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Dr Joel Ritcher receives an award fromSudarshan R. Jadcherla, MD, DCH, FRCP (Irel), AGAF

Dysphagia Digest: Multiphase Dysphagia Evaluations

Multiphase Dysphagia Evaluations: Pharyngoesophageal Inter-Relationships by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com This Dysphagia Digest stresses the importance of multiphase dysphagia evaluations, and it is in honor of the Dysphagia Research Society’s (DRS) Dodds Donner Lecture. The annual lecture is in remembrance of: Dr Wylie Jerry Dodds, MD of the Medical College of Wisconsin Dr Martin W. Donner, MD, a leader at the Johns Hopkins Swallowing Center and the Hopkins Department of Radiology Both […]

IDDSI revised the framework March 2019 to include the Easy To Chew Level 7

IDDSI Bitsy Bites: Idaho Does IDDSI!

Conquer It In IDDSI Bitsy Bites! Sue Linja, RDN, LD, Owner, S&S Nutrition Network, Inc. www.sandsnutrition.com When I was a little girl in small-town Idaho, we didn’t always have a lot to keep us busy. We often made up songs about people and their trials and tribulations, including this little ditty about my cousin, Mitzi.  While it didn’t go exactly like this, the rhyme has stuck in my head, so I thought I’d share it […]

Funny picture of cow pulling out a root vegetable with his tongue. Tongue exercises are important part of dysphagia treatment for many people with difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

Lingual Strengthening: History & Rationale

Lingual Strengthening: History & Rationale By Amanda Warren, MS, CCC-SLP (guest blogger) and Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com   Mouth stretches, wagging the tongue back and forth, posterior consonants (like “ga”), blowing bubbles or blowing up a balloon… For decades, our field of swallowing therapy was full of well-meaning clinicians throwing all the tools in their toolboxes at patients to hope to improve their swallow function. This focus on oral-motor therapy lead industry […]

Photo of flowers coming out of a pill box, signifying the hope that there is in 3D Printed Pharmaceuticals. Photo #9546279 © Brighton from Dreamstime.com

Think Outside the (Pill) Box: 3D Printed Pharmaceuticals

Think Outside the (Pill) Box: 3D Printed Pharmaceuticals Meeting the Unmet Need of People with Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia) By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Introduction “He is non-compliant with his medications.” “She is really bad at taking her pills.”   Have you heard a doctor or healthcare provider say that before? Have they considered how difficult it is to swallow pills? (Not to mention the costs and the extreme complexity of taking many […]

picture of typical clear jello cubes made from gelatin, which is not the same as dysphagia training jelly.

Jelly & Jell-O Surprise: What’s Up With Jell-O, Jelly Cups, Dysphagia Training Jelly

Jelly & Jell-O Surprise: Jell-O, Jelly Cups, Dysphagia Training Jelly (Transitional Foods Blog Part 3 of 3) By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com with special contributions by Mari Kato-Nakao, MD, MA, (PhD candidate) on Japanese Dysphagia Training Jelly   Maybe you were just saying: “You had me at the Jell-O,” but I am not talking about Jell-O shots! You are tuning in for Part 3 of my three-part series on how Transitional Foods affect […]

Yield sign with safety first, used here to remind "patient safety first!"

Patient Safety First: Transitional Foods (Part 2)

Patient Safety First: Transitional Foods (Part 2) By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Introduction Welcome back to Part 2 of my 3-part article on Transitional Foods (in the dysphagia diet framework on www.IDDSI.org). In Part 1 of this blog series, I addressed what transitional foods are, how to test them, ideas on their use in dysphagia treatment, and an example of a transitional food product. Next, it is important to address potential choking risks […]

Cotton Candy Therapy? Transitional Foods & Dysphagia Treatment

Cotton Candy Therapy? Transitional Foods as Potential Dysphagia Treatments By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Got your attention with the cotton candy, didn’t I? Imagine wandering through your town’s summer festival sucking that sickly-sweet cotton candy until it magically disappears on your tongue. What other foods start out as a solid and then change or transition into a liquid or a paste with the warmth and moisture of your mouth? (You know the dentists […]

The wheels are turning while you learn all you can in continuing education in dysphagia

Graduation is Only the Beginning: Importance of Continuing Education in Dysphagia

Graduation is Only the Beginning: Importance of Continuing Education in Dysphagia By Ainsley Martin, MS, CCC-SLP, guest blogger for SwallowStudy.com Editor: Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti This quote accurately […]

Dysphagia Digest: A blog about the Dysphagia Research Society's 2018 Annual Meeting

Dysphagia Digest (Part 3): What is in Your Dysphagia Toolbox?

Truth is Stranger than Fiction – What is in Your Dysphagia Toolbox? (Part 3) By guest blogger: Amanda Warren, MS, CCC-SLP Edited by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com   Thanks for reading Part 1 and Part 2 of our of our Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction series.  You’ve found the last installment, part 3 in this 3 part series summarizing 5 more sessions at the 2018 Dysphagia Research Society’s (DRS) Annual Meeting. And remember, […]

Dysphagia Digest: A blog about the Dysphagia Research Society's 2018 Annual Meeting

DRS Dysphagia Digest 2018 (Part 2)

Truth is Stranger than Fiction – in the Latest Dysphagia Research (Part 2) By guest blogger: Amanda Warren, MS, CCC-SLP Edited by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Thanks for reading part 1 of our Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction series.  You’ve found part 2 of our 3-part series summarizing swallowing research from the 2018 Dysphagia Research Society’s Annual Conference. We will cover 5 more dysphagia truths here, numbered 6-10. Be sure to come […]

Dysphagia Digest: A blog about the Dysphagia Research Society's 2018 Annual Meeting

DRS Dysphagia Digest 2018 (Part 1)

Truth is Stranger than Fiction – in the Latest Dysphagia Research (Part 1) By guest blogger: Amanda Warren, MS, CCC-SLP Edited by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com   Mark Twain once said, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”   This certainly was the case for me as I attended the 2018 Dysphagia Research Society’s (DRS) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.  Many […]

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 […]