Using Measurement Tools in Assessment and Treatment of Dysphagia
Accurate and consistent measurement during the assessment and treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders is necessary to ensure that clinical decisions best meet patient needs. This journal self-study presents five articles that describe recent research related to the measurement of eating and swallowing behaviors and tools. For those interested in pediatrics, this product addresses the development of a tool to more accurately assess pediatric behavioral feeding issues as well as a description of how chewing develops in young children. For those working with adults, this self-study includes a tutorial on the use of surface electromyography (sEMG) to assess and treat swallowing disorders as well as research on how the perceived taste of a bolus influences swallowing behaviors. A fifth article discusses how the line spread test can be used as a visual tool to quickly and more accurately determine liquid thickness.
You will be able to:
- discuss how changes in bolus taste and consistency can influence chewing and swallowing behavior
- describe how surface electromyography (sEMG) can be used to measure the impact of treatment techniques on swallowing function
- explain how further research into the use of tools and techniques designed to measure aspects of swallowing treatment—such as bolus consistency, chewing function, and movement of swallowing muscles—may influence clinical decision-making and treatment outcomes