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    MBS - The Clear Picture




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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Occupational Therapist

Course Description

. This course focuses on the adult swallowing anatomy. For pediatric focus (under 5 years of age) see MBS: The Clear Picture Pediatric.

The art and skill of interpreting Modified Barium Swallows seemed out of reach for some SLPs who may have graduated before the opportunity to learn was available, or simply because of the limitations of their work environments. This introductory online interactive course is a great opportunity for SLPs, OTs, Radiologists and other professionals involved in treating dysphagia. This is not your typical online course, it is a colorful, 3-D, interactive experience! Participants will gain better insight and understanding of the normal anatomy of the swallow and the background necessary to accurately observe the Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) study for the assessment of swallowing.
In Unit 1, consisting of 3 Lessons, the participant will learn the anatomy involved in the normal swallow. In Unit 2, consisting of 3 Lessons, the participants will review several MBS studies to learn how to identify and recognize common abnormal findings.

NOTE: The course is delivered via the internet. Computer and internet access is therefore required. The course takes approximately 12 hours to complete and may be taken at any time over a two week period with new classes starting every Friday.
If you are taking the VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program do not register for this course, it is already included in the VitalStim registration.

AOTA Classification Codes
OT Process: Intervention, Outcomes
Domain of OT: Client Factors

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify normal anatomy of the musculature, skeleton and neurological structures relevant to the swallow
  • Identify normal muscle physiology involved in the swallowing mechanism
  • Describe and identify normal anatomical features visible on an MBS
  • Describe and recognize common abnormal findings on an MBS

Yorick Wijting


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 runs his private practice in Gilroy, CA.

Financial Disclosure: Yorick receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of his live course(s) and royalties for the sale of his recorded course(s). Yorick is the author and an instructor for the VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program.
Non-Financial Disclosure: no relevant relationships exist

60 Minutes
Lesson 1: The Oral Stage
15 Minutes
60 Minutes
Lesson 2: The Pharyngeal Stage
15 Minutes
60 Minutes
Lesson 3: The Esophageal Stage
30 Minutes
15 Minutes
Anatomy & Physiology Exam
120 Minutes
Assignment, instruction, and communication with online instructor
60 Minutes
Lesson 4 Signs Observable during Oral Phase
15 Minutes
60 Minutes
Lesson 5 Signs Observable during Pharyngeal Phase
15 Minutes
60 Minutes
Lesson 6 Signs Observable during Esophageal Phase
15 Minutes
120 Minutes
Assignment, instruction, and communication with online instructor
12.0 Hours

Delivery VIA:

  • Online - This course is offered in an online, on demand format.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 12 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (1.2 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (1.2 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (12 PDUs)
  • As an IACET Authorized Provider, CIAO offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer 1.2 CEUs for this program
  • 12.0 Hours OTs in CA - Advanced Swallowing #25-S2

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)

CIAO is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CIAO complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, CIAO is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.

This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).


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