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    Tips and Tools to Control the Drool! e-course

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst

Course Description

Drooling is a swallowing problem that can have significant consequences on quality of life as well as overall health and well-being. A speech pathologist has a vital role on the multidisciplinary team to assess saliva management and provide appropriate and functional intervention as well oral and non-oral intake recommendations. This intermediate level course will address the role of saliva, drooling as a swallowing problem, methods to measure severity and frequency, and medical and therapeutic intervention. Case studies and pertinent research will be discussed.

Course Requirements:
  • Computer with internet and working speakers/sound are required for this course.
  • Course must be completed within 30 days of activation (activate course within 6 months of purchase).
  • An online multiple-choice quiz (80% passing score) and submission of an online evaluation form are required for successful completion.
  • A certificate of completion will be available to print immediately after course is successfully completed.
  • SLPs - ASHA CEUs may be obtained by completing the online ASHA form and checking the "Report to ASHA" box.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define the role of saliva and the impact of decreased saliva management.
  • Identify methods for assessing severity and frequency of drooling.
  • Evaluate medical management and referral options.
  • Distinguish the predictors and causes of decreased saliva management.
  • Select appropriate intervention recommendations.

Allison Brown

Allison Tidwell Brown, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Speech Language Pathologist and Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Her clinical focus is with infant feeding, GI, saliva management, and instrumental assessment of the swallow including VFSS. She has helped develop several programs and clinics including a multidisciplinary saliva management program. She is a lead outpatient feeding therapist for Children's Health in Dallas, TX. Allison also teaches a graduate course in Pediatric Dysphagia at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Financial Disclosure: Allison receives an honorarium from CIAO for the presentation of her live courses. She also receives royalties for the sale of her online courses.
Non-Financial Disclosure: no relevant disclosures.

5 Minutes
Introduction and objectives
25 Minutes
Impact and prevalence of drooling
30 Minutes
Instrumental and clinical assessment
30 Minutes
Multidisciplinary medical management and therapeutic intervention
20 Minutes
Case studies; research
10 Minutes
2.0 Hours

Delivery VIA:

  • Online - This course is offered in an online on demand format.
  • Club CIAO - This online course is also available as part of our all-you-can-eat buffet of online courses – available at one low price.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 2.0 hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.2 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet required
  • This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.2 AOTA CEUS)

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)


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