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WEBINAR! Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: A Caregiver Forum

The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, with support from Cook Medical, is proud to present the second series of patient-centered webinars on the latest research and information on swallowing disorders. Experts in the field of swallowing disorders will present information on topics such as esophageal dilation, lymphedema, tracheotomies, and more! If you are a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) or know someone with a swallowing disorder, please share this web page with them.

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In Memory of Steven Leder, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor, Otolaryngology, Yale

Steve LederI first met Steve in March 2013 in Seattle at the annual Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) meeting. I had recently been elected President of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders. Over the next few years we emailed back and forth a few times. What jumped out at me was his energy, passion, enthusiasm, advocacy, and champion of all things dysphagia. I admit, I was a bit in awe of him… past President of DRS, Yale, respected clinician and researcher, and the commander of his own life. We didn’t spend much time together, but speaking for myself and others in the foundation, he will be missed.

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Patient-Centered Approach to Determining the Plan of Care for Patients with Dysphagia (Part 1)

Byline: Melody Sheldon, M.A.,CCC-SLP owns and operates Southwest Rehabilitation, a private practice in Coos Bay, Oregon.  Since 1989, she has been providing services to acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, hospice, home health agencies, transitional homes, and to pediatric and adult patients in her clinic.  In an effort to provide continuity, Melody Sheldon developed the Dysphagia Complaint Scale, which she and her staff use with patients and their families to rate the severity level of the problem throughout an episode of care. continue reading →

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Snap & Send Campaign to Raise Awareness

June is National Dysphagia Awareness Month. This year, the NFOSD hopes to educate thousands of people around the world about the significant impact of dysphagia. To do this, we need your help!

We are looking for the faces of dysphagia. If you or a loved one are impacted by a swallowing disorder, send us a picture of yourself, the food you eat, or something that reminds you of your swallowing disorder (e.g., a restaurant you used to frequent).

It’s easy; snap and send. Email your picture to by May 23rd, 2016.

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National Dysphagia Awareness Month 2016 Contest

June is “National Dysphagia Awareness Month” & the NFOSD would like your input!


We want the world to understand the challenges you face, the work you do and what it takes to live with this often under-recognized, poorly diagnosed and often times mistreated disorder. continue reading →