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BBSQ 5130  Assessment and Intervention in Dysphagia

The course has two sections, a lecture section and a laboratory section.

  • In the lecture section students learn about the nature, anatomy and physiology of normal and abnormal patterns of swallowing with an emphasis on the adult population. Some important pediatric information is also covered. Diagnostic and therapeutic methods for patients with dysphagia are discussed in depth, and emphasis is given in methods that are researched, evidence-based and proven to truly help our patients.
  • The objective of the laboratory section is to provide students with knowledge and hands-on experience in the evaluation of swallowing disorders and development of treatment plans. This is accomplished through multiple activities including:
    a) interactive games and discussions, b) observation and analysis of videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing (FEES), c) writing of diagnostic reports and making recommendations for treatment, d) completing mock cranial-nerve examinations and mock VFSSs, and e) practicing various treatment techniques.

Simulated clinical swallowing evaluation performed by the graduate students in the BBSQ 5130 course

The course is offered by Dr. Malandraki every fall and spring semester.