Effective management of dysphagia in adults requires thorough knowledge of the anatomy and neurophysiology of swallowing and respiration and the coordination of these functions. Shared structures and neurophysiology of the aerodigestive tract are discussed as well as diseases of the respiratory system that can impact swallowing. Examples of application of this information to the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia are provided.
Course created on March 9, 2021
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the anatomy and physiology of the upper aerodigestive tract.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe neurophysiology of pharyngeal phase swallowing and its relationship to breathing.
- After this course, participants will be able to list three examples of how this information may be applied to evaluation and treatment of dysphagia.
|5-10 Minutes||Rationale for learning about breathing and swallowing|
|10-15 Minutes||Brief review swallow physiology|
|15-45 Minutes||Structure and function of tongue, pharynx and larynx|
|45-55 Minutes||Structure and function of pulmonary tract|
|55-65 Minutes||Structure and function of esophagus|
|65-95 Minutes||Relationship breathing & swallowing|
|95-115 Minutes||Applying knowledge to practice|
|115-120 Minutes||Summary, Q&A|
Nancy B. Swigert
MA CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Nancy B. Swigert, MA, CCC, BCS-S, (Life Member) is the former director of Speech-Language Pathology and Respiratory Care at Baptist Health Lexington, an acute care facility in Lexington, KY. As president of Swigert & Assoc., Inc., her consulting company, she continues to teach and write in the areas of pediatric and adult dysphagia and documentation. She has authored seven books and numerous book chapters and articles. She received her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a former President of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council of State Association Presidents, and was President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1998. She received the Honors of ASHA in 2015. She chaired the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders from 2012-2014.
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