Dysphagia Training

NFOSD Dysphagia Webinar Series: Transitional Foods – Updates on Their Behavior, Use and Benefits in Adult & Pediatric Populations

Date and time: Thu, Jul 23, 2020 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM SGT

Webinar Description:  

This webinar is for healthcare providers, patients and caregivers impacted by dysphagia, and students learning about swallowing disorders.

This presentation will define and categorize types of transitional foods.  We will discuss the potential benefits of improved choices, increased textures and ultimately improved dining enjoyment. Use of transitional foods in the pediatric population will be discussed with examples of use presented in specific special needs populations. The IDDSI testing method for transitional foods will be reviewed and the variation in results obtained with this test will be demonstrated between known transitional foods. We will share two research methods of evaluating the dissolution patterns of transitional foods in the oral environment will be described with relevant clinical implications.  The external environment (air, humidity, length of exposure) play a significant role in the transitional behavior of these foods and ultimately their safety. The oral environment (amount of saliva, degree of tongue pressure, anterior-posterior transit time) also has a significant impact as well.  Both groups of factors will be discussed in detail providing a broader scope of understanding of patient selection, and proper use.  Ultimately expanding our knowledge of transitional foods will improve our understanding of use with the goal of improving patient engagement and outcomes.

Learner Outcomes: 

  • Understand the difference between transitional food behaviors in the mouth in comparison to  IDDSI benchtop methods.
  • Classification of transitional foods and the importance of the oral environment
  • Learn the role transitional foods can play in dysphagia management

Click here to register of the Free Webinar: https://swallowingdisorderfoundation.com/webinar-transitional-foods/

Dysphagia Training

Free Webinar by NFOSD: Managing Dysphagia in Adults with Intellectual Disability

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 17, 5:00 pm Pacific (June 18, 8.00am Singapore / Malaysia / Philippine )

Webinar Description:  

Adults with intellectual disability are at risk for dysphagia.  The unique swallowing, feeding, and behavioral challenges experienced in this population are vital considerations in the assessment and treatment of these patients.  This webinar will discuss the nature of dysphagia management in adults with intellectual disability by exploring the current evidence in this area and discuss the clinical experiences of speech pathologists who assess and treat adults with intellectual disability in the Intermediate Care Setting.

At the completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the impacts of dysphagia in people with intellectual disability
  • Identify the systems that must be considered in the assessment and treatment of dysphagia in those with intellectual disability
  • Anticipate the physical-nutritional needs of those with intellectual disability as they age
  • Describe the interdisciplinary team collaborations required to manage dysphagia in this population

Click here to register for the FREE webinar:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/76969519229535757

NFOSD website:

Dysphagia & Special Populations: Managing Dysphagia in Adults with Intellectual Disability

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(Recommended article) Moving Forward with Dysphagia Care: Implementing Strategies during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Mark A. Fritz · Rebecca J. Howell · Martin B. Brodsky · Debra M. Suiter · Shumon I. Dhar · Anais Rameau · Theresa Richard · Michelle Skelley · John R. Ashford · Ashli K. O’Rourke · Maggie A. Kuhn

Abstract
Growing numbers of SARS-CoV-2 cases coupled with limited understanding of transmissibility and virulence, have challenged the current workfow and clinical care pathways for the dysphagia provider. At the same time, the need for non-COVID-19-related dysphagia care persists. Increased awareness of asymptomatic virus carriers and variable expression of the disease have also focused attention to appropriate patient care in the context of protection for the healthcare workforce. The objective of this review was to create a clinical algorithm and reference for dysphagia clinicians across clinical settings to minimize spread of COVID-19 cases while providing optimal care to patients sufering from swallowing disorders. Every practitioner and healthcare system will likely have different constraints or preferences leading to the utilization of one technique over another. Knowledge about this pandemic increases every day, but the algorithms provided here will help in considering the best options for proceeding with safe and effective dysphagia care in this new era.

Click here to access full article (Open access):

Dysphagia
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00455-020-10144-9

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How COVID-19 Swab Test is done? A Singapore Speech Therapist’s experience

In this video, I will show you how a COVID-19 swab test is done and I will explain how it feels like.

Is it necessary for Speech Therapist to go through COVID-19 swab test?

We feel that it is very important for speech therapists / pathologists in Singapore to go through the COVID-19 swab test. As this will not just boost clients’ confidence but also to ensure safety especially when it comes to physical visits such as home or clinic speech or swallowing therapy sessions.

All our speech therapists at Singapore Swallowing Specialists and Speech Therapy Works, Singapore have undergone COVID-19 swab testing, and we have all tested negative.