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    Add to Calendar 09/20/2019 09:00 AM 09/20/2019 04:00 PM America/Chicago VitalStim® Plus - NMES and sEMG Biofeedback (Live Stream) Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Pensacola/Gulf Breeze
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    Appropriate Disciplines


    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Occupational Therapist

Course Description

There are two ways to participate in this live stream event (BOTH count as LIVE CEUs!):
  1. in the LIVE STUDIO audience in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. via LIVE STREAM around the world - Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer and interact with the instructor.
Course begins: 9:00 AM Central (10:00 AM Eastern; 8:00 AM Mountain; 7:00 AM Pacific)
Please contact our office if you have any questions. 850-916-8886.

Exercise is the key ingredient to rehabilitation and dysphagia rehabilitation is no different. The skilled clinician must have a variety of treatment tools available to facilitate an effective exercise program. Ten years ago, VitalStim Therapy introduced NMES as such a tool and it has proven very effective. This course will take the VitalStim Provider to a new level using NMES for dysphagia therapy. The course will review the core concepts underpinning successful use of NMES in the dysphagic patient. Current research will be reviewed to explore how the NMES parameters such as frequency, phase duration and duty cycle can be changed to maximize impact. Participants will learn about the benefit of using up to 4 channels of stimulation and will learn how to sequence the stimulation between channels to mimic a normal swallowing sequence. In addition, two new modalities will be reviewed and practiced: sEMG Biofeedback and sEMG triggered electrical stimulation. This dynamic course will focus on hands on skills. The participants will work with the latest technology combining VitalStim, NMES, sEMG and sEMG triggered stimulation.
Disclosure: This course offering will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of VitalStim Plus.

NOTE: Participant must be a VitalStim Provider to attend this advanced level course.

Course Objectives

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

  • Verbalize the key neurophysiological and practical principles relevant to the use of VitalStim Therapy in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Summarize the key findings of recent publications on the topic of NMES in the treatment of dysphagia
  •       Modifying the pulse frequency
  •       Modifying the phase duration
  •       Modifying the duty cycle (e.g., 4 seconds ON, 12 seconds OFF)
  •       Using up to 4 channels of stimulation
  •       Sequencing the stimulation between channels (for example, start stimulation on the oropharyngeal sling and follow with stimulation of the       submandibular muscles)
  • Describe the mechanism of action of sEMG Biofeedback in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Demonstrate the correct execution of sEMG Biofeedback used for common neuromuscular impairments present in dysphagia
  • Describe the mechanism of action of sEMG triggered stimulation in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Demonstrate the correct execution of sEMG triggered stimulation used for common neuromuscular impairments present in dysphagia
  • Demonstrate the replication of protocols described in key publications utilizing the VitalStim Plus technology
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate the controls and software of the VitalStim Plus device

Jodie Dacy

M.S. CCC-SLP, NDC

Jodie graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She has been a practicing speech language pathologist since 1995 with extensive experience in the private sector, school settings and clinical experience in hospital settings which include long term care and outpatient rehab. Jodie became a VitalStim® Provider in 2005. Since then she has utilized this modality in the treatment of dysphagia with both her pediatric and adult patients. Jodie is also a licensed NOMAS® practitioner and certified in NDC (NMES for Dysphagia), MDTP (McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Program) and Myofascial Release. She has presented locally and nationally on various topics such as Best Practices, The Benefits of Oral Motor/Feeding Therapy on Articulation/Speech Clarity amongst others. Currently, Jodie serves the Speech Language Pathology profession as a therapist at Val Verde Regional Hospital in TX and as a certified instructor of the VitalStim® Therapy and DINES Specialty Certificate Program for CIAO Seminars.

Financial Disclosure: Jodie receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course. She also receives royalties for the purchase of her recorded course(s)
Non-Financial Disclosure: Jodie uses VitalStim Therapy in her practice.

Day 1

09:00 - 04:15
Live Stream 9:00 AM Central (10:00 Eastern; 7:00 Pacific)
09:00 - 09:15
Knowledge inventory
09:15 - 10:15
NMES core concepts
10:15 - 11:00
Review of the literature – What do we know?
11:00 - 11:15
Break
11:15 - 01:00
sEMG biofeedback – lecture & lab
01:00 - 01:30
Lunch
01:30 - 02:30
sEMG triggered stimulation – lecture & lab
02:30 - 03:30
Advanced NMES application – lecture & lab
03:30 - 03:45
Q&A, Close

Delivery VIA:

  • Live On Tour - This course is now being offered live on location throughout the United States.
  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch (and interact) from wherever you are or join us in person in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 6 Hours (0.6 CEUs)
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for ASHA #AAWA (SLPs) Bubble Sheet required
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for AOTA #4119 (OTs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (6.0 PDUs)
  • 6.0 Hrs OTs in FL (CE Broker #20-550157)


This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area).



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 Automatically reports to CE Broker for Florida Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants. Florida SLPs can either use the ASHA CE Participant Form (Bubble Sheet) or self-submit through CE Broker.


