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    Head and Neck Cancer: A Hard Thing to Swallow

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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


  1. Attend as part of the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. Attend via LIVE STREAM from anywhere around the world. Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer.


  • This live event is streamed in real time. 
  • Course agenda is in Central time, please adjust for your time zone
  • Registrants who attend the live broadcast will be able to interact with instructor.
  • All registrants will have access to the broadcast recording for 14 days.
  • A group may view the course together, however each attendee must be individually registered in order to receive CE credit.


  • SLPs - this course is registered with ASHA as Blended Learning. ASHA CEUs may be earned by attending live, viewing the recording, or a combination of both.
  • OT/PTs - Participants who need live hours for state license renewal must attend in real time yet, will still have access to the recording for 14 days.


  • Attend/view entire course
  • Pass multiple choice quiz (80% min score)
  • Complete online course evaluation

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 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. 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:

  • 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. #2502009TX 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
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes CIAO Seminars as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers Offering Continuing Competency Courses
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California has determined that CIAO meets the standards set forth in section 1399.95 of the CA Code of Regulations
  • CIAO is a Rule Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Physical Therapy
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • CIAO is a PT Approved Provider #BAP202310092 for the Oklahoma Medical Board. All PT courses for the 2022-2023 reporting period are approved.
  • Pre-Approved for:
  • 6.0 Hrs PT/PTAs in CA(#CIAO23-66), IL, OK(#BAP202310092), TX(6 CCUs, TPTA#2502009)
  • 6.0 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN
  • 6.0 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for PT/PTAs in AZ, GA, OK, SC, TN
  • 7.0 Hrs OT/COTAs and PT/PTAs in FL(CE#20-811184)
  • 7.2 Hrs PT/PTAs in NY

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AL,AK, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT,
  • PT/PTAs in NE, NH, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • OT/COTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, ID, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT,
  • OT/COTAs in NE, NV, NH, NJ,, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY

  • Intermediate Level
    0.6 ASHA CEUs

    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)

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


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    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2023

    "Love the live streaming option in the comfort of our own home! Once the audio was improved for the presenters, it was so much easier to process what they were saying especially on this complex topic! (Lesley even your audio needs to be much louder - your segments were very difficult to hear you.) In the future, headphone microphones are recommended. The rings of light reflecting in the presenter's glasses were bothersome as well - maybe adjusting the height of the lights next time. Thank you for making me feel comfortable asking my questions during the presentation - I was worried that some of the questions would come across as ridiculous. I have gained the knowledge that I do have by asking questions! The Q&A box needs to have more space for typing questions though! Also please have the presenters say that they welcome questions upfront as the CEU progresses. I enjoyed learning about this topic - more videos, pictures of your patients would have been appreciated. This is such a unique and complex population to work with -highlighting chewing/swallowing challenges and the accommodations/strategies used for these challenges would have been nice to see for the SLPs with limited experience. As a fellow SLP, I love your candor and passion Lesley and can't wait to take more courses with Ciao! I am likely doing the myofascial release course next! p.s. one last thing I forgot to mention - the start and stop time of the course was very confusing. Thank you and see you next course! :) "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2023

    "I thought this course was very well done. The speakers were organized and obviously know a lot about the HNC population. I have only recently began treating this population, and took this class because I was finding it overwhelming to coordinate care with other disciplines. This helped to validate my efforts and gave me new ideas for things like funding."

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2023

    "Ciao was very quick to respond to the difficulties with the audio at the start of the course. They were also able to respond to my technical issues quickly. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2023

    "Excellent Course. Thank you :-) "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2023

    "This course was very informative yet easy to follow. You can tell the presenters love what they do and that makes it much more interesting to listen to."

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2023

    "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