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iSwallow APP

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.



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Mechanically Altered Diet Tips

fooodYou 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.

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Mechanically Altered Nutrition Therapy Breakdown

fooodThis diet is a transition from the pureed textures to more solid textures. Chewing ability is required. The textures on this level are appropriate for individuals with mild to moderate oral and/or pharyngeal dysphagia. Patients should be assessed for tolerance to mixed textures. It is expected that some mixed textures are tolerated on this diet.

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Introduction to Resources on Altered Nutrition for persons with Dysphagia

soup(Pureed Food, Mechanically Altered, Thickened Liquids)

As a speech language pathologist working with persons with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) over the past 25 plus years, I find that I do a lot of counseling with people when their diet needs to be changed to accommodate to their difficulties.  Sometimes it is hard for those I counsel to picture how to do this in a practical, day to day basis.

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Pureed Nutrition Therapy Breakdown

soupThis diet is designed for people who have moderate to severe dysphagia, with poor oral phase abilities and reduced ability to protect their airway. Close or complete supervision and alternate feeding methods may be required.

This diet consists of pureed, homogenous, and cohesive foods. Food should be “pudding-like.” No coarse textures, raw fruits or vegetables, nuts, and so forth are allowed. Any food that require bolus formation, controlled manipulation, or mastication are excluded.

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Download Sample Puree Diet Menu PDF