Honors Projects


Because there are only a small number of publications that have examined dysphagia from the perspective of people living with this disorder, the primary purpose of this project is to help expand the clinical knowledge base by systematically recording and analyzing the experiences of a healthy subject placed on modified consistency diets. The first component of this project addresses research pertaining to swallowing disorders, diet levels on which clients with swallowing disorders are placed, medical conditions associated with dysphagia, the process that clinicians follow when making decisions about modified diets, and the emotional effects of being placed on a modified consistency diet. The second component of this project involved a study in which I placed myself on a pureed diet with nectar thickened liquids for three days, placed myself on a soft diet with regular liquids for three days, and, finally, placed myself on a regular diet with regular liquids for three days. During these trials, I recorded data about my experiences. Finally, the third component comprised of creating an informative brochure directed towards speech-language pathologists and dietitians. The brochure described my experiences and the data I gathered and is intended to give professionals a personal perspective that could positively influence their work while treating individuals with dysphagia.


Communication Sciences and Disorders


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Brent E. Archer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

First Advisor Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Second Advisor

Donna J. Colcord, M.S., CCC-SLP

Second Advisor Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Third Advisor

Maggie Leonard, M.S.

Third Advisor Department

Visual Communication and Technology Education

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2017