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The New York Times’ Green Smoothie Taste Challenge

Byline: Laura Michael (NFOSD Board member and owner of Dysphagia Solutions)

When you are having trouble swallowing, eating enough green leafy vegetables can be a unique challenge, so I was excited when I saw the May 2, 2014, New York Times article “Drink Your Greens” by Martha Rose Shulman. Click here to read Martha’s article.

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Why won’t my child eat like other’s of his (or her) age?

children-playingByline: Donna Edwards, MA CCC-SLP, BRS-S

[NFOSD note. Due to the significant volume of emails and calls we receive from families who have a child with a feeding or swallowing disorder, we reached out to Donna Edwards for her insight into what makes this such a difficult diagnosis and treatment. Donna spent a significant amount of quality time listening to what we are hearing and provides an in-depth and insightful response to this subject matter. Thank you for this valuable contribution.]

As a practicing pediatric clinician, I often hear from physicians, “Why does this child have feeding difficulty when there is no evidence of developmental delay, neurological insult or obvious diagnosis?”  It’s a difficult question to answer, not only for the child and the family, but one that holds the speech language pathologists interest as well.

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Swallowing and Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinsons disease (small)

Byline: Michelle Ciucci, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Surgery-Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, and the Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michelle recently joined the NFOSD as a board member.

[Publisher note. Michelle Ciucci wrote this article for publication on the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research website. It was published on 11/5/2013 and can be viewed on their site by clicking here. The NFOSD is continually exploring ways in which we can work with other non-profit foundations where swallowing disorders present a significant risk to the members of their respective community’s.]

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HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE: THE SELF-HEIMLICH MANEUVER

self Heimlich 10_7_09Byline: Roya Sayadi and Joel Herskowitz

Illustration: Anet James from “Swallow Safely”

[NFOSD note: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with and expert training by an appropriate health care professional. Also, an Internet search on “self Heimlich maneuver” will result in additional articles and videos on this topic.]

We read in newspapers or online every day about someone’s heroism in administering the Heimlich maneuver to someone choking on food.

But suppose that other person were not present? What then? Would they simply choke to death? If that person were YOU, what would you do?

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“Swallow Safely” – A Book for Dysphagia Patients and Everyone Who Loves To Eat

Front Cover (Swallow Safely)[Editor’s note: I had the opportunity and pleasure to Skype with and interview the “Swallow Safely” book authors, Roya Sayadi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Joel Herskowitz, M.D.  This article is about their book, the motivation behind it, and who should read it. Ed Steger, President, NFOSD]

This book is a quick read and includes topics on how swallowing works, what happens when it doesn’t work, aspiration pneumonia, disorder assessment and treatment, and finding help. It is easy to read and includes a list of warning signs that may suggest a swallowing problem (e.g., coughing or clearing the throat frequently while eating; a gargled voice after eating) with clear steps to take if you encounter these or other warning signals.

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