Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy
Head and Neck Lymphedema (HNL) is a devastating condition that frequently follows surgery or radiation for the treatment of head and neck cancer. Not only can HNL affect the patient's communication and swallowing function, but in severe cases can affect respiration, vision, and even ambulation, not to mention the frustration and embarrassment that accompanies this disfiguring condition. However, with proper treatment, HNL can typically be reduced to a manageable level. This 2½ day workshop will provide the academic foundation and practical application for the therapist to successfully implement basic techniques to reduce the edema that can create such devastating impairments. Therapists will learn about: (1) the basic lymphatic system; (2) evaluation and measurement; (3) Manual Lymph drainage (MLD); (4) compression wraps and garments; (5) documentation and billing
Attendees will include both Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLTs) and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) who treat head and neck cancer patients. The course content will include a basic review of lymphatic anatomy and physiology, as well as basic MLD techniques relevant to the head and neck. Emphasis of the course will be on the performance of basic techniques required for management of the patient with head and neck lymphedema and will be presented in a fashion that will accommodate the learning needs of both groups.
Brad Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, CLT has been a speech-language pathologist for over 20 years and a certified lymphedema therapist since 2006, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. He served as the lead therapist in the Head and Neck Lymphedema (HNL) program at MD Anderson Cancer Center from 2006 until 2016, and is now based at the Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He has presented at multiple local, state, and national conferences regarding proper management of head and neck lymphedema.
CEUs for CLTs are provided through the FPTA, AOTA, and NCBTMB. For SLPs this course is offered for 2.0 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional Area).
Registration is limited to CLTs who have completed a 135-hour LANA-recognized lymphedema certification program, SLPs, and MDs.
Based upon each lesson and, in accordance with AOTA Guidelines, learners will receive insight into the relevance to OT of lessons via one or more of the following methods: discussions groups, case studies, homework, demonstration, and/or end-of-course surveys geared towards reflection on practice integration
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A total of 20 hours of instruction is provided in the Evaluation and Management of Head and Neck Lymphedema course. Class hours are Friday and Saturday 8:00am-5:30pm, and Sunday 8:00am to 12noon.
This continuing education activity is fully accessible to special needs students and addresses the needs not only of individuals with physical impairments, but also of those with sensory impairments (e.g., hearing, speech, vision), and emotional and learning disabilities. This includes accessible technology and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for distance learning. The Provider ensures an instructional environment that enhances the learning process. Resource or reference materials and instructional aids and equipment are current, appropriate for the learning activity, and support the intended learning outcomes. The Provider attempts to create a fully accessible educational environment from which all learners can benefit, and provides an opportunity for learners to identify special needs in advance of the activity.
Tuition for the Evaluation and Management of Head and Neck Lymphedema course is $650.