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Theoretical Basis of Exercise and Treatment of Dysphagia (WEB17032)

Presenter(s): Nancy B. Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Course Description

In order to select the appropriate treatment techniques for oral and pharyngeal dysphagia in adults, clinicians need to understand the physiology of swallowing. This introductory course discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence base for dysphagia treatment and reviews the principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning as they relate to the effects of injury to the central nervous system and the potential results of swallowing intervention. The presenter discusses examples of neuromuscular treatment for pharyngeal dysphagia and gives tips on analyzing evidence and applying a theory-driven approach.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Describe the physiology of the oral and pharyngeal swallow
  • State principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning
  • Describe examples of neuromuscular treatment for dysphagia

Related Courses

This course is part of the Fundamentals of Dysphagia learning path.

This learning path is designed for clinicians who are new to the area of swallowing disorders—as well as experienced clinicians who want a refresher. Taken together, these courses provide a comprehensive overview of dysphagia assessment and treatment.

What is a learning path? A learning path is a curated set of courses on an essential topic, designed for you to take in order—or in whatever order you wish—as you have time in your schedule. Our learning paths identify sets of key courses so you can get on your way to mastering particular areas of practice according to your needs, priorities, and interests.

Presenter Information

Nancy B. Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is president of Swigert & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm. She recently retired from Baptist Health Lexington, where she served as the Director of Speech-Language Pathology and Respiratory Care for 10 years, then as a certified Green Belt in Lean/Six Sigma and Process Excellence Coordinator. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She chaired the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders from 2012–2014. Swigert’s main clinical interests are in the area of pediatric and adult dysphagia, and she lectures and writes extensively in these areas. She also writes and lectures on coding, documentation, and reimbursement. She served on ASHA’s Health Care Economics Committee for 9 years and chaired it for 6. Swigert received her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville. She received the Honors of ASHA in 2015.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Royalties from ProEd

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA volunteer and frequent contributor to ASHA SIG 13 publications on this topic

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: June 1, 2017
Peer reviewed: April 2018, November 2022
End date: June 3, 2026

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): WEB17032
Available Through: June 03, 2026