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Adult Dysphagia Management for the OT and Interdisciplinary Team-
#2036_002 Adult Dysphagia Management for the OT and Interdisciplinary Team


7 Contact Hours

Please note that this course is intended for Occupational Therapists and other non-SLP Dysphagia Team members only. If you are a Speech-Language Pathologist, please see our listing for Course #2043_002: Dysphagia Management in Long Term Care - The Essentials for the New Dysphagia Therapist

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 7 contact hour, 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.

Please note: Text books listed are reference materials only. Purchasing them is not a requirement for this online course.

Availability: 120 days from registration, unless other agreement applies


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.


Upon completion of this course, the Learner 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



Dynamic Group is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This program is offered for 0.7 CEUs, Introductory Level, Domain of OT: Client Factors, Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course is AOTA approved for .7 CEU



In accordance with Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 4154, the California Board of Occupational Therapy has approved this course and instructor for post-professional education in the advanced practice area of swallowing assessment, evaluation and intervention.

This course is also approved by the:

  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 7 contact hours

Teaching Methods

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. Learner must also participate a minimum of 80% of the CE awarded hours in the course material to be eligible to print the certificate of completion.


Brenda K. Logsdon, M.A. CCC/SLP received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Kent State University in 1989. She is an experienced and competent clinician who has interacted with clients from age 2 through 100+ years who have a wide variety of primary communication and medical disorders including: dysphagia, aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia, hearing loss, CVA, TBI, and dementia.

She has researched and developed multiple in-service and continuing education programs to audiences of up to 200 nurses, therapists, case managers, administrators, dietitians, and nurses aids, as well as demonstrating delivery of high quality project management under diverse criteria due to multiple providers, positions, or customers. Ms. Logsdon has experience in editing national journals, understands and can apply research techniques as well as translate research data into consumer-friendly format.

Her knowledge in common medical conditions and pharmacological treatment of geriatric and pediatric patients adds to the value of her expertise.

Recommended Texts

Please note: Text books listed are reference materials only. Purchasing them is not a requirement for this online course.

Title: Oral Motor & Sensory Treatment Prescription Kit
Author: Gayle Burditt
At: www.alimed.com
Bookstore: AliMed, Inc. 297 High St. Dedham, MA 02026 1-800-225-2610

Title: Dysphagia: Diagnosis and Management
Author: M Groher
At: www.amazon.com

Title: Merck Manual of Geriatrics
Author: Abrams & Berkow
At: www.amazon.com


Title: Clinical Evaluation of Dysphagia
Author: LR Cherney, CA Catieri, JJ Pannell
At: www.aspenpublishers.com
Bookstore: Aspen Publishers, Inc. 200 Orchard Ridge Dr. Gaithersburg, MD 301-417-7500

Title: Evaluation and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders
Author: Jerilyn Logemann
At: www.proedinc.com:
Bookstore: Pro-Ed Publishing 8700 Shoal Creek Blvd. Austin, Texas 78757 1-800-397-8202

Title: Frenchay Dysarthia Assessment
Author: Pamela Enderby
At: www.proedinc.com:
Bookstore: Pro-Ed Publishing 8700 Shoal Creek Blvd. Austin, Texas 78757 1-800-397-8202