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Glossary

Glossary

  • IDDSI

    International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative – Take a look at our IDDSI page for more details.

  • Behavioural

    The way in which someone acts relating to themselves, others and their environment.

  • Sensory

    In relation to the senses: smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing.

  • Motor

    In relation to movement abilities.

  • Impairment

    Being reduced or damaged.

  • Cognitive

    Psychological processes involved in the acquisition and understanding of knowledge, formation of beliefs and attitudes, and decision making and problem solving. They are distinct from emotional and volitional processes involved in wanting and intending.

  • Dysphagia

    Dysphagia is the medical term for the symptom of difficulty in swallowing. It is generally an underlying symptom of a medical condition. The common conditions causing dysphagia are neurological injuries, learning disabilities, progressive neurological disorders and mechanical or obstructive diseases. Dysphagia also affects individuals due to general ageing.