NMES & sEMG in Dysphagia Management for Pediatrics: The Guardian Way (eLearning + Live Lab)

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This course is offered for .5 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area)

As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the physiological changes that occur with swallowing as patients age to better identify abnormalities
  • Discuss the common etiologies associated with pediatric swallowing disorders
  • Identify muscles and physiological processes involved in swallowing
  • Describe components involved in the comprehensive assessment and treatment of dysphagia
  • Define and describe the properties of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and explain the impact on muscle tissue
  • Define surface electromyography (sEMG) and describe function in analyzing and recording the electrical energy of muscle movement
  • Determine the candidacy criteria for the use of NMES and sEMG as adjunct treatments of dysphagia in combination with traditional treatment approaches
  • Discuss and demonstrate the application of the The Guardian Way® therapeutic protocol in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Modify electrical stimulation parameters to maximize therapeutic outcomes for individual patients
  • Discuss the use of sEMG as biofeedback to benefit patient outcomes
  • Return demonstrate effective communication skills for patient education regarding the treatment of dysphagia and the use of NMES and sEMG