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Digital Seminar

Managing Dysphagia: Essential Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment Strategies

Jane Yakel
6 Hours 08 Minutes
Audio and Video
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Nov 21, 2014
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  • Step-by-step guidelines for all compensatory strategies, postural adjustments, maneuvers and exercises
  • Treatment interventions for structural and functional esophageal dysphagia disorders
  • Generating effective and evidence-based patient-centered goals
  • Documenting to meet Medicare guidelines for specifically identified dysphagia disorders

Dysphagia is a complex condition that can lead to very serious complications for your patients if left untreated. Your PRIMARY GOAL of treatment for swallowing disorders is to improve the amount and variety of food and liquid swallowed orally while minimizing the risk of aspiration and related complications.

Attend this timely and solution-focused seminar with national speaker and author, Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP, and gain a comprehensive view of assessments and treatments of the intricate swallowing process. You will learn the latest in multiple dysphagia assessments (i.e., bed-side, clinical and instrumental) as well as clinical, structural and function esophageal assessments. Swallow treatment strategies, indirect techniques for management and direct techniques for changing the pattern of the swallow are outlined specifically reflecting purpose. Step-by-step instructions of compensatory strategies, postural adjustments, maneuvers and exercises are presented with rationale for functional use. Jane will also present goal samples for specific swallow disorders that meet Medicare regulations. Leave this seminar with the most up-to-date strategies to promote positive patient outcomes by effectively identifying precise swallowing disorder(s) and identifying the most effective treatment strategies.




NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards

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California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

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Florida Nurses

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 7.6 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.3 self-study continuing education credits.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

This course contains 6.0 hours of self-study continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

California Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of self-study continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Jane Yakel's Profile

Jane Yakel Related seminars and products: 6

M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Jane Yakel, M.S. CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed (VA #2202005215) Speech- Language Pathologist with over 40 years of experience in the care of persons suffering from neuropathology disorders. Jane is currently a private contractor and consultant in Virginia and has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, skilled nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, hospitals and schools. She has taught at the University of Wyoming, Utah State University and DeVry University (Phoenix). She has been a regional clinical specialist and a national trainer for rehabilitation program directors and has served as a director of a community re-entry program for traumatic brain injury survivors. She has shared her expertise as an author and presenter at national and state board continuing education courses on various topics including, Prospective Payment System; Medicare Documentation; Ethics and Professionalism; Comprehensive Assessment of the Adult Patient; Quality Indicators: QA / QI; Customer Service; Nursing Documentation; Managing Dysphagia as well as Cognitive Communication Disorders in the Neurological Impaired; Cognitive Rehabilitation and Dementia.

Jane is the author of two comprehensive manuals and informative guides in the field of Dysphagia and Cognitive Rehabilitation. Jane’s book on Dementia: Interventions for Severe Cognitive Impairments gives detailed intervention strategies for professionals working with patients who suffer from significantly decrease cognitive status. The book is tailored for multiple disciplines within the healthcare field as well as caregivers.

Jane is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, served as a representative for the People to People Ambassador Program for America Speech and Hearing Association and is a prior member of the Wyoming Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Wyoming, specializing in neuropathology. Jane currently owns ProStar Communications, LLC, a professional communications company, and Yakel Educations, LLC, a professional publishing company.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jane Yakel is the owner of ProStar Communications, LLC and Yakel Educations, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jane Yakel is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Target Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses, Rehabilitation Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Respiratory Care Practitioners, and Dietitians


Aspiration / Pneumonia / Oral Hygiene

  • Risk factors
  • Dysphagia and oral care

Neuromuscular Disorder / Pathophysiologies

  • Delayed pharyngeal swallow
  • Absent pharyngeal swallow
  • Inadequate velopharyngeal closure
  • Reduced pharyngeal wall contraction
  • Unilateral pharyngeal paralysis
  • Upper esophageal sphincter
  • Reduced laryngeal elevation

Oral Pharyngeal Assessment

  • Bedside/screenings
  • Clinical examinations
  • Modified Barium Swallow Fluoroscopic Exam (MBS)
  • Penetration-Aspiration Scale
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES)
  • Manometry

Oral Pharyngeal Treatment

  • Direct treatment techniques & rationale
  • Diet modifications
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Maneuvers
  • Enteral feedings
  • Indirect treatment techniques & rationale
  • Compensatory strategies
  • Postural adjustments
  • Facilitating techniques
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Exercises

Esophageal Assessment

  • Clinical assessment of esophagus
  • Structural abnormalities/disorders
  • Mobility abnormalities/disorders
  • Iatrogenic
  • Neuroplastic
  • Infectious diseases
  • Congenital development
  • Inflammatory

Esophageal Treatment / Options

  • Medical intervention
  • Endoscopic therapy
  • Surgical intervention

Respiratory, Pulmonary Diseases & Dysphagia

  • Assessment of breathing and swallow patterns
  • Respiratory system
  • Pulmonary function

Neurogenic Conditions with Corresponding Swallowing Disorders

  • Cortical stroke / Subcortical stroke
  • Brainstem stroke
  • Head trauma / TBI
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cerebellar degeneration

The Aging Swallow

  • Characteristics of the “Old Swallow”

Dysphagia & Drugs: Pharmacological Impact on Dysphagia

  • Dysphagia symptoms associated with specific medications
  • Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR)
  • Non-compliance with medications

Documentation: Patient-Centered Goals

  • Patient-centered, phase-specific goals
  • Skilled Intervention terminology
  • ICD codes




  • Identify the foundation for dysphagia treatment by understanding the nature of the swallow disorder(s).
  • Distinguish between structural and functional esophageal dysphagia disorders and discuss treatment interventions.
  • Identify specific neuromuscular disorders that correspond with oral, pharyngeal and esophageal dysphagia.
  • Specify step-by-step directions for all compensatory strategies, postural adjustments, maneuvers and exercises with explanation of purpose and rationale for function.
  • Identify risk factors for aspiration pneumonia and the substantial role of oral hygiene.
  • Discuss the pharmacological impacts of medications on dysphagia and common symptoms of Adverse Drug Reactions.
  • Identify the characteristics of the “Aging Swallow” and the altering physiological changes that place the elderly at risk for life threatening pneumonias.
  • Discuss explicit assessments and treatments for respiratory and pulmonary functions related to dysphagia.
  • Generate patient-centered goals and skilled document notes for specifically-identified dysphagia disorders, meeting Medicare guidelines.





Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 9


Margaret S

"Outstanding course!!"

Denise F

"Learned therapy strategies to use for various swallowing problems."

Natalie G

"Excellent speaker, great examples and vast experience."

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