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Dysphagia: the challenge of managing eating and drinking difficulties in children and adults who have learning disabilities
Celia Harding
Speech and Language Therapist, City University
Julie Wright
Speech and Language Therapist, formerly of Royal Free Hospital, now Kensington and
Chelsea PCT
This review explores some of the key issues relevant to children and adults who have dysphagia, or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, and a learning disability. It explores the methods for attempting to identify this area of difficulty effectively, and reflects on some of the other issues that may affect management, such as carer support and training and use of appropriate communication strategies to support and enable participation from the client with learning disability.
Key words
dysphagia; eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties; learning disabilities; unmet health needsRead more at