Please note: This is a two-day course.
September 8- 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and
September 9- 7:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
This dynamic and innovative program is revolutionizing dysphagia therapy! Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists will bring their facilities to a state-of-the-art-level with this accredited Specialty Program. VitalStim Therapy is the only FDA cleared treatment approach that successfully combines Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and traditional dysphagia techniques. This energetic course will focus on topics such as muscle physiology, kinesiology of the swallowing mechanism as it changes across infancy through childhood. Focus will also be on pathological swallowing mechanisms and processes. The basic principles and concepts of neuromuscular electrical stimulation will be taught and the VitalStim Therapy protocol will be extensively reviewed and practiced. The participants will receive one-on-one attention from two instructors, a certified SLP or OT, and a PT. Through extensive hands-on labs, attendees will apply the theory of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to the treatment of pediatric dysphagia. This exclusive program will provide participants with the building blocks to implement a successful VitalStim Therapy program and will add value to therapists, facilities, and most of all patient care!
NOTE: Successful completion of the pre-requisite online MBS: The Clear Picture and this 2-day VitalStim Therapy Course will train the participant to utilize VitalStim technology in the treatment of dysphagia. DJO has developed and patented a licensed technology trademarked as VitalStim. Because there are no other similar products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of VitalStim.
This is an intermediate level course. Requirements for the course are as follows:
- Successful completion of online anatomy and MBS review course
- Prior knowledge and experience in dysphagia management
- Dysphagia as a significant portion of active caseload
- SLP or OTR with current licensure in state of practice
- SLP or OTR in compliance with state and national practice acts
VitalStim Therapy Specialty Certificate recognition will be awarded to those who:
- Complete the written post-test.
- Demonstrate the accurate practical application of VitalStim Therapy
NOTE: If these criteria are not met at the course, additional opportunities to successfully complete the process will be available.