SWALLOWINGSpeech Therapy for Adults
Swallowing difficulty, also known as dysphagia (dis-FAY-juh), can occur due to a variety of neurological or anatomical diseases or conditions, including brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, head and neck cancers etc.
Swallowing difficulty may involve the following:
- Problems moving food in the mouth
- Trouble starting a swallow
- Difficulty getting food down
- Throat clearing after eating or drinking
- Coughing after eating or drinking
- Wet voice after eating or drinking
Problems with swallowing can lead to:
- Poor nutrition and hydration
- Decreased energy
- Reduce social interactions in activities that involve food
Speech-language pathologists (S-LPs) are trained in the identification, management and treatment of swallowing problems. A speech-language pathologist can determine what foods are safe, easy and enjoyable to eat, and what exercises and techniques can improve the swallow function. Speech-language pathologists will work with the client and their families to provide education on the swallowing and how to reduce the risks.
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