The Dysphagia Outreach Project Giving Event

The Dysphagia Outreach Project Giving Event

The Dysphagia Outreach Project Giving Event 2020 Guest Post By:  Jessica Lasky, MS, CCC-SLP and Allison Boyer, MA, CCC-SLP Who We Are The Dysphagia Outreach Project is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2019. The mission of the Dysphagia Outreach Project is to provide meaningful assistance to low-income individuals affected by [...]

Oral Care

Oral Care

The First Thing.... Oral Care is one of the first lines in dysphagia management and in the prevention of aspiration pneumonia.   What do you know about oral care? Aspiration Aspiration is defined as the inhalation of either oropharyngeal or gastric contents into the lower airways, that is, the act of taking foreign material into the [...]

Respiratory Muscle Strength Training

Respiratory Muscle Strength Training

Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training  Inspiratory strength training works on the muscles of inspiration the diaphragm, the intercostals. Inspiration involves contractions of the diaphragm and external intercostals, which increase intrathoracic volume and decreased volume in pressure.  Respiration is a recoil from inspiration. Exhalation involves relaxation of the inhalation muscles, recruitment of abdominal and internal intercostals to force [...]

Lingual Strengthening Using Resistance

Lingual Strengthening Using Resistance

Research  Research by Dr. Lazarus and Dr. Robbins has focused heavily on lingual strengthening. Many of these research articles have proven to us that lingual strengthening using resistance such as an IOPI does increase not only tongue strength and at times, tongue mass, but also improves the overall swallow.  This same research has also shown us that using [...]