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National “Drink through a Straw Day”

Today is “National “Drink through a Straw Day”. To some, this may be a fun-filled day to showcase your undying love for that strawberry piña colada. But, to us here at Sfs Therapies, this day has an entirely different meaning. For many who have a feeding or swallowing disorder, use of a straw could be a way of life. Following a stroke, brain tumor or injury, the muscles of the lips and mouth may be weak, requiring a straw to drink. Elders diagnosed with dementia may find drinking with a straw to be easier, as it gives them more control over the liquid. Children diagnosed with Down Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy can use straws to improve the strength and movement in their lips and tongue. So, before you take drinking through a straw for granted, remember those who can’t live without it.

By on January 3, 2018 in Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Resources, Speech Therapy, What to Expect, Who We Are

Improve the Safety of your Swallow

SFS Therapies is proud to announce our newest service offered!  As of the month of October, we now offer Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS) for the complete evaluation of swallowing disorders!

Modified Barium Swallow Studies are the most effective way of diagnosing a swallowing disorder (dysphagia).  Now partnering with Steinberg Diagnostics, our speech pathologists will be able to take an inside look at your mouth and throat to fully diagnose your possible dysphagia.  MBSS uses an x-ray machine to be able to see the muscles and cartilages of your throat.

Patients are asked to eat and drink different consistencies mixed with barium (a substance that can be visualized on x-ray machines), while the speech pathologist assesses the swallow.  The best part is that this outpatient evaluation is FAST and results are ready immediately!  Recommendations regarding ways to improve the safety of your swallow, as well as possible therapy, will be discussed with you immediately following the evaluation.

A Modified Barium Swallow Study may be recommended if you feel you have a swallowing disorder.

If you have difficulty eating or drinking, feel that foods/drinks are going “down the wrong pipe”, or feel food “getting caught” in your throat, call SFS Therapies today for a complete assessment of your swallowing abilities.  We are constantly growing and improving to best serve the people of the Las Vegas Valley. We are #NotYourAverageClinic.

By on October 30, 2017 in Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Resources, What to Expect, Who We Are

Feeding Therapy

“I never thought I would have to take my son to get his eating evaluated.”


Those words are often one of the first comments parents have for our clinicians when they ask about feeding therapy. Having numerous clinicians on-staff who specializes in feeding, they have the joy and passion of being a “food coach” for children and their families as they progress through the developmental process of learning to eat a variety of different foods.


Whether working with children with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome or with a child coined the “pizza eater” of the family, the ultimate goal of feeding therapy is to establish regular, nutritious meals that are problem free and enjoyable for the entire family.

By on September 6, 2017 in Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, What to Expect

What does a meltdown feel like when you’re on the spectrum?

What does the other side of a meltdown feel like when the person having the meltdown has autism? It’s never just about dropping an action-figure or not being able to press the button on an elevator wall. When they have a meltdown, it’s as if something of paramount importance has been taken, lost, or stolen.


Everything is too much and they feel overwhelmed and powerless. It’s not the action-figure falling on the ground, rather it’s a build-up of things that may have recently happened. It’s just, that toy was the last thing that person could control. Pressing that elevator button was one of the limited joys that person may have. They want interaction in their universe what ever that means to them and when it’s lost, it’s tragic. Often or always that internal struggle is invisible to all who witness the meltdown.

By on August 24, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are

Power of the Whiteboard- Family Time Management Tool

Use of a whiteboard is great support for getting tasks completed.  They keep a to-do list in sight and can help with productivity and fewer family conflicts.


– Placement is key

– keep it in sight where everyone will walk past it often and one that you can put away when guests come over

– Assign every family member his or her own section or color marker

– List in your section what you need and want to do on that day or weekend

– Estimate spaces of time to spend on each task

– Visually represent that space of time with a small circle to resemble the face of an analog clock. For example, if an activity will take an hour, color the whole circle, if it will take 15 minutes, color in one fourth of the circle etc. So if an activity or event will take two and a half hours, you would draw two circles completely filled in, followed by a circle filled in halfway.

– After you complete a task, cross it off.

This helps everyone else in the family see what each person needs to do and what they have completed.

– Extra bonus: This whiteboard could also be used to monitor the status of homework, without constant nagging.

– Give praise when the work gets done!

– If it isn’t getting done, avoid going to the yelling mode, instead breathe deep, pause and remember task initiation- just getting started- is an executive skill many children struggle with.

– Suggestion: Say to your child “Hey, I was walking past the whiteboard and noticed you haven’t started your homework. What can I do to help you get started? Or Is there anything I can do to help you get started?” Maybe your child is confused and needs clarification before they feel they can get started. This could help clear that up.

– Avoid using the board like a parents list for the child or other family members. Everyone in the family should be writing and checking off their own list, even if you might be assisting with adding items to your child’s list. This is how independent time-management skills develop! #CognitionCorner #MissRachel #NotYourAverageClinicians

By on August 23, 2017 in Autism Treatment, Cognitive Therapies, Feeding & Swallowing Therapies, General, Health Insurance 101, Hearing Impairment, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Uncategorized, Videos, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are