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Seminar ID #18S23MDLOFL
Head and Neck And Beyond for Breathing & Swallowing: Using NDT to improve Function and Safety

(1 days) . . . .March 17
Julie Pitz, NDTA Education Coordinator
800-869-9295 •
Monica Diamond, PT, MS, NCS, C/NDT
Joyce Lyndelle Owens, SLP, C/NDT


8:30-10:15 AM Update:  Why all disciplines need to incorporate a more hands on facilitation of alignment and respiratory control for improved swallowing.                     

10:15-10:30 AM Break

10:30-12:00 PM Assessing and aligning movement patterns in key areas of upright sitting to facilitate improved respiratory and swallowing functional goals.

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch

1:00-2:30 PM Establishing treatment strategies to alter and influence respiratory competence to improve speech and swallowing.  

2:30-2:45 PM Break

2:45-4:30 PM Patient analysis videos:  Case studies of head, neck and trunk control strategies used to support respiratory and swallowing functional goals.  Discussion of discipline specific functional goals as well as the shared alignment and control that are needed by all disciplines.

4:30 Questions and feedback.

5:00 PM Adjourn

APPOT Approved
ASHA Approved
This seminar has been submitted for PT CEU’s in the host state.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund of the course registration fee, less $50 administrative fee, will be granted upon receipt of a written request postmarked on or before 30 days before the first day of the course. Cancellations by the attendee less than 30 days from the first day of the course are not eligible for any refund.


 4399 Nob Hill Road, Sunrise, FL 33351

Tuition Information: $200.00 with your active
NDTA membership, or $250.00 as a non-member.
One year NDTA Membership $125


Target Audience: Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and COTA’s who work with teenagers through adults demonstrating swallowing and respiratory issues during mealtimes.

Functional patient problems during mealtimes are often shared across disciplines. During this course, participants will learn the integration of shared handling skills leading to achievement of very accurate and discipline specific functional goals.  The Speech Language Pathologist with limited handling experience will become comfortable with basic handling strategies directly applicable to improved swallow safety. The Occupational Therapist with more experience handling patients will learn the application of handling of the head, neck and trunk on the swallow and respiratory functions.

Participants will learn hands on strategies to identify barriers and guide improvements in alignment and subtle movements supporting respiratory air pressure control believed to impact swallow safety. 

Case study presentations will provide participants the opportunity to learn the implications of the base of support, alignment and role of respiration as they impact the swallow safety during mealtimes.

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