Staff Education and in-services on feeding, thickening liquids, strategies and precautions are a necessary part of our job as speech pathologists or occupational therapists. If we don’t do our job, the lack of staff education and knowledge may result in a choking or aspiration event or worse.
Studies often show staff education component is either non-existent or very general. This seminar will identify specific points that should be covered in in-services including the rationale behind modified diets and thickened liquids, importance of thickening liquids – how to thicken and why various liquids are different. .
Strategies will be discussed that are often identified as important to follow during meals and the rationale behind the strategies/precautions. Numerous adaptive cups/straws will be reviewed.
Free resources will be identified that can be provided to your staff as well as purchased resources to utilize in your trainings.
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- Why diet modification might be necessary
- Staff Education - what is important and why
- What are aspiration precautions and swallowing strategies
- Mealtime Problems
- New Dining Practice Standards
- National Dysphagia Diet
- International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative
- Appropriate/inappropriate foods for each level
- Tests to determine if food and/or liquid is appropriate
- Thickened liquids and thickening agents
- Gels vs. Starch
- Recent Research
- Strategies to increase oral intake and hydration
- Medications and dysphagia
- Dysphagia cookbooks
- Preprocessed foods
- Adaptive Equipment
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on having a better understanding of diet levels, precautions/strategies and appropriate adaptive equipment to assist in safer self-feeding or assisted feeding.
- List two reasons for recommending texture modified foods.
- Identify the New Dining Practice Standards.
- Recognize the different levels on the IDDSI.
- Identify appropriate adaptive equipment for patients based on their specific needs.
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Contact Hours: 4 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathologist, Nursing and Dieticians
Instructional Level: Intermediate
CDR CPE Level 2/ 740 Web-based
Learning Need Codes: 5210, 6000
Performance Indicators: 4.2.1, 4.2.8, 8.2.3, 9.2.4
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
This course is offered for 0.40 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Denise Dougherty is employed by AAPPSPA and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service