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Pill Swallowing, Helpful Tips and Ideas

by Jan C. Pryor M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

The NFOSD was previously contacted 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.

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Thoughts of Water

Check out this little bonus video Steve Rosenfield and Tyler Brown put together for The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders! You’ll gain an appreciation for something as simple as drinking water from Sonia Blue’s incredibly eloquent and powerful words; a must-hear for everyone. Andy Othling of Lowercase Noises provided the stellar soundtrack. Thank you for watching and please repost, you never know who you might be helping.

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Swallow: A Documentary



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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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