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    Occupational Therapist

    Swallowing Disorders 101

    Adult Swallowing Disorders


    • Become familiar with the prevalence and incidence of dysphagia as well as what diagnoses precipitate it.
    • Identify anatomy and physiology involved in swallowing along with peripheral and neurologic controls.
    • Become familiar with swallowing issues for the elderly.
    • Recognize signs vs. symptoms of dysphagia and distinguish oropharyngeal impairment with esophageal impairment.
    • Describe the nervous system in order to be familiar with swallowing disorders that result from neurologic disease.
    • Identify characteristics of dysphagia and dysphagia-related problems seen in patients with neurologic disease.
    • List treatment options and practices in different forms of neurogenic dysphagia.
    • Recognize dysphagia and how it relates to various head and neck cancers.
    • List factors that contribute to dysphagia in patients being treated for head and neck cancers.
    • Become familiar with esophagopharyngeal disorders along with examination and treatment options.
    • Describe the importance of along with the components of the physical evaluation of the swallowing mechanism.
    • Describe the basic components of a fluoroscopic and endoscopic swallowing exam.
    • List 5 strengths and 5 weaknesses of each exam.
    • Identify treatment considerations that apply to most patients with dysphagia.
    • Describe the major categories for the treatment of dysphagia.
    • Identify steps for formulating effective treatment plans.
    • Become familiar and describe 3 behavioral treatment strategies.
    • Define and outline 5 basic principles of medical ethics and how ethics relate to swallowing disorders.

    Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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    $210.00 USD

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