Managing Dysphagia

Managing Dysphagia 

Use of evidenced-based practice in dysphagia evaluation and management is crucial to reduce risk of complications and improve an individual's quality of life. This course provides an overview of normal swallowing, types and symptoms of dysphagia in adults, and current research related to treatment options. After reviewing this course, learners will be able to perform clinical decision making and develop effective dysphagia interventions utilizing evidence-based reasoning. In-depth review of dysphagia screening and evaluation is outside the scope of this session and is covered in a different course.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

American Occupational Therapy Association


Relias Learning is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1 & 2. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy


This course has been approved by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.50 contact hours, approval number 20-655657.

Florida Board of Occupational Therapy


This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.50 contact hours, approval number 20-655657.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area).

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.50 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-MD
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe basic anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing.
Differentiate between types of dysphagia and symptoms of each.
Identify at least 5 evidence-based restorative treatments and compensatory strategies for dysphagia.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Normal Swallow Function

Meet Amos

Prevalence and Incidence of Dysphagia

Normal Swallowing Anatomy

Normal Swallowing Physiology



Section 3: Types of Dysphagia

Types of Dysphagia

Overt Signs and Symptoms of Dysphagia


Signs of Silent Aspiration

Types of Dysphagia

What About Amos?



Section 4: Treatment Interventions

Treatment of Dysphagia

General Treatment Approach Paradigms


Diet Modifications: Solids and Liquids

Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST)

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD®)

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)

Oral Motor Exercises and Strengthening

Positional/Postural Compensatory Strategies

Presentation Strategies

Swallowing Maneuvers

Thermal-Tactile Stimulation

Video-Assisted Swallowing Therapy (VAST)

How Can You Help Amos?



Section 5: Other Considerations

Dysphagia-Related Outcome Measures

Importance of Coordinated Healthcare Team Approach

Ethical Concerns



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributors




Exam and BrainSparks

Instructor: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Dietitians; Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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