Theses and Capstone Projects

Year of Award



College of Education & Allied Health

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communication Disorders and Deaf Education

First Advisor

Claudia Ciano


reflex, tongue, receptors, dysphagia, treatment, sucking, esophagus


The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of the Griffin Swallowing Program for Dysphagic Patients (1974) using an experimental design. The Griffin Program includes specific instructions for application of its three parts: (a) evaluation of the present status of the swallowing mechanisms; (b) training the swallow; and (c) a transfer program for responsible nursing staff and family of the dysphagic patient. The Griffin Program was chosen over other methods because it seemed more structured than the other programs, therefore, better suited to experimental design. Thus, this present study was designed to investigate the effects of management of swallowing difficulties using a controlled application of the Griffin Swallowing Program for Dysphagic Patients (1974).

Document Type

Restricted Thesis


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