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Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing disorders can pose safety and health risks and must be identified and treated. Sometimes a problem with swallowing can go unrecognized or undiagnosed and result in aspiration. Aspiration can occur when food or liquid enters a patient’s airway. This type of event is commonly referred to as food or liquid “going down the wrong pipe.” When this happens pneumonia may result. Additional problems can include choking which can be life threatening. In order to minimize health and safety risks changes in a person’s diet may be recommended.

Our Treatment Program consist of evaluation, interpretation and recommendations by a speech-language pathologist, collaboration with physicians, neurologist and radiology professionals regarding imaging studies, development of an individualized therapy plan to improve swallowing function, implementation of specific swallowing techniques to improve skills (e.g. Masako, Mendelsohn, etc.) and when necessary the use of oral-motor exercises to improve muscle strength to support swallowing rehabilitation