Swallow Initiation Just how exactly is the swallow triggered? This handout describes the oral and pharyngeal sequences involved in a successful swallow. The handout also discusses swallow delay as well as how speech therapy can improve swallow initiation and reduce the risk of dysphagia and associated aspiration.
Disorders of the Pharyngeal Stage of Swallowing In order to create goals and a plan of care, speech-language pathologists must understand the reasoning behind the disorders that they see. This handout provides a table of disorders that may be observed during the pharyngeal stage of swallowing during an objective swallowing evaluation, the cause behind those observations, and more information related to each disorder.
The Pharyngeal Phase of the Swallow This material describes the pharyngeal components of normal swallowing in adults. Broken down piece by piece and taking up 2 pages, every detail of the anatomy and physiology of this enormously important and very fast phase of the swallow is explained.
The Esophagus and the Speech-Language Pathologist This material describes a speech-language pathologist’s role in screening for/being a part of a multidisciplinary team to treat esophageal dysphagia.
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