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“Chewing Can Be Tricky” Dysphagia Coloring Book

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Pediatric swallowing specialist, Donna Edwards, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, and ASHA Fellow, has created an outstanding resource for children, parents, and professionals to learn about safe eating and to reduce the likelihood of choking. This coloring book includes a long list of fun activities that parents and professionals can use to teach children about safe and healthy eating.

*All information regarding the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative is provisional. For updates and more information, please visit: www.iddsi.org

The coloring book for young children is now available in five languages! Select your language below:

 

A new coloring book for school-age children is now available!

 

 



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Traveling With Tube Feeds

Written by Amanda Sullivan, RD, CD, CNSC

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, you can feel relaxed and safe while on tube feedings with a bit of planning ahead. This article contains tips from experienced tube-fed travelers and home infusion company representatives.

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#ThickenedLiquidChallenge under fluoroscope anyone?

MD Anderson Cancer Center embraces the #ThickenedLiquidChallenge (TLC). Dr. Stephen Li accepts the challenge and challenges Drs. Randal Weber and Erich Sturgis.

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Flouoscope TLC



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Feeding tube or no feeding tube? That is the question!

Feeding tube imageFor many with a swallowing disorder, a number of factors come into play when deciding to use or not use a feeding tube. And, it’s not just whether or not it’s the right decision, but other questions come into play: the type of feeding tube, the timing of when to begin (and maybe more important, when to stop), the duration, and one’s emotions about the tube itself all play a role in making this decision.

 

The NFOSD is always on the lookout for valuable content for our community. Please click here to be directed to an article written by Mary Spremulli, MA, CCC-SLP, of Voice Aerobics, LLC. She presents the three primary types of feeding tube, the adverse health events (e.g., disease, injury) that help justify the need and timing of a feeding tube, and the potential implications of a feeding tube in a patient who is no longer able to make their own decision.

Thank you Mary for developing this article and allowing us to share it with our community.



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Raising Awareness of Swallowing Disorders, One Bite at a Time

Swallowing disorders are estimated to impact 15 million American adults and countless numbers of children. That’s nearly one out of 20 people. For a disorder that is so prevalent, there is a lack of awareness. One of the primary goals of the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders is to raise awareness of dysphagia (i.e., swallowing disorders). Over the past two years, the NFOSD has initiated a University Outreach Program to educate students in health care programs to learn more about the prevalence and impact that dysphagia has on patients.

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