What types of adaptive equipment are used for the treatment of dysphagia?

Updated: Mar 20, 2020
  • Author: Nam-Jong Paik, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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Adaptive equipment for patients who have difficulty with the motor or perceptual components of feeding compensates for decreased upper extremity functions, accommodating limited grasp, incoordination, decreased ROM, and hemiparesis. Examples include the following:

  • Rocker knives

  • Swivel utensils

  • Built-up handles on utensils

  • Scoop dishes

  • Nonskid mats

  • Large-handled cups


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