Current Trends in Dysphagia Intervention


Due to the wealth of research, best practices in dysphagia rehabilitation are rapidly changing. Keeping up to date on current best practices is difficult. Current Trends in Dysphagia Intervention is intended to provide clinicians with recent information concerning dysphagia therapy.
Current Trends in Dysphagia Intervention

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Reporting to ASHA:

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (3 hours), Intermediate Level, Professional Area

If you wish to have your participation in this course reported to ASHA, you must include your ASHA number when registering for the course. If you do not wish to have your participation submitted to ASHA, type “NO” in the field requesting your ASHA number. Once the course post-test has been completed your material will be ready for us to submit. We submit participation to  the ASHA CE Registry within 45 days of the last date of the quarterly offering.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the physiological components of swallowing
  • Enumerate the various dysfunctions of the swallow
  • List common compensatory techniques and their application
  • Discuss adaptation to a dysfunctional swallow
  • Display knowledge of the development of aspiration pneumonia
  • Apply neuroplastic principles to practice of dysphagia therapy
  • Describe the difference between interventions to improve strength verses motor planning
  • Apply indirect and direct dysphagia exercises into practice


  • Physiological components of swallowing (15 minutes) 
  • Areas of dysfunction (15 minutes)
  • Compensatory interventions (15 minutes) 
  • Adaptations (15 minutes)
  • The quandary of aspiration pneumonia (15 minutes) 
  • Neuroplastic Principles (20 minutes)
  • Exercise Fundamentals (15 minutes)
  • Swallowing Exercises: Indirect Exercises (IOPI, MOST, CTAR, Masako)
  • Swallowing Exercises: Direct Exercises (Effortful Swallow, Mendelsohn Maneuver, sEMG, Electrical Stimulation) 
  • Summary, Q and A

Instructor Disclosure: 

Ed Bice has the following financial relationship. He is a paid employee of the Accelerated Care Plus. Ed Bice has no non-financial relationships to disclose.


  • Ed Bice

    Ed Bice M. Ed., CCC-SLP

    Ed Bice

    Ed Bice is a Speech-Language Pathologist currently in the role of Clinical Program Consultant for Accelerated Care Plus’s Synchrony dysphagia program. Ed has worked in the health care industry with extensive training and experience in management for over 20 years. His experience includes a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient, home health and skilled nursing. During his career, Ed has held various leadership positions. He has worked as a Regional Manager, Vice President of Clinical Services, and Chief Operating Officer. He has been a speaker for national and state level conventions as well as colleges and universities. Currently, he serves on the Editorial Board for the ASHA Gerontology Special Interest Group.