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The Shaking Man (A Prose Poem), Part 1

The Shaking Man (A Prose Poem), Part 1

By Reinfred Addo

(For Terri Beamer Shelor and Karen Gaines–incredible instructors, mentors, and speech-language pathologists)

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NUTRAPHAGIA: Dignity and Joy through Food

[Note from the editor: Nutraphagia is an NFOSD Sponsor of National Dysphagia Awareness Month.  All Corporate Sponsors and Partners are supporters of dysphagia awareness, education, and innovation, and their participation is by no means an endorsement by the NFOSD or its members.]

Written by Tia Bagan, MS, CCC-SLP

I still remember the purple lilies she brought with her. “Thank you so much for helping me learn to eat again,” the woman said, handing the bouquet to her speech pathologist, Paulette Wood, MS, CCC-SLP. I was 17 and Paulette, a family friend, had invited me to shadow her at the hospital. continue reading →



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Faces of Dysphagia 2018

Meet our 2018 Faces of Dysphagia

June is recognized as National Dysphagia Awareness Month. The following photos show our brave volunteers: patients, families, and caregivers who don’t let dysphagia hold them back.

Thank you to our volunteers and generous donors who sponsored our social media campaign to help raise funds for dysphagia advocacy, support, education, and research!

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Essential History: From My Mom, To the World

By Diane Wolff

I am an author who gave up the writing life in the big city to return to the family and take care of my mother. The late, great Cathie G was one of a kind: energetic, spunky and independent. She had a great sense of humor and she ruled her children with an iron hand. She was a great mom for me and when she asked me to take care of her, I could not refuse. continue reading →



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Kindness, a Powerful Force: During our Darkest Moments There is Light

Byline: Lisa Ingrassia

On Sunday, February 19th with the love and support of great friends I hosted my first “Paint It Forward” event at Pinot’s Palette in Red Bank, NJ.  The energy in the room was electric, you could feel the love.  52 beautiful people came out to celebrate my father’s life and help raise awareness for swallowing disorders!!!  We had a packed house and are grateful to everyone who came out to support the Albert J. Ingrassia Fund! It was a fabulous night of laughter, kindness and love.  To learn more about what prompted this event, please continue reading. continue reading →