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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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“Swallow Safely” – A Book for Dysphagia Patients and Everyone Who Loves To Eat

Front Cover (Swallow Safely)[Editor’s note: I had the opportunity and pleasure to Skype with and interview the “Swallow Safely” book authors, Roya Sayadi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Joel Herskowitz, M.D.  This article is about their book, the motivation behind it, and who should read it. Ed Steger, President, NFOSD]

This book is a quick read and includes topics on how swallowing works, what happens when it doesn’t work, aspiration pneumonia, disorder assessment and treatment, and finding help. It is easy to read and includes a list of warning signs that may suggest a swallowing problem (e.g., coughing or clearing the throat frequently while eating; a gargled voice after eating) with clear steps to take if you encounter these or other warning signals.

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