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    Add to Calendar 08/15/2020 09:00 AM 08/15/2020 03:00 PM America/Chicago Dentition, Dental Care, Dysphagia and Diet Hotel:
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    Appropriate Disciplines

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

Course Description

There are two ways to participate in this live stream event (BOTH count as LIVE Continuing Education!):

  1. as part of 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 time: 9:00 AM Central (10:00 AM Eastern; 7:00 AM Pacific)
The four D's - dentition, dental care, dysphagia and diet are intertwined. This seminar will build on our basic knowledge and delve deeper into the role of dentition in maintaining our patient's health. What role does each tooth play in mastication? What disease processes wreak havoc on our patient's dental health? Dental care or oral hygiene takes a toll on our patient's health as well. Not only is dental care imperative for all individuals on our case load, but it is especially critical for individuals with specific diseases. We will discuss the impact of poor dental care on overall health. Individuals on our dysphagia caseloads have any combination of natural dentition, partial or full dentures or are edentulous. What role does dentition status and dysphagia play in diet selection? How does lack of dentition increase the patient's risk of aspiration? Rather than continuing to use the guidelines for the National Dysphagia Diet, the IDDSI should be implemented in our facilities. We will discuss how these two diets compare, and how to educate our staff to recognize and/or test foods to ensure the diet and liquid standards are met. New products that match the IDDSI levels will be introduced and reviewed. Many times, the patient and/or family reject the diet modification recommendations. Some facilities offer waivers, which are not recognized by the courts. Better options we implement are the Shared Decision-Making Algorithm and The Care Planning for Resident Choice.

Course Level: Introductory

Assessment Methods: Q&A, Self-Assessment on Evaluation
For events that are Live Streamed, the streaming participants will verify attendance through codes given throughout course and complete a multiple choice quiz (80% passing score) and evaluation at the end

AOTA Classification Codes:
Domain of OT: Activity Demands
OT Process: Intervention

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify the role of specific dentition and impact of tooth loss
  • explain the importance of good oral hygiene
  • discuss the impact of dentition/lack of dentition on the swallow and diet selection
  • educate staff and patients on the IDDSI protocol for diet selection and testing
  • employ decision making options for resident choice

Denise Dougherty


Denise Dougherty, MA, CCC-SLP
Denise owns and operates a private practice in Indiana, PA, where she conducts therapy with both children and adults. She is a legal consultant/expert witness in wrongful death/negligence lawsuits involving dysphagia. Denise is a co-editor of Private Practice Essentials: A Practical Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists, published by ASHA Press. She has presented workshops and written numerous articles appearing in the ASHA Leader on the topic of private practice. Denise served as a consultant for The Arijah Children’s Foundation in Anguilla, BWI, providing evaluations and therapy programs for special needs children. Ms. Dougherty was an adjunct faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania and Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. She is a past President of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA), and received the Academy’s 2007 Honor Award and 2014 Award of Excellence for her achievements. Ms. Dougherty is a member of the Technical Experts Panel for Quality of Insights of Pennsylvania, working on initiating quality measures for CMS to improve effectiveness, efficiency, economy and quality of services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania; a master’s degree in communication disorders from St. Louis University. Ms. Dougherty is certified in VitalStim® therapy and is a VitalStim® instructor, has completed additional training in orofacial myology, is a member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association and has received numerous ASHA ACE Awards. For more information, please visit www.dldspeechpath.com.

Financial Disclosure Denise receives honoraria from CIAO for the presentation of her live courses and royalties for the sale of her online courses. Denise is in private practice and receives legal consultant/expert witness fees
Non-Financial Disclosure: There are no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Day 1

09:00 - 09:45
Dentition, role of specific teeth and bite force
09:45 - 10:30
Oral hygiene and impact on patients’ health
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:30
Guidelines for oral hygiene – natural teeth, dentures and the edentulous individual
11:30 - 12:10
Dysphagia and impact of dentition
12:10 - 12:40
12:40 - 01:10
Diet selection and role of dentition
01:10 - 01:50
IDDSI guidelines for foods, liquids and testing procedures
01:50 - 02:05
02:05 - 02:45
Decision Making Options to utilize for resident choice
02:45 - 03:00

Delivery VIA:

  • 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:

  • 5 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.5 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required
  • 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 0.5 CEUs for this program
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.5 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (0.5 PDUs)
  • 6 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-698301)

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

This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

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.

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


"Completely enjoyed the live seminar and how promptly emails were responded to for help. You guys are the best! "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020

"Wonderful course!! I loved I could sit at home and complete this! A great way to actually learn something rather than a boring webinar! "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020

"Great information and presentation. I would have liked more time with the tools and IDDSI information."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020

"Excellent course. Great information."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020

"another great seminar from Denise!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020

"This course was very helpful!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020