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Foundations of Respiratory Muscle Training: Dysphagia Therapy

presented by Brooke Richardson, MS, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Brooke Richardson is the owner of The Modern MedSLP, an employee of UNC Rex Hospital, and an affiliate of MicroDirect.

Nonfinancial: Brooke Richardson has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 46 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 21 Minutes

Expiratory muscle training (EMT) is an evidence-based treatment that is becoming increasingly popular in treating oropharyngeal dysphagia. However, not all professionals providing this therapy feel confident understanding its principles and use. As a result of this course, clinicians will feel confident in understanding not only the effects of EMT on normal swallowing but also the benefits of EMT for oropharyngeal dysphagia. Clinicians will have an understanding of benefits of EMT in various patient populations and will be able to select evidence-based therapy devices.

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Brooke Richardson, MS, CCC-SLP

Brooke Richardson, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist known for her commitment to improving patients' quality of life, not only in her own clinical practice but also through her affordable, clinically relevant continuing education, mentoring, and resources. Brooke has been teaching continuing education courses for SLPs since 2017 and is the founder of The Modern…

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1. Expiratory Muscle Training: Strength Training Principles

Prior to providing EMT, it is critical to understand how principles of strength training apply to this device-driving therapy. In this chapter, the learner will understand the principles of strength training and which evidence-based devices incorporate these principles.

2. Expiratory Muscle Training: Effects on Normal Swallowing

It is important to understand normal swallowing physiology and which swallowing muscle groups can be affected by EMT. The learner will understand the physiological effects on key swallowing musculature in healthy populations.

3. Expiratory Muscle Training: Applications in the Treatment of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia

With a strong foundation in exercise principles and effects of EMT on normal swallowing, the learner will now incorporate these principles and apply them to disordered oropharyngeal swallowing. The learner will be able to explain a physiologically based rationale for using EMT in patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia and understand the importance of device selection and individualized therapy.

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