Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Team Approach

Fifth Edition

Rebecca Leonard, Katherine Kendall

Details: 481 pages, Full Color, Hardcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-473-6

© 2025 | Available

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 An invaluable text for dysphagia courses in speech-language pathology programs, Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Team Approach, Fifth Edition integrates the fundamentals of aerodigestive tract anatomy and physiology with objective assessment techniques and multidisciplinary treatment approaches. Contributors from speech-language pathology, otolaryngology, and gastroenterology present a variety of perspectives across domains of the professionals who serve patients with swallowing disorders. The in-depth, evidence-based assessment techniques and treatment models represent the most current dysphagia research and best practices. The book’s organization reflects the progression of most graduate-level dysphagia courses, with assessment techniques presented in the first half and special populations discussed in the latter half.

The fifth edition has been thoroughly updated, with expanded references, perspectives on recently published literature reviews, and additional figures and tables. The authors have also added new pedagogical features and content revisions:

  • Treatment approaches have been updated to include new material on neuroplasticity, chin tuck against resistance (CTAR), and prophylactic strategies.
  • A new chapter on telehealth and dysphagia is available on the companion website and in the ebook version.
  • The chapter on endoscopy has been enhanced and expanded.
  • The chapters on fluoroscopy have been streamlined and condensed.
  • A new chapter focuses on the impact of dysphagia on the airway and how artificial airways may affect swallowing function.
  • The most recent nutrition guidelines have been updated, with a special focus on integration of texture modifications and dietary preferences with optimal nutrition.
  • The pediatrics chapter now provides a detailed discussion of thickeners and adequate nutrition.
  • End-of-chapter reflection questions have been updated.
  • Effective and well-documented examples of specific treatments have been included as supplementary boxes.
  • Additional videos with case studies are available on the companion website.

PluralPlus Online Ancillary Materials

  • For instructors:
    • PowerPoint slides 
    • Image bank
  • For students:
    • Videos of patient studies that represent typically observed impairments in inpatient and outpatient clinical practice, as well as demonstrations of each instrumental assessment technique introduced in the book (e.g., fluoroscopy, endoscopy, transnasal esophagoscopy, and high-resolution manometry).
    • A free trial of the Swallowtail™  software program that is designed to increase the ease of making measures from dynamic fluoroscopic swallow studies, comparing those measures to normative data and creating a database for patient tracking and documentation purposes.


A separate companion workbook for students, Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning Workbook, Fifth Edition is also available for purchase. The workbook includes practical exercises aligned with each chapter of the textbook. The activities and questions are designed to clarify and expand on information presented in the text and should be of interest not only to students but also to practicing clinicians seeking fresh approaches. The workbook has been thoroughly updated to reflect the new organization and content of the textbook. 

  • Introduction

Multimedia List


Chapter 1. Anatomy and Physiology of Deglutition
Katherine A. Kendall

Chapter 2. History and Physical Examination in Dysphagia
Katherine A. Kendall

Chapter 3. Clinical Swallow Evaluation
Susan J. Goodrich and Alice I. Walker

Chapter 4. Endoscopy in Assessing and Treating Dysphagia
Rebecca Leonard

Chapter 5. Barium Radiographic Evaluation of the Pharynx and Esophagus
Jacqui E. Allen

Chapter 6. Dynamic Fluoroscopic Swallow Study: Swallow Evaluation With Videofluoroscopy
Rebecca Leonard and Susan McKenzie

Chapter 7. DSS: A Systematic Approach to Analysis and Interpretation
Rebecca Leonard and Susan McKenzie

Chapter 8. Dynamic Swallow Study: Objective Measures and Normative Data in Adults
ebecca Leonard

Chapter 9. Other Technologies in Dysphagia Assessment
Maggie A. Kuhn

Chapter 10. The Treatment Plan: Behavioral Approaches
Rebecca Leonard and Deirdre Larsen

(With Addenda by James A. Curtis, Madeline Mills, Maggie-Lee Huckabee, Ivy Cheng, and Shaheen Hamdy)

Chapter 11. The Treatment Plan: Medical and Surgical Therapies
Katherine A. Kendall

Chapter 12. Airway Considerations in Dysphagia
Katherine A. Kendall and Anne F. Sievers

Chapter 13. Nutritional Considerations in Dysphagia
Katherine A. Kendall and Beverly Lorens

Chapter 14. Pediatric Clinical Feeding Assessment
Anna Miles

Chapter 15. Esophageal Phase Dysphagia
James H. Clark, Catherine J. Rees Lintzenich, and Peter C. Belafsky

Chapter 16. Neurogenic Dysphagia
Jacqui E. Allen

Chapter 17. Dysphagia in Head and Neck Cancer Patients
Katherine A. Kendall

Chapter 18. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
James H. Clark, Catherine J. Rees Lintzenich, and Peter C. Belafsky

Chapter 19. Spinal Abnormalities in Dysphagia
Derrick R. Randall

Bonus Online-Only Chapter. Telehealth                                   
Georgia Malandraki


Rebecca Leonard

Rebecca Leonard, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of California, Davis, and former Clinical Director of the Voice-Speech-Swallowing Center in the ENT Clinic. Dr. Leonard continues to be actively involved in research activities associated with the center. Her research interests include normal and disordered swallowing, changes in swallowing across the life span, development of quantitative radiographic techniques to assess the upper airway and esophagus during swallowing, aversive effects on structures of the upper airway associated with environmental stimuli (ozone), and the effects of ablative procedures on voice, speech, and swallowing and the rehabilitation of these effects with prosthetic appliances and reconstructive procedures. Her MS and PhD degrees are from Purdue University, and she is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Katherine Kendall

Katherine A. Kendall, MD, FACS, completed her residency in Otolaryngology at the University of California, Davis. After residency, she joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis, where she was the medical director of the dysphagia team and the Voice, Speech and Swallowing Center and, along with co-author Dr. Rebecca Leonard, developed the Laryngology and Swallowing Assessment program. In 2004, Dr. Kendall joined the otolaryngology department at Park Nicollet Clinic in Minnesota. As director of laryngology services, Dr. Kendall was actively involved in education and training of speech pathologists in the area of voice and swallowing. Dr. Kendall joined the otolaryngology faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2007 and created a Voice Clinic at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, offering multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. Dr. Kendall joined the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Utah in 2012 and continues her work on the treatment of voice and swallowing disorders.

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Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Team Approach, Fifth Edition comes with access to supplementary instructor and student resources on a PluralPlus companion website.

The companion website is located at: https://www.pluralpublishing.com/publication/datp5e


The student resources include videos and an online bonus chapter.

To access the student materials, you must register the access code printed on the inside front cover of your print book on the companion website.


The instructor resources include PowerPoint lecture slides and an image bank. You will also have access to all of the student resources listed above.

To access the instructor materials, you must contact Plural Publishing, Inc. to be verified as an instructor and receive your access code.

 Email: instructormaterials@pluralpublishing.com

 Tel: 866-758-7251 (toll free) or 858-492-1555

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