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radiation risks from video fluoroscopy

Low Radiation Risks from Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies (Adults)

Know the Facts: What are the True Radiation Risks from Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies? By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com in collaboration with Dr. Heather Shaw Bonilha, Ph.D., CCC-SLP   Are these common scenarios in your clinical day working with people who have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)?   Your patient refuses a medically and therapeutically necessary swallowing evaluation with motion x-ray (aka, Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study/VFSS or Modified Barium Swallow Study/MBSS) due to radiation risks from videofluoroscopic swallow studies. The doctor […]

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 […]

# Dysphagia Awareness Month

Why do we Need a Dysphagia Awareness Month? by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com (June 2015) May was the American Speech and Hearing Association’s Better Hearing and Speech Month (#BHSM, @AHSAweb on Twitter and ASHA on Facebook). See my Better Hearing and Speech Month blog from 2014. In May 2015 there were 1,076 tweets under the hashtag #BHSM! Yes, I counted them. All great resources. Way to go Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP)! We rock! Of […]

It’s A Jobs Issue!

by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com “It’s a Jobs Issue,”  stated Cynthia Wagner, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S (Clinical Services Manager for the Voice, Speech & Swallowing clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston). Wagner inspired Boston-area Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) to take political action at a Boston Dysphagia Rounds in 2015. What is the Issue? Massachusetts is one of only 9 states (see list below) where an SLP with a Master’s degree cannot get a […]

Elderly lady enjoying her meal

Mealtime Success: From the Table to the Stomach

From Table to Stomach and Everything in Between: Striving for Mealtime Success Guest Post by: Samantha Shune, PhD, CCC-SLP It is Monday morning. I plop my lunch bag down on my desk and spend the next several hours running in and out of my office paying it no further attention. All of a sudden I realize it is mid-afternoon and I am starving. I automatically reach for the easiest to eat item from the bag. […]

lateral view of head to show oral and pharyngeal phases of swallowing

Speech-Language Pathologist = Deglutologist

Speech-Language Pathologist = Deglutologist by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com Every May the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) celebrates May is Better Hearing and Speech month. ASHA and community raise awareness of the wonderful work that Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Audiologist do. In addition to working on difficulties in hearing and speech, we need to thank Speech-Language Pathologists for helping infants through geriatrics overcome their language, fluency, voice, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. It is especially […]