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Occupational Therapist

Swallowing Disorders 103

Normal Swallowing in Adults


  • Define the key anatomic structures involved in swallowing
  • Define the groups of muscles that participate in swallowing
  • Define the peripheral and central neurologic controls for swallowing
  • Discuss the key physiologic components that occur when moving a bolus from the mouth to the stomach
  • Discuss how normal swallowing is affected by bolus type and delivery
  • Describe swallowing associated with normal aging

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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