Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-26-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Carolyn Wiles Higdon

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Burklow

Third Advisor

Laurel Lambert

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An increasing amount of current research indicates the prevalence of oral and pharyngeal dysphagia in all age groups, with a higher number of cases present in the geriatric population. Dysphagia is common in age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Dementia. The purpose of this study was to investigate the knowledge and skills of speech- language pathologists (SLPs) working in long-term care, in the area of oral and pharyngeal dysphagia. Participating SLPs responded to a survey asking to self-identify their knowledge/skills in oral and pharyngeal dysphagia. The findings from this study revealed the variety of expertise of SLPs in treating patients with oral and pharyngeal dysphagia. The results suggested need for additional educational and clinical training in oral and pharyngeal dysphagia.

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