Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Team Approach - Fifth Edition

Leonard and Kendall
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Rebecca Leonard and Katherine Kendall

Details: 481 pages, Full Color, Hardcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-473-6

Publication Date: 10/10/2023

 An invaluable text for dysphagia courses in speech-language pathology programs, Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Team Approach, Fifth Edition integrates the fundamentals of aerodigestive tract anatomy and physiology with objective assessment techniques and multidisciplinary treatment approaches. Contributors from speech-language pathology, otolaryngology, and gastroenterology present a variety of perspectives across domains of the professionals who serve patients with swallowing disorders. The in-depth, evidence-based assessment techniques and treatment models represent the most current dysphagia research and best practices. The book’s organization reflects the progression of most graduate-level dysphagia courses, with assessment techniques presented in the first half and special populations discussed in the latter half.

The fifth edition has been thoroughly updated, with expanded references, perspectives on recently published literature reviews, and additional figures and tables. The authors have also added new pedagogical features and content revisions:

  • Treatment approaches have been updated to include new material on neuroplasticity, chin tuck against resistance (CTAR), and prophylactic strategies.
  • A new chapter on telehealth and dysphagia is available on the companion website and in the ebook version.
  • The chapter on endoscopy has been enhanced and expanded.
  • The chapters on fluoroscopy have been streamlined and condensed.
  • A new chapter focuses on the impact of dysphagia on the airway and how artificial airways may affect swallowing function.
  • The most recent nutrition guidelines have been updated, with a special focus on integration of texture modifications and dietary preferences with optimal nutrition.
  • The pediatrics chapter now provides a detailed discussion of thickeners and adequate nutrition.
  • End-of-chapter reflection questions have been updated.
  • Effective and well-documented examples of specific treatments have been included as supplementary boxes.
  • Additional videos with case studies are available on the companion website.

PluralPlus Online Ancillary Materials

  • For instructors:
    • PowerPoint slides 
    • Image bank
  • For students:
    • Videos of patient studies that represent typically observed impairments in inpatient and outpatient clinical practice, as well as demonstrations of each instrumental assessment technique introduced in the book (e.g., fluoroscopy, endoscopy, transnasal esophagoscopy, and high-resolution manometry).
    • A free trial of the Swallowtail™  software program that is designed to increase the ease of making measures from dynamic fluoroscopic swallow studies, comparing those measures to normative data and creating a database for patient tracking and documentation purposes.


A separate companion workbook for students, Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning Workbook, Fifth Edition is also available for purchase. The workbook includes practical exercises aligned with each chapter of the textbook. The activities and questions are designed to clarify and expand on information presented in the text and should be of interest not only to students but also to practicing clinicians seeking fresh approaches. The workbook has been thoroughly updated to reflect the new organization and content of the textbook.