Table 3

Number of consistencies of liquid and puree swallowed safely on videofluoroscopic swallow study (VFSS) and oral feeding ability level* at baseline and end of treatment for study group

Baseline (n=7)End of treatment (n=7)
Safe consistencies on VFSS (n)
 0 safe consistencies, n (%)5 (71%)0 (0%)
 One safe consistency, n (%)0 (0%)0 (0%)
 Two safe consistencies, n (%)0 (0%)0 (0%)
 Three safe consistencies, n (%)2 (29%)2 (29%)
 Four safe consistencies, n (%)0 (0%)2 (29%)
 Five safe consistencies, n (%)0 (0%)3 (43%)
Oral feeding ability level
 Level 1, n (%)5 (71%)0 (0%)
 Level 2, n (%)0 (0%)2 (29%)
 Level 3, n (%)0 (0%)0 (0%)
 Level 4, n (%)2 (29%)5 (71%)
  • *Oral feeding ability and the need for tube feeding was assessed using a structured scale based on parental report of dietary intake that included: level 1: nothing by mouth, all nutrition by tube feeds; level 2: <50% intake by mouth, supplemental tube feeding requirement; level 3: >50% intake by mouth, supplemental tube feeding requirement; level 4: all by mouth, no tube feeding.