American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA Glossary: Dysphagia Diets

Oral diet modified in food properties, such as texture or viscosity, to meet the needs of a particular dysphagic individual. Optimally prescribed after instrumental assessment to compensate for identified physiologic and/or structural swallowing abnormalities, which impact the ability to tolerate a regular texture diet. Often prescribed in "stages" designed to facilitate safety, while potentially advancing a patient toward a more "regular" texture.

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