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Exercise vs. Maneuvers: Moving Dysphagia Management From Performance to Learning (PD102479)

Presenter(s): Giselle D Carnaby, MPH, PhD
Course Description

The application of multiple swallow maneuvers is often a mainstay of dysphagia intervention, but the role of the maneuver and its effect on swallow rehabilitation outcomes are not always clear. This session explores swallowing intervention beyond the application of maneuvers and reviews the role of motor learning strategies in maximizing outcomes for patients.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022 online conference “Controversies and Consensus in Dysphagia Management.”

Learning Outcomes
After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between motor performance and motor learning and when to apply each approach in the rehabilitation of a patient with dysphagia
  • Compare practice strategies to enhance patients’ swallowing skills
  • Discuss the timing and measurement of the blended skill/strengthening approach


  • Exercise vs. maneuvers – what’s the difference?
  • Time course of application – when is best?
  • Stages of learning – person
  • Editing constraints – task, environment
  • Strategies of practice
  • The trajectory and measurement of re-learning
  • Summing it up

Presenter Information

Giselle D. Carnaby, MPH, PhD, is Professor and Program Director in the Department of Health Sciences and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA). She directs the Swallowing Research Laboratory and specializes in research epidemiology and biostatistics. Her research focus lies in the rehabilitation of swallowing disorders following Stroke and Head/Neck Cancer. Carnaby has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has been funded as PI on both NIH and American Cancer Society grants. She is a lifetime Research Scholar for the American Cancer Society. She holds both Fellow and Honors of ASHA.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Professor and Director, PhD Health Sciences UTHSA
  • Co-Founder of Florida Dysphagia Institute

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

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 April 30, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: March 2022
End date: April 30, 2027

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Related Courses

View all courses from the Controversies and Consensus in Dysphagia Management online conference.

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102479
Available Through: April 30, 2027