Release of research results of the e-learning platform and workshop

Date: 18 September, 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
GH705, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Speech Therapy Unit, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University has obtained funding from HSBC to develop an e-learning platform to support individuals with swallowing disorders. The purpose is to transfer knowledge and skills relating to helping individuals with swallowing disorders to the general public and staff of hostels and elderly homes.

The development of the e-learning platform is led by Clinical Associates of Speech Therapy Unit and developed by speech therapists, dietitians and occupational therapist as a team. The content of swallowing disorders and related issues are introduced interestingly by movies, animations and minigames.

We appreciate that staff of Wai Ji Christian Service provided valuable information and comments in the proposal for application of funding. We would like to thank staff of Wai Ji Christian Service and Fu Hong Society for their active participation and valuable suggestion in the trial period so that we can make sure that the e-learning platform runs smoothly.

Special thanks to the ‘actors’ of the videos. Their performance allow us to demonstrate the information more clearly.

Lastly, we must thank Hong Kong Productivity Council to help develop this e-learning platform.

Content of the course

Normal Swallow and Dysphagia

  • Swallowing organs
  • Swallowing process
  • Causes of dysphagia
  • Signs and symptoms of dysphagia
  • Physiological and psychological effects of dysphagia

General Precautions

  • Precautions for the Centre/Residential Care Home
  • Preparation before mealtime
  • Precautions during mealtime
  • Precautions after mealtime

Feeding Positioning and Assistive Devices

  • Feeding positioning
  • Assistive devices for feeding

Healthy Diet

  • Principles of a balanced diet
  • Importance of maintaining a balanced diet
  • How fussy eating affects health
  • Healthy eating food pyramid
  • Eating tips for specific disease types

Guidelines on meal and drinks for people with swallowing disorder

  • Appropriate food
  • Appropriate drinks
  • Precautions for specific pathologies

Pre- and post-training quizzes

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Test trainee’s understanding of course content


Signs and symptoms of swallowing disorders

This video introduces the signs and symptoms of swallowing disorders. After the training, you will be able to observe the signs and symptoms.

Feeding positioning and assistive devices

This video introduces appropriate eating posture and some aids to help the clients self-feed.

Appropriate food and drinks

This video introduces how to make appropriate food and drinks for clients with swallowing disorders.





Contact us

Speech Therapy Unit
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Tel: (852) 2766 6369
Office: EF701, Core F, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom.