All posts tagged Dysphagia

Dysphagia Awareness Month

                                                 

 

Last month, I wrote a post about Better Speech and Hearing Month.  For some unknown reason, I lost it!  May is the month that Speech Language Pathologists educate the public on speech and language disorders and audiologists educate on hearing disorders.

June is dysphagia awareness month.  Did you know that dysphagia typically makes up the largest percentage of the medical Speech Language Pathologists caseload?

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Interview with an Expert: Dr. Eric Blicker

Dr. Eric  Blicker,MA CCC-SLP.D BCS-S,  is a specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders.   Dr. Blicker holds his Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.  In addition to his daily duties as an acute care SLP, Dr. Blicker also owns his own continuing education company, teaching SLPs all over the country about FEES and issues related to swallowing disorders.

FEES is an instrumental assessment for swallowing.  Flexible Endscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) involves using an endoscope with a camera placed in the nostril and into the pharynx (throat) to assess the pharyngeal phase of the swallow.

Dr. Blicker also educates SLPs on patient’s that use  a ventilator (breathing machine) or that have had a trachestomy (artificial airway with a tube in the throat to keep the stoma open).

You can find Dr. Blicker’s continuing education courses here.   You can also find Dr. Blicker on Facebook and LinkedIn where he often shares great information regarding dysphagia (swallowing disorders).

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Expert Insights – Interview with an SLP

Over the next few months, I will be posting a series of articles interviewing Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) in various settings.

Katie Smead is a semi-retired SLP who currently owns her own practice.  What she didn’t state in the interview is that she is also the creator of some very innovative tools for dysphagia which you can find here.

Using her experience with the area of dysphagia (swallowing impairment) and evidence based practice, Katie has developed multiple tools at an affordable cost to assist Speech Language Pathologists in the treatment of dysphagia, in addition to providing journal articles to support clinical use of these tools for a variety of deficits.

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Specializing in Speech Language Pathology

I know what you might be thinking.  You go to school for six years, earn your Masters degree and after you graduate, you STILL have to learn!

The field of Speech Language Pathology is quite broad.  We have to know so much about so many areas that most SLPs tend to specialize.  SLPs work in the areas of swallowing, language, motor speech, aphasia, cognition, reading, fluency and voice just to name a few.

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is defined as:  the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.

Critical thinking skills are essential in the field of Speech Language Pathology (SLP).  As a Speech Language Pathologist, your job is to evaluate the patient, determine the correct speech diagnosis and then develop a treatment plan that best rehabilitates that patient.

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The 10 Most Common Reasons Children and Adults Require Speech Therapy

Because all communication disorders carry the potential to isolate individuals from their social and educational surroundings, it is essential to provide help and support as soon as a problem is identified. Voice disorders may sometimes be divided into organic and functional disorders. Organic disorders are due to physical diseases like cancer and tumors that affect the way the vocal folds work. Functional disorders are due to the misuse and abuse of voice. Frequently, the cause is unknown, which often calls for the support of a speech pathologist. While many speech and language patterns can be called “baby talk” and are part of children’s normal development, they can become problems if they are not outgrown as expected.

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