Dysphagia management

16 posts

Candles burning as hope for dysphagia

HOPE for Dysphagia: Got Your Speech-Language Pathologist?

Hope for Dysphagia: Got a Speech-Language Pathologist on Your Multidisciplinary Dysphagia Team? By Karen M. Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com This blog is in response to an article published by the Washington Post on February 25, 2018 in the Health & Science Perspective column titled: “Problems swallowing are a big killer, but the treatment can be horrible,” by Drs Douglas Jacobs and Joshua Lang of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. It seems to […]

This picture shows a baby in diapers, symbolizing how the field of dysphagia is young. Clinicians need to stay open to listen to new information. Need to think critically about all research, especially electrical stimulation / e-stim.

E-stim Update: A Perspective on Ampcare, LLC

E-Stim Update: A Perspective on Ampcare, LLC by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Yes, that cute baby is there for more than just to catch your attention! As clinicians working in the field of dysphagia, we need to realize how our field is really still in its infancy (early childhood at best). Jeri Logemann started researching swallowing and swallowing disorders in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s, well within my lifetime! The field […]

DRS Digest 2017: news from the March 1-4, 2017 annual meeting of the Dysphagia Research Society. Held in Portland, OR.

DRS Digest 2017: Raising Awareness through Research

Dysphagia Digest 2017: Raising Awareness regarding Swallowing Disorders & Treatment There was not much time to sample Portland, Oregon’s craft beers or Portland’s famous Salt & Straw ice cream, because the over 500 attendees at the Dysphagia Research Society‘s annual meeting were in stimulating sessions from March 1-4, 2017. DRS is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, so give DRS a big “cheers” with your craft beer now, and read on! The mayor of the […]

@ on the keyboard can remind us of Advocacy for our patients, our field of Speech-Language Pathology, and for ourselves.

Advocacy in Dysphagia & Beyond (#ASHA16)

Introduction to Advocacy: Whether you work in the trauma ICU or in long-term care, advocating for your patients can feel like your full-time job (not to mention advocating for your department, your job and career, and for yourself). A nurse mentioned the other day how she has to constantly question and speak out on behalf of her patients. She joked: “no wonder I go home exhausted.” She said she started work one day telling herself: […]

#ASHA16. Challenging decision-making with so many great dysphagia courses at this year's convention.

#ASHA16: Real-Life Experience & Evidence

#ASHA16 is #Dysphagia by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com with Guest Blogger: Rinki Varindani Desai, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS The American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s 2016 convention (#ASHA16) slogan is: “Everyday leadership. Leadership every day.” Before and after the convention, I will highlight #dysphagia and the latest dysphagia-related evidence from the leaders in the field of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (dysphagia). #ASHA16 has the most dysphagia courses I have ever seen at an annual convention. I recently […]

Will the patient agree with your recommendations, taking the straight path? When we use patient-centered communication, we see that decision-making is more complex than a yes or no.

Decision-Making in Dysphagia Management

by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Negative Press Detracts from Main Issue: Decision-Making in Dysphagia Background: When a person has difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) with high risks for aspiration of thin liquids, one of the most difficult decisions for a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is whether or not the person would benefit from thickened liquids. SLPs who specialize in dysphagia, know that taking away thin liquids can drastically affect the person’s intake and quality of […]

ENT Easy depiction of Cranial Nerve V

GOT TAPE? Elastic Therapeutic Taping

Elastic Therapeutic Taping with Kinesio® Tape: An Adjunct Modality for the SLP by Guest Bloggers for SwallowStudy.com: Judith Macias-Harris, M.S., CCC-SLP/BSLP/CKTI Elizabeth G Harvey, DPT, MSR, CKTP ******* SwallowStudy.com Disclosures: Financial Disclosure: SwallowStudy.com has no financial relationship with the organizations mentioned in this article. Non-Financial Disclosure: SwallowStudy.com is sharing this new modality for educational purposes, to promote discussion, and to suggest further exploration and research. This post does not to indicate endorsement. ******* Speech Language […]

Smooth puree, like chocolate pudding, may be easy to swallow, but the FEES exam can make sure.

20 Reasons to Choose FEES: The Proof is in the Pudding

The Proof is In the Pudding: A Tribute to Steven Leder’s Contributions to FEES & 20 Reasons to choose FEES by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com *** This is an excerpt from the blog I wrote for SDX Dysphagia Experts for their Food 4 Thought blog. This is Part 1. Check out Part 2 on Food 4 Thought.  and Part 3. Thank you SDX for your support of SwallowStudy.com. *** Can you imaging not being able […]

Latest news from the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course, 2016

DRS Digest (News from Dysphagia Research Society 2016)

The field of dysphagia is young, and every year the Dysphagia Research Society’s (DRS) Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course provide a wealth of exciting new research. You may be following #DRS2016 on Twitter (scroll past the Dr Seuss day tweets using our hashtag). Have you also checked out the Facebook posts by @DysphagiaResearchSociety and @SwallowStudySLP?  This DRS Digest will share more highlights that may affect how you practice tomorrow and in the future. Just last week, I […]

Dysphagia Evaluation Guides Treatment (Part 1)

Dysphagia Evaluation: Ask Many Questions! by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com ******* This is Part 1 of a blog I created for MedbridgeEducation.com.  I’ve partnered with MedBridge to provide a discounts on your subscription. MedBridge provides clinicians and healthcare organizations a comprehensive education platform that includes clinical education, patient education, and home exercise programs. They are growing the Speech-Language Pathology platform. Subscribers get unlimited access to ASHA-approved CEUs with topics including: Dysphagia, Cognition, […]

International dysphagia diet standardization initiative (IDDSI) - dysphagia diet and liquid framework for people with difficulty swallowing. Perfect example of collaboration in dysphagia management.

“No Dysphagia Diet Modification without Standardization!”

Support Dysphagia Diet Standardization by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Overview: On social media, in lectures and in blogs, I have been repeating: A global consensus on dysphagia diets, based on evidence, is coming soon. The International Dysphagia Diet Standarisation Initiative (www.IDDSI.org) now asking us to “spread the word.” I think it is very appropriate that I write this blog in Boston, inspired by Boston’s revolutionary past. About 265 to 255 years ago (1750-1760’s) in […]