefit of having an instructor-led course where you can interact and ask questions - while sitting in the comfort of your home or office!

This course is designed to renew competency for VitalStim Therapy Providers. Participants will receive up-to-date key concepts in research, safety and protocols during the course. Participants who successfully complete this course will be equipped with the required knowledge and skills to maximize the impact of the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (VitalStim) in the treatment of dysphagia. This renewal course will review topics such as muscle physiology, kinesiology of the swallowing mechanism and pathological swallowing mechanisms and processes. The basic principles and concepts of neuromuscular electrical stimulation as used in VitalStim Therapy will be reviewed, as will the VitalStim Therapy protocol.

NOTE: VitalStim Therapy Renewal course participants must be VitalStim Providers. Completion of this renewal course will also award VitalStim Providers with the VitalStim Therapy Specialty Certificate. The Specialty Certificate will be mailed to your home address. Please be sure to update your contact information, mailing address and facility information

Disclosure: This course will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of VitalStim.

Vitalstim Recertification vital stim
AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
OT Process: Intervention
Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to::
  • Accurately name the anatomical structures (muscular, articular, neurological) relevant to the swallowing function
  • Correctly and accurately palpate the structures mentioned under objective 1 that are accessible to palpation
  • Briefly describe the various phases of the normal swallowing movement
  • List the main pathological conditions affecting swallow function in the adult population (etiology, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, severity of impact on swallowing, prognosis, social and economic impact)
  • Describe considerations in the use of VitalStim Therapy in the pediatric population
  • Describe the characteristics of electrical stimulation and the influence of electricity on muscle tissue (physiological versus evoked contraction, frequency of current, intensity, phase duration, treatment time, strength and endurance building, etc.)
  • Identify the pathological conditions for which electrical stimulation is indicated
  • Describe the characteristics of the VitalStim Therapy stimulation unit
  • Discuss the VitalStim protocol in the treatment of dysphagia (operation of the electrical stimulation unit, skin preparation, application of the electrodes, increasing intensity)
  • Discuss the use of swallowing exercise during and after the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Briefly describe the principles of evidence based medicine and their application to the use of NMES in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Discuss ethical considerations around the use of NMES in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Discuss and demonstrate correct use of documentation and assessment tools (evaluation form, FOIS, outcome tracking sheet)
Lesley Mateer
Lesley Mateer, M.A. CCC-SLP is the owner of Career Improvement & Advancement Opportunities, Inc. Since 1999, she has dedicated her company to taking care of fellow therapists and providing quality, affordable continuing education across the United States. As a Speech Language Pathologist and Rehab Director, Lesley trained healthcare professionals and students since 1989 on various topics such as Customer Service, Medicare Guidelines, Corporate Orientation, Ethics, Rehabilitation, Motivation and Leadership. Lesley is a Certified Red Cross Instructor for CPR and HIV/AIDS Basic Fundamentals.
Financial Disclosure: Lesley is the president if CIAO seminars, the owner of the VitalStim Specialty Program and VitalStim Renewal course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant relationships.

Susan Mayfield-Cole
Susan Mayfield Cole, MA CCC-SLP
Susan has been a VitalStim user as well as a CIAO instructor team member since 2003. She brings to our team an extensive teaching and clinical resume. Susan continues to serve as a a VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program instructor, an online instructor for the MBS: The Clear Picture course and is also a webcast designer/presenter. Susan previously held clinical and administrative positions at Frye Regional Medical Center, Graystone Ear, Nose and Throat Associates and Carolina ENT Head and Neck Surgery Center. She is currently the owner of Specialized Therapy Consulting and contracts with a variety of educational and clinical settings, including UNC-High Point Regional. Susan and her husband share a large family and when not working they enjoy fly fishing around the country.
Financial Disclosure: Susan receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Susan uses VitalStim Therapy in her practice.

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
  09:00 - 10:30   Foundations
  10:30 - 10:45   Break
  10:45 - 11:15   Foundations continued
  11:15 - 12:00   Electrotherapy
  12:00 - 12:30   Lunch Break
  12:30 - 01:15   Electrotherapy continued
  01:15 - 02:30   VitalStim Application
  02:30 - 02:45   Break
  02:45 - 04:00   Other Considerations
  04:00 - 05:00   Pediatrics

Contact hours pre-approved for:
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (7.5 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119(OT/COTAs)
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer .75 CEUs for this program
  • 0.75 CEUs (7.5 Contact Hours) SLPs, OTs
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (SLPs)
  • This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area) ASHA Bubble Sheet Required
  • 5.0 hours OTs in CA - Advanced Practice Swallowing #25-S20
  • 2.5 hours OTs in CA - Advanced Practice PAMS #25-P10
CIAO is regognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)
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.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.