A swallowing assessment study published in 2008* reported that a swallowing “disorder is under recognized by most clinicians and is frequently underreported by patients.” To provide an easy assessment tool and promote better communications between a patient and their clinicians, the study authors developed and validated a self-administered Eating Assessment Tool with 10 easy questions. This assessment tool is named “EAT-10” and has been adopted by many clinics as a means of initial patient assessment and ongoing progress.
Dr. Peter Belafsky, an NFOSD board member and current president of the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) wrote a president’s letter to the DRS membership in June 2012. In that letter he likened the affects of severe dysphagia on the patient as being in a constant state of water boarding. The video in this article was published by Amnesty International. Be forewarned, it is short, yet graphic, and is not for everyone.
by Jan C. Pryor M.A., CCC-SLP, BRS-S
The NFOSD was contacted recently by freelance journalist Janie Rosman. She was writing an article for Today’s Caregiver magazine and asked for some advice on the subject of pill swallowing difficulty. Jan Pryor provided a write up with a few tips and ideas which may help our readership.
A frequent problem for people with swallowing difficulties is taking pills. Usually the trouble is swallowing large pills. There are several options that simply alter the form of the medication.
There’s an APP for that!
iSwallow™ is a personal rehabilitation assistant (PRA) for use on the iPhone, IPod Touch, or Ipad. It was designed to be used under the supervision of a qualified swallowing clinician. The device allows the clinician to choose from a menu of swallowing exercise and establish a personalized therapy program for an individual patient. Once the device is programmed by a clinician, it can be carried by the patient to alert them when it is time to perform their prescribed exercise.
More information on iSwallow can be found at the UC Davis Center for Voice and Swallowing web site.
You have been diagnosed with difficulty chewing regular textured foods by the healthcare professionals treating you. You will need to modify many of your daily foods by chopping, grinding, shredding, and/or cooking to make them easier for you to chew and swallow.