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Dysphagia DVD

NHS Education For Scotland has provided an online version of the Dysphagia DVD about advice for people with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. The online video clips are designed to match the advice given by the  speech and language therapist and other health care professionals following specialist assessment.

Providing advice about the texture of food and drink that is recommended for an individual with dysphagia can be fraught with difficulty.

Typically, therapists have used descriptions such as 'custard thickness' or 'soft diet'. But how I like my custard may or may not be as thick as how you like yours!

The explanations and leaflets that we give to back up the advice can now be enhanced by also providing this DVD. The DVD takes the same meal of soup, mince, carrots and potato and fruit pudding and prepares the meal to four different consistencies. Two drinks - tea and fizzy juice - are also prepared to three different consistencies.

There are interviews with carers and with a range of healthcare professionals including physiotherapist, dietitian, occupational therapist and speech and language therapist. Advice, tips and additional resources are also provided alongside the clips featuring how to make a meal and drink to the recommended texture.