Measuring Outcomes for Success…..What are You Using?

Measuring Outcomes for Success…..What are You Using?

The Dysphagia Toolbox I have written about the Dysphagia Toolbox before.    The Dysphagia Toolbox used to be a website that offered links to standardized and reliable tools that you can use in dysphagia assessment and with reassessment.                                       [...]

Cervical Auscultation

Cervical Auscultation

  What is Cervical Auscultation? Using Cervical Auscultation (CA) involves the use of a stethoscope, placed on the throat to "listen" to the sounds of the swallow. Clinicians often use CA to assess swallow sounds and airway sounds.  Judgements are made on the normality of the swallow or the degree of impairment of swallowing. Cervical [...]

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

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 [...]

Supraglottic and Super-Supraglottic Swallows and Tongue Pressure

Supraglottic and Super-Supraglottic Swallows and Tongue Pressure

Fujiwara, S, Ono, T, Minagi, Y, Fujiu-Kurachi, M, Hori, K, Maeda, Y, Boroumand, S, Nitschke, I, Ursula, V, Bohlender, J.  Effect of Supraglottic and Super-supraglottic swallows on Tongue Pressure Production against Hard Palate.  Dysphagia (2014) 29:655-662.   The Super- and Supraglottic Swallows are maneuvers used to assist in early airway closure to prevent food or [...]

Swallowing and Dysphagia Rehabilitation: Translating Principles of Neural Plasticity into Clinically Oriented Evidence

Swallowing and Dysphagia Rehabilitation:  Translating Principles of Neural Plasticity into Clinically Oriented Evidence

Robbins J, Butler SG, Daniels SK, Gross RD, Langmore S, Lazarus CL, Martin-Harris B, McCabe D, Musson N, Rosenbek JC.  (2008).  Swallowing and Dysphagia Rehabilitation:  Translating Principles of Neural Plasticity into Clinically Oriented Evidence.  Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51: S276-S300.   This article breaks down the principles of neural plasticity.   Neural [...]