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    Add to Calendar 07/23/2022 01:00 PM 07/23/2022 04:30 PM America/Chicago Tongue Strengthening Hotel:
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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst

Course Description

There are two ways to participate in this live stream event (BOTH count as LIVE Continuing Education!:):
  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 time(s):
1:00 PM Central (2:00 PM Eastern; 12:00 PM Mountain; 11:00 AM Pacific)

The tongue – it's the common denominator for every evaluation we do for speech and swallowing. It’s necessary to evaluate tongue range of motion, strength and endurance as it’s critical for speech and swallowing. Data collected during the evaluation helps us create the roadmap for therapeutic activities. This seminar builds on your basic knowledge of evaluating the tongue utilizing traditional tests on the market, the importance of this assessment, specific muscles critical for efficient function, how to determine range of motion and strength to assist in therapy planning as well as tools available to assist in improving tongue range of motion and strength to improve outcomes for speech and swallowing.

SLP CEUs: Participants who need live hours for their state license renewal must attend the live broadcast. For ASHA CEUs, this course is registered with ASHA as Blended Learning. ASHA CEUs are available live, recorded or a combination.
OT/PT CEUS: Participants who need live hours for their state license renewal must attend the live broadcast, however will have access to the recording for 14 days for review.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify impact of tongue weakness on speech and swallow
  • Identify impact of tongue weakness on speech and swallow
  • Explain two exercise options for improving tongue weakness in rehabilitation

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

01:00 - 01:30
Tongue anatomy and physiology
01:30 - 01:45
Function and impact of tongue weakness
01:45 - 02:15
Assessments and tasks to determine function
02:15 - 02:45
Current research
02:45 - 03:00
03:00 - 03:15
Importance of Tongue Strengthening in Rehabilitation of Speech and Swallow
03:15 - 04:15
Methods and Tools: IOPI, SwallowStrong, Tongueometer, Tongue Press, other options
04:15 - 04:30

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. Included with each Live Stream registration is access to the course recording for the 14 days immediately following the broadcast.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 3 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider (0.3 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required

Intermediate Level


"I thought the speaker was great, very clear and articulate as well as pleasant. I thought Jules was very sweet and helpful. I appreciated the professionalism of the course in general."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2022

"Great course, very good information "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2022

"Very good course"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2022