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Course Registration Ends September 19: This Live Online seminar replaces the original face to face seminar scheduled for October 3, 2020 in Hartford, CT. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO READ ALL COURSE RELATED DETAILS BEFORE YOU REGISTER. PARTIAL APPROVAL - $475.00

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This Live Online seminar replaces the original face to face seminar scheduled for October 3, 2020 in Hartford, CT. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO READ ALL COURSE RELATED DETAILS BEFORE YOU REGISTER.

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Saturday, October 03 2020, 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM [EST]

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Course Date & Relevant Information:

Saturday, October 3, 2020

In consideration of your health and the health of our MDTP instructors in the presence of this viral pandemic this will be a LIVE and ONLINE MDTP Certification Course. The content and format will be the same as our face to face courses.


A link to join the course in Zoom will be sent to all registered participants the week before the course.


Course Description

MDTP is a systematic exercise-based approach to dysphagia therapy in adults.  Rather than a specific technique, MDTP is a framework from which to provide individualized therapy to adult patients.  This one-day intermediate course introduces participants to the conceptual basis of MDTP, provides the results of initial clinical studies documenting functional and physiologic benefits from MDTP intervention, describes in detail the components of MDTP, and provides step by step instruction for the evaluation and treatment of patients receiving the MDTP approach.


This course is offered for 0.85 ASHA CEUS (Intermediate level, Professional area)


The content of this seminar is not available to students


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to...


1.     Describe the components of MDTP therapy and differentiate this approach from more traditional therapy.

2.     Describe current clinical research supporting MDTP therapy.

3.     Explain how MDTP uses exercise principles to improve swallow function.

4.     Explain physiologic changes in swallowing that may result from various foods/liquids.

5.     Use specific clinical tools in the evaluation of patients for participation in MDTP therapy.

6.     Conduct MDTP therapy sessions and monitor patient progress and outcome.



Single Registration Fee for this Online Course: $475 USD

Registration must be completed before September 19, 2020


Timed Agenda: Please note that these are local times (Hartford, CT). 

Timed Agenda:

8:00 - 9:30 am      | MDTP - What is it?  How does it differ from what we currently do?

                              AND Current evidence supporting MDTP

9:30- 10:30 am     | Exercise principles in MDTP part 1

10:30-10:45 am    | Break 

10:45 - 11:30 am  | Exercise principles in MDTP part 2

11:30 - 12:00 pm  | The MDTP Food Hierarchy

1:00 - 3:00 pm      | Swallowing Assessment and Outcome Protocols for MDTP

3:00 - 3:15 pm      | Break

3:15 - 5:45 pm      | Step by Step Therapy Procedures for MDTP

5:45 - 6:00 pm      | Questions and Answers


Short breaks will be provided after each presentation.


PLEASE NOTE: The following policies may be superseded by circumstances created by the current viral pandemic. Please see our website ( for the most current policies regarding cancellation or relocation.  

Cancellation Policy

Up to two weeks prior to the seminar, refunds will be made minus a processing fee of $100 USD.  No refunds will be available if cancelling within two weeks of the seminar nor following the seminar.


Seminar Location Change Policy

Once registered for a given MDTP seminar changing to a different seminar will require cancellation of the initial registration (See cancellation policy) and registering for a new seminar (pending space availability).


Course Materials

Course materials for MDTP seminars will be provided via internet download available one week prior to the seminar. Course Emails will be sent from Eventzilla ( make sure to check the email that you used to register. Alert us ( with changes to your registration/email/name.

A non-disclosure agreement will be provided online requiring an electronic signature.  This agreement is mandatory to attend this seminar. Individuals who have not registered on our new website and electronically signed the NDA will not be allowed to participate in this online/live seminar. The purpose of the NDA is to minimize erosion of MDTP via sharing with untrained professionals. The faculty will be happy to address any further details/questions at the seminar.



All attendees will be given access to the post test. All participants have one month (30 days) following the course to pass this test. The test may be taken as many times as needed but MUST be completed one month from the course date.



Florida Dysphagia Institute (FDI) provides current, evidence-based and clinically relevant information and experiences to clinicians and clinical researchers in the field of dysphagia management.

Contact the Organizer

Yvette McCoy is a speech-language pathologist with over 25 years experience, specializing in adult neurological rehabilitation with a special interest in dysphagia and stroke rehabilitation. She owns Speak Well Solutions, LLC. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a board certified swallowing specialist, MDTP certified Provider, eight time ACE Awardee, mentor and CFY supervisor. She currently serves on the Executive Board for the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorder and is the Public Relations Committee Chair. She is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society where she has served on the Website Communications and Public Relations Committee. She is co-creator/author of the mobile app ‘Dysphagia Therapy’, and The Adult Dysphagia Clinician’s Pocket Guide: From Neuroanatomy to Clinical Practice by Plural Publishing. Finally, she is an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is joining the FDI as part of our MDTP instructor team.

About Yvette McCoy, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S


Diane Longnecker is an Advanced Clinical Specialist for the speech pathology department at Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She also holds her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S). Diane has been using MDTP for over 5 years with a variety of patient populations and across a variety of clinical settings. She has also led the integration of MDTP into routine use for treatment of dysphagia in a large hospital system.

About Diane Longnecker, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S