When choosing food thickeners or pre-thickened beverages, please consult with your health care professional as to what product is
appropriate for your individual needs, as viscosities vary between manufacturers.

Learn More About Dysphagia

Locating a Speech Pathologist that Specializes in Dysphagia

The professional organization of speech pathologists, ASHA, certifies those who have completed a rigorous course in Dysphagia diagnosis and treatment. These Board Certified speech pathologists can be located on the following ASHA.org webpages:

Thickener Charts

Red Flags

Eating Assessment Tool

Use this assessment to help measure swallowing problems.

International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative

The new global guidelines provide consistency for caregivers at all levels and safety for people with dysphagia.
IDDSI has the support of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). These standards also are being implemented across the globe, a multi-year process that started last year.
The U.S. is just starting the multi-year implementation, and it will require a phased-in approach to allow healthcare professionals and organizations to incorporate standards and terminology, as well as conduct training.

Click here for more IDDSI resources.

Food and Beverage Levels Comparisons Chart

IDDSI Food & Drinks Classification and Testing Poster (adult & pediatric)

Health Conditions Impacted by Dysphagia