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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)
In our role as Speech-language Pathologists we are to practice at the “top of our license”, but often don’t have the tools we need to get the job done. Most of us don’t ask potential employers about the availability of therapy tools or a budget for therapy equipment. PRN staff often realize if they don’t bring their equipment, there is nothing to work with. Budget constraints put us in a position of having to create or make our own tools. We can make some tools very inexpensively but there comes a time when purchasing specific equipment is necessary to document our outcomes. This seminar will look at tools we can create and utilize in our therapy room as well as those on the market to improve muscle function for an efficient safe swallow and provide documentation of our outcomes. Therapeutic interventions include swallowing and non-swallowing exercises but what are these and why do we use them? These exercises will be identified with literature discussing their efficacy, utilization and outcomes. In addition, new adaptive equipment for pediatrics and adults will be introduced that can assist with bolus control.

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
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation

Course Objectives

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

  • discuss research for utilizing swallowing and non-swallowing exercises
  • facilitate specific exercises targeting the tongue and inspiration/expiration
  • justify purchase of specific therapy equipment to document therapy outcomes
  • compare and choose adaptive cups to meet their patients needs
  • Describe the importance of preparation of the body prior to performing yoga poses and how to activate the base of support and foundation for sitting/standing poses

Day 1

09:00 - 09:15
Overview of course
09:15 - 10:00
Areas of dysfunction identified on the bedside and instrumental assessment
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 12:40
Swallowing and Non-swallowing exercises utilizing tools you create and tools on the market with protocols and research
12:40 - 01:00
What’s new in adaptive equipment and protocols, research
01:00 - 01:15

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:

  • 4 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.4 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 0.4 CEUs for this program
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.4 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (0.4 PDUs)
  • 5 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-698283)

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

This course is offered for 0.4 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

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

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.


"Thank you! Very beneficial course!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020

"Great ideas for therapy, improving ideas for measurement of patient progress. Thanks Denise, so many great ideas for my toolbox."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020

"Great course."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020

"Excellent course"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020

"Fantastic! Wonderful, informative presenter!"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Feb 2020