ADULT SWALLOWING

TELL ME ABOUT DYSPHAGIA

  • It means difficulty swallowing
  • It includes saliva management problems
  • It can affect people of all ages
  • It may result in:
  1. Aspiration (food/liquid goes into your airway, lungs)
  2. Pneumonia
  3. Other medical complications
  4. Malnutrition

COMMON CAUSES

  • Neurological Disorders such as: CVA, Head Injury, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Scleroderma
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Reflux
  • Aging
  • Global weakning

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

  • Our goal is to help patientsimprove swallowing and when possible, tolerate an oral diet.
  • We evaluate, treat, educate patients, families and caregivers.
  • We are trained to analyze and interpret clinical & instrumental information related to swallowing.
  • We understand various medical conditions and their relationships to swallowing problems.
  • We create therapy goals based upon our patient’s diagnosis, special needs, dietary restrictions and social/cultural factors.
  • We use a team approach including our speech-language pathologist, physicians, patient, and their family/caregivers, and other professionals who may be involved.

NECESSARY ASSESSMENTS

  • Clinical Evaluation – Performed by our speech-language pathologist in our clinic using state of the art technology.
  • Modified Barium Swallow – Performed by a radiologist and speech-language pathologist.

TREATMENT

We are an evidenced-based practice providing innovative therapy originating from research.

Common Therapy Instruction

  • Swallowing/Aspiration precautions
  • Compensatory strategies
  • Modified diets
  • Therapeutic feedings
  • Language Experience Proprietary (Oral motor and saliva control exercises)
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Transition from tube to oral feeding