Speech and Hearing Sciences | Dysphagia: Diagnosis and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders
S544 | 4765 | Manuel, B./Karcher, L.
Diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders are now included in
the speech-language pathologist’s scope of practice (ASHA, 1996).
Approximately 52% of practicing speech-language pathologists are
involved in the management of dysphagia. The objective of this
course is to provide you with the basic competencies that will enable
1. Understand normal anatomy and physiology of swallowing and
respiration, as well as the various etiologies and components of
abnormal swallow physiology for adults, infants and children.
2. Understand principles of a clinical oropharyngeal sensory
motor exam and various instrumental procedures to evaluate the signs
and symptoms of dysphagia in children and adults.
3. Understand the principles of dysphagia diagnosis across age
spans and conditions.
4. Understand indications and methods for non-oral feeding.
5. Counsel patients, families and caregivers regarding
swallowing safety, treatment and non-oral feeding recommendations.
6. Understand dysphagia team structure, interactions and
7. Develop a remediation plan and functional goals based on
clinical examination, video fluroscopy and other objective measures.
8. Understand principles of treatment across age spans and
REQUIRED TEXT: Evaluation and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders
(Second Edition). Logemann, Jeri. Pro-Ed, 1998.
ADDITIONAL READINGS/CLASS NOTES: Packets available for purchase at
Collegiate Copies: Part I Adult Dysphagia; Part II Pediatric Dysphagia
Examinations: There will be two exams, each worth 50% of your
grade. The first exam will be on adult dysphagia. It will cover the
material in your text from Chapters 1-6, 9, 12 and course lectures.
The second exam will be on pediatric feeding and swallowing issues.
It will cover assigned readings and course lectures. The exams will
include short answers and clinical case studies. In addition you
will be required to observe and “read” two-three video fluroscopic
exams. These will not be graded but must be turned in to receive
your course grade.