Normal & Disordered Swallowing in Adults: Ianessa Humbert

I would personally recommend any course or lecture by Dr Ianessa Humbert. She is a dynamic speaker and her presentation style is easy to follow. She incorporates the best available evidence. I have always valued and trusted her research and expert opinion in the field of dysphagia, anatomy/physiology, neurology, and more. 

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Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP: Understanding the Events of Swallowing in Normal and Disordered Adults: A Research-Based Course

Description

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Ianessa Humbert’s Dysphagia Course Description:

This course, with Dr. Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP, offers an in depth assessment of six important swallowing events: triggering the swallow, posterior lingual propulsion, velar elevation, pharyngeal constriction and elevation, laryngeal vestibule closure, and upper esophageal sphincter opening. For each swallowing event, normal and abnormal movements and/or sensation are described, and probing strategies are discussed (i.e. modifying the event with bolus volume, head position, swallowing maneuvers). The information presented is based in research literature, including full citations for further review. This course shows each swallowing event using a combination of representative video fluoroscopic studies and anatomical animations of each abnormal swallowing event.

Learning Objectives:

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Understanding the Events of Swallowing in Normal and Disordered Adults – A Research-Based Course

Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP

Chapter 1: What is Orpharyngeal Swallowing?

The online learners will:

  • Explain the Kahrilas theory that describes what swallowing is in 2 parts
  • Describe the clinical relevance of probing a swallowing event

Chapter 2: Triggering the Swallow

The online learners will:

  • Describe the basic sensory and motor components or triggering a swallow
  • Define Stage Transition Duration or STD
  • Identify the common trigger zones for swallowing
  • Describe normal variation in onset of swallowing triggering
  • Describe normal aging variation in onset of swallowing triggering
  • Indicate population(s) known to have delayed swallowing onset and outcomes
  • Learn impact of bolus type, cueing, and thermal stimulation on triggering swallowing

Chapter 3: Posterior Lingual Propulsion

The online learners will:

  • Describe the basic sensory and motor components of posterior lingual propulsion
  • Identify the primary force behind bolus movement and its kinematics
  • Describe abnormal posterior lingual propulsion
  • Identify tasks that modify posterior lingual propulsion

Chapter 4: Velar Elevation/Velo-Pharyngeal Closure

The online learners will:

  • Describe the basic sensory and motor components of velar elevation/velo-pharyngeal closure
  • Identify the tasks that contribute to velar elevation/velo-pharyngeal closure
  • Describe abnormal velar elevation/velo-pharyngeal closure
  • Identify tasks that modify velar elevation/velo-pharyngeal closure

Chapter 5: Pharyngeal Contraction

The online learners will:

  • Differentiate between longitudinal pharyngeal muscles and pharyngeal constrictormuscles
  • Describe timing and range of motion of the pharynx during swallowing
  • Describe the effects of healthy aging on pharyngeal constriction
  • Describe abnormal pharyngeal constriction
  • Identify tasks that modify pharyngeal constriction

Chapter 6: Laryngeal Vestibule Closure

The online learners will:

  • Identify the events that contribute to laryngeal vestibule closure
  • Describe the motor and sensory components of laryngeal vestibule closure
  • Describe the normal kinematics of laryngeal vestibule closure
  • Describe abnormal laryngeal vestibule closure
  • Identify tasks that modify laryngeal vestibule closure

Chapter 7: Upper Esophageal Sphincter Opening

The online learners will:

  • Describe the relationship between UES pressures and bolus flow
  • List the neuromuscular and biomechanical components of UES opening
  • Describe abnormal UES pressures
  • Identify tasks that modify UES pressures and opening

Chapter 8: Discussion with Dr. Robert Miller

Dr. Ianessa Humbert sits down with Dr. Robert Miller to discuss the current research surrounding the events of swallowing.

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