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 [...]

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 require [...]

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

I'm back to the research!  I took a brief break last month.  Since I was covering 3 buildings and transitioning into the school system, I thought blogging about research might be pushing the limits a bit.  Not to mention creating slides for a presentation in Montana. In looking into creating some new slides for a [...]

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 [...]