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    Kinesiology Taping Techniques for Swallowing Disorders

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    Add to Calendar 10/18/2019 08:00 AM 10/18/2019 05:00 PM America/New_York Kinesiology Taping Techniques for Swallowing Disorders Hotel:
    Phone: 704-319-9900
    Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Airport North CIAO Seminars, Inc mail@ciaoseminars.com false MM/DD/YYYY

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst
    • Physical Therapist
    • Physical Therapy Asst

Course Description

This course instruction assumes a prior knowledge of dysphagia and anatomy/physiology of the head and neck. For an excellent review of the normal and abnormal swallow, we recommend bundling the ecourse “Anatomy of Swallowing”. Please note that VitalStim Providers and past attendees of John Kelly’s Myofascial Release and Other Manual Techniques in Dysphagia Management course may have already completed Anatomy of Swallowing (not sure, just ask CIAO).  We are offering the ecourse at a $20 discount when added as a bundle during registration (price reflects discount).

Elastic taping techniques have gained the attention of rehab providers offering support while allowing functional movement. This research-based modality has a variety of applications to address functional impairment. This course will focus on taping strategies relevant to dysphagia therapy. Therapeutic applications provide re-education of the neuromuscular system, influence lymphatic drainage, improve localized circulation and reduce pain. Diagnoses familiar to the dysphagia specialist benefit from its use. Taping strategies offer muscular inhibition as in craniomandibular hypertonus, muscular recruitment facilitating hyoid movement and minimize postural compensation related to sensory input. This course will educate the dysphagia clinician on the therapeutic benefit of taping to improve motor patterns and facilitate a client's functional independence. Though focused on the adult population, experienced pediatric clinicians can easily apply these techniques to the pediatric population.

  • This course will be heavy in labs where participants will gain the confidence, they need to be successful.
  • Participants will receive 1:1 time with the instructor while practicing taping techniques.
  • Taping supplies for live, in-person attendees has been generously donated by StrengthTape

Appropriate Disciplines: SLP/SLPAs, OT/COTAs
Course Level: Intermediate
Assessment Methods: Hands-on labs, Q&A, Self-Assessment on Evaluation

Course Objectives

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

  • Review oral, pharyngeal myofascial anatomy and physiology
  • Describe biomechanical consequence of muscular and soft tissue dysfunction with their effects on swallowing
  • Define postural impairment and basic craniomandibular dysfunction and their relationship to mastication
  • Define impaired breath patterns and proper assessment in a functional breathing screening
  • Discuss precautions and contraindications for preparatory myofascial release and taping application
  • Demonstrate evaluation, basic soft tissue mobilization and taping application for the jaw, anterior cervical, rib cage and scapula in feeding treatment
  • Identify a proper treatment approach utilizing medical taping techniques through selected case study based on evaluation findings
  • Identify postural dysfunction and upper quadrant instability and relate to an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation in the management of swallowing impairment

John Kelly


A graduate of the University of St. Augustine’s graduate Physical Therapy Program. John has over 17 years’ experience with acute inpatient and hospital-based outpatient rehabilitation and currently an outpatient clinical director for Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. John continues to balance full time patient care with administrative responsibilities. John is NDT certified and an experienced manual orthopedic therapist working toward his clinical doctorate and manual therapy certification. John is a certified VitalStim® Instructor and has taught orthopaedic and electrotherapy courses across the country. John is an accomplished clinical instructor and consistently is recognized for his exceptional patient rapport and strong evaluations from course participants.

Financial Disclosure: John is a salaried employee for his position at Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital. John Kelly receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course. He also receives royalties for the purchase of his recorded course(s)
Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Day 1

07:30 - 08:00
Registration/Sign in (light refreshments provided)
08:00 - 08:15
Program overview/objectives
08:15 - 08:30
Anatomy and kinematics; oral, pharyngeal, esophageal and diaphragm breathing patterns
08:30 - 09:30
Integrating postural instability
09:30 - 10:00
Lab: hyolaryngeal palpation and myofascial/postural assessment
10:00 - 10:15
Taping application guidelines and treatment considerations
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 10:45
Lab/Discussion: tissue preparation with oral and facial myofascial release technique
10:45 - 12:00
Lab: taping application for the face and jaw
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (on your own)
01:00 - 01:15
Lab/Discussion: tissue preparation with anterior neck myofascial release technique
01:15 - 03:00
Lab: taping application for the anterior neck
03:00 - 03:15
03:15 - 03:30
Lab/Discussion: tissue preparation with trunk lateral wall myofascial release technique
03:30 - 04:45
Lab: taping application for the posterior neck, upper quadrant and trunk
04:45 - 05:00
Case study and discussion

