Table Manners: Ethics and Building a Feeding Team

IDDSI: What You Need to Know.

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Nectar and Honey are OUT. The confusing, subjective terminology that has plagued our professions for so long is finally being replaced by a well-thought-out, universally objective framework.

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) framework is being implemented in many different countries around the world, and Dysphagia Therapists and Dietitians need to know what it’s all about. Come learn about the amazing job this group did coming up with a standardized tool for describing different food and drink consistencies that is ”culturally sensitive, measurable and applicable to individuals of all age groups in all care settings” (Can you imagine being tasked with THAT job??) Well, this tool is fantastic, and it is changing the way we document assessment and treatment of dysphagia across all settings around the world.

We will learn the new terms for Thickness levels 0-7, the research behind them and how to test for them. Yes, be prepared to mix, play with, and identify all 8 different levels in the framework, so that you’ll have a thorough, experientially-sound understanding of the IDDSI framework and be able to use it in any workplace environment.


Key Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Explain the purpose of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative.
  2. Discuss Descriptors, Testing Methods, and evidence from research.
  3. Use the standardized testing methods to identify and produce liquids and foods from Levels 0-7.



2 hours.


Time Ordered Agenda:

15 minutes – What is The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI)?
60 minutes – Descriptors, Testing Methods, Evidence from Research
45 minutes – Practice with making and identifying different thicknesses**

**Distance learners are encouraged to have a BD 10ml Slip Tip syringe, thickener, and a variety of solid foods available. Alternatively, much information can be gained from watching the experiences of the live participants.

About the Presenter:
Jennifer Meyer, MA, CCC-SLP

Jennifer Meyer is a popular national speaker in the areas of NICU and Pediatric Dysphagia and has received exceptional ratings for her courses. She has over 25 years experience specializing in pediatric feeding disorders, working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, developing outpatient hospital-based feeding programs, providing consultation and program development for Early Childhood Intervention Programs and Home Health Companies, and serving as Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University and Clinical Coordinator of the Center for Assisting Families with Feeding and Eating (CAFFE).



Presenter Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Meyer is a co-owner of CEU-Espresso, Inc. and was paid an honorarium for this presentation. She owns a private practice, Feeding and Dysphagia Resources, P. C. in Denton, TX
Non-financial: Jennifer is a personal friend of the developer of the Res-Q Infant Wedge, sometimes mentioned in her presentations.

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.


We really want you to be able to learn this material, not just breeze through it to take a quiz and say you’ve learned something but forget it by the time you are in front of your next patient or client. So, you will have access to this material for 6 months (180 days) from your registration date. You will be able to download any course resources and stream the video as much as you wish during that time to review the information. We just ask that you not share the handout or other materials with anyone who hasn’t registered for their own access to the course.


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