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Dysphagia Intervention: Planning and Implementation (WEB17036)

Presenter(s): Nancy B. Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Course Description

This course provides an overview of the essential elements of planning and implementing successful dysphagia intervention. Presenter Nancy B. Swigert reviews how to select and utilize appropriate treatment strategies and techniques by summarizing specific compensatory, bolus modification, postural, and rehabilitation strategies for oral and pharyngeal dysphagia and discussing the evidence underlying these strategies. The course also reviews what variations in dysphagia management might be needed depending on particular disease stages and processes.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast postural, bolus modification, compensatory, and rehabilitative techniques for oral and pharyngeal dysphagia
  • Describe characteristics of dysphagia for four major etiologies: Radiation-Associated Dysphagia, stroke;
  • Parkinson’s, and dementia
  • Compare and contrast dysphagia management for different disease processes
  • Select rehabilitative and compensatory techniques to match impaired physiology


  • Differentiating postural, bolus modification, compensatory, and rehabilitative techniques 
  • Disease process with case examples 
  • Staging across disease and differences in acute and degenerative 
  • Strategies for oral phase dysphagia and evidence to support use 
  • Strategies for pharyngeal phase dysphagia and evidence to support use

Related Courses

This course is part of Key Courses on Fundamentals of Dysphagia.

Presenter Information

Nancy B. Swigert, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is president of Swigert & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm. She recently retired from Baptist Health Lexington, where she served as the Director of Speech-Language Pathology and Respiratory Care for 10 years, then as a certified Green Belt in Lean/Six Sigma and Process Excellence Coordinator. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She chaired the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders from 2012–2014. Swigert’s main clinical interests are in the area of pediatric and adult dysphagia, and she lectures and writes extensively in these areas. She also writes and lectures on coding, documentation, and reimbursement. She served on ASHA’s Health Care Economics Committee for 9 years and chaired it for 6. Swigert received her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville. She received the Honors of ASHA in 2015

Financial Disclosures

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation 
  • Royalties from ProEd 

Nonfinancial Disclosures 

  • ASHA volunteer and frequent contributor to ASHA SIG 13 publications on this topic

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: June 2, 2017
Peer reviewed: April 2018
End date: June 1, 2024

This course is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 3.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.35
Item #(s): WEB17036
Available Through: June 01, 2024