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 [...]

The Patient Exercising Their Right to Choose (Formerly The Non Compliant Patient)

The Patient Exercising Their Right to Choose (Formerly The Non Compliant Patient)

  EDIT 1/4/17.  Due to a recent Facebook post, I wanted to change some wording on this post.  As with all areas of dysphagia, I continue to grow, learn and change my beliefs, mainly because of the patients I serve. Although my belief stands that those patients who do not follow my recommendation continue to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]