Our SNR rehab team traveled to Orlando, Florida last week to become trained in the world-renowned McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP)!
MDTP is an intensive swallowing ‘boot camp’ for patients with severe, chronic dysphagia. This program has been well-researched for patients post head and neck cancer, strokes, and other severe conditions who have had dysphagia for several months and tried other programs without success. It has been shown to have great results for many patients who have been NPO (tolerating nothing by mouth) or tolerating very little oral intake for several months or years.
I have heard about this program for a couple years now and was so excited to have the opportunity for our team to become trained in it this year. There are only two courses per year on this program offered in the U.S., and currently very few clinicians nationwideare MDTP trained.
MDTP is intensive and requires patient dedication. It is a program consisting of 5 1-hour sessions each week for 3 weeks on average. Some patients progress from eating nothing or very little to a regular diet (or very close to it) by the end of the program if adhering to the daily therapy regimen and home program as instructed.
For more information about this program or our other swallowing therapy programs, visit our Swallowing Rehabilitation page on our website or call us for more information. We have several patients who travel long distance for rehab, and we are happy to help plan travel accomodations and offer flexible scheduling for our long-distance patients. Feel free to contact us with questions or for more information on our services.