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Section 4: How can the Speech and Language Therapist help?

Dysphagia: how can the Speech and Language Therapist help?

  • Detailed and accurate assessment.
  • Accurate diagnosis of dysphagia which may assist with the differential medical thoughts.
  • Ensuring safety (reducing or preventing aspiration) with regards to swallowing function.
  • Balancing risk factors with quality of life, taking into account the individual's preferences and beliefs.
  • Working with other members of the team, particularly dieticians, to optimise nutrition and hydration.
  • Stimulating improved swallowing with oral motor/sensory exercises, swallow techniques and positioning.

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital