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This game promotes the application of knowledge and skills related to meal assistance of an individual diagnosed with dysphagia. In this game, you will assist Greta, a woman who is regaining her self-care abilities after having a stroke. As you play the game you will encounter nine decision points where you will have to decide on the best course of action or verbal response in the situation. You will need a foundational knowledge of nursing care related to meal assistance, including the signs and potential consequences of dysphagia, and strategies for ensuring that the person with dysphagia eats their meal safely. You will also use your assessment and communication skills. Before playing, you may want to review textbook content or class notes related to meal assistance and dysphagia.

After playing the game, you will have the opportunity to self-debrief by answering a set of reflective questions. You may want to refer to learning resources such as textbooks or notes while you complete the questions – this is fine, as these questions are not a test, they are intended to support your learning. Whether you are playing as part of a course requirement or for your own learning needs, the reflective questions encourage you to think about your experience of playing the game, recognizing what you have learned and any learning gaps you need to fill. If you are playing this game as a required part of your nursing course, your instructor may ask you to discuss your answers during a group debrief with your classmates. Whether you debrief with your classmates or on your own, this reflection on the game is an important part of your learning.

By the end of this resource you will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of meal assistance techniques to ensure safe nutritional intake when assisting a client diagnosed with dysphagia.
  2. Identify potential complications related to dysphagia and prioritize care based on clinical findings.
  3. Identify therapeutic communication strategies to facilitate a social environment during meal time.


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Meal Assistance Virtual Gaming Simulation Copyright © November 2019 by Michelle Hughes, Audrey Kenmir, Daria Romaniuk, and Pascale Vander Meeren is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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