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Register For Our FREE, Live ASHA-Approved CEU Course: Adaptive Equipment for Dysphagia Management in SNFs

Posted by Sara Bouchard, M.A. CCC-SLP on

Free CEU Course

Want to increase your skill-set regarding adaptive equipment (AE) for dysphagia management? Visit Yapp Guru University (click here) to register for this free, on-line course worth .15 ASHA CEUs. Attendees will:

  • learn the process for selecting AE
  • explore state and federal laws regulating use of AE
  • demonstrate how to use 6 selected pieces of AE targeting a variety of patient challenges (Flexi-Cut Cup, Maroon Spoon, Wedge Cup, MIT-E Spoon, Sip-Tip Cup and Provale Cup)
  • list at least 3 strategies for successful implementation and staff training of AE in a SNF

Grab a cup of coffee and watch us live from the comfort of your home on September 2nd (give-aways available after course). 

SLPs at calmslp.com

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