Glossectomy

Glossectomy Let's talk total glossectomy for a minute.   I've actually worked with multiple partial glossectomies in my career and recently have had 2 total glossectomy patients. It seems like a pretty difficult task, right?  Getting someone to eat and drink again with no tongue. Taking the tongue out of the equation of swallowing makes the [...]

3 Reasons You Should Never “Fake it Till You Make it” in Dysphagia

I really don't know where the phrase "fake it till you make it" came but it's one phrase that absolutely makes me cringe in relationship to dysphagia. Don't get me wrong.  You should always go in confident in your skills.  How can you possibly be confident though in skills you don't possess? The scary part [...]

Gelmix Thickener

I was really excited to see Gelmix at the ASHA Convention this year.  I've heard a lot about Gelmix, but have never had the opportunity to try it until now!What is Gelmix? Gelmix is a "healthy thickener" as it is USDA Organic.  Gelmix was formulated to thick breast milk, formula and other liquids.  Gelmix is [...]

Respiration and Swallowing

How do you assess respiration when completing a swallow evaluation? Do you assess respiration during a swallow evaluation? What methods can be utilized to assess respiration during swallowing? There are several really good articles available.  Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris has been a leader in researching respiration and swallowing. Below are links to a few abstracts of [...]