SLPChat #2 When Swallowing Goes Wrong: A Dysphagia Discussion

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First of all the SLPChat team would like to thank everyone who participated in our first professional discussion on Cycles. It was a great and very informative discussion where everyone got to share ideas, techniques, experiences and learn new things. We also got to meet some new slpeeps on the way! Special thanks also go to Mary Huston (@mtmaryslp) for being our cycles ‘go to’ person during the chat. She imparted her wealth of knowledge on this area and was there to answer many questions on the topic.
That being said, everyone has been asking, and it’s now time to announce our second SLPChat!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 5th at 2 p.m EDT. Click here to convert to your own time zone (select Toronto, ON, CAN as EDT). We have chosen a discussion which has both an adult and a paediatric focus, so everyone can be included in our chats.Therefore our next topic is Dysphagia! From our daily discussions on twitter we have observed that there are some who have a passion for this area and really enjoy working with this population, while others run and hide when they are faced with patients who require feeding and swallowing management. We’re sure terms such as NPO, enteral feeding, and aspiration have made us all cringe at some point during our studies/careers. This is understandable, due to the ethical implications and possible complications surrounding this area.

This is why we want to hear from you; we’re going to have an open discussion on feeding and swallowing issues within the paediatric and adult population. There’s no reading assignment for this session (phew), but we’re still going to have a few guiding themes to keep the chat running smoothly. We’d like everyone to participate. Even if this isn’t your field at present, think about previous posts or clinical placements where you worked with these populations.

We’d like you to think about the following questions over this next week:

  • What is your current perspective on dysphagia management within both populations? You can take our twitpoll here.
  • What is your current feeding/dysphagia population (stroke, degenerative disease,cerebral palsy, down syndrome etc.).
  • What are you currently using for assessment?
  • What intervention techniques are you using at present?
  • What are your views on the role of oral motor exercises in management of feeding and swallowing difficulty.


  • How do you manage behavioural feeding issues (e.g. transitioning to new textures), any tips?
  • Are there any intervention techniques specific to populations? E.g Cleft Palate,Cerebral Palsy etc.


  • To NPO or not to NPO?
  • The SLP role in enteral feeding
  • Have there been any changes to the routine Bedside Swallow Evaluation?
  • What new technological advances are there in dysphagia management?
  • Have you heard of/are you using VitalStim Therapy?

We look forward to catching up for a relaxed, professional chat and to hearing your views, experiences and advice on this topic. Please remember to follow the guidelines on the site to participate in the chat.
See you there!



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2 responses to “SLPChat #2 When Swallowing Goes Wrong: A Dysphagia Discussion

  1. LISA

    It would be great if we could somehow copy all the tweets (would have to be in during the chat) and save them for those people who cannot make it to the Chat. I wasn’t able to be home during the cycles one–and I really want to know what was said.

  2. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for your comment. You can see the #slpchat through the hashtag search for about a week after the chat occurs. We thought it was for 2 weeks previously so that it why there isn’t a ‘hard copy’ of the last chat. Live and learn. We plan to save the tweets and make them permanently available with future chats!

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