Universal Core Elements of Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Assessment and Swallowing Treatment

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Universally accepted standards for training, implementation, interpretation and reporting of swallowing assessments will facilitate collaborative practices and contribute knowledge toward optimal practices for dysphagic patients.  This workshop will highlight the core purposes and elements of videofluoroscopic assessment of swallowing, with emphasis on reproducibility, validity and clinical feasibility of protocols and measures.  Differences between swallowing safety, efficiency and swallowing physiology will be explained, and the relevance of each to overall swallowing impairment severity will be explained. Supportive evidence for standardized practice in the context of personalized patient care will be presented.  The development of evidence-based, physiologic and behavioral interventions, derived directly from standardized assessments, will be illustrated using case studies. 

Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow