Research Tuesday: Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Dysphagia

by Cyndee Williams Bowen, SLP Each month an ever increasing number of my fellow #SLPBloggers participate in Gray Matter Therapy’s #ResearchTuesday project. Follow this link to view current and past editions. Introduction This is my third post regarding the use of oropharyngeal exercises as an alternative or conjunctive treatment for mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome […]

Puree Taste Test (How I Spent My Christmas Holiday)

My friend Samantha Wyatt at Pure-A Foods asked me to conduct a taste test of three different pureed diet product lines and write a blog about my findings. It has taken me several months longer than anticipated to do so, but my Puree in a Pinch experience piqued my curiosity. I wanted to know how […]

Puree in a Pinch!

It’s the holiday season, and the mealtime camaraderie of family and friends is a treasured tradition for many of us! People with swallowing disorders often consume restricted diets which interfere with full participation and enjoyment of the festivities. A family member’s “temporary oral stage dysphagia” due to a dental procedure two days before Christmas offered […]

Research Tuesday: NMES vs Traditional Dysphagia Therapy in PD

The article I read this month pertains to the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) in the treatment of dysphagia. It is almost an understatement to say this is a controversial topic for Speech-Language Pathologists. Few issues incite stronger emotions and philosophical polarity among my esteemed colleagues! Opposing sides defend their position with a passion […]

Pretty, Palatable, and Pureed!

Sharing a meal with family and friends is one of life’s special pleasures! Unfortunately, people with Parkinson’s and other chronic disorders often develop swallowing problems (dysphagia) and find they have to consume a special diet to keep food from going down the wrong pipe! This is the phrase commonly used to describe the coughing and […]