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Multidisciplinary Treatment of Functional Dysphagia and Its Subsets

presented by Jaimie Anderson, MS, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

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Financial: Jaimie Anderson is an employee at the University of South Florida Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Nonfinancial: Jaimie Anderson is a volunteer at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Group 2, Neurogenic Communication Disorders Professional Development Committee; the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences Board Certification Committee; and the Dysphagia Research Society’s Website, Communications, and Public Relations Committee. She has no competing nonfinancial 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: 51 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

This course will assess the subsets of functional dysphagia and which should be considered, as these may modify the practitioner's approach. This includes phagophobia, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, and muscle tension dysphagia. Historical and modern perspectives of treatment for functional neurological disorders and functional dysphagia will be reviewed. Multidisciplinary approaches will be examined. This includes medication, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulus, and esophageal dilations. The role of a mental health psychologist will be highlighted, including psychoeducation, arousal modification, cognitive behavioral therapy, and hypnotherapy.

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Jaimie Anderson, MS, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Jaimie Anderson is a medical speech-language pathologist (SLP) and is board certified by the Academy of Neurogenic Communication Disorders (BC-ANCDS). She currently evaluates and treats complex multiphase swallowing, voice, upper airway, and motor speech disorders as part of a multidisciplinary team at the University of South Florida Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders in…

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1. Subsets of Functional Dysphagia

Subsets of functional dysphagia will be reviewed, including phagophobia, muscle tension dysphagia, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. Diagnostic criteria and literature for each will be discussed.

2. Multidisciplinary Treatment for Functional Dysphagia

Historical and modern perspectives of treatment for functional neurological disorders and functional dysphagia will be reviewed. Multidisciplinary approaches to the management of functional dysphagia will be discussed. This includes medication, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulus, and esophageal dilations.

3. Role of Mental Health Psychology

Mental health psychologists, or gastropsychologists, play a large role in managing functional dysphagia. Common practices will be examined, including psychoeducation, arousal modification, cognitive behavioral therapy, and hypnotherapy. This can illuminate therapeutic techniques completed by other practitioners or highlight the need for a referral.

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