Reviews

"Great learning opportunity."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2019

"Really enjoyed the knowledge of the speaker and her flow of delivery. She was very informative and educated in a calm, clear manner. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2019

"Kelly did a great job, this is the first time I took a life stream webinar, I will do it again. Thank you"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2019

"Kelly Salmon was a very effective Vital Stim Instructor. I will seek out courses she teaches in the future. Post Vital Stim courses I do not feel I am as competent as post other courses. I strongly believe Vital Stim is beneficial (I order a lot of Vital Stim products for our hospital) I would like to breeze through testing because I have already learned the material. However, a lot of my learning is studying from the test questions POST the courses. I avoid Vital Stim courses for this reason but would love to feel more competent with its use. I would appreciate initials of muscles, techniques, measurements, etc be more clearly spelled out in all Vital Stim courses. Especially in testing, please use initials and also spell out to clarify the questions. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2019

"Thanks for a great course"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2019

"Jodie was great, very personable, patient and receptive to questions."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2018

"Great course. Thanks for offering it live stream. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2018

"great instructor! she is very knowledgeable and presented information clearly and organized"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2018

"Jodie did an excellent job of answering questions, giving examples, and demonstrating concepts visually and verbally. It was sometimes difficult to follow her instructions for how to sequence selection options from the device. It might take more practice to coordinate showing the device screen for the online students, and walking through the steps more slowly to give us time to follow along. It would have also been nice to discuss the different features and pros and cons of using each in more depth, but it seems maybe there isn't enough research to discuss this yet? Overall- this course was a very good experience."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2018

"I loved being able to take this as a live course from the comfort of my own home. I realize that some courses are more hands on and can't have this option, but for when it's appropriate, I am happy to see that it is offered. You all did a great job fielding and answering questions. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2018

"GREAT COURSE!!! The set up was great, the presenter....everyone involved did a great job! It has been many years since I have taken a CIAO course but loved this one so much I will be back!!! I love the live streaming option."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2018

"Yorick was the best. A lot of information gone over but he made it understandable. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2018

"Thank you for making my first live webinar experience a good one!!! "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2018

"This was so helpful, an excellent balance of review and new learning. The webinar style was convenient and very appropriate for the information and labs. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2018

"very good. Yorick is a fluid speaker; certainly brings the PT perspective to the course and program, which ST has needed for years. He uses examples well and clearly knows the device! starting off with such advanced questions from the audience: gave a picture of audience knowledge however I wonder if all participants were able to keep up/ follow along; perhaps save some ?? for after lunch break> Im trained since 2004: This was a great review and showed the advancement of NMES in our field. well done."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2018

"Always appreciate how professional and kind all of the staff is at Ciao! What a wonderful team!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2018

"IT was nice to learn about the new device and how to utilize it. However as an advanced, practicing clinician, it is frustrating to ask a clinical question and the instructor not to be able to answer since he is unfortunately not an SLP. Please consider having a clinical SLP join him or give the class. I look forward to the clinical follow up with an SLP/ NMES advance group thanks! "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2018

"Thoroughly enjoyed, as I do all CIAO courses! The speakers are always AMAZING!!!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2018

"Excellent course with strong focus on content paired with meaningful definitions. thank you!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2018

"Very well organized course. LOVE being able to learn new treatment modalities without getting on an airplane and leaving my kids. THANK YOU!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2018

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course today. Learned alot of great information. This is definitely something that could benefit my outpatient dysphagia patients. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jun 2018

"Staff was very helpful with problems that arose during the live streaming session. I experienced some difficulty with my laptop during the session and the staff contacted me with the information I had missed! So very helpful throughout the course."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2018

"The livestream option for this one day course was great! I could not have afforded to travel for this course which means we would have likely not purchased the unit (would have stuck with our traditional VitalStim units). But when I was able to take the course right from my office and have the course fee credited for purchasing the new VitalStim Plus unit, my hospital was in favor of purchasing the more advanced equipment!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2018

"Thank you awesome course, awesome presentation."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2018

"In general a good course, but I was disappointed that it was not offered as a live course that I could physically attend. I found that watching the course on a computer did not facilitate my learning of the material anywhere near as much as I would have learned if I had been physically present. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2018

"I appreciated the opportunity to take the course without traveling. I would suggest offering a pre-recorded version to give people more flexibility and the ability to go back and review the steps to implement the new skills as needed. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2018

"Great course! Loved being able to Live-Stream!! "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2018

"I enjoyed the course. I learned new skills. As a mother of 3, I would choose to use Live stream again in the future."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2018

"Would have loved some more detailed information regarding specific pt populations."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2018

"Overall EXCELLENT presentation with Yorick! Thank you. Please consider having another trained clinician to quickly answer duplicate questions or simple tech issues. Please have the questions to be related to the the use of the device or material being presented.."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2018

"I could not get rid of noise in the EMG signal during the session, was very frustrated, and unable to absorb all the information. During break, I went to a different room, away from computer, and was able to get it to work. Would be useful to use polls to know when participants have completed a task, so you know we are all ready to move forward, or how many are having trouble! "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2018

"I needed bigger course slides (they were difficult to read)-especially since the instructor didn't review them all. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2018

"Keep up the great work . Love the LIVE CEU's. This is something that needs to be continued. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2018

"I think the course could be cut much shorter. The first half was review from the VitalStim Course. Only the second half of the course was beneficial for new learning. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2018