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ERIC Number: EJ1015058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1525-7401
Integrating Academic and Clinical Learning Using a Clinical Swallowing Assessment
Phillips, Daniel E.
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v34 n4 p256-260 Aug 2013
This article describes an experiential learning activity designed to integrate classroom knowledge and a clinical swallowing assessment. Twenty master's-level graduate students in a dysphagia course conducted a clinical swallowing assessment with a resident of an independent retirement community. The exercise was designed to allow students an opportunity to obtain a case history and assess the oral motor and swallowing abilities of older adults without clinical dysphagia. The students' favorable responses from evaluating the experience suggested that it is a beneficial activity to bridge academic knowledge and emerging clinical skills. The areas the students considered most beneficial were the following: asking questions during the case history interview, providing clear explanations and directions during tasks, practicing the clinical task and observing a normal swallow, and increased confidence and competence to perform a clinical swallowing assessment. This activity could be used in academic training programs regardless of location and availability of clients. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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