Assessing Breath Sounds in Dysphagia

Can a Feeding Therapist use a stethoscope? Yes, we absolutely can! A stethoscope is a very valuable tool in gathering information about swallowing and we’re not talking about listening for clicks or clunks.

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Assessing Breath Sounds in Dysphagia


Assessing Breath Sounds in Dysphagia

Listening to breath sounds in the upper airway and pharynx can help us identify the likelihood of fluid in the airway and can be used as another screening tool for aspiration. Also knowledge of basic principles of the pulmonary system is critical when working with swallowing. Come learn why the technique of THORACIC auscultation (NOT Cervical Auscultation) is different than anything you’ve learned before, and how you can add it to your toolbox of techniques in working with dysphagia. You will walk out being able to use your stethoscope that same day!
Note: Participants will need a stethoscope for hands-on practice. Just a cheap $15 to $25 variety from your local drugstore will work fine. We also highly recommend having a “lung buddy” to listen to.

Key Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of thoracic auscultation and how it differs from the technique of Cervical Auscultation.
  • Identify the normal vs. adventitious breath sounds heard during auscultation and their relationship to aspiration.
  • Discuss 3 important principles of pulmonary hygiene as related to dysphagia.
  • Demonstrate basic thoracic auscultation techniques using a stethoscope.



2 hours.

30 min Principles of auscultation and pulmonary hygiene
30 min Identifying and hands-on practice with normal (pharyngeal, bronchial, and vesicular) breath sounds
45 min Identifying and hands-on practice with adventitious (rales, rhonchi, wheeze, stridor) breath sounds
15 min Q and A


About the Presenter:

Jennifer Meyer is a popular national speaker in the areas of NICU and Pediatric Dysphagia and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. She has over 25 years experience specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developing outpatient hospital-based feeding programs, providing consultation and program development for Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Home Health Companies, and serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University and Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE).


Presenter Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Meyer is a co-owner of CEU-Espresso, Inc. and was paid an honorarium for this presentation. She owns a private practice, Feeding and Dysphagia Resources, P. C. in Denton, TX.
Non-financial: Jennifer is a personal friend of the developer of the Res-Q Infant Wedge, sometimes mentioned in her presentations.

Sponsor Disclosure:

This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.

Content Disclosure:

This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

Additional Information

Attendance Type

In-Person, Live Webcast, On-Demand, Feeding Fun Watch Party, Live Web Conference

CEU Options

Offering ASHA CEUs, Offering AOTA CEUs, Without CE Credit

Date / Location / Company or Sponsor

Aug 21, 2021 / Del Rio, TX / Jody Dacy, Dec 5, 2020 / Live Webcast / CEU Espresso, March 25 / Live Webinar / CEU Espresso, March 28 / Live Webinar / CEU Espresso, N/A, Feb 7, 2020 / Lubbock / T2K – Private


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