"Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale."
Swallowing is as necessary to your life as breathing. Under normal circumstances, we depend on swallowing to obtain the nutrients we need to survive. Dysphagia, or disordered swallowing, can lead to a life-threatening infection in the lungs called aspiration pneumonia which results when food or liquid enters the trachea (windpipe) instead of the esophagus. Dysphagia affects as many as 15 million Americans. One in 17 people will develop some form of dysphagia in their lifetime.
What We Can Do to Help
At NY Speech Consultants, you will receive a comprehensive feeding and swallowing evaluation. If recent objective testing has not been done, you will be referred for a Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBS) or Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Testing (FEESST) before swallowing treatment can begin.
Swallowing Therapy at NYSC
Our primary goal is to improve the patient's swallowing function so that he or she can safely tolerate the least restrictive diet. We provide the following treatment techniques:
The following information was obtained from www.asha.org
Causes of feeding and swallowing problems in adults:
Damage to the nervous system, such as:
Problems affecting the head and neck, including:
Common signs of a swallowing problem:
If you have any of these signs, you should be seen for a swallowing evaluation.
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"As a top notch speech pathologist and a truly wonderful person, I can tell you that it took only a few months of quick therapy and techniques to completely cure my swallowing problem after 2 ½ weeks of being in a coma! Yes, I can absolutely tell you that Judy Cavallo is the best."
"Before I started working with Judy, I was unable to safely swallow any foods or liquids. I received all my foods through a feeding tube. After 16 sessions of VitalStim Therapy, I can now safely swallow puree foods and thickened liquids. 2 swallowing tests confirmed a significant improvement in my swallowing."
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