Show Me the Numbers:

Using Clinical Data to Quantify Swallowing

Recording is available!


Presented by: Corinne Jones, PhD, CCC-SLP

Show Me the Numbers:

Using Clinical Data to Quantify Swallowing

Recording is available!


Presented by: Corinne Jones, PhD, CCC-SLP

Sometimes (or a lot of times), dysphagia assessments can be overwhelmingly subjective.

Like when you describe a component of your patient’s swallowing…

Is the patient’s pharyngeal constriction mildly, moderately, or severely reduced?

Is this the result of mild or moderate dysphagia? Have you observed mild improvements?

What are you basing that off of? Maybe the amount of residue you eyeball on an MBS?

Oof. We’ve all been there.

This is exactly why Dr. Corinne Jones dedicated 8 hours to teach us how to use real clinical data and take the guesswork out of swallowing assessments.

Our goal is to make our patients better, but how do we know if they’re getting better? This course is like a primer on how to inject data into our clinical practice.

~Dr. Corinne Jones, PhD, CCC-SLP

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  1. An introduction to quantifiable data collection specific to dysphagia.
  2. Different patient-reported outcomes and where to access them.
  3. Clinical bedside measures.
  4. Modified barium swallow study measures.
  5. FEES measures.
  6. Pressure and EMG measures.
  7. Other swallowing measurement devices that exist.
  8. Considerations and caveats to clinical data.

Here’s how your dysphagia practice will transform:

  1. Know which freely accessible tools and techniques exist, where to find them, and how to use them.
  2. Replace subjective observations with replicable data that mean something.
  3. Confidently direct your dysphagia therapy towards better outcomes with measurable data


“I think of the SLP as a scientist. We use the scientific method to make a hypothesis and test it.

The way we test our hypothesis is by collecting data.”

~Dr. Jones

How is this course different from other CSE courses?

We asked Dr. Jones, and here’s what she said:

“This course is a hands-on course that goes over multiple dysphagia assessment tools instead of just one.

While other presentations may introduce different formulas, I’ll actually show you how to implement different data tools at work. 

Participants will receive a Google sheet I’ve created with the formulas built-in.

That’s not something you can download with research articles, but it would make applying their data to clinical practice much easier. 

So I created one instead. Why not share it?”

If you want to improve your skills and confidence in things like…


Evaluating your patients’ swallow function with numbers that mean something


Tracking your patients’ swallowing progress with numbers that mean something.


Different types of data specific to dysphagia


Knowing the pros and cons of different quantification methods


Using equations to make meaning out of your dysphagia measurements (with a simple tool)


Quantifying your patients’ swallow function in:

  • Clinical swallowing evaluations
  • FEES
  • MBS
  • Pressure measurement tools
  • EMG studies

Then you’ll want to soak in this course.

Why we’re honored to have Dr. Corinne Jones teach us this course:

Dr. Jones is a clinician, a researcher, and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences and Neurology at the University of Texas at Austin.

She brings her researcher cap to the clinic, and her clinical knowledge to the research lab, which uniquely positions her to expand our field’s knowledge both inside and outside the lab.

A skill that’s hard to come by, Dr. Jones knows how to take important complex information and translate it into clinical-friendly language. On top of that, she’s eager to show SLPs how to actually apply this information at work the next day.

Basically, she brilliantly fills the gap between research and clinical practice, and we love her for it!

Are you ready to go from the dysphagia guessing game to data-driven confidence?