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Swallow Evaluations

A Modified Barium Swallow Study is an accurate evaluation of the way a person swallows. Fluoroscopic (live moving images) and x-rays are taken while the patient swallows different consistencies of food and liquids which contain barium as a contrast material. MBS studies allow our clinicians to make the proper assessment of your swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) which may include aspiration (food or liquids entering the windpipe and reaching the level below the vocal cords).

 

After the evaluation is complete, our speech-language pathologist analyzes the results and interprets their findings. If necessary they will make diet and therapy recommendations to you in the form of a “plan of care”. SFS now offers MBS studies… Please call to inquire about this service: (702) 979-4268 Varied and specialized therapy services, a modern and upgraded location, adorable facility puppies, and a staff of highly certified clinicians…how could you argue- We’re #NotYourAverageClinic

By on August 31, 2017 in Philanthropy, Resources, What to Expect, Who We Are

Austrailian Heelers are Therapeutic Healers

Australian Blue Heelers are a very loyal, strong, playful and a hardworking breed.  Did you know their breed is listed as one of the top breeds for intelligence?  They require intense mental and physical stimulation or they will become destructive..

If given firm and consistent training from the beginning, along with daily activity, the Australian Blue Heeler will become a wonderful and happy dog. Heelers also make excellent Animal-Assisted Therapy dogs!  We love having them around the facility to keep our patients and staff company!  We’re #NotYourAverageClinic

By on August 30, 2017 in General, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, What to Expect, Who We Are

Morgan’s Inspiration Island

Morgan’s Inspiration Island (a theme park in Texas) is #NotYourAverageThemePark.  When it celebrated its grand opening a few years back in 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland became the world’s first theme park made solely with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment.  The fully-functional wheelchair-accessible park features more than 25 activities, such as rides and playgrounds.  Those struggling with a disability or disorder can enter the park free of charge!

Their vision is “to establish a special place where smiles and laughter lead to wonderful memories with family members, friends, and caregivers.  A place where the common element of play creates an atmosphere of inclusion for those with and without disabilities.  It’s a safe, clean and beautiful environment free of physical and economic barriers that can be enjoyed by all individuals, regardless of age, special need or disability.  Find out more at http://www.morganswonderland.com/inspirationisland

By on August 29, 2017 in Autism Treatment, General, Philanthropy, Resources, Who We Are

Speech Therapy for Adults

Speech therapy is relevant for indications of Parkinson’s disease, brain injury, stroke, and many other underlying medical conditions. A wide range of disorders affecting speech and swallowing include apraxia, dysarthria, dysphagia and orofacial myofunctional disorders.

These disorders may impact communication skills, coordinated muscular movements, difficulty in articulating words as well as swallowing, and paralysis of facial muscles. Our speech-language pathologists may also address patients focus on tasks, and memory, reasoning, and problem-solving. Other cognitive strategies may be explored for executive functioning (such as goal-setting, planning, self-awareness, and self-monitoring.

 

Many people believe we only provide therapy to children- for stuttering or speech impediments, we are really so much more. We’re #NotYourAverageClinic

By on August 28, 2017 in Cognitive Therapies, General, Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, Voice Disorders, What to Expect, Who We Are

Children with Apraxia

Imagine for a moment that you are the parent of a young child whose speech is severely unintelligible.  People who have never met your child, are unable to understand them when they attempt to speak.  Sometimes even you, as their parent, have trouble trying to make sense of what your child is trying to communicate.  They seem to be understanding language, but expressively the sounds and syllables of the words they are making are somewhat off target.  You consult one of our clinician’s and for the first time in your life you hear the term “apraxia” as a possible reason for your child’s speech difficulties—but what is apraxia?


Apraxia is often described as a type of motor speech disorder which may affect the way our body is able to produce speech. Motor speech disorders are almost always neurological in nature, meaning that it’s hard for the child’s brain to carry out the process needed to create speech.  A child with apraxia may have to tell their tongue to move, their mouth to open…and so on.  Due to this neurological difference, children with apraxia struggle with sequencing as well as articulating sounds, syllables, and words when they are trying to communicate with someone.  All of this may make them difficult to understand.

By on August 25, 2017 in Philanthropy, Resources, Speech Therapy, What to Expect, Who We Are