SPLP 6015 Dsyphagia

Pre-requisites: SPLP 6006 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

This course is intended to provide students with the necessary skills to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate scholarship about the nature, prevention, assessment and intervention of swallowing disorders in adults. It includes consideration of normal and abnormal developmental physiology of the swallowing mechanism, including the structural, behavioural, neurological, and mechanical components of various swallowing etiologies. Instrumental evaluation in dysphagia diagnosis is discussed.  Treatment planning and goal setting for nutrition/hydration status, feeding/swallowing techniques, and risk management are presented in light of various ethical issues.


ASHA Standards: 

Standard IV C—Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders: Etiologies and Characteristics

Standard IV C—Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders: Anatomical/Physiological Correlates

Standard IV C—Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders: Developmental and Cultural Correlates

Standard IV D—Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders: Prevention, Assessment and Intervention

Standard IV F—Evidence Based Clinical Practice

Standard  V B—Evaluation and Intervention


SLAATT Scope of Practice: 

Orofacial Myofunctional Assessment

Orofacial Myofunctional Intervention

Swallowing and Feeding Assessment—Children

Swallowing and Feeding Intervention—Children

Swallowing Function Assessment—Adults

Swallowing Function Intervention—Adults

Readings: TBA