This is a PEDIATRIC FOCUSED COURSE. Click HERE for Adult 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 has revolutionized dysphagia therapy! Dysphagia Therapists will bring their facilities to a state-of-the-art-level with their Specialty Certificate from this course. VitalStim® Therapy is the original FDA cleared treatment approach to successfully combine Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and traditional dysphagia techniques. This hands-on competency 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 NMES 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 dysphagia expert and an electrical stimulation expert. Through extensive hands-on labs; attendees will apply the theory of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to the treatment of dysphagia. This program is the ONLY accredited NMES for dysphagia program and provides participants with the building blocks and confidence to implement a successful VitalStim® Therapy program. Becoming a VitalStim Provider will add value to your practice, your facility, and most of all your patient's outcomes!
Successful completion of the pre-requisite online MBS: The Clear Picture Pediatric and this 2-day VitalStim® Therapy Pediatric Course will train the participant to utilize VitalStim® technology in the treatment of dysphagia.
Disclosure: This course 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 Certificate 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
Click for VitalStim Therapy Specialty Certificate Program Press Release
$725 (Group - 10-24)
$675 (Group - 25-99)
$575 (Group - 100 or more)
$350 (Renewal 1.6 CEUs)
The VitalStim Therapy Manual will be issued at the live course.
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.
The VitalStim® Therapy Specialty Program includes
the online course, MBS: The Clear Picture-Pediatric
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 (Maintain your Specialty Certificate by completing a renewal course once every 3 years)
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.
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 Adult Focus
0.7 CEUs (7 contact hours) will be awarded for successful completion of course.
Activate course within 6 months of purchase
30 days to complete once activated
Live Stream Renewal
Get the best of both worlds by taking your VitalStim Renewal
course via Livestream
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!
Course locations listed above are NOT offered via Live Stream, click the Live Stream link above for available dates.
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VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program© CIAO Seminars
AOTA Classification Codes
OT Process: Intervention, Outcomes
Domain of OT: Client Factors
07:30 - 08:00
Registration (snack/refreshments provided)
08:00 - 08:30
Introduction, program overview
08:30 - 10:00
Review swallowing physiology, anatomy
10:15 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:00
Palpation of head and neck structures (lab)
11:00 - 12:00
Abnormal swallow (dysphagia)
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (on your own)
01:00 - 02:30
02:30 - 02:45
Break (Snack provided)
02:45 - 04:00
Electrical stimulation: basic theory
04:00 - 05:00
Electrical stimulation: lab
05:00 - 06:30
07:15 - 08:00
Review of material day 1, Q&A
08:00 - 10:00
Electrical stimulation for swallowing: theory
10:15 - 12:00
Electrical stimulation for swallowing: application – lab
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (on your own)
01:00 - 02:30
Electrical stimulation for swallowing: application – lab (continued)
02:30 - 03:00
Treatment progression, diet progression, case studies
03:00 - 03:30
Integration of electrical stimulation into treatment plan – lab and testing