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    NMES for Dysphagia: Myth Busters

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst

Course Description

This course will will be presented three times (CST) on 1/29/22.

  • OPTION #1: 9AM-10AM (10AM Eastern, 8AM Mountain, 7AM Pacific)
  • OPTION #2: 11AM-12PM (12PM Eastern, 10AM Mountain, 9AM Pacific)
  • OPTION #3: 1PM-2PM (2PM Eastern, 12:00 PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific)

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.

More than 30,000 dysphagia specialists use NMES for treating dysphagia. With increased interest, comes increased questions and concern. This interactive live stream forum will answer current hot topic questions regarding NMES for dysphagia. The instructor, who has earned a Specialty Certificate and credentials as a Certified NMES for Swallowing (NDC) in NMES for dysphagia will clarify many questions surrounding the use of this modality, including the following:

  1. Evidence (research) surrounding NMES for dysphagia
  2. Safe and unsafe use of NMES for dysphagia
  3. Controversy of placing electrodes below the hyoid


The instructor will also answer pre-submitted questions as well as live questions regarding the truths (or not) other those listed above.


NOTE: This course is open to any dysphagia therapist who is interested in learning more about NMES for dysphagia. The course is also appropriate for those already trained.

Course Objectives

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

  • Locate a compilation of research surrounding NMES for dysphagia
  • Discuss safety, indications, and contraindications in the safe use of NMES for dysphagia
  • Differentiate between pro and con discussions regarding placing electrodes below the hyoid

Kelly Salmon


Kelly is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) specializing in the treatment of adults with communication and swallowing disorders across the continuum of care. She has been a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) since 2011 and is one of the only SLPs in the U.S. to earn designation in 2014 as a Lymphology Association of North America Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT-LANA) specializing in the treatment of head and neck lymphedema. Over the past several years of her career, Kelly has focused on becoming an expert in the treatment of swallowing disorders resulting from many medical conditions including head and neck cancer, stroke, and progressive disease and recently became one of the first SLPs to earn the NDC credential (NMES for dysphagia certified). She also works with individuals following total laryngectomy to rehabilitate and restore communication and swallowing function. Kelly was awarded her bachelors degree in speech pathology and audiology at Stockton University in New Jersey, her masters degree in speech pathology at New York University, and is currently completing her clinical doctorate in speech pathology at Nova Southeastern University. Kelly takes pride in contributing to the field of speech-language pathology through teaching a graduate-level dysphagia course at Temple University in Philadelphia, supervising speech-pathology students, presenting posters and lectures at national conferences, publishing articles on various topics related to swallowing and communication disorders, and engaging in multidisciplinary research initiatives. She is currently in the process of completing a clinical research study examining swallowing-related outcomes for individuals undergoing specialized robotic surgery for head and neck cancer. Kelly works in an otolaryngology practice at a large academic medical center in Philadelphia, PA and is dedicated to providing the highest level of evidence-based care for all of her patients.

Financial Disclosure: Kelly receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course. She also receives royalties for the purchase of her recorded course(s)
Non-Financial Disclosure: Kelly uses VitalStim Therapy in her practice.

Day 1

09:00 - 09:20
(OPTION #1) Discussion of truths and rumors regarding research, safety, indications/contraindications
09:20 - 09:40
Research and other clinically and ethically truths of using NMES for Dysphagia
09:40 - 10:00
Electrode placements below the hyoid
11:00 - 11:20
(OPTION #2) Discussion of truths and rumors regarding research, safety, indications/contraindications
11:20 - 11:40
Research and other clinically and ethically truths of using NMES for Dysphagia
11:40 - 12:00
Electrode placements below the hyoid
01:00 - 01:20
(OPTION #3) Discussion of truths and rumors regarding research, safety, indications/contraindications
01:20 - 01:40
Research and other clinically and ethically truths of using NMES for Dysphagia
01:40 - 02:00
Electrode placements below the hyoid

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:

  • 1.0 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider (0.1 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required

Introductory Level


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