Welcome to the Sheppard Dysphagia Institute, home of the Dysphagia Disorder Survey, a validated and standardized test for swallowing and feeding disorder in children and adults with developmental disability.

SDI is dedicated to improving the care of swallowing and feeding disorders (dysphagia) in children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Our assessment tools and expertise are used to support safe and enjoyable mealtimes with the aim of reconciling individual choice and health and safety. Our strategies for reducing choking and aspiration, supporting high quality of life and achieving each individual's highest level of potential skills are evidence based. Our assessment tools are cost effective and useful for residential and day treatment settings and research. Certification workshop training is required for purchase and use of the Dysphagia Disorder Survey. Other assessment tools are available for open access.

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