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Eating and Drinking – Involves More Than Swallowing

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Abstract

Regaining and maintaining functional and physiological movements is a main concern for patients who are unable to eat, drink, and swallow. They are also missing out on the pleasure and the social involvement in shared mealtimes (participation).

This chapter describes routes to safe eating and drinking, based on the Facial-Oral Tract Therapy (F.O.T.T.) approach. First, different aspects of normal food intake will be examined, enabling a broader perspective on the swallowing sequence. Then the structural, functional, and activity-related issues will be reviewed, in an everyday context. Finally, this chapter describes therapeutic work around the theme of nutrition (such as therapeutic eating and assisted meals) and discusses the safety aspects relating to oral nutrition. It will be illustrated why communal eating is a very demanding goal for many patients.

Keywords

  • Activity focused
  • Functional interaction
  • Pre-oral phase
  • Swallowing sequence
  • Direct and indirect swallowing support
  • Interaction of breathing and swallowing
  • Therapeutic eating
  • Assisted meals

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Müller, D., Meyer-Königsbüscher, J. (2021). Eating and Drinking – Involves More Than Swallowing. In: Nusser-Müller-Busch, R., Gampp Lehmann, K. (eds) Facial-Oral Tract Therapy (F.O.T.T.) . Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51637-6_5

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