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NEW WEBINAR! Celebrating the Holidays with Dysphagia

Thursday, December 2 at 8am Pacific (11am Eastern)

IDDSI and the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders present a special webinar focusing on patients with dysphagia and what they may face during the holiday season.

NFOSD Board Member and nutritionist, Laura Michael, will bring her industry and caregiver experience in diet modification, and share tips on how to safely and joyfully celebrate the holidays when you have swallowing problems, offer tools to enjoy food and social gatherings, and how to navigate the social and emotional aspects of the holidays, while incorporating the IDDSI standards into holiday celebrations.

As a bonus, Chef Diane Wolff of Essential Puree has generously offered to share a free, downloadable copy of her “Purees of Fall: The Holiday Meal” PDF with our community that includes some excellent holiday recipes that may be safe (and delicious!) for those who modify their food consistency to a puree.

Additionally, if you would like Diane Wolff’s two books in the Purees of Fall series, Game Day and Snacks and Shakes, please email her at and she will email you the links to download copies.

Questions about the webinar? This webinar is hosted by IDDSI. Please reach out to for more information.

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Xerostomia EL-PFDD Recording

On August 19, in collaboration with 3 head and neck cancer nonprofits, the NFOSD hosted a meeting that gave patients and families impacted by chronic dry mouth a way to share the impact of living with xerostomia. The meeting gave FDA and other key stakeholders, including medical product developers, health care providers, and federal partners, an important opportunity to hear directly from patients, their families, caregivers, and patient advocates about the symptoms that matter most to them, the impact it has on patients’ daily lives, and patients’ experiences with currently available treatments. This input informs FDA’s decisions and oversight during drug development in addition to their review of a drug’s marketing application.

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{Recording} Dining Health – A Person-Centered Approach to Improving the Eating Experience

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Airway Protection Program: Expiratory Muscle Strength Training for Dysphagia Treatment

Let’s talk aspiration. I hate to even bring it up. It is a word that makes physicians, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and many people living with swallowing disorders cringe.  Why? If you have lived with dysphagia or cared for someone who has, you know that dysphagia and aspiration can be linked to potentially life-threatening complications, like aspiration pneumonia. So, when we talk about aspiration, we want to talk about reducing it. There are several causes of aspiration and a dysphagia treatment program needs to target those issues specifically to be effective. One reason food and/or liquid can enter the lungs is due to poor airway protection. This article reviews the emerging evidence that expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) is one treatment that can improve airway protection.

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Webinar Recording: Survivorship 101 -Navigating Head and Neck Cancer