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Dysphagia Therapy: Functional Oral Intake Scale (FOIS)

presented by Michael Crary, PhD, F-ASHA

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Financial: Michael Crary receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Michael Crary has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 32 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 21 Minutes

In all rehabilitation endeavors, having reliable and valid outcome measures are essential. Having the ability to define the functional oral intake of each patient at any point in time provides clinicians with a tool that can measure the effectiveness of dysphagia interventions. This course not only outlines the potential applications of the FOIS, it describes in detail the information needed to effectively employ this tool and interpret the data, as well as presents an insightful live demonstration of the FOIS with a patient.

For students interested in learning more about the future of swallowing evaluation and treatment, consider attending the Florida Dysphagia Institute 2.0 - a week long course featuring Dr. Michael Crary and Dr. Giselle Carnaby. The course takes place in Orlando, FL, and includes 32 Hours of CEUs with practical application, exhibitors and receptions. For more information visit the course WEBSITE or download the course BROCHURE.

Meet Your Instructor

Michael Crary, PhD, F-ASHA

Dr. Michael Crary is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Director of Swallowing Research Laboratory at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. Dr. Crary specializes in disorders of swallowing in adults. He has published and lectured extensively, including internationally on these topics. He has received research funding from multiple…

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1. Background and Definition

Instructor Dr. Michael Crary presents the Functional Oral Intake Scale (FOIS). The FOIS is a clinical scale to easily document and communicate a patient’s safe and adequate functional oral intake. In this chapter, Dr. Michael Crary defines the seven levels of the FOIS.

2. Clinical Application of the FOIS

In the second chapter of this course, Dr. Crary uses case studies and a live demonstration with a patient to provide the tools necessary to accurately assess a patient’s FOIS level. Participants will be able to discuss caveats with FOIS interpretation and strategies to revolve any confusion in interpretation.

3. Frequently Asked Questions and Discussion

In the final chapter, Dr. Crary discusses frequently asked questions from clinicians, and assigns FOIS scores to case studies. He is also joined by speech-language pathologist Dr. Robert Miller in a question and answer session to discuss the implementation and interpretation of FOIS data.

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