VitalStim Therapy DINES Renewal Ecourse

The updates in the 2019 VitalStim® Therapy and Beyond: DINES (Dynamic Integration of NMES and Exercise for Swallowing) Specialty Certificate Program are now included in this course!

This course is designed to renew competency for NMES 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 (NMES) 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 the treatment of dysphagia will be reviewed, as will the various NMES protocols described in the literature.

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AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of OT: Performance Skills

Course Objectives

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

Course Instructor(s)

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

Course Agenda

94 Minutes
Physiology of the Normal Swallow
86 Minutes
Exercise Considerations
106 Minutes
Electrical Stimulation in the Treatment of Dysphagia
50 Minutes
DINES Treatment Protocols
24 Minutes
42 Minutes
21 Minutes
65 Minutes
Pediatric Considerations
22 Minutes
8.5 Hours

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 8.5 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.85 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.85 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (8.5 PDUs)
  • As an IACET Accredited Provider, CIAO offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer 0.85 CEUs for this program

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.

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

This course is offered for 0.85 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area) ASHA Bubble Sheet

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