Food Presentation and Dysphagia

When treating a patient with dysphagia using a direct method treatment paradigm that involves food presentation, the speech-language pathologist should become familiar with the patient's food preferences and if they have food allergies. It is also equally important to consider the patient's cultural background and religious beliefs. Some patients may dislike certain foods or it may be against their religious beliefs to eat a certain kind of meat. This type of information can be obtained during the interview and case history process.