Adult Dysphagia Management for the OT & Interdisciplinary Team
(2036_003)


CREDIT HOURS: 7

Please note: This course is intended for Occupational Therapists and other non-SLP Dysphagia Team members only. If you are a Speech-Language Pathologist, click here for an SLP Dysphagia Management course.

The need for dysphagia therapists continues to rise, despite the sweeping changes in Medicare reimbursement of recent years. Occupational Therapists are finding themselves in demand to provide these services in areas where more experienced therapists are unavailable.

This Introductory Level course includes time-sensitive core materials that establish the foundations for dysphagia therapy in LTC. Case study examples are provided to facilitate the acquisition of care process essentials.

Topics include:
normal vs. abnormal swallowing physiology, screening, evaluation, and treatment techniques. Medicare codes and documentation guidelines are reviewed, as well as examples of plan of care goals and functional maintenance programs.

Teaching Methods include:
course content delivered in a text format, graphics, pictures, activities and live web links, as well as a discussion board and email to instructor. Learners complete nine (9) required assignments and must complete three exams with a minimum combined cumulative score of 80% to pass the course.

PLEASE NOTE: TEXT BOOKS LISTED ARE REFERENCE MATERIALS ONLY. PURCHASING THEM IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR THIS ONLINE COURSE.


The new dysphagia clinician will gain an increased confidence in basic level evaluation techniques, treatment options and care planning outlines for management of the geriatric dysphagia patient.

Learner Outcomes:


Upon completion of this interactive course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify anatomy and structure related to swallowing
  • Describe the normal swallow process
  • Identify major symptoms of dysphagia and aspiration
  • List negative outcomes of dysphagia
  • Perform an oral motor assessment
  • Identify symptoms of pharyngeal phase dysphagia
  • Identify symptoms of esophageal phase dysphagia
  • Apply basic treatment techniques for dysphagia management
  • Write long and short term goals for dysphagia
  • Understand current billing codes and guidelines for dysphagia therapy

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