Dysphagia: From Assessment to Discharge

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Meghan Schaufele
Full Day
Audio and Video
Mar 31, 2017


  • Cranial nerve impact on assessment and treatment
  • Diagnostics and thorough chart reviews
  • Medications and lab values
  • Clinical and instrument assessment techniques
  • Provide therapy on a budget
  • Retrain the brain to swallow
  • Therapeutic tools to increase exercise-based therapy

During this seminar you will learn functional assessment techniques and discover how the cranial nerves drive both assessment and treatment. Join national speaker and dysphagia expert, Meghan Schaufele, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, as she teaches you practical, functional and affordable strategies and techniques that can be immediately incorporated into your workday. Learn the latest, most effective techniques and exercises, including:

  • Pharyngeal exercises
  • Exercise-based therapy
  • Oral manipulation
  • Effortful swallow
  • Using the bolus as resistance

Take home affordable alternative treatment tools and assessment techniques.

Muscle-based exercise is emphasized throughout the course, along with ideas you can utilize the next day!



Chart Review

  • Disease Processes
  • Respiration
  • Lab Values
  • Medications

Oral Mech Exam

  • Cranial Nerve Examination

Clinical Assessment

  • Cervical Auscultation
  • Palpation
  • Ounce Water Swallow Test

Instrumental Assessment

  • MBSS
  • FEES
  • Symptoms/Indications from the Swallow Assessment



  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Thermal
  • Pharyngeal Exercises
  • NMES
  • Myofascial Release


  • Mendelsohn Maneuver
  • Masako
  • Shaker
  • Oral Manipulation
  • Effortful Swallow
  • Lingual with Resistance


  • Myofascial Release
  • Beckman Program


  • sEMG
  • NMES
  • TTS
  • Pressure Biofeedback


  • Chin Tuck
  • Head Turn
  • Supra and Super-Supra Glottic Swallow
  • Head Back/Chin Up
  • Side Lying

Technology in Dysphagia Therapy

  • iPad®/iPhone® apps
  • Android apps for dysphagia
  • Online Dysphagia Resources


  1. Describe a cranial nerve assessment and the function of the cranial nerves.
  2. Identify key elements necessary for the development of a comprehensive dysphagia evaluation.
  3. Summarize therapeutic treatment strategies to increase the functional swallow.
  4. Examine contributing factors to dysphagia such as: medications, lab values and cranial nerve dysfunction.
  5. Explain neuroplasticity principles to increase swallow function.
  6. Identify ways that technology can be incorporated in dysphagia therapy.

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Meghan Schaufele, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, specializing in the treatment of patients with swallowing disorders. Meghan works with a team of therapists to provide patients at a Level One Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center with evaluation and treatment of speech, language, cognition, and dysphagia. Her work includes conducting and interpreting modified barium swallow studies. During her career, she has developed and initiated new therapeutic dining programs, and created & implemented an armband system to assist with identifying diet levels for residents and patients while protecting their medical privacy.

Meghan completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, receiving ASLHA’s Students Pursuing Academic and Research Careers (SPARC) Award. Meghan is responsible for teaching and supervising speech pathology Master’s students completing an externship at her facility. She regularly provides education to medical students and residents about the field and scope of speech pathology. She also provides training sessions to nursing staff with a focus on dysphagia and stroke. Today, Meghan serves as a team and committee member for the Southeast Regional Stroke Center, the first and only accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center in the
Chattanooga area.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Meghan Schaufele has an employment relationship with Erlanger Health System. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Meghan Schaufele is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.