FEES 2022: Instrumental Dysphagia Assessment-Dallas, TX


Transnasal endoscopy training (FEES) for Speech-Language Pathologists assessing oropharyngeal swallowing functions. Content included FEES development, anatomy/physiology, protocols/procedures, equipment needs, medical issues & infection control procedures, scoring, analysis & interpretation.  Participants received hands-on endoscope training & case-based analysis exercises.

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SA Swallowing Services, PLLC   Nashville, Tennessee

Course Dates: 

October 8-9, 2022

Course Location:

CC Young Senior Living

4847 West Lawther Drive, #100

Dallas, TX

Local Contact: Jaci Brooks jbrooks@ccyoung.org

Registration/Course Contact: John R. Ashford, Ph.D. John@sasspllc.com


To provide a two-day training course for Speech-Language Pathologists in the use of transnasal endoscopy to assess pharyngeal dysphagia using a standard FEES assessment protocol, and scoring and analysis procedures.

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

  • Apply safe & effective manual skills using nasendoscopy to assess the oropharynx, hypopharynx, & larynx before, during, & after each swallowing event;
  • Describe & use specific FEES protocols & procedures to capture & assess dynamic & complex swallowing events;
  • Describe & evaluate the anatomy & physiology of swallow peristalsis & airway protection functions during normal & abnormal swallowing events, as viewed endoscopically;
  • Identify, understand, & use standard infection control procedures with any FEES procedure;
  • Identify any risks or contraindications for administering the FEES procedure; and
  • Score, analyze, & interpret FEES results to recommend & guide appropriate interventions. 

Faculty & Disclosures: 

Michelle Skelley, M.Ed., CCC-SLP:  Co-founder and President of SA Swallowing Services, she is a medical Speech-Language Pathologist and FEES Endoscopist serving rehabilitation hospitals and nursing homes across Tennessee and parts of Kentucky and Georgia.  She also is the supervisor/instructor for on-site FEES competency training.  She is licensed and certified as a provider and instructor of swallowing endoscopy in accordance with Tennessee statutes.

Disclosures: Financial: Co-Owner of SA Swallowing Services, PLLC, paid course instructor; Non-financial: None.

John R. Ashford, Ph.D., CCC-SLP: Co-founder and Educational Director of SA Swallowing Services, and has over 37 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist. He is retired from the Veterans Administration and as a University Professor. He is licensed and certified as an instructor of swallowing endoscopy in accordance with Tennessee statutes.

Disclosures: Financial: Co-Owner of SA Swallowing Services, PLLC, paid course instructor; Non-financial: None.

Other Disclosures:

-CC Young Senior Living: Financial: None; Non-financial-use of facility meeting space

Intended Audience Only:

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 non-SLP professionals is not permitted.

Course Agenda:

Day One: 8:00 to 5:00

  • Introduction & Purposes of FEES (30m)
  • Surface Anatomy and Anatomy Exercise (35m)
  • Underlying Anatomy &Physiology of Swallowing (45m)
  • Nasoendoscopic & FEES Equipment (20m)
  • Medical Issues & Nasoendoscopy (30 min)
  • Infection Control Requirements & Procedures (40m)
  • Endoscope Insertion & Handling (45 min)
  • Small-Group, Hands-on Nasoendoscopy/FEES Labs Identifying & Defining Swallowing Consequences    Computer Analysis Labs (255m)

Day Two: 8:00 to 4:30

  • FEES Protocols & Procedures (60m)
  • Scoring FEES Using Rating Scales (60m)
  • Analyzing Swallow & Airway Protection Behaviors (70m)
  • FEES: Behavioral Intervention & EBP (55m)
  • FEES Procedural Demonstration (30m)
  • Small-Group, Hands-on Nasoendoscopy/FEES Labs & Computer Analysis Labs (195m)

Course Registration and Tuition:

  • $600.00 per participant.  Hands-on endoscope training and a 140-page training manual (lecture powerpoints, scoring forms, report examples, other information) to take home.  A maximum of 20 participants will be registered for this course. Student and group discounts are not permitted.
  • Complete the registration information requested on the Checkout Page.  Be sure to include your ASHA or NSSHLA account number for ASHA CEUs.
  • Participants must pay online using a credit card only. NO checks.

Continuing Education Credit:

This course is offered for 1.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level).

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.

Course Switching and Cancellation Policies: 

Cancellations: 30 days or more before course date: 100% of course tuition, less credit card processing fees, will be refunded

10 to 29 days before the course date: 50% of tuition, less credit card processing fees, will be refunded

Less than 10 days before course date: No refund of course tuition.

Cancellations must be in writing, preferably by email. Allow 30 days after course completion for refunds.

Course Switching:  Switching registration to an earlier or later course-if seats are available-is permitted without charge if the course switch is made 30 days or more prior to the first or original course registration.  A transfer and processing fee of $150.00 will be charged when course switches are made less than 30 days from the first or original course registration.

Additional information

Basic FEES Training

A Basic FEES Training Courses open to any interested Speech-Language-Swallowing Pathogolist. You do not have to be affiliated with CC Young Senior Living to register and attend this course.