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Tongue Pressure Resistance Training Part 1: Rationale and Steps for Measuring Tongue Strength

presented by Catriona Steele, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

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Financial: Catriona Steeles receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Catriona Steele has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course is the first of a two part series that provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to implement tongue pressure strength training as a treatment for dysphagia. The course begins with an overview of tongue anatomy and the role of the tongue in the swallowing process. This installment delves into the research behind tongue strength training and it's effect on dysphagia as a therapy, including the prevalence of aspiration in individuals with reduced tongue strength, and reduced tongue strength in aging adults. The course concludes with an introduction to the principles and tools needed to measure tongue strength in adults, including a demonstration of key concepts with a patient.

Meet Your Instructor

Catriona Steele, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Dr. Catriona M. Steele is the Director of the Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She also teaches in the Graduate Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Steele worked as a medical speech-language pathologist for 10 years. Dr. Steele is known for her…

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1. Tongue Anatomy

The first chapter of this course explains the importance of tongue strength for swallowing function and for treating swallowing dysfunction, and describes tongue anatomy and it's function during swallowing.

2. Measuring Tongue Strength

During the final chapter of this course, the participant will have the opportunity to review methods and equipment for measuring tongue strength, and view a demonstration of tongue strength measurement with a patient.

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