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IDDSI: History, Implementation and Practical Experience

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The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative is a global effort to standardize terminology and test methods for the dysphagia diet. The promise is better research and better patient outcomes. The diet is ASHA endorsed and is in the process of being implemented across the country. In this 2 hour course, we cover the history and the science behind the diet, look at the test methods and even try the test methods out with the companion webinar kit that will be shipped to you.

Key Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI).
  2. List the differences between the National Dysphagia Diet (NDD) and IDDSI.
  3. Describe how to test foods at bedside for IDDSI diet levels.


2 hours. 


10 min – Housekeeping, introduce speaker and background
20 min – IDDSI Origin Story
20 min – IDDSI Diet Overview – diet levels and descriptors
20 min – IDDSI Test Methods – overview, videos, rationale
10 min – IDDSI Implementation
25 min – Test Method Hands-On demos
15 min – Questions and Answers 

About the Presenter:

President and Founder of SimplyThick, LLC. Mr. Holahan is also the inventor of the company’s patented thickener – SimplyThick. He graduated from the University of Minnesota a B.S. in Paper Science and Engineering in 1992. In 2001, Mr. Holahan graduated from the Executive MBA program at Washington University in St. Louis. As part of his academic career, he has been elected to both the honor societies for forestry and business – Xi Sigma Pi and Beta Gamma Sigma. Mr. Holahan has worked with thickeners – and not just in healthcare — for his entire business career. Initially, he worked for Kelco – a thickener company owned by Merck and eventually sold to Monsanto – where he became an expert in several industrial thickeners. During his MBA, Mr. Holahan developed the business plan for SimplyThick and upon graduation in 2001, founded the company and has worked there ever since. 


Presenter Disclosures:

President and Founder of SimplyThick, LLC. Paid by SimplyThick.
SimplyThick, LLC is a financial supporter of IDDSI but has no input on the content or direction of IDDSI.
Mr. Holahan is a member of the Canadian IDDSI Expert Reference Group.

Sponsor Disclosure:

This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.

Content Disclosure:

This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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CEU Espresso is an Approved Provider for AOTA #11452 (OTs).
This course provides 0.2 AOTA CEUs.
AOTA Classification Codes:
Category 1 Domain of OT: Activities of Daily Living
Category 2 OT Process: Evaluation
Category 2 OT Process: Intervention
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CEU Espresso, Incorporated is an ASHA Approved CE Provider #ABFO.
This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).
ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
Participants must attend the full two-hour session and correctly answer 80% of quiz questions to receive a Continuing Education Certificate.
No partial credit will be awarded.