Learners will be able to:
1. Perform and interpret bedside clinical swallowing evaluations using Evidence-Based Protocols & Procedures. Understand the relationship between cranial nerves and functional motor assessments.
2. Select and conduct diagnostic procedures using knowledge of evidence-based techniques.
3. Perform and interpret instrumental examination of swallowing disorders.
4. Assess and manage Trach / Vent Patients with Dysphagia, understand the differences between tracheostomy tubes, the impact of an inflated cuff on swallowing function, the low specificity of blue dye testing, and the speaking valves' effects on restoring natural subglottic air pressure.
5. Communicate assessment findings with interdisciplinary team.
6. Describe the potential adaptation and compensation patterns of the upper aerodigestive tract.
7. Describe the role of the SLP in assessing dysphagia throughout the continuum of care.
8. Recommend proper methods of feeding (e.g. oral, nasogastric, gastric tube feeding) based on the clinical and diagnostic findings.
9. Use standardized measures for documentation of assessment and intervention findings.
10. Apply therapeutic and compensatory strategies, and understand the perspectives of oropharyngeal strengthening.
11. Develop intervention plans and functional goals based on results of clinical and instrumental examination.
12. Understand and apply dysphagia outcome measures.
13. Critically Appraise dysphagia research.
14. Understand the nutritional needs of patients with dysphagia and relay the management plan .