Occupational Therapy for Swallowing Difficulties

Common Swallowing related difficulties 

Swallowing difficulties, also known as dysphagia, can arise from various causes and may present a range of challenges. Common difficulties associated with swallowing issues include:

Choking or Coughing While Eating


Pain or Discomfort

Weight Loss and Malnutrition


Limited Food Choices

Fatigue During Meals

Social Isolation

Speech Difficulties

Psychological Impact

Complications in Medication Administration

Difficulty Swallowing Different Textures

How can Occupational Therapy help?

Occupational therapy (OT) can play a crucial role in addressing swallowing difficulties, also known as dysphagia. OT focuses on improving an individual's ability to perform activities of daily living, and this includes eating and swallowing. Here are some ways in which occupational therapy can help with swallowing difficulties:

Assessment and Evaluation

Developing Individualized Treatment Plans

Oral Motor Exercises

Positioning Techniques

Sensory Stimulation

Adaptive Equipment

Mealtime Strategies

Education and Training