Clinical Swallowing Exams: Strengths and Limitations
Clinical Swallowing Exams: Strengths and Limitations
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This session explores the strengths and limitations for interpreting clinical swallow examination (CSE) results, including implications for dysphagia management in adult populations across clinical settings. The speaker contrasts CSEs with instrumental swallow examinations and shares resources to maximize clinical usefulness of the clinical swallow exam.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022 online conference “Controversies and Consensus in Dysphagia Management.”

Learning Outcomes
After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • List components of a comprehensive clinical swallow examination 
  • Explain the limitations of a clinical swallow examination
  • Contrast clinical usefulness of a clinical swallow examination with an instrumental examination


  • Introduction
  • Purpose and components of a clinical swallow examination (CSE)
  • Strengths and limitations of the CSE
  • Post-assessment dysphagia management
  • Conclusions

Presenter Information

Kendrea L. Garand, PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS, CCRE, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of South Alabama. She is Coordinator for the PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders program and is the Founder and Principal Investigator of the Swallowing Disorders Initiative Research Laborarty. Her clinical and research interests surround swallowing function in healthy aging and in patients with motor neuron disease and sleep-related disorders. Her work has been supported by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, ASHFoundation, and University of South Alabama. Her peer-reviewed contributions can be found in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Dysphagia, Muscle and Nerve, and Sleep and Breathing. Her dysphagia-related services include Editor for SIG 13 Perspectives and Vice Chairperson of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She enjoys all things related to swallowing – both as a learner and as teacher!

Financial Disclosures:

  • Assistant professor at University of South Alabama
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA member
  • Editor of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups for SIG 13
  • Vice chairperson for the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by April 30, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: March 2022
End date: April 30, 2027

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Related Courses

View all courses from the Controversies and Consensus in Dysphagia Management online conference.

Continuing Education

4/30/2022 to 4/30/2027

Product Information

Item #(s): PD102468
Client Age: Adults
Format(s): eWorkshop
Language: English
Author: Kendrea Layne Garand, PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS, CCRE

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