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Handout: Foundational Knowledge in Adult DysphagiaThis handout was provided by Dr. Griffin. It is several pages in length and contains main points from the episode. This handout is offered for free.
Dɪsfeʒə? Dɪsfɑʒə? Təmeto, təmɑto? That is one of the many questions tackled in this week’s episode with Dr. Lindsey Griffin, a leading professional in the field of adult dysphagia and assistant professor at Emerson College in Boston. For those of you not practicing in the field of swallowing, this episode will certainly ring some grad school bells as Dr. Griffin walks us through some swallowing bascs that include a refresher on the phases of swallowing and some tried and true strategies to support individuals with swallowing challenges (You guys remember the good ol’ chin tuck, right?). Working in this area of our field already? You’ll enjoy some powerful discussions on evidence-based, person-centered decision-making in dysphagia practice amongst several remaining resource and research limitations.
Listen in and learn about the difference between restorative exercises and compensatory strategies, the why and how of tailoring intervention techniques to an individual’s physiological impairments, and the role of technology in dysphagia care. You will no doubt find yourself following along with the maneuvers discussed, just make sure to swallow your coffee first!
So, grab a plate of “minced and moist” snack foods and cozy up with Kate, Amy and Dr. Griffin for some nerdy swallow chat! You can learn more about Dr. Griffin here.
Summary Written by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor
Describe the difference between restorative exercises and compensatory strategies
Relate three restorative treatment techniques to the targeted physiological impairment
Identify two devices used in dysphagia rehabilitation
Lindsay Griffin Financial Disclosures: Lindsay is an employee of Emerson College. Non-financial: Lindsay is a member of ASHA SIG 13 and the Dysphagia Research Society
Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast. Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG.
Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast. Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.
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Humbert, Ianessa A., et al. “Swallowing Kinematic Differences Across Frozen, Mixed, and Ultrathin Liquid Boluses in Healthy Adults: Age, Sex, and Normal Variability.” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, vol. 61, no. 7, 2018, pp. 1544–1559., doi:10.1044/2018_jslhr-s-17-0417.
Martin-Harris, Bonnie, et al. “MBS Measurement Tool for Swallow Impairment—MBSImp: Establishing a Standard.” Dysphagia, vol. 23, no. 4, 2008, pp. 392–405., doi:10.1007/s00455-008-9185-9.
Valenzano, Teresa J., et al. “Respiratory–Swallow Coordination in Healthy Adults During Drinking of Thin to Extremely Thick Liquids: A Research Note.” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, vol. 63, no. 3, 2020, pp. 702–709., doi:10.1044/2019_jslhr-19-00163.
EMST (Expiratory Muscle Strength Training): https://emst150.com/
IDSI (International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative): https://iddsi.org/
Time Ordered Agenda:
10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures
20 minutes: Descriptions of the difference between restorative exercises and compensatory strategies
15 minutes: Descriptions of restorative treatment techniques to the targeted physiological impairment
10 minutes: Descriptions of devices used in dysphagia rehabilitation
5 minutes: Summary and Closing
The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice. SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated. We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material. We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle. That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared. If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! Wed love to hear from you!
Editors: Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Ashley Sturgis, MA, CCC-SLP