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Innovations in Dysphagia Nutrition: Xanthan Gum for Quality of Life

Dinner out with friends was once a relaxing experience. Holiday meals meant enjoying familiar comfort foods of years past. A glass of wine was an evening treat.

For millions of people, the enjoyment of eating and drinking can change overnight.

This is the reality that those living with dysphagia face. Simple foods and beverages they once enjoyed have become risks for aspiration and hospitalization—and sometimes even death. Lost is the social aspect of the meal; lost are favorite foods and drinks; lost is the lunch “break”…as eating becomes a chore. continue reading →



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National Dysphagia Awareness Month Facts

June is National Dysphagia Awareness Month. Each day during the month of June, we will share a fact about dysphagia that is supported by research. We will include a citation for each fact if you are interested in learning more.

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WEBINAR! Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: A Caregiver Forum

The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, with support from Cook Medical, is proud to present the second series of patient-centered webinars on the latest research and information on swallowing disorders. Experts in the field of swallowing disorders will present information on topics such as esophageal dilation, lymphedema, tracheotomies, and more! If you are a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) or know someone with a swallowing disorder, please share this web page with them.

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In Memory of Steven Leder, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor, Otolaryngology, Yale

Steve LederI first met Steve in March 2013 in Seattle at the annual Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) meeting. I had recently been elected President of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders. Over the next few years we emailed back and forth a few times. What jumped out at me was his energy, passion, enthusiasm, advocacy, and champion of all things dysphagia. I admit, I was a bit in awe of him… past President of DRS, Yale, respected clinician and researcher, and the commander of his own life. We didn’t spend much time together, but speaking for myself and others in the foundation, he will be missed.

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Patient-Centered Approach to Determining the Plan of Care for Patients with Dysphagia (Part 1)

Byline: Melody Sheldon, M.A.,CCC-SLP owns and operates Southwest Rehabilitation, a private practice in Coos Bay, Oregon.  Since 1989, she has been providing services to acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, hospice, home health agencies, transitional homes, and to pediatric and adult patients in her clinic.  In an effort to provide continuity, Melody Sheldon developed the Dysphagia Complaint Scale, which she and her staff use with patients and their families to rate the severity level of the problem throughout an episode of care. continue reading →