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    Add to Calendar 01/30/2022 07:30 AM 01/30/2022 05:30 PM America/New_York Strength Training for the Respiratory System Hotel:
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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Occupational Therapist
    • Certified Occupational 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: 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.

Respiratory Muscle Strength Training is an important addition to our treatment program. Often our treatment programs do not include this modality. This course builds on our basic knowledge of respiration and its connection to speech and swallowing. However, respiration also ties into cardiovascular function and our immune system. These connections will be investigated. We will identify signs and symptoms occupational therapists, physical therapists and nurses should look for during interactions with their clients that would indicate the presence of respiratory muscle weakness. Various diseases and disorders contributing to respiratory muscle strength weakness including COVID-19 will be discussed as well as the use of respiratory muscle strength training in patient recovery and therapy programs. Inspiratory and Expiratory muscle strength training tools and their protocols will be discussed These will be presented with comparisons of similarities and differences. Studies relating to the efficacy of respiratory muscle strength training will be presented for numerous diseases, including COVid-19 throughout the course.

Course Level: Intermediate

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: Areas of Occupation
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention

Course Objectives

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

  • discuss muscles and their function in inspiration and respiration
  • educate other disciplines on signs and symptoms of respiratory muscle weakness to generate referrals
  • identify specific disorders and diseases that would impact respiration including COVID-19
  • determine the most appropriate tool for patients who need respiratory muscle strength training
  • discuss efficacy of respiratory muscle strength training in three patient populations

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 - 10:00
Overview of Respiration and connection to cardiovascular health and healthy immune system
10:00 - 10:15
Training of other disciplines on signs and symptoms of respiratory muscle weakness
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:50
Diseases and Disorders impacting respiration including COVID-19 and evidence- based practice for including respiratory muscle strength training
11:50 - 12:20
12:20 - 01:00
Inspiratory and Expiratory Muscle Strength Training – what is the difference?
01:00 - 02:15
Tools and Protocols for Use
02:15 - 02:30
02:30 - 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 Hrs
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.5 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider (0.5 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (5 PDUs)
  • 6 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #(#20-780534)

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

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)

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


"Looking forward to knowing more about the "long COVID"."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience /Gulf Breeze, FL / Sep 2021

"Thank you for this presentation. The information is very practical and useful for treating the current patients on my caseload. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience /Gulf Breeze, FL / Sep 2021

"I have taken CIAO Courses since 2017. Denise has been a primary educator for the Courses I have completed. She is a wonderful instructor and I have learned so much from her. She is well-organized, pertinent, and complete in her presentation and material. Thank you for having her as an Instructor for she has offered so much to the practicing Professionals and the care we provide. Thank you Lesley for your success in developing and maintaining the CIAO Seminars. You have much to be proud of with some assistance from your Husband in creating the opportunity for yourself and the helping Professions!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience /Gulf Breeze, FL / Sep 2021

"This course provided a strong foundation for why and how to provide strength training for the respiratory system. The review of respiration was helpful in laying the ground work for understanding the diseases and disorders that affect respiration. The section on respiration specific to COVID-19 diagnosis was insightful."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience /Gulf Breeze, FL / Sep 2021

"the CIAO team was very responsive to AV issues and were very interactive and capable to evaluate and intervene in fixing them while keeping the course on schedule. Thank you very much for that!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

"Overall, wonderful presentation! Denise if very knowledgeable in this area of practice. I would have liked a little time at end of session for Q&A with presenter. I appreciate the work that went into making sure the seminar could still be presented today. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

"Excellent information. Enjoyed the speaker...very confident and knowledgeable."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

"Excellent course and presenter. I can always count on Ciao to provide the highest quality CE."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

"Thank you very much for information. I feel the seminar info was very timely and appropriate."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

"Can't say enough about how much I enjoy, appreciate, and admire Denise's very comprehensive, useful information and materials, as well as her clear and concise presentation style! I look forward to continuing to take her courses in the future."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Thank you, so well presented in terms of technical webinar streaming format, the presenter's knowledge and ability to keep me engaged!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"This workshop was packed with useful information, and also provided a much-needed review of the pulmonary system. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"The course was well organized and presented. I was appreciative of the information on COVID-19 as this is a situation/reality that we are currently facing."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Really appreciated the seamless and reliable technological platform that you provided to deliver this seminar. I have experienced some online live streaming seminars that have had repeated tech problems which affected the ability to learn from the seminar."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Great course. Thanks for discussing the ramifications of COVID as well. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Denise is adorable and very knowledgeable in the SLP field. I enjoyed her presentation and I was concerned that she was only going to talk about utilizing "commercial" tools like many CEU courses do in the beginning; however, she was able to provide SLPs with real world application training and tips. Thank you so much! Hopefully I can come to a live course in the future!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020

"Great course, enjoyed the breaks from the screen as well as times when she shared and demonstrated use with the tools"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Aug 2020