Houston Methodist West

18500 Katy Fwy, Hoston, Texas 77094

Hoston, Texas, US, 77094

Respiratory Muscle Training for the MedSLP combines lecture, critical thinking through case studies, and hands-on practice. Participants will learn about various applications of Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) with adults, including expiratory and inspiratory muscle training (EMT/EMST and IMT/IMST). Literature and case vignettes are used to support RMT’s use for patients with swallowing and communi- cation disorders across the continuum of healthcare, from acute care to outpatient and settings in between. Evidence supporting RMT in diverse patient populations is discussed, including treatment protocols, with an emphasis on patients with oro- pharyngeal dysphagia. Devices for RMT assessment and treatment will be on-site for hands-on integration of techniques. Strategies and support for program development are provided. This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Profesional Area).

Instructor: Brooke Richardson, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech- Language Pathologist at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC. She has 10 years of experience treating adults with complex medical needs in the acute and outpatient settings. She has been instrumental in establishing the Respiratory Muscle Training program at UNC Rex Hospital. Prior to joining UNC Rex, Ms. Richardson was employed at Duke University Hospital where she was sought out by colleagues for her clinical expertise. She is a graduate of the Medical Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Washington.

Instructor Disclosures: Ms. Richardson has the following financial relationship: She is a salaried employee of UNC Rex Hospital. She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Registration: $295 Includes tuition, e-handouts, RMT Toolkit, devices

Learning Objectives: 

  • Verbalize anatomic/physiologic components of swallowing, cough, & respiration
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess MIP/MEP and compare to normative data
  • List 3 indications for EMT and/or IMT in patients with dysphagia
  • List 2 contraindications for EMT and/or IMT in patients with dysphagia
  • Demonstrate the ability to set appropriate treatment goals, providing rationale relevant to SLP modalities including oropharyngeal dysphagia
  • Describe steps necessary to develop an RMT program

Time Ordered Agenda:


8:15: Respiratory Anatomy & Physiology; Cough

8:45: Principles of Strength Training

9:00: What is RMT?

9:45: RMT in Dysphagia; Specific patient populations

11:45: Lunch (on your own)

12:45: Assessment (hands-on)

2:15: Treatment (hands-on)

3:00: Goal-writing, Trouble-shooting, Case Studies

3:45: Starting a Program

4:15: Summary, Final Q&A, Post-Test