The Therapy Insights Blog — masako
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...
About that giraffe doing a masako… An open letter regarding the evidence base of speech language pathology
“Humans may crave absolute certainty; they may aspire to it; they may pretend ... to have attained it. But the history of science—by far the most successful claim to knowledge accessible to humans—teaches that the most we can hope for is successive improvement in our understanding, learning from our mistakes, an asymptotic approach to the Universe, but with the proviso that absolute certainty will always elude us.We will always be mired in error. The most each generation can hope for is to reduce the error bars a little, and to add to the body of data to which error bars...