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VitalStim® Therapy and Beyond: DINES Specialty Certificate Program for Pediatric

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VitalStim® Therapy and Beyond: DINES Specialty Certificate Program for Pediatric





This dynamic and innovative program has revolutionized dysphagia therapy! Dysphagia Therapists will bring their facilities to a state-of-the-art-level with their Specialty Certificate from this course. VitalStim® Therapy is the original FDA cleared treatment approach to successfully combine Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and traditional dysphagia techniques. This hands-on competency course will focus on topics such as muscle physiology, kinesiology of the swallowing mechanism and on pathological swallowing mechanisms and processes. The basic principles and concepts of NMES 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 dysphagia expert and an electrical stimulation expert. Through extensive hands-on labs; attendees will apply the theory of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to the treatment of dysphagia. This program is the ONLY accredited NMES for dysphagia program and provides participants with the building blocks and confidence to implement a successful VitalStim® Therapy program. 


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


Course agenda:

Day 1

08:00 - 08:30     Introduction, program overview

08:30 - 10:00     Review swallowing physiology, anatomy

10:00 - 10:15     Break

10:15 - 10:45     Swallowing kinesiology

10:45 - 11:00     Palpation of head and neck structures (lab)

11:00 - 12:00     Abnormal swallow (dysphagia)

12:00 - 01:00     Lunch

01:00 - 02:30     MBS interpretation

02:30 - 02:45     Break

02:45 - 04:00     Electrical stimulation: basic theory

04:00 - 05:00     Electrical stimulation: lab

05:00 - 06:30     Written Examination



Day 2-Pediatric Focused



8:00 - 8:30     Introduction, Overview & Objectives

8:30 - 9:30     Anatomy & Physiology of the Infant and Pediatric Swallow

9:30 - 9:45     Neurology

9:45 - 10:00   Break

10:00 -11:00  Pediatric Exercise Considerations for Muscle Training

11:00 -11:30  Motor Mapping, Synaptic Pruning & Cortical Reorganization

11:30 -12:00  Electrical Stimulation in the Treatment of Pediatric Dysphagia

12:00 -1:00    Lunch

1:00 - 2:00     Electrical Stimulation in the Treatment of Pediatric Dysphagia, Continued

2:00 - 2:45     Integration & Pediatric Case Studies

2:45 - 3:00     Break

3:00 - 4:00     Special Considerations by Diagnostic Populations & Diseases

4:00 - 4:30     Pediatric Research Review

4:30 - 5:00     Questions & Answers


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