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Dysphagia and Medication Management – A Hard Pill to Swallow

Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S
1 Hour 34 Minutes
Nov 20, 2020
PESI, Inc.
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DVD - Also available: Digital Seminar


Sometimes it’s hard to determine what’s causing swallowing difficulty in individuals with dysphagia. Does the swallowing difficulty make it harder to take medication or are the medications impacting their ability to swallow safely? Unfortunately, this confusion leads to frequent medication errors in these clients.

In this session, Angela Mansolillo, MA, CCC-SLP, Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing Disorders, will teach you medication management in individuals with swallowing disorders. You will learn how pill swallowing impacts normal swallow physiology and identify alterations, and neurological changes, that occur in individuals with dysphagia. Medication formulations will be discussed and the legal implications of practices to facilitate administration, including crushing or thickening, will be reviewed.

You will finish this session with effective tools for improving safe medication administration, mitigating side effects that impact swallowing, and reducing medication errors in people with dysphagia.



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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

Intermediate Level



** ASHA Self Study CEUs are available on this course from 02/01/2021 to 01/31/2022. PESI, Inc. will submit ASHA CEU Requests to the ASHA CE Registry on a monthly basis; ASHA CEU Requests received before 02/01/2021 or after 01/31/2022 cannot be reported.

** Please note that Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists who participate in the self-study (Digital Seminar or Online Course) will be required to complete additional steps if they want their participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Detailed instructions will be provided under the Handouts section of the online program.

California Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of self-study continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Provider Number: 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 1.5 continuing education credits. 

Kansas Speech-Language Pathologists

Approved for 1.5 self-study continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 1.5 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S's Profile

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Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a speech-language pathologist and Board-Recognized Specialist in Swallowing Disorders with over 21 years of experience. She is a senior speech-language pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she is involved in evaluation, treatment, and program planning for adults and children with dysphagia.

Ms. Mansolillo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Rhode Island College and earned her Master of Arts in speech-language pathology from the University of Connecticut.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Angela Mansolillo has an employment relationship with Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Angela Mansolillo is board certified specialist, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

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Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to…

  1. Determine three potential medication modifications for people with dysphagia and their consequences.
  2. Analyze three common medication side effects that can impact swallow function.
  3. Devise three strategies for improving swallow safety during medication administration.
  4. Implement three strategies to reduce medication errors in individuals with dysphagia.


Pill/Tablet Swallow Physiology

  • What happens when we swallow a pill?

Issues in Administration for People with Swallowing Disorders

  • Medication type – liquids, tablets and capsules
  • Potential for medication errors
  • Altering medications – easier to swallow but is it really safer?

Medication Induced Dysphagia

  • Neurological impacts
  • GI impacts
  • Impact on salivation, dry mouth


  • Compensations and maneuvers – making swallowing easier
  • Improving dry mouth
  • Sensory interventions
  • Reducing medication errors related to dysphagia
  • New directions – changes in formulations for easier swallowing

Target Audience

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Registered Nurses


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