Search ASHA Publications About Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
The ASHA Leader and ASHA online journals are excellent sources of materials to supplement your curriculum.
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Selected Online Leader articles about Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders:
Stimulating Swallowing: Essential Central and Peripheral Nervous System Targets
Despite its ease in healthy adults, swallowing is a complex sensorimotor phenomenon that includes numerous meticulously timed events. We do not yet fully understand changes to the underlying system of deglutition that occur due to rehabilitative swallowing strategies and many important scientific and clinical questions remain unanswered.
Coding for Dysphagia Evaluation, Treatment
Speech-language pathologists often call ASHA with questions on coding and reimbursement for services involving swallowing evaluation and treatment. Here are some answers for the most common concerns.
Tongue-Pressure Resistance Training: Workout for Dysphagia
Despite the debate on the effectiveness of oral-motor exercises for rehabilitating speech and swallowing, tongue-pressure resistance training has proven benefits.
Reducing Pneumonia Risk Factors in Patients with Dysphagia Who Have A Tracheotomy: What Role Can SLPs Play?
In addition to understanding the clinical considerations typical for all patients—such as medical comorbidities, current medical status, and mental state—an SLP needs to be aware of additional factors pertaining to a patient's tracheostomy.
The Role of Pharyngeal and Upper Esophageal Manometry in Swallowing Assessment
Manometry is a tool that may add value to videofluoroscopic swallowing examination and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing by providing quantitative information to the dysphagia evaluation.
Hot Topics in Dysphagia
Researchers are taking a close look at clinical screening, instrumental assessment, and treatment procedures in an effort to help clinicians use the most effective tools efficiently and uniformly to make decisions about patient care.
Defining Dysphagia Following Stroke
A research study strives to develop a definitive standard for determining dysphagia by using a method that integrates findings from multiple measures and volumes for an objective determination.
Patients Requiring Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation: A Model for Interdisciplinary Decision-Making
An interdisciplinary flow chart outlines a protocol for assessment and treatment planning for patients who require a tracheostomy tube or mechanical ventilation.
Dysphagia Management: Using Thickened Liquids
Thickened liquids are commonly recommended by clinicians for dysphagia management, but their use can present challenges.
Water: Understanding a Necessity of Life
Our clinical decisions depend on how well we understand the basic mechanisms of hydration, dehydration, and aging and fluid balance.
Environmental Interventions and Dementia: Enhancing Mealtimes in Group Dining Rooms
Pleasurable mealtimes can enhance the quality of life of many nursing-home residents with dementia, and environmental modifications can improve the dining experience, support rehabilitation, and enhance nutrition.
Electrical Stimulation and Dysphagia: What We Do and Don't Know
A review of information currently available on electrical stimulation as part of dysphagia therapy.
The ABCs of Dysphagia Management in Schools
Management of dysphagia in students with disabilities is rapidly becoming an important area of focus of speech-language pathologists. This article provides an overview of practical strategies for use in school environments.
Evidence-Based to Reality-Based Dysphagia Practice
Three case studies illustrate common and rare clinical dilemmas and demonstrate the common components of the process of evidence-based clinical problem-solving.
Landmark Clinical Trial in Swallowing Results Released
The results of the largest multi-institutional randomized clinical trial in swallowing were presented at the 2006 ASHA Convention in November.
Telepractice Program for Dysphagia
A dysphagia telepractice program from the perspectives of urban and rural clinicians in Kansas.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Many people experience symptoms of GERD, yet the serious illness potential is widely misunderstood.
Children with CHARGE syndrome have multiple congenital anomalies including disorders of all senses and speech, language, feeding, swallowing, and behavior.
Managing Dysphagia in the Schools
Speech-language pathologists have found their roles expanding to include the management of students with dysphagia which requires a team approach.
Dysphagia Care is "Major Clinical Focus" at Veterans Health Administration
The Veterans Health Administration established a multi-disciplinary task force to develop comprehensive policies and guidelines addressing patients with dysphagia disorders.
Nutritional and Dysphagia Services for Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease
Speech-language pathologists can have a positive impact on the nutritional status of clients with Alzheimer's disease by using the environment, caregiver training, and the individual's abilities.
The Forensic Aspects of Dysphagia
A valuable but widely unknown and untapped resources in state education agencies is the state consultant for speech-language pathology.
Managing Dysphagia for the Adult Approaching End of Life
Speech-language pathologists require a specialized set of skills to treat end of life patients with dysphagia. Learn about the role of technology and how to develop a dynamic treatment plan.
Treating Dysphagia with sEMG Biofeedback
Review a growing body of research on the use of surface EMG biofeedback to assist clients in learning and performing swallowing exercises.
Syringe Feeding in Long-Term Care Grand Rounds: Dsyphagia
Dysphagia places SLPs in a key role in designing and conducting treatment and coordinating the team effort.
Why Do CNAs Feed as They Do?
Two recent studies shed new light on the attitudes of certified nursing assistants toward feeding nursing home patients and how to improve their compliance with feeding plans.
Cultural Competence in Dysphagia
"Thinking out of the box" is essential for clinicians who wish to provide culturally competent dysphagia services.