Course Information


Course Description

Do you feel confident in your clinical application of respiratory muscle training (RMT)? Unsure when should you target inspiratory training, expiratory training, or both? Join us as we review the principles of RMT, implementation as a therapeutic tool, and recognize the difference compared to other respiratory devices. Strengthen your clinical practice with this course as you’ll learn the clinical utility and application of RMT and use critical thinking skills for appropriate patient selection. There will be plenty of time for questions and interactive learning with video demonstration and case examples. This course is ideal for any SLP looking to improve patient speech, swallowing, and respiratory outcomes in various patient populations. Explanation of RMT for those with artificial airways, mechanical ventilation, and use of one-way speaking valves will also be reviewed in detail. Benefits of these interventions include improvements in voicing, swallowing, cough strength, secretion management, and tracheostomy and ventilator weaning and decannulation. Supportive literature and suggested readings will be shared.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the underlying pathophysiology of the respiratory system 
  2. Recognize the available respiratory muscle trainers and difference among other respiratory devices/tools. 
  3. Understand implementation of RMT as therapeutic tool for various speech and swallowing disorders. 
  4. List indications, contraindications, and precautions of RMT 
  5. Access goal writing, documentation, and supportive literature for various populations and diagnoses 

Time Ordered Agenda

  • 4:00pm - Passive and active respiration with associated anatomy, Respiratory impact on various speech and swallowing diagnoses 
  • 4:15pm - Review goal standard devices for RMT, Compare these devices to other respiratory tools 
  • 4:25pm - Step by step instructional design for clinical implementation of inspiratory and expiratory muscle training
  • 4:55pm - Review of special populations such as tracheostomy and ventilated dependent populations 
  • 5:25pm - Highlight contraindications, pause and stop criteria for RMT 
  • 5:40pm - Research-supported indications for RMT, Various examples with written documentation 
  • 6:00pm  - Adjourn

Joining the Webinar

You will find information on how to join and complete this live webinar and webinar recording  in the course portal located on our Thinkific dashboard once you complete the course registration. One the day of the webinar please log in approximately 10 minutes before the start time to ensure you do not have any technical challenges.

Webinar Notice

Successful participation in this course includes completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher, then participants will automatically receive a course completion certificate.  

This course is offered for 2.0 Professional Development Hours. We can report your participation to ASHA if you choose for 0.2 ASHA CEUs, just be sure to include your ASHA number when you register. If you do not want your participation reported to ASHA, you have the option to decline on the course registration page. 

Refund Policy

There are no refunds for this course, as it is offered both live and as a recording for a limited time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected] or call 877-390-1887.

Live Webinar November 4, 2024 ; 4-6pm EST

Recording Available November 5-30th.


  • Beth Cormell

    Beth Cormell, MS, CCC-SLP

    Beth Cormell

    Beth Cormell, MS, CCC-SLP is an acute care Speech-Language Pathologist at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC. She has been an SLP for more than 25 years and specializes in treating medically complex and critically ill patients. Ms. Cormell has also been an educator for over 20 years and specializes in teaching classes in medical Speech Pathology and Fiberoptic Endoscopy Evaluation of Swallowing Beth Cormell has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 25 years. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and is currently working as a clinical SLP at UNCRex Healthcare in Raleigh, NC. She initiated the FEES program at UNCRex in 1997, and since, has completed thousands of FEES. Beth not only trains all UNCRex speech staff on FEES, but has also been instrumental in training clinicians and implementing new FEES programs throughout the country. She has taught FEES courses for more than 18 years, has presented short courses on FEES implementation and application at NCSHLA’s Annual Convention and at the ASHA Convention. She has been deemed competent for supervision and training in FEES by a board certified Otolaryngologist Beth Cormell has the following financial relationship to disclose: Ms. Cormell is a paid employee of RexUNC in Raleigh, NC and receives payment for this course. Ms. Cormell is also the owner of Dysphagia Seminars, PLLC. Ms Cormell has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
  • Candice Devlin and Rory O’Bryan

    Candice Devlin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Rory O’Bryan, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

    Candice Devlin and Rory O’Bryan

    Candice Devlin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a Senior Speech Pathologist and Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC. She also serves as a fee basis employee at the Durham VA Medical Center. In her 12 years of practice, her primary areas of interest include dysphagia in the tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patient populations, as well as neurogenic dysphagia. She has been instrumental in developing and bringing Respiratory Muscle Training, In-Line Passy-Muir Valve, and IDDSI programs to Duke Regional Hospital, as well as establishing and leading a multi-disciplinary tracheostomy team. Ms. Devlin earned her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University. Outside of work, Candice enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys (ages 5 and 2), live music, and traveling with friends. Rory O’Bryan, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S has worked as medical Speech-Language Pathologists at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC for since 2011, evaluating and treating adults in the acute care and acute rehabilitation settings. She also serves as a fee basis employee at the Durham VA Medical Center. Rory has been instrumental in developing and bringing Respiratory Muscle Training, IDDSI, and the multi-disciplinary tracheostomy team to Duke Regional Hospital. She also currently serves as the student coordinator for graduate student clinicians for her hospital. Ms. O’Bryan earned her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of North Carolina. Outside of work, Rory enjoys spending time with her family, exercising outdoors, and traveling with friends. Disclosures: Ms. Devlin and Ms. O’Bryan have the following financial relationships: they are paid employees of Duke Regional Hospital and receive payment for this webinar from Carolina Speech Pathology, LLC. Ms. Devlin and Ms. O’Bryan have no non-financial relationships to disclose.