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

presented by Catriona Steele

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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 commitment to pursuing theoretically driven research that will underpin clinical interventions with sound empirical evidence. She has received particular recognition for her work on tongue function in swallowing. Dr. Steele holds research funding from the National Institutes of Health in the United States, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, and funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Steele is in demand as a teacher around the world, and has given workshops and invited lectures across North America, Europe, Japan, China, Korea, Chile, New Zealand and Australia.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Tongue Anatomy

    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

    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.