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    Head and Neck Cancer: A Hard Thing to Swallow 6hr

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    Add to Calendar 05/01/2021 08:00 AM 05/01/2021 03:00 PM America/Chicago Head and Neck Cancer: A Hard Thing to Swallow 6hr Hotel:
    Phone: 850-916-8886
    CIAO Studios CIAO Seminars, Inc mail@ciaoseminars.com false MM/DD/YYYY

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    Appropriate Disciplines

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

Course Description

There are two ways to participate in this live stream event (BOTH count as LIVE CE):
  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: 8:00 AM Central (9:00 AM Eastern; 7:00 AM Mountain; 6:00 AM Pacific)
Please contact our office if you have any questions. 850-916-8886.

NOTE: This is an expanded version of the 3hr. live stream course held in December 2020 (same title). This course will be recorded and offered as an online self-study.

Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) has devastating effects on an individual's quality of life. The complexity of rehabilitation needs can leave the PT, OT and SLP feeling overwhelmed. Patients require specialized, interdisciplinary rehabilitation throughout treatment and survivorship. This intermediate level course for PTs, OTs, and SLPs provides an overview of the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia, dysarthria, trismus, laryngectomy, lymphedema, radiation fibrosis, pain, shoulder dysfunction, cervical and thoracic mobility, and cancer-related fatigue with a multidisciplinary, collaborative rehabilitation approach. Following this course, participants will be able to develop and implement an interdisciplinary, comprehensive rehabilitation program to address the complex needs of this population.

Course Level:
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.

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the epidemiology, etiology, Presentation and prognosis of Head and Neck Cancer (HNC).
  • Illustrate the adverse short- and long-term effects of cancer treatment.
  • Demonstrate the need for interdisciplinary rehabilitation for individuals with Head and Neck Cancer.
  • Illustrate how physical therapy interventions and speech and swallowing therapies complement each other.
  • Explain normal swallowing mechanics, tools to assess the swallow and effective therapy approaches to retrain swallow function.
  • Explain and demonstrate PT/OT assessment and treatment of functional deficits resulting from head and neck cancer and treatments
  • Create a timeline for the appropriate implementation of physical, occupational and speech interventions through-out the diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship from Head and Neck Cancer
  • Devise a Head and Neck Cancer Pathway that implements a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment approach.

Stacey Brill


Stacey Brill M.S.CCC-SLP is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association since 1993. She graduated with her B.S in Communicative Disorders from University of Central Florida and her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern. She has specialized in the area of Dysphagia associated with Oral/Head/Neck Cancer rehabilitation since 2004. Advanced skills include Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Studies, Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), Videostroboscopy, Vital Stim provider, Tracheo-Esphogeal Puncture (TEP) management, and Myofascial release in the area of Trismus and Dysphagia. STAR certified. Founder and facilitator of local chapter of SPOHNC (Support for People with Oral, Head, Neck Cancer). Event Chairperson of annual awareness walk/run for Head/Neck Cancer to raise funds for local head/neck cancer grant. Organizer of annual free community wide screenings for Oral, Head, Neck Cancer. Created Head/Neck cancer pathway, Head/Neck Cancer Clinic/Education Class and Laryngectomy education modules for the Lee Health System. Interested in identifying new or better ways to treat dysphagia and dysphonia in order to maximize functional outcomes and quality of life following cancer treatment. Dedicated to community and healthcare education of oral/head/neck cancer.
Financial Disclosure: Stacey receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant disclosures.

Brianne Carter


Brianne Carter PT, DPT has been practicing as a physical therapist since 2006. Brianne treats a variety of adult and pediatric patients with orthopedic, oncological and neurological diagnoses, specializing in oncology and disorders of the neck and spine. She developed comprehensive physical therapy program for head and neck cancer and is a member of the Head and Neck Cancer Pathway for Lee Memorial Health System. Brianne has completed the STAR Certification for Oncology. She is Graston Certified and has extensive training in manual therapy. She served as an adjunct faculty member in the Physical Therapy Department at FGCU. She served as a Board member and President of the Southwest Florida Physical Therapy Association.
Financial Disclosure: Brianne receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant disclosures.

Day 1

08:00 - 08:30
introduction, objectives
08:30 - 09:15
09:15 - 09:45
Development of interdisciplinary rehab pathway
09:45 - 10:30
Speech and swallowing deficits and therapy approaches
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:00
Physical & Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment approaches
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 01:00
Physical & Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment approaches continued
01:00 - 01:45
Laryngeal Cancer communication and safety protocols
01:45 - 02:00
02:00 - 03:00
Patient advocacy in your community, Discussion/Q&A

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:

  • 6 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider (0.6 ASHA CEUs) ASHA bubble sheet submission required
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.6 AOTA CEUs) AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (6.0 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. #2202009TX and meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX.
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • Pre-Approved for:
  • 6.0 Hrs PT/PTAs in IL, TX(6 CCUs, TPTA#2202009)
  • 7 Hrs OT/COTAs in FL(CE#20-811184)
  • 7.2 Hrs PT/PTAs in NY
  • 7 Hrs. PT/PTAs in FL (CE21-811184)

Course meets requirements for:

  • SLP/SLPAs (CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider)
  • 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
  • OT/COTAs (CIAO is an AOTA and NBCOT Approved Provider)
  • Call CIAO 888-909-CIAO(2426) if you have questions about CE Approval
  • Participants who successfully complete this course will receive CEU Certificate at the end of the course.

  • This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate 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)


    "Well-organized and presented. I would recommend this course to my colleagues. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2021

    "I have to say, this was an excellent course! I have been practicing for 28 years with increasing HNC involvement over the past 5 years, and the information you both provided today really brought the interdisciplinary approach to HNC treatment to light. This motivates me to want/have my PT/OT/SLP team to provide more collaborative care of these patients so that all are intimately aware of what each of us is treating. Thank you so much! "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2021

    "This presentation was very organized, very helpful to see the multi-disciplinary perspective and truly motivating to move forward with care. Very inspiring to see what they have accomplished locally and moving forward on a national level to make a difference in the loves of individuals with HNC and their families."

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2021

    "Great job to both presenters! I love the way Stacey presented her material. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2021

    "I really enjoyed the course but I would have loved a more detailed course regarding the specific treatment approaches patients complete while receiving speech therapy services,"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2021

    "I loved this course. Through the presenters' expertise I found it so comprehensive and can't believe how much I learned in 6 hours. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2021

    "I thought the virtual platform was great! "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2021

    "Very informative course."

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2021

    "Fantastic course! Thanks for all the info!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / May 2021