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The Other Dysphagia: Preoral Dysphagia Evaluation and Treatment

presented by Jeanette E. Benigas, PhD, SLP

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Financial: Jeanette E. Benigas receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives royalty payments from Health Professions Press for the publication of the book Spaced Retrieval Step by Step: An Evidence-Based Memory Intervention.

Nonfinancial: Jeanette E. Benigas is a founding member of the SLP Data Initiative and is cohost for the Other SLPs’ Pockets podcast. She has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 56 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 49 Minutes

Traditionally, clinicians are familiar with four phases of swallowing, yet the fifth--the preoral phase--remains a less explored but crucial aspect. This course addresses the practice gap, providing clinicians with the knowledge and skills needed to identify impairments in the preoral phase and develop informed treatment plans. From sensory changes to assessment and treatment, each chapter equips clinicians to make informed decisions. This course aims to empower clinicians by shedding light on the signs and symptoms of preoral dysphagia. Participants will gain insights into evidence-based assessment techniques and treatment options, enabling them to create comprehensive care plans tailored to individual needs. Join us in unlocking the potential of The Other Dysphagia, where clinicians emerge equipped to navigate the preoral phase and make a meaningful impact on patient care.

Meet Your Instructor

Jeanette E. Benigas, PhD, SLP

Jeanette E. Benigas is the owner of Safe Swallowing Diagnostics, a mobile FEES company serving eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Her extensive clinical experience has included work with adults in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, post-acute rehabilitation, long-term care, home health, and outpatient settings. Benigas's research interests include improving the quality of life for persons with…

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1. Normal and Problematic Sensory Changes That Impact Intake

In this chapter, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of sensory alterations in older adults and their implications for preoral dysphagia. The content addresses changes in hearing, vision, olfaction, and taste, equipping learners with the ability to identify and navigate normal and problematic sensory functions impacting oral intake in the aging population.

2. Successful Assessment of Preoral Dysphagia

In this chapter, participants are guided through the essential components necessary for a comprehensive assessment of preoral dysphagia. The chapter emphasizes the importance of evaluating cognition, communication, vision, and environmental factors, providing a practical framework for determining the key elements essential to a successful assessment process.

3. Management of Preoral Dysphagia

In this chapter, participants learn practical approaches to support older adults with preoral dysphagia during mealtime. The content focuses on creating a supportive environment and emphasizes the importance of accommodating patient preferences, providing a nuanced understanding of effective treatment options for managing preoral dysphagia.

4. Case Studies

In this chapter, participants apply their acquired knowledge of preoral dysphagia to detailed case studies featuring people exhibiting signs and symptoms. The chapter allows learners to analyze and synthesize their understanding in a real-world context, enhancing their ability to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations.

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