Dysphagia Education for Patients, Families, and Staff

Dysphagia Education for Patients, Families, and Staff

Helping people visualize how the swallow works is the first step in meaningful dysphagia therapy. The swallow mechanism itself is incredibly complex, using over 30 nerves and muscles (or more, depending on who you ask). It’s an interwoven dance with several key elements that can break down along the way. Before starting dysphagia therapy, ask your patients: “What has anyone told you about your swallowing disorder? What can you tell me about it?” This will give you a starting point and will begin the long dialogue that will help tease out what the person needs and wants from therapy. From...

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The Therapy Insights Podcast Episode 02: Andrew Hill and the Person Behind the Brain Injury

The Therapy Insights Podcast Episode 02: Andrew Hill and the Person Behind the Brain Injury

How do we connect with people who have a brain injury? How do we not let our therapy devolve into power struggles? How do we help improve insight without crushing people’s hope? To explore these questions today, we’re talking with Andrew Hill.

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How to Make Thickened Popsicles

How to Make Thickened Popsicles

How to make thickened popsicles for people with dysphagia who are on thickened liquids.

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Megan Berg
Froozer: A refreshing frozen treat for people on thickened liquids

Froozer: A refreshing frozen treat for people on thickened liquids

I first just want to say that I don't know the people who make or own Froozer or have any relation to them. The brand was mentioned on a social media forum and piqued my curiosity, so I headed to the grocery store for a trial to see if these might be an option for the people I work with who have dysphagia and are on thickened liquids. The #1 complaint I get about thickened liquids is that these patients have a hard time quenching their thirst because thickened liquids are like drinking snot. They're never cold enough or refreshing...

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