presented by Catriona Steele
This course is the second 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. Applying the skills developed in the first course to measure tongue strength, this course begins by training the participant to design a tongue strength training program by evaluating existing training regimens. The course then moves to a discussion of the effectiveness of tongue strength training for a variety of populations, and concludes with a discussion session around the efficacy and research needs on the topic of tongue pressure strength training.
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.
The first chapter of this course will outline the steps and key considerations for designing a tongue strength training program, drawing on several example models.
This chapter addresses the effectiveness of tongue strength training as a treatment for dysphagia. After completing this chapter, the participant will be able to describe the literature around the effectiveness of tongue strength training as a method for improving swallowing safety and outcomes.