Dysphagia Therapy in Skilled Nursing: Is What We Know REALLY What We Know?


About the Course
This course is intended for therapists who care for patients with dysphagia in skilled nursing facilities.  It discusses the principles of neuroplasticity that guide dysphagia therapy.  It also gets back to the basics of therapeutic strategies- compensatory, rehabilitative, and diet modifications.  The evidence-based behind strategies will be clear and easy to understand.

Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify and define 10 principles of neuroplasticity.
  • Explain the three options for therapeutic intervention for dysphagia and examples of each. 
  • Apply principles of rehabilitation to target specific muscle deficits for dysphagia intervention. 

About the Author
Dr. Amber Heape is an assistant professor and director of the Health Professions Education Track in the SLPD program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Heape serves in multiple volunteer committees at the state and national levels. She is a fellow of the National Academies of Practice, is a certified dementia practitioner, and teaches interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary courses related to healthcare in the geriatric population. She is also coordinator for ASHA SIG 15 (Gerontology). Dr. Heape has a passion for clinical education and mentoring future leaders.  

How to Receive Credit  

  • View the entire recording which requires a 1-hour commitment of time.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.  
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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Accreditations and Approvals   
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (Provider #9118). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.