Edited by Wendy Avery, MS, OTR/L
Earn 1.5 AOTA CEUs (18.75 NBCOT PDUs/15 contact hours)
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Dysphagia intervention is an important concern for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants working in different settings, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, long term care, and home care. Difficulty swallowing affects many diagnostic populations, and dysphagia care is an occupational therapy specialty area that has demonstrated remarkable growth in the past several decades.
Written from an occupational therapy perspective, this new edition of the AOTA SPCC Dysphagia for Adults provides an up-to-date resource in dysphagia care for occupational therapy practitioners at both the entry and intermediate skill levels. It will educate occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who are at the entry level with an academic foundation, but without experience in dysphagia intervention, to provide skilled care. It will also assist practitioners who are already providing skilled intervention to advance their expertise by broadening their knowledge of interventions and approaches with dysphagia clients.
AOTA Specialty Certification in Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing provides occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants with evidence of competencies that address the specific needs of clients. Dysphagia Care SPCC supports the AOTA Certification reflective process to become SCFES (OT) or SCAFES (OTA) certified. Find out more here.
- Lesson 1: Dysphagia Issues in Contemporary Health Care
- Lesson 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Normal Swallowing
- Lesson 3: Clinical Manifestations of Dysphagia
- Lesson 4: Clinical Evaluation of Dysphagia
- Lesson 5: Instrumental Assessment of Dysphagia
- Lesson 6: Interpreting Dysphagia Evaluation Results and Implementing Intervention
- Lesson 7: Dysphagia Intervention
- Lesson 8: Feeding Intervention
At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to
- Identify the role of the occupational therapist as primary clinician in dysphagia care for adult clients.
- Identify evaluation and intervention techniques for clients with swallowing disorders.
- Differentiate the role of each member of a dysphagia team and his or her collaborative relationships.
- Identify candidates for feeding, eating, and swallowing intervention in settings where occupational therapists work.
- Identify the skills required to evaluate and intervene with clients with dysphagia and related feeding challenges.
- Identify the components of normal swallowing and deficits observed with abnormal swallowing.
- Identify the components of a clinical feeding, eating, and swallowing assessment and formulate occupation-based client outcomes that are based on assessment results.
- Identify situations in which referral to another specialist is indicated.
- Identify instrumental assessment procedures for dysphagia, the type of information they provide, and when to recommend them.
- Identify interventions to address problems in the occupation of eating, which includes swallowing, as it relates to relevant performance skills and performance patterns influenced by the interaction among contexts, activity demands, and client factors.
- Identify when a modified intervention approach or a restorative intervention approach is appropriate for clients with dysphagia and use a combination of the two approaches when needed.
- Identify client-centered dysphagia intervention goals that can be integrated with the client's targeted outcomes for occupational therapy interventions.
- Recognize how to classify the quality of published dysphagia intervention research using levels of evidence.
- Recognize and identify swallowing structures, physiology, and abnormal physiology in videofluoroscopic images of the swallow.
- Identify ethical concerns in dysphagia intervention, including nutrition and end-of-life issues
Wendy Avery, MS, OTR/L, has been involved in dysphagia care in acute hospital, outpatient, nursing home, and rehabilitation settings over the past 25 years and has authored numerous publications on dysphagia evaluation and intervention. She is a graduate of Duke University and received her master's degree in occupational therapy from the Division of Occupational Science at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. Avery is an occupational therapist at Amedisys Home Health in Bluffton, South Carolina.