- 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:
- Clinical assessment
- Referral for instrumental/diagnostic assessment
- Discharge planning
- 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.
Related Website Links:Dysphagia Resource Center
National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association