Delivery VIA:

  • Live On Tour - This course is now being offered live on locations throughout the United States.
  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be.
  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch and interact with the instructor from wherever you are or join us as part of the studio audience in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 7.5 Hrs.
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider (0.75 ASHA CEUs) ASHA Bubble Sheet must be completed at course
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider (0.75 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (7.5 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the TBPTE Accredited Prov. #2202009#TX
  • This activity meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • Approved for:
  • 7.5 Hrs. PT/PTAs in IL, TX(7.5 CCUs)
  • 9.0 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY
  • 9.0 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-698099)

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AK, AL, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, KY, ME, MO, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NC, NH, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • Call CIAO 888-909-CIAO(2426) if you have questions about CE Approval

  • This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate 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)


    "I appreciate the opportunity for live streaming during this unprecedented time. I look forward to receiving the supplemental materials that will be sent by John. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "Thank you so much John Kelly! I have never been disappointed in your seminars. I always leave your instruction feeling enlightened and refreshed with additional clinical skills . You did a good job with the livestream. I think this was a great livestream if you already had taken the manual myofascial tech lab. I saw a lot of questions regarding the manual techniques . I think it was overwhelming for some participants based on questions during the feed. That lab's base knowledge made a huge difference in my understanding John's relevance to the taping applications. Great Course!!! "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "great course even from afar. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "John, you did an excellent job! "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "Great course! And affordable too. The only other option I knew about through a different company was going to cost upwards of $3,000!! So excited to take it here instead, and with John. He's extremely knowledgeable and relatable, and answers questions well. I love the link between how a PT looks at things and how SLPs should be looking too. Thanks for bringing us closer to the level of our PT/OT colleagues. I learned so much and can't wait to start taping my patients! Labs were a little hard to see on livestream, I think because of camera angles. If the camera could be mobile and shoot different angles that might help. I took John's myofunctional release course and I think that should be a prerequisite to this course, then less time could be spent on MFR information and more time delving in to case studies. Using case studies to figure out where to tape would be really helpful. So glad you developed this course!!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "The knowledge this presenter portrayed was phenomenal, I will be registering for another! "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "GREAT course. I have attended the VitalStim certification, Myofascial Release and now this course with John. What a GREAT presenter. Thanks. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "It was very nice to see John again. I met him when he come to Turkey. Was looking forward to be able to attend to this course."

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "Only recommendation is to include if a partner is needed at home. I had tape and scissors ready for the online course, but didn't see anywhere to have a partner ready. I know this is usually completed in person and a last switch to live streaming, which was awesome, but I would have talked my partner into working from home today had I known. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "Obviously would have loved to take this class in person, but grateful for the option to learn from home!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "Great course - I have wanted to take the myofascial release course for years but it hasn't come close enough yet. Thank you!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020

    "Online this was difficult, but manageable "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2020


    - Tampa, FL / Feb 2020

    "John was a very well informed instructor. He did an outstanding job at providing a knowledge base and then putting it into real applications."

    - Tampa, FL / Feb 2020

    "The information provided was very thorough. I enjoyed the ability to immediately practice the taping techniques with colleagues. Also enjoyed that many of the techniques can also be applied in pediatrics."

    - Tampa, FL / Feb 2020

    "Enjoyed the course-hope to take his other courses!"

    - Dallas, TX / Dec 2019

    "Fabulous- seriously amazing. Thank you!! SLPs need to use this modality! So excited to go back to work and implement my newly acquired knowledge. "

    - Dallas, TX / Dec 2019

    "I feel this course should be marked intermediate VS intro as there is a lot of A+P and general dysphagia knowledge that is assumed with this course presentation. "

    - Dallas, TX / Dec 2019

    "Great course, even if you are not as familiar with anatomy-learned a lot! Would be beneficial to have a peds specific course for taping. "

    - Chicago, IL / Aug 2019

    "With an uninitiated audience, I would have started with an explanation of taping. However, the presentation was excellent. "

    - Chicago, IL / Aug 2019

    "Thank you for designing this course! This is going to benefit my patients so much and fit right in my speech tool box. Cant wait to see what's next :)"

    - Chicago, IL / Aug 2019

    "Great course, but I don't feel like I had the base knowledge to understand some of the instruction. Presenter was great about answering questions as needed."

    - Chicago, IL / Aug 2019