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    Appropriate Disciplines


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    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Occupational Therapist

Course Description

The art and skill of interpreting Modified Barium Swallows seemed out of reach for some SLPs who may have graduated before the opportunity to learn was available, or simply because of the limitations of their work environments. This introductory online interactive course is a great opportunity for SLPs, OTs, Radiologists and other professionals involved in treating dysphagia. This is not your typical online course, it is a colorful, 3-D, interactive experience! You will watch actual videos, have the ability to manipulate 3-D anatomical structures and communicate with your personal instructor. Participants will gain better insight and understanding of the normal anatomy of the swallow and the background necessary to accurately observe the Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) study for the assessment of swallowing.
In Unit 1, consisting of 3 Lessons, the participant will learn the anatomy involved in the normal swallow. In Unit 2, consisting of 3 Lessons, the participants will review several MBS studies to learn how to identify and recognize common abnormal findings.
MBS Course Instructions

NOTE: The course is delivered via the internet. Computer and internet access is therefore required. The participant will receive guidance and instruction from an experienced instructor, specializing in swallowing disorders and evaluation. Participants should allow up to 48 hours for instructor responses. The course takes approximately 12 hours to complete and may be taken at any time over a two week period with new classes starting every Friday.
If you are taking the VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program do not register for this course, it is already included in the VitalStim registration.

AOTA Classification Codes
OT Process: Intervention, Outcomes
Domain of OT: Client Factors

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify normal anatomy of the musculature, skeleton and neurological structures relevant to the swallow
  • Identify normal muscle physiology involved in the swallowing mechanism
  • Describe and identify normal anatomical features visible on an MBS
  • Describe and recognize common abnormal findings on an MBS
60 Minutes
Lesson 1: The Oral Stage
15 Minutes
Test
60 Minutes
Lesson 2: The Pharyngeal Stage
15 Minutes
Test
60 Minutes
Lesson 3: The Esophageal Stage
30 Minutes
Test
15 Minutes
Anatomy & Physiology Exam
120 Minutes
Assignment, instruction, and communication with online instructor
60 Minutes
Lesson 4 Signs Observable during Oral Phase
15 Minutes
Test
60 Minutes
Lesson 5 Signs Observable during Pharyngeal Phase
15 Minutes
Test
60 Minutes
Lesson 6 Signs Observable during Esophageal Phase
15 Minutes
Test
120 Minutes
Assignment, instruction, and communication with online instructor
12.0 Hours
Total
60 Minutes
Lesson 1: The Oral Stage
15 Minutes
Test
60 Minutes
Lesson 2: The Pharyngeal Stage
15 Minutes
Test
60 Minutes
Lesson 3: The Esophageal Stage
30 Minutes
Test
15 Minutes
Anatomy & Physiology Exam
120 Minutes
Assignment, instruction, and communication with online instructor
60 Minutes
Lesson 4 Signs Observable during Oral Phase
15 Minutes
Test
60 Minutes
Lesson 5 Signs Observable during Pharyngeal Phase
15 Minutes
Test
60 Minutes
Lesson 6 Signs Observable during Esophageal Phase
15 Minutes
Test
120 Minutes
Assignment, instruction, and communication with online instructor
12.0 Hours
Total

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 1.2 CEUs (12 Hours)
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OTs)
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (SLP - bubble sheet required)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (12 PDUs)
  • As an IACET Authorized Provider, CIAO offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer 1.2 CEUs for this program
  • This course is approved by the CA Board of OT for Advanced Practice:
  • - 12.0 hrs Swallowing CABOT#25-S2


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



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



CIAO is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CIAO complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, CIAO is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.



This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).


Reviews

"This was an excellent review of the cranial nerves and the muscles associated with the swallow. I look forward to the course."

- Nashville , TN / Feb 2017

"Very informative and a great refresher for the upcoming Vital Stim Program."

- Vail, AZ / Dec 2016

"Overall a wonderful course. The instructor responded quickly and provided good feedback for the assignments. It was a good review of all anatomy! "

- Scottsdale, AZ / Nov 2016

"Very helpful review given prior to in-person course"

- Brookfield, CT / Nov 2016

"I enjoyed having an online instructor. I feel that it challenged me to look into and analyze/question the information and my prior knowledge to complete the assignments. "

- New Providence , NJ / Oct 2016

"I truly appreciate this course as it was a GREAT refresher after not being involved in this area over the past few years. Great presentation of information that was easy to understand! Thank you Denise!"

- Bradford, PA / Sep 2016