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Swallowing / Dysphagia



  • Provide clients and their families with education and management strategies to address swallowing disorders.
  • Provide safe and adequate nutritional intake while providing human dignity, promoting self-respect and quality of life.
  • Provide a supportive environment, encourage awareness and use of swallowing strategies to promote functional skills within his/her environment(s).


  • Swallowing is something we do many times a day. It plays a major role in many of our daily activities. When an accident or illness occurs, swallowing abilities can become impaired.
  • Dysphagia is a term used to describe swallowing problems.
  • Dysphagia can occur as the result of disease, illness, or trauma.
  • Swallowing therapy is provided individually for a minimum of two 50-minute sessions per week.
  • Individual treatment sessions focus on establishing treatment goals to address the unique needs of each client.
  • Service delivery includes:
    • Screening
    • Clinical assessment
    • Referral for instrumental/diagnostic assessment
    • Management
    • Treatment
    • Discharge planning

Program Goal(s):

  • Improve swallowing skills to least restrictive diet minimizing aspiration risk
  • Educate and train the client and family in dysphagia
  • Improve use of swallowing strategies to increase safety with oral intake


  • The Youngerman Center Clinic operates from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday during the University Academic Calendar.



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