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Medical Speech Pathology: The Influence of Body Systems on Cognition, Communication and Swallowing

# e116   Medical Speech Pathology: The Influence of Body Systems on Cognition, Communication and Swallowing

by Robert Arnold, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S & Veda Cochran, RN, BSN

0.9 CEUs

$ 129.00

This course integrates a holistic review of anatomy and physiology of the critical systems of the human body as related to medical speech pathology. Presented will be valuable information on how body systems function to promote, delay, or impede progress with intervention programs targeting acquired communication and/or swallowing disorders.

Foundational concepts for understanding the relationships between pathophysiology, laboratory studies (e.g. blood, urine, etc.), and pharmacological interventions are introduced. Learn how blood sugar levels and brain cell sodium levels can affect communication and swallowing. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of disease and the medical management process as related specifically to communication and swallowing disorders.

This course puts it all together for the SLP and participants will gain a better understanding of how body systems function in relation to interventions employed by the speech-language pathologist. Offered for 0.9 ASHA CEUs – 9 contact hours.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab. 

Course Format: Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the effects of body fluids and acid-based disturbances on communication and swallowing.
  2. Discuss the influence of the Hematological, Cardiovascular and Lymphatic systems on communication and swallowing.
  3. Discuss the effects of the Pulmonary, Endocrine, Renal-Urologic, and Digestive systems on communication and swallowing.
  4. Explain how the Musculoskeletal and Integumentary systems effect communication and swallowing.
  5. Discuss the effects of prescribed medications and over-the counter-medications on communication and swallowing.
A score of 80% or better must be received on the post-test in order to 
receive a certificate of completion.

 

Robert J. Arnold, SLP.D, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is the Chief Clinical Officer for Southeastern Biocommunication Associates, LLC. Dr. Arnold has over 20 years of experience in medical speech-language pathology as a diagnostician, therapist, clinical research scientist, author, inventor, and adjunct professor. He has made numerous presentations at the state, regional, and national level. Dr. Arnold has been twice presented with the Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award by the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. In addition, Dr. Arnold is the inventor of the Oromotor Dynamometer.     

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Robert Arnold is a presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees. 

Financial — Robert Arnold is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties. 

Financial Robert Arnold is the inventor of Oromotor Dynamometer; holds patent. 

Nonfinancial — Robert Arnold has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Veda Cochran, RN, BSN, is the President/Chief Operating Officer for Southeastern Biocommunication Associates, LLC. She has over 35 years of nursing experience in home health and hospice. Over her career, Ms. Cochran has been directly involved with over 25 successful business startups in the roles of consultant, administrator, vice president, and Chief Operating Officer. She has also been engaged in industry research & development of innovative, interdisciplinary healthcare delivery models for rehabilitation, long-term care, home health and hospice. 

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Employer — Southeastern Biocommunication Associates, LLC, Hoover, AL.

Financial Veda Cochran is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial — Veda Cochran has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

 


Intended Audience

  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.9 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 9 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 06/30/2015.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

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"The portion on the relationships between body systems and communication/swallowing disorders was most helpful. I liked the level of information and the medical side of my daily practice. This course should be required study by ASHA for any therapist working in nursing homes." – R.F. (Dec. 2016)

"I thought the section on hypo and hypernatremia was very beneficial. I thought the course was a good overview of issues involved in medical speech pathology." – M.G. (Dec. 2016)

"I appreciated the portion on renal disease and the impact of cognition; the occurrences at the cellular level that impact cognitive functioning." – T.S. (Nov. 2016)

"The WBC count and glucose level information was really useful. I liked that the course was clearly organized." – L.A. (Nov. 2016)

"There was so much helpful information for anyone who works in a hospital setting! I liked the way that the body was broken down into different systems to help understand how each affects our practice as SLPs." – K.A. (Oct. 2016)

"I appreciated the discussion on specfici effects & deficits of various lab values & diagnoses. I would have liked more specific information added to the handouts. Some portions of the course were very dense but the slides had minimal information. Not being very familiar with the technical terminology specific to the various areas made it difficult to take my own notes on these slides." – H.P.M. (Oct. 2016)

