Med SLP Bundle: Dysphagia Education for Patients, Staff, Family, and Caregivers (Pack 2)
This bundle comes with 17 educational handouts for speech-language pathologists working with people who have dysphagia. This bundle includes:
This handout describes the particular challenges of sialorrhea, or excessive salivation, brought on by various conditions in the adult population. The first page describes the condition and its causes. The second page offers an explanation of treatment options. This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with adults coping with sialorrhea in the context of a rehabilitation setting.
Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome
This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with patients who are experiencing radiation fibrosis syndrome after undergoing radiation treatment. The handout describes the physiological changes that result in this condition and provides specific information about how radiation fibrosis syndrome can affect the swallow muscles following radiation treatment for head/neck cancer. The handout encourages those seeking radiation treatment services to seek the services of a speech-language pathologist to begin dysphagia therapy before, during, and after radiation treatment, as research has shown that this reduces the risk of chronic dysphagia (see sources on handout).
Hiatal Hernia, Reflux, and Dysphagia
This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with patients experiencing dysphagia related to hiatal hernia and reflux. The handout provides an overview of the anatomy/physiology of a hiatal hernia as well as how this injury relates to reflux and dysphagia. This handout helps provide a concrete visual explanation for a very esoteric concept as related to dysphagia rehabilitation.
Post-Operative Dysphagia After Cervical Spine Surgery
This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with patients who are experiencing dysphagia while they are recovering from anterior spine surgery. The handout is two pages and features three major culprits that cause dysphagia as well as treatment options and details about how damage to different cervical spine discs will present in the context of dysphagia.
Hereditary Apraxias and Dysphagia
This handout is designed for rehabilitation therapists working with people experiencing dysphagia related to hereditary ataxias. The handout describes what ataxia is, what its signs and symptoms are, and provides a description of treatment options.
This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with adults in medical/rehabilitation settings who are experiencing Candidiasis, or oral thrush. The handout describes the causes, signs/symptoms, treatment, and prevention guidelines, with an emphasis on proper oral care.
MBSS vs FEES
This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with the adult population in medical and/or rehabilitation settings. The handout provides a detailed explanation of the differences between the modified barium swallow study (MBSS) and the fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES). The handout provides definitions of each study method and outlines the pros/cons of each, as well as the limitations and contraindications of each.
This handout is designed for speech-language pathologists working with patients experiencing xerostomia due to various medical conditions. The handout describes the various causes of xerostomia and provides a list of treatment options, including using natural enzymes, adjusting medications, oral rinses and moisturizing products, use of humidifiers, and avoiding dehydrating foods/liquids.
The Iowa Performance Instrument (IOPI)
This resource is designed for speech-language pathologists using the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument to assess progression of lingual strength through course of therapy. The handout describes how to use the instrument for tongue endurance and lip strength.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Difficulty Swallowing
Many patients diagnosed with COPD struggle with swallowing. This is frequently related to the coordination of respiration and swallowing. This handout outlines what COPD is and how it affects swallowing. It includes several strategies for patients to try that are aimed at improving this coordination and reducing signs/symptoms of dysphagia.
Dysphagia and Multiple Sclerosis
Dysphagia can sneak up on people with Multiple Sclerosis. How do we quantify and monitor this over time so that it doesn't get the best of the situation? This handout is designed for patients confronting Multiple Sclerosis and contains the DYMUS questionnaire as well as information regarding what to expect regarding dysphagia and MS over time.
Eating out with Dysphagia
Having dysphagia can make it difficult to eat out a restaurants or other people’s homes; however, this shouldn’t keep patients and their families from doing so. Mealtime is a significant part of the day for social interaction with family and friends This handout contains some ideas and tips to consider so that eating out can continue to be an enjoyable part of life.
Hydration and Thickened Liquids
This material describes the importance of adequate hydration, the prevalence, and symptoms of dehydration, and tips on how to improve it.
Adaptive Devices to Control Sip Size
This material provides information on adaptive devices to control sip size in patients who are or are not on thickened liquids but may be impulsive, increasing their risk of aspiration.
Handout: Let's Talk Aspiration: How Much is Too Much?
This material explains the difference between “aspiration” and “silent aspiration”. New research with healthy swallows shows occasional aspiration and silent aspiration can be tolerated by the body in small amounts. This information will help with the differential diagnosis of dysphagia and presbyphagia and prevent over-diagnosis of dysphagia.
Straws and Dysphagia
People may not consider how complex swallowing with a straw can be and how many muscles need to be coordinated for swallowing to be safe. This handout provides education to the patient and care partners about the steps required to swallow safely with a straw. It also explains the importance of having a speech-language pathologist determine if a straw is recommended for the person’s specific situation.
Epiglottic Inversion Impairment and Exercises
The epiglottis plays a critical role in protecting the airway. This material describes the function of the epiglottis and provides exercises to complete to improve the function in a person with dysphagia.
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It is ok to:
- Share a printed copy of this resource with a patient/client, their family members and friends, and non-SLP/OT/PT related staff such as nursing, home healthcare providers, physicians, CNAs, social services, dietitians, activities teams, teachers, caregivers, etc.
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It is not ok to:
- Share any digital copy with clients outside of the context of teletherapy.
- Store these files in any publicly accessible online storage system, such as a shared Google drive or other online storage service.
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Tech specs: Digital download. 19 pages + cover page. 8.5 x 11 inches. PDF format. 92.6 MB.