WEBINAR | The ABCs of F.E.E.S (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing)[LIVE][April 12, 2019] -  Talk-Tools

WEBINAR | The ABCs of F.E.E.S (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing)[LIVE][April 12, 2019]


Date: April 12, 2019

Location: Webinar (01:00PM-03:00PM EST)

Presenter: Colette Ellis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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Course Description

Fiberoptic technology revolutionized examination of the nasopharynx and larynx because transnasal insertion of the flexible fiberscope allowed for clear visualization of anatomic structures without interfering with normal physiology of respiration and phonation. Fiberoptic assessment, when coupled with video capability, is the current technique of choice for examining the nasopharynx and larynx. Transnasal laryngoscopy to examine reflexive and volitional swallowing events in adults and pediatrics for both diagnostic and rehabilitative purposes, is termed the fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES). FEES has been reported to be more sensitive than VFSS (video fluoroscopic examination of
swallowing, also called the modified barium swallow study) in assessing prefeeding anatomic and physiological abnormalities, such as pooling of secretions before feeding, and similar to VFSS in detecting premature spillage, residue, and aspiration during and after feeding. FEES is also very useful for studying prefeeding behaviors of children who are not (yet) oral feeders
because the structure and function of the oropharyngolaryngeal complex can be assessed during spontaneous swallowing of secretions without the need for food or barium concentrate.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. understand a brief history of the FEES exam.
  2. understand the differences between the FEES exam and the video fluoroscopic exam.
  3. identify at least 3 potential reasons for requesting the FEES exam.
  4. identify at least 5 laryngeal-pharyngeal landmarks.
  5. identify current requirements for becoming eligible for to perform the FEES exam.


Colette Ellis M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders with over 35 years of clinical experience. She specializes in adult and pediatric dysphagia, neurogenic, voice and traumatic brain injury, as well as oral placement, feeding and speech therapy for clients and patients of all ages . . . more

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Webinar Details

This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area)(see TalkTools ASHA CEU Policy and Process for more information)

Schedule (01:00PM -03:00PM Eastern Standard Time)
  • 01:00PM  01:10PM    Welcome and housekeeping
  • 01:10AM   01:30PM   History of FEES exam
  • 01:30PM   02:00PM   What do the instrumental exams show us?
  • 02:00PM   02:15PM   FEES rationale and landmarks
  • 02:15PM   02:25PM   Break
  • 02:25PM   02:50PM   How to get started in FEES
  • 02:50PM   03:00PM   Q&A
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