NMES and sEMG in Dysphagia Management: The Guardian Way®

Pediatrics and Adults

Course Schedule

This course is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEUs in an interactive live webinar format

Live Interactive Virtual Training

Two-Day Schedule (Times in CST)

Day 1

8:00 am - 8:15 am Introduction to course
8:15 am - 9:00 am Fundamentals of Swallowing
Assessment & Screening
Cranial Nerve Assessment
9:00 am - 9:30 am Prevalence and Management of Swallowing Dysfunction
9:30 am - 9:45 am Introduction to Electrotherapy
9:45 am - 10:30 am Examining the Evidence
Historical Research
Current Evidence
Challenges of Interpretation
10:30 am - 11:45 am Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
Fundamental Principles of Electrotherapy
Parameters: Definitions and Customization to Individualize Treatment
11:45 am-12:15 pm Lunch Break
12:15 pm- 12:45 pm Neuroplasticity and Cortical Reorganization
The Guardian Way Protocol, Electrode Placement and Rationale
Determining Candidacy, Contraindications, Cautions
12:45 pm-1:45 pm Facial Stimulation
Etiology of Facial Nerve Dysfunction Anatomy/Physiology
Scoring Asymmetry
Electrode Placements
Rationale and Demonstration
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Electrode Facts Materials and Construction
Impedance and Independent Testing
2:00pm – 2:30 pm Goals of treatment, Typical session, Demonstration

Day 2

8:00am - 8:30am Review of Electrotherapy, Questions and Answers
8:30am - 9:30am sEMG Fundamental Principles
Current Evidence
Typical Therapy Session Demo
9:30am - 10:30am Lab 1 – sEMG
Placing and Securing Electrodes
Data Collection and Interpretation
Use of the Guardian Suite App
10:30am – 11:30am Lab 2 – NMES with placement for pharyngeal dysphagia
Skilled introduction of NMES
Placing and Securing Electrodes
Introducing the Current
Assessing for Contraction
Adjusting the Parameters
11:30 am-12:00pm Lunch Break
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lab 3: NMES with Facial placement
Placing and Securing the Electrodes
Facial Placement 1
Facial Placement 2
Assessing for Contraction
Adjusting the Parameters
12:45pm - 1:15pm Case Studies
 1:15pm - 2:00pm Documentation
2:00pm - 2:15pm Competency
2:15pm - 2:30pm Review, Questions and Answers
2:30pm - 3:00pm Post-Test & Post Course Evaluation
One-on-one Scheduled by appointment for each participant later the same day or at another mutually agreeable time: 30 minutes (Questions, Competency and Skills Assessment, Post Test Review, Additional NMES & sEMG features)

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