The Esophagus – Functions, Dysfunctions and Treatment Options


Course Description

As recently as 30 year ago in SLP education, dyshpagia wasn't a very well covered topic. It was something many therapists learned on the job. The role of the esophagus is very important to understand within the swallowing function. It is also critical to understand the need to look at the esophagus during the completion of the VFSS. ASHA guidelines for the VFSS indicate patient complaints that would indicate the importance of the scan. Without this information, it is possible that any therapy provided may have little or no benefits. 

This course introduces the speech-language pathologist to the importance of the esophagus. Therapists are introduced to normal function as well as dysfunctions that may create issues with oral intake and the patient’s ability to meet their needs. Specific implications are discussed and treatment options offered. Images and x-rays are used to provide an understanding of the impact of disorders on swallowing. 

This Seminar-On-Demand is 4 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).

Contact Hours: 4
Video Course Format: Video
Target Audience: Dietitian/Nutritionist, SLP
Instructional Level: Intermediate