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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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Megan Berg
About that giraffe doing a masako… An open letter regarding the evidence base of speech language pathology

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...

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Megan Berg
12 Alternatives to Popcorn Friday for People with Dysphagia

12 Alternatives to Popcorn Friday for People with Dysphagia

It's fun to watch the Friday treat cart stroll the halls of a facility, bringing smiles to everyone... staff, patients, visitors. It's a ray of sunshine at the end of the week. But then it breaks my heart when people who have dysphagia are passed over. Popcorn is cheap and easy to make and is usually what is stocked on these treat carts. However, it is notoriously one of the most difficult things to swallow safely. In this fiber-optic endoscopic swallow study, it's easy to see how the residue gets stuck in the vallecula. Denying a special treat to someone...

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