The Sheppard Dysphagia Institute
THE SHEPPARD DYSPHAGIA INSTITUTE- FORMERLY NUTRITIONAL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES LLC:
PUBLISHER FOR THE DYSPHAGIA DISORDER SURVEY, A
STANDARDIZED TEST FOR SWALLOWING AND FEEDING DISORDER IN
CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY
(Certification required for use)
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.
Sheppard, JJ, Hochman, R. & Baer, C. (2014) The Dysphagia Disorder Survey: Validation of an assessment for swallowing and feeding function in developmental disability. Research in Developmental Disability, 35(5), 929-942.
Sheppard, JJ, Malandraki, GA, Pifer, P, Cuff, J, Troche, M, Hemsley, B, Balandin, S, Mishra, A, Hochman, R, (2017) Validation of the Choking Risk Assessment and Pneumonia Risk Assessment for adults with intellectual and developmental disability. Research in Developmental Disability, 69C (2017) pp. 61-76. DOI 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.07.016. Access until October 5, 2017 https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1VZQ33Ahvecs~2