The Instrumental Swallowing Evaluation for Patients with Stroke

presented by Stephanie Daniels

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The purpose of this course, with Stephanie Daniels, is to review the instrumental swallowing evaluation in patients with stroke. The primary focus will be on the videofluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS); however, the videoendoscopic swallowing study (VEES) will also be reviewed. Protocol and assessment of compensatory strategies will be addressed, and demonstrated through a patient case example.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Stephanie Daniels, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

    Dr. Daniels received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. She is a research speech pathologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Dr. Daniels is a Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Her research, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is focused on neurogenic dysphagia. She teaches graduate courses in dysphagia, and undergraduate courses in anatomy and physiology at the University of Houston. Dr. Daniels also provides clinical education in adult communication disorders.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Instrumental Evaluation

    1. Instrumental Evaluation

    Dr. Stephanie Daniels will review the purpose of the instrumental assessment, describe and distinguish the available types of instrumental assessment, and explain where instrumental assessment fits with screening and swallowing evaluation procedures.

  2. VFSS Protocol

    2. VFSS Protocol

    In the second chapter of this course, Dr. Daniels will discuss the importance of using a standard protocol, and describe a standard protocol, including the details of its administration.

  3. VFSS Interpretation

    3. VFSS Interpretation

    In this chapter, Dr. Daniels will describe the signs of dysphagia that can be illuminated via instrumental assessment, and detail compensatory strategies that can be suggested by specific signs.

  4. VFSS Compensation

    4. VFSS Compensation

    In the final chapter of this course, Dr Daniels applies course concepts by walking through a real VFSS-based case example, and challenging the participant to correctly identify signs of dysphagia.

  5. VFSS Patient Example

    5. VFSS Patient Example

    Dr. Daniels uses video of a real patient's videofluoroscopic study to demonstrate the key features for SLPs to be aware of while reviewing VFSS data for their patients with suspected stroke.

  6. 6. Supplementary Materials

    Downloadable materials to reference upon completing this course.