Advanced FEES 2021: Lexington KY


An advanced training course for Speech-Language Pathologists having prior knowledge, training, and experience with assessing oropharyngeal dysphagia using transnasal videoendoscopy.  Presentations and skill-building exercises were used to improve observation, scoring, analyses, and interpretation of clinical findings, and to write more concise and informative reports.

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Presented by SA Swallowing Services, PLLC, Nashville, Tennessee

Host: University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital

Location: 1000 S. Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky

Course Date: August 28-29, 2021


To provide advanced FEES training for Speech-Language Pathologists with prior knowledge, training, and experience in endoscopic assessment of oropharyngeal swallowing to improve observation, analysis, and interpretation of clinical findings, and to write concise, informational reports.

Objectives: At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • -To systematically observe & score individual & unique behaviors associated with normal or abnormal oropharyngeal swallowing events as  captured using an endoscopic swallow procedure;
  • -To analyze the significance of endoscopically-observed behaviors during an abnormal oropharyngeal swallowing event;
  • -To determine underlying biomechanical/sensory causes of abnormal oropharyngeal swallowing behaviors, which potentially determine directions for intervention and remediation;
  • -To relate observed abnormal swallowing behaviors & their biomechanical/sensory causes to underlying primary medical conditions; and
  • -To write a concise & clear report incorporating endoscopic observations of normal & abnormal swallowing events, their significance & underlying causes relative to the primary medical diagnoses, & possible intervention approaches.


Faculty: – Experienced and Knowledgeable

Michelle Skelley, M.Ed., CCC-SLP Co-founder, CEO & Clinical Services Director, TN endoscopy licensed, over 25 years clinical experience. Matt Ward, M.S., CCC-SLP SASS Clinical Education Coordinator, TN endoscopy licensed, over 10 years clinical experience.

Intended Audience:

Speech-Language Pathologists with earned Master’s degree or above who are working in the medical community.  Graduate students in their final year of training and who have completed a university dysphagia course may attend. Registration by other professions will not be permitted.

Tuition Fee and Registration:

  • Registration is online at Participants may register by check, or online using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account).
  •  HOST-paid Fee: $450.00 for each participant sponsored by HOST.  HOST-sponsored Speech-Language Pathologists will register online for the Training Course and specify payment by “check”, and make note  that “Tuition Paid by Chandler Hospital.”
  •  Non-HOST Participant-paid Fee: $450.00 per participant.

Continuing Education Credit:

This course is offered for 1.6 ASHA CEU’s (Advanced Level).



Program Completion Requirements:

Participants are expected to be present for the entire program. Individuals who are not present for the full program will not be recommended for ASHA CEUs. No partial credit will be provided.


  • Ms. Skelley: Financial-Co-owner & President/CEO of SA Swallowing Services; No relevant non-financial relationships exist.
  • Mr. Ward: Financial-Paid presenter; Associate of SA Swallowing Services. No relevant non-financial relationships exist.

Course Agenda:

Day One: 8:00am to 5:30pm

  • How SASS Does it (60m)
  • Ex 1-Score Nml/Abnml; Anatomy/Physiology; Review/Discussion (90m)
  • Ex 2: Biomechanics; Biomechanics of Swallow Impairment; Review/Discussion (120m)
  • Lunch (30m)
  • Ex 3-1 Scoring Residue; Review/Discussion (105m)
  • Ex 3-2: Scoring Airway Protection; Review/Discussion (105m)
  • Analysis of Swallowing Consequences (60m)

Day Two: 8:00am to 3:30pm

  • Ex 4-1: Analysis Swallowing Consequences-Peristalsis; Writing Analysis/Discussion (90m)
  • Exercise 4: Report Writing: Explaining Observations & Underlying Reasons
  • Ex 4-2: Analysis Swallowing Consequences-Airway Protection; Writing Analysis/Dis(90m)
  • Lunch (30m)
  • Ex 5-1: Easy, Hard & Somewhere in Between-Analysis & Writing Results; Review/Discussion (150m)No planned breaks. Informal short breaks may be taken as needed, or when most convenient, during exercise tasks completions.

No planned breaks. Informal short breaks may be taken as need, or when most convenient, during exercise tasks completions.


Additional information

Advanced FEES 2021, Lexington, KY

August 28-29, 2021