Research Tuesday: NMES for Dysphagia in ALS?

I am happy to launch 2015 by rejoining my fellow #SLPBloggers in our #ResearchTuesday blog project! This month I’m faced with the need to investigate the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) in the treatment of dysphagia in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). I have my own thoughts on the topic, but I chatted with […]

Random Thoughts: McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program

Last weekend I attended the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) certification workshop. For readers who don’t know, MDTP is a systematic, exercise-based dysphagia treatment program. Patients improve swallow function by swallowing vs. more traditional treatments based on compensatory strategy and facilitative maneuver training. Certification is required, and I am bound by agreement not to divulge details […]

Broken But Beautiful!

I took a spirit day last week. This is a new concept for me, and it just means that I’ve been working pretty much 24/7 over the past few months and needed a break! One of my oldest, dearest friends called out of the blue and invited me to a “pajama party” at her condo […]

On Parachutes and Parkinson’s

The basic idea of my previous post Skydiving and Parkinson’s? is that sky diving is a great analogy for living with Parkinson’s and other chronic, progressive disorders. It’s a look at how the choice between proactive vs. reactive treatment can impact quality of life for people with PD and other health problems. My friend Bev Mittan Ribaudo* read […]

Skydiving and Parkinson’s?

Free fall. Streaking toward earth. Every second brings you closer to an unavoidable conclusion. Pull the rip cord and the parachute opens to slow your  descent. Nothing will stop the fall, but at least you can have some control, see the sights, and find joy in the ride. You will still face those final, anxious […]

Want, Need, Just GOT to Have: An Ounce of Prevention

My mom used to laugh about my teen-age way of requesting purchases outside the family budget. I approached it in stages. First was Mom, I want … She typically heard me, but the request was largely ignored until I ramped it up to the more strongly stated Stage Two: Mom, I need … By this […]