Swallowing Therapy

 
 

Getting Started with Swallowing Therapy

Feeding and Swallowing Therapy is applicable to both Adults and Babies. Some adults may endure specific circumstances that cause them to have difficulty swallowing, including operations or accidents.

At Speechaim we use a variety of tailored techniques to help adults or infants swallow and feed by providing them with specific instructions to help them eat their food. We also provide recommendations on the type of food to eat, how often, and how to help swallow the food so that they can get the nutrition that they need. We use a variety of food consistencies to determine the level of difficulty and work around that to ensure that the appropriate help is provided.

 

Signs Requiring Swallowing Therapy

There are many signs for potential feeding and swallowing disorders. If discovered early, we can help to treat you easily and prevent any side effects that can occur with swallowing issues. Here are some of the symptoms that you should look out for:

General signs of a swallowing problem may include:

  • Coughing while you are eating, or straight after

  • A ‘wet’ sounding voice while you are eating or right after you have finished

  • A noticeable amount of extra time and effort is needed to chew or swallow food

  • Food or liquid leaking from your mouth on a regular basis

  • Food getting stuck in your mouth during meals

  • Breathing difficulties while eating

  • A loss of weight due to the lack of nutrients in your body

There are many side effects of having difficulties swallowing. It will often affect your diet and the way in which you can eat on a daily basis. Here are some of the most common effects:

  • You will often feel dehydrated

  • You will often feel tired and exhausted due to poor nutrition

  • Food or liquid frequently going into your airways, sometimes causing choking

  • A range of lung problems, including pneumonia or other lung infections

 

It is very common to embarrassed when eating. You may struggle to eat around others, which may cause social distance between you and people around you.

Speech Therapy for Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

At Speechaim, our professional staff provide you with a range of methods and techniques that can be used to aid your disorder. We will try a range of all of the following:

  • Trying a range of different foods, or adding calories to your food to help growth and maintenance

  • Introducing you to a range of ways to try new foods or textures

  • Interchanging how hot or cold food is or how crunchy or soft it is to help try new textures

  • Testing various new ways to handle your reactions to food and swallowing

All of our treatments will be specially tailored to meet your particular issue. All of our staff are on hand to help you and you whenever you should require us. Whether you are at home, work or at therapy, we are here to help.

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