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Nutrition and Dysphagia

fruitPresented by Laura Michael

Click here for a recording of the live webinar broadcast on January 27, 2015.

Description: Managing and maintaining nutritional and hydration needs for someone with dysphagia can be especially challenging.  In this presentation, Laura Michael will discuss the importance of meeting one’s nutritional needs and how to make foods and beverages safe, palatable, and pleasing. Ms. Michael will discuss her first-hand experience of caring for her father when he developed dysphagia due to Lewy Bodies Dementia and how she was able to translate all her industry knowledge and cooking skills to help her mother and others care for her ailing father.

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How To Thicken Liquids

Laura Michael, nutritionist and NFOSD board member, shows us various ways to thicken your liquids. Watch the video below!

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The New York Times’ Green Smoothie Taste Challenge

Byline: Laura Michael (NFOSD Board member and owner of Dysphagia Solutions)

When you are having trouble swallowing, eating enough green leafy vegetables can be a unique challenge, so I was excited when I saw the May 2, 2014, New York Times article “Drink Your Greens” by Martha Rose Shulman. Click here to read Martha’s article.

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“Hydration, Hydration, Hydration”

drinking-87155_640Byline: Laura Michael, NFOSD Board Member

[Editor’s note. We published a similar article a year ago, but with the temperatures climbing and summer around the corner, we’ve updated the article to keep everyone properly hydrated.]

Water is an essential element for sustaining life. The human body is composed of more than 60% water. Without water, we won’t survive for more than a few days.

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Why won’t my child eat like other’s of his (or her) age?

children-playingByline: Donna Edwards, MA CCC-SLP, BRS-S

[NFOSD note. Due to the significant volume of emails and calls we receive from families who have a child with a feeding or swallowing disorder, we reached out to Donna Edwards for her insight into what makes this such a difficult diagnosis and treatment. Donna spent a significant amount of quality time listening to what we are hearing and provides an in-depth and insightful response to this subject matter. Thank you for this valuable contribution.]

As a practicing pediatric clinician, I often hear from physicians, “Why does this child have feeding difficulty when there is no evidence of developmental delay, neurological insult or obvious diagnosis?”  It’s a difficult question to answer, not only for the child and the family, but one that holds the speech language pathologists interest as well.

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