Belinda Hill & Associates Speech-Language Pathologists - TheraBee™ Programs

Services for Adults - Dysphagia
What is it?  
Dysphagia is the medical term for any symptom of swallowing difficulty. It may be due to problems with the tongue, muscles of the throat or the food passage. It can be caused by structural, physiological and/or neurological impairments affecting one or more stages of the swallow process- pre-oral (prior to food entering the mouth), oral (when food is in the mouth), pharyngeal (when food is in the throat) and/or esophageal stages (when food is in the oesophagus).
Issues
For people with dysphagia eating and drinking is difficult. Symptoms include:
  • difficulty chewing
  • drooling
  • needing several attempts to swallow
  • feeling of food sticking in the throat or chest
  • frequent coughing during or immediately after eating or drinking
  • unexplained weight loss
If left untreated dysphagia can lead to:
  • aspiration pneumonia (chest infection)
  • dehydration
  • malnutrition
  • asphyxiation (choking leading to lack of oxygen)
  • death
Who does it affect?
There are a diverse range of people who may experience dysphagia such as:
  • stroke victims
  • TBI (traumatic brain injury)
  • Age related illnesses e.g. resulting in muscle wastage
  • dementia patients
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • cancer
  • developmental disability

Assessment

A speech pathologist will conduct a thorough assessment which includes :
  • obtaining a background history
  • determining communication status
  • assessing swallowing and feeding process
  • trialing of food/fluid swallowing strategies
  • referral for further assessment (as appropriate)
  • diagnosis
  • management plan
Management
Dysphagia can be managed by modifying:
  • posture and positioning
  • food and drink consumed
  • the meal time environment
 
 
 
 


 

 



 
QUICKSHOP
  PARENT
QUESTIONNAIRE
  THERABEE ® PROGRAMS
ORDER FORM
  INFORMATION
SHEETS
  THERABEE ® BI-MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
  SPEECH-LANGUAGE
PATHOLOGY
 
 
 
 
 
OUR LOCATION
 
 
Find us on Facebook
Follow Me on Pinterest
Follow us on Pintrest
 
Phone: 02 4736 8151 | Fax: 02 4736 8171 | Email: info@therabee.com
 
PRACTISING MEMBER OF THE SPEECH PATHOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA