The Wig Head Course: Anatomy of the Swallow

Do you have patients that just aren’t in your textbooks? Can’t find a pre-packaged program for your caseload? Anatomy is the foundation for all we do and the more complicated the patient, the more we need to get back to the basics.

Course description and overview

Anatomy is the foundation for all we do.  Get back to the basics with our most complicated patients. Study anatomy in a fun, hands-on way and apply techniques that will help your medically-challenging patients learn to eat.  This highly interactive workshop for OT/COTAs and SLP/SLPAs encourages participants to draw from their own experiences and caseloads for group problem-solving and discussion.  Enjoy this hands-on presentation that will encourage and motivate all participants.  Go back to your medically-challenging patients with real tools to help!

Key Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Construct a 3-D model of the primary muscle groups involved in swallowing and be able to list the origin, insertion, action and innervation for each muscle and how each functions in the pressure-valve system of the human swallow.
  2. Formulate specific techniques to aid in strengthening each group.
  3. Utilize knowledge of anatomy of specific muscle groups to adapt therapy techniques to individual clients.
  4. Critique new methods and therapeutic approaches not yet fully studied, based on your knowledge of how the oropharyngeal mechanism works.


120 minAnatomy as the Foundation:
Review muscle groups for Orofacial
Plus Lab: Build 3-D Model
120 minAnatomy as the Foundation:
Review muscle groups - Suprahyoids
Plus Lab: Build 3-D Model
120 minAnatomy as the Foundation:
Review muscle groups - Infrahyoids
Plus Lab: Build 3-D Model
60 minDiscussion/Q&A:
Case Studies


7 hours.    

About the Presenter:

Jennifer Meyer, M.A., CCC-SLP

Jennifer Meyer is a popular national speaker in the areas of NICU and Pediatric Dysphagia and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. She has over 25 years experience specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developing outpatient hospital-based feeding programs, providing consultation and program development for Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Home Health Companies, and serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University and Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE).


Jennifer Meyer is a co-owner of CEU-Espresso, Inc. and was paid an honorarium for this presentation. She owns a private practice, Feeding and Dysphagia Resources, P. C. in Denton, TX.
Jennifer is a personal friend of the developer of the Res-Q Infant Wedge, sometimes mentioned in her presentations.   Content Disclosure:
This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

Target Audience:

SLPs, OTs, PTs, working with feeding and swallowing problems.

Required for course completion:

  • Record of attendance on sign-in/sign-out page with signature times noted.
  • Assessment of learner outcomes via course evaluation form at completion of course
  • Attestation to your full attendance of the course and completion of all requirements

Available Continuing Education Credits:


Note: Participants must attend all sessions and complete all course requirements to receive a Continuing Education Certificate. No partial credit will be awarded.

ASHA Brand Block for CEU Espresso 0.7 ASHA CEUs
Advanced level

ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
AOTA Approved Provider Logo CEU Espresso is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 05227. This Live course is offered at 0.7 CEUs Advanced level, Foundational Knowledge.
AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


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