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.
- 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.
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 Tidwell Brown, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Speech Language Pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Beginning her practice in 2008, Allison has spent her career focusing on the treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing within the medical setting. She has helped develop several programs and clinics including a vocal cord dysfunction program and a multidisciplinary saliva control clinic. She is currently a lead outpatient feeding therapist for Children's Health in Dallas, TX where she is a Vital Stim Certified and swallow study trained member of the outpatient feeding therapy team. 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.
Introduction and objectives
Impact and prevalence of drooling
Instrumental and clinical assessment
Multidisciplinary medical management and therapeutic intervention
Case studies; research
- 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:
- 0.2 CEUs (2.0 Contact Hours)
- CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (SLPs) requires bubble sheet submission
- This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)
This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)
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