App Review: Predictable – Part 1

by Cyndee Williams Bowen The folks at Therapy Box have recently updated their Predictable 4 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app. I have explored Predictable 4 for a couple of months now, and I find it most impressive for several reasons. Intro to the App Predictable 4 is intended for users who have lost the […]

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 […]

Medicare vs. Speech Generating Devices

Medicare is poised to decline payments for speech generating devices that do not meet their criteria. It’s not that they are dictating improved functionality. They actually expect features to be removed for certain SGDs to qualify for reimbursement. Features that: Facilitate training that can enhance a user’s functional use of the device; Allow video conferencing between the person […]

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 […]

Research Tuesday: Clinical Application of Research to Treat Sleep Apnea Using Oropharyngeal Exercises

By Cyndee Williams Bowen, SLP Citation Guimarães K.C., Drager L.F., Genta P.R., Marcondes B.F., Lorenzi-Filho G. Effects of oropharyngeal exercises on patients with moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2009; 179:962-966. Introduction Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by repeated episodes of breathing stops/starts while sleeping. People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea […]

Random Thoughts: Playing the Vocal Instrument

By Cyndee Williams Bowen, SLP Production of human voice may be viewed as comparable to playing a musical instrument. Skilled musicians do not neglect the basics. They know that dedicated practice is required to achieve and maintain a high level of performance. They never outgrow the need to practice scales and continuously hone perception of pitch, intensity, […]