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SLP Treatment for Functional Dysphagia

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.

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Video Runtime: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 45 Minutes

Treatment of functional dysphagia by an SLP can be successful and rewarding. With our support and guidance, patients can often improve their symptoms, return to a regular diet, eliminate abnormal swallowing behaviors, and enjoy eating with friends and family again. This course will review specific therapeutic techniques used by an SLP to manage patients with functional dysphagia. This includes how to educate and counsel patients regarding their new diagnosis and possible risk factors. Relaxation and muscle tension reducing techniques will be highlighted. Finally, swallow strategy training using a food hierarchy with biofeedback will be demonstrated.

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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. Education and Counseling

This chapter will review how to educate and counsel a person with functional dysphagia on their diagnosis. This includes the inclusionary and exclusionary components of the diagnosis and possible risk factors that may be contributing to its development and maintenance.

2. Relaxation and Muscle Tension Reduction Techniques

Muscle tension and psychological factors may contribute to a patient’s symptoms of functional dysphagia. Specific therapeutic techniques to reduce tension and encourage relaxation will be demonstrated.

3. Swallow Strategy Training and Food Hierarchy

SLPs have the unique ability to work with functional dysphagia at its core, addressing the swallowing abnormalities head-on. This chapter will demonstrate how to structure your therapy and goals to work through a hierarchy of foods while practicing swallowing strategies. Biofeedback tools will highlighted, specifically surface electromyography.

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