• Continuing Education
  • Tongue Strengthening

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    This is an online course offering with no required start or end date. The course can be accessed at any time, and does not have to be completed in one sitting.

    This course will provide an in depth review of tongue strength and its impact on swallowing, performance status and quality of life. The course will review physiologic changes to muscle with exercise. Data on normal and abnormal tongue strength will be discussed. Treatment paradigms to improve tongue strength will be reviewed. Tongue strengthening exercise outcomes in healthy and dysphagic individuals will be reviewed in terms of lingual strength, swallowing, performance status, and patient-rated quality of life. Recent research on tongue strength and associated outcomes in the treated head and neck cancer population will be presented. Future research needs will be discussed.

    At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the physiologic changes to muscles with exercise
    • Describe how tongue strength impairment can affect swallowing, performance and patient-rated quality of life
    • Interpret treatment protocols and their impact on function

    Cathy L. Lazarus, PhD, BCS-S, FASHA
    Research Director
    Thyroid Head and Neck Research Center
    Beth Israel Medical Center

    Dr. Cathy Lazarus has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
    Dr. Cathy Lazarus has received honoraria from Northern Speech Services within the past 12 months.

    The course is primarily intended for speech-language pathologists.

    This course offers 2 Contact Hours (0.2 CEUs) for SLPs. CEUs for this course are approved by the following entities:

    • ASHA
    • Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

    At the completion of the course, required forms must be returned to the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning to receive CE credit.



    Simply select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and click the "Order Now" button to pay by credit card. After payment, you will receive an email confirmation of enrollment that includes a link to access the course.

    If you would like to pay by check, cash, or department*, please print this registration form, and send it to us with your payment. Checks should be made out to Brooks Rehabilitation.


    This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional area).

    In order to receive ASHA CEUs for this course, you must complete the ASHA Learning Assessment and CEU Participant Form. The ASHA Learning Assessment will appear at the conclusion of the presentation and is submitted electronically. The CEU Participant Form is available under "Event Resources" and should be returned to the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning once you have completed the course. You can submit the form one of the following three ways:

    • Option 1) Email to info@BrooksIHL.org
    • Option 2) Fax to (904) 345-7193
    • Option 3) Mail to:

    Brooks Institute of Higher Learning
    3599 University Blvd. S
    Jacksonville, FL 32216