"I appreciated the fuller explanation of fluid imbalance, cardiac and pulmonary sections." – J.L. (Oct. 2016)

"I thought the last section of the seminar was most helpful, where they explained the various ways that these topics could relate to speech pathology. I also thought the discussion of differences between left and right hemisphere strokes were helpful." – J.S. (Oct. 2016)

"I found the relations of medical conditions to cognitive communication disorders as well as swallowing to be beneficial." – S.R. (Oct. 2016)

"All of it was helpful. I work in acute care. I've been saying since day one that I need an MD just to do my job effectively. This addresses all that." – M.V. (Sept. 2016)

"The discussion on how drug interactions impact cognitive-communication skills was especially helpful. I like that I was able to complete the course in small chunks of time, as the material was very detailed and would have been difficult to retain if presented all at once." – E.M. (Aug. 2016)

"I was familiar with the terms hypo/hypernatremia but now have a better understanding. It was a good course, all info was useful." – P.Z. (Aug. 2016)

"I found the resources and the description of each resource in the first section to be very helpful. I like the examples that were used throughout the course." – A.M. (July 2016)

"I liked the clinical implications offered based on findings and blood work/urine analysis. The sections on hydration were especially beneficial." – C.S. (July 2016)

"I was open for hearing about the importance of the influence of body systems on communication. I knew that there were correlations, but not to the extent of which I learned from the contents if this course." – G.M. (June 2016)

"The discussions on fluid balance, cardiovascular system, and renal-urologic were most helpful; all were beneficial, however. I liked the examples of case studies and good application to usefulness with patients." – E.T. (June 2016)

"I liked learning how illness impacts the body." – D.L. (June 2016)

"Very well organized and detailed. The review of lab values and their implications was especially useful." – S.D. (June 2016)

"I appreciate that it presented a more in depth review of lesser known dx affecting cognition and communication." – L.R. (June 2016)

"Cardiac was a tremendous refresher for me. I liked the thoroughness of the content. I am a senior therapist in charge of four departments (inpatient, outpatient, SNF) that hire a lot of new graduate therapists. This will be great information to pass onto them. I am looking into making this a requirement at the time of hire." – C.E. (May 2016)

"I found bringing all of the systems together and understanding how all of these systems play an integral part in the care of my patients would definitely benefit me in my daily practice. I liked the simple, straightforward information and handouts that made it easier for me to better comprehend the information." – D.B. (May 2016)

"All portions of this course beneficial to my daily practice within a skilled nursing facility! This information is invaluable to me as an SLP. The instructor did a wonderful job of presenting the information in a well organized manner which was helpful to my learning. This course exceeded my expectations!" – S.H. (Apr. 2016)

"Going over how the different systems and imbalances can affect speech therapy efficacy was incredibly beneficial." – S.D. (Apr. 2016)

"This will assist with my per diem work at a skilled nursing facilitiy. The dehydration information was very helpful." – J.B. (Apr. 2016)

"I actually liked it all. Probably the in depth endocrine and renal issues were most helpful as I have a lot of patients with those but never really counted them in speech therapy." – R.M. (Mar. 2016)

"It was very thorough covering all of the systems and their interplay w/cognition and swallowing. The presenter kept returning to how each system impacted cognition and swallowing." – T.C. (Feb. 2016)

"The information related to UTIs, dehydration, and reflux were most beneficial." – S.S. (Feb. 2016)

"I appreciated the coverage on the effects of medications and fluids on communication disorders." – L.A. (Feb. 2016)

"The discussion on using labs as an additional source for information during patient chart review was really helpful." – A.J. (Jan. 2016)

"I liked the amount of information and case study information. Excellent course." – A.N. (Jan. 2016)

"I found the topic of medications and how to observe s/s when conducting screens, evaluations, and during treatments very beneficial." – R.M. (Jan. 2016)

"I appreciated the discussion re: the cognitive changes that occur due to these described medical conditions are treatable by SLP and not 'normal' "changes for the patient." " – W.R. (Jan. 2016)

"I liked the format and the amount of information provided as well as how it related the information to swallowing and communication." – P.F. (Jan. 2016)

"The discussion of 02 levels was most interesting to me. I liked that the course had the audio and pdf format." – V.T. (Jan. 2016)

 

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