Eating, drinking, & swallowing difficulties for SLTs: Level 1 Update

Estimated Duration: 
2 hours

This is a refresher for the level 1 course in Eating, drinking, & swallowing (EDS) difficulties. It reviews the knowledge you need to support and advise school staff, families and other education therapists working with children with EDS difficulties. The Level 1 training you completed was in the area of eating, drinking and swallowing. It was designed to empower and enable you to provide support and resources to your colleagues in this area of practice.

The content was devised to enable all Education SLTs to provide the following services as laid out in the joint Operational Protocol:

  • Monitor and support the implementation of the Eating, drinking and swallowing plan in an educational context.
  • Provide advice and guidance to educational facilities to ensure implementation of Eating, drinking and swallowing plans.
  • Liaise with and refer to Child Development Services or Child Health Services (as relevant) where a referral or review is required.
  • Support Health SLTs to develop an Eating, drinking and swallowing plan.

This follow-up learning will review your knowledge on anatomy and physiology, assessing risk, understanding assessment reports and management planning. There are reflection questions and various activities throughout, as well as opportunities to talk with your peers about what you are learning. You will find it helpful to make notes as you go through the course.


How to succeed in this course

It is expected that you will spend an average of 2 hours on learning activities in this course.

Some modules are longer and for others, the workload is somewhat less. It is essential that you keep up with the prescribed readings and make the opportunities to discuss topics with your colleagues or supervisor.

We encourage you to attempt all activities and questions as they appear throughout the content. This will assist in reinforcing the learning objectives for that module and also help you to self-assess how you are going in each module. It will also give you an accurate point of reference when seeking help from your supervisor.

To succeed in this course, you will need to read and engage with the learning materials in each module and be prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions.

This approach is designed to encourage active rather than passive learning. For effective learning of complex material, students who engage and take responsibility for their own development of knowledge and acquisition of skill tend to outperform those who remain passive or inactive.



This course provides 2 MOPs points or 2 hour of CPD. 


This content has been developed by Bianca Jackson and Speech Science at The University of Auckland. Speech Science is located within the School of Psychology, in the Faculty of Science.


This Dysphagia level 1 update course is made available to you upon completion of Dysphagia Training for SLTs - Level 1


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