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FEES: Compensatory Strategies to Improve Swallowing Functionality

presented by Gerrita Morris, MA, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Gerrita Morris is the owner of Dysphagia Solutions Inc., and a consultant for Community Care Partners Inc. She also receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Video Runtime: 54 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 27 Minutes

In recent years, due to technological advances and increased accessibility, FEES has become more prevalent and respected in the instrumental evaluation of swallowing. Recent research has shown that FEES is an excellent tool for not only detecting aspiration and residue but also in determining effective treatment. The use of FEES as a diagnostic tool is also helpful when planning possible compensatory strategies and techniques to improve swallowing safety. There are virtually no limits to the ability to visualize these techniques with FEES. Determining the cause of dysphagia and the compensatory possibilities allows for effective and efficient treatment. However, there is limited training and education available with focus on FEES. At the end of this course, clinicians will understand the use of FEES to assess the patient's swallowing with multiple compensatory strategies and techniques that will enhance treatment of dysphagia as well as aid in placing patients on the least restrictive diet. These techniques will assist the clinician in treatment planning to ensure for optimal outcomes for patients. Speech-language pathologists who work in any medical setting (hospitals, home health, long-term care, IRFs, SNFs, LTACHs, ENT offices, ALFs, private practices, etc.) or plan to work in a medical setting would benefit from this course.

Meet Your Instructor

Gerrita Morris, MA, CCC-SLP

Gerrita Morris is the president of Dysphagia Solutions Inc. and is based in Wesley Chapel, Florida. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1991 and 1993, respectively. Ms. Morris has been a speech-language pathologist for 28 years and has worked across a…

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1. Compensating for Dysphagia: Does It Work?

This chapter reviews compensatory swallowing strategies that can be used during FEES. Clinicians will determine the potential for the use of swallowing techniques and compensatory strategies to improve the function of the swallow. Clinicians will visualize the use during FEES exams.

2. Magical Maneuvers?

Maneuvers for improving the swallow will be discussed and observed during FEES. Clinicians will correlate the benefits of FEES to assess the outcomes of the maneuvers. Clinicians will examine the appropriateness of compensatory maneuvers for improving the function of the swallow.

3. Advantages and Limitations to Strategies

Outcomes of strategies/techniques/maneuvers will be discussed. Clinicians will determine the limitations of the compensatory strategies presented.

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