What's the safest diet? Is he aspirating? Can she swallow these pills? He hates the pureed food — what else can we do? She's refusing the thick liquids! Is he going to get pneumonia? Does he need a feeding tube?
These are problems that you face daily working with children and adults with swallowing disorders. Knowing the answers is more than just figuring out why they're struggling to swallow properly.
How can something so simple like passing food and liquid from your mouth to your stomach be so problematic for so many people in different ways?
Often, it's more than just swallowing.
Swallowing disorders are life-threatening and completely different from all the communication disorders you're otherwise trained to assess and treat.
This course will help you develop targeted interventions for patients with dysphagia. Case reviews will be utilized to assist participants in identification of physiological targets for swallow treatment including breathing/swallow discoordination, delays in swallow response, and pharyngeal dysmotility among others.
The goal is to stop just thinking about swallowing. You need to start putting swallowing in the context of everything else that is happening in the body.
Be confident choosing the right path to a nutritional, behavioral, and whole-body treatment plan no matter their severity or age. Become the dysphagia expert!