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Swallowing

Eating, chewing and drinking difficulties are also known as swallowing difficulties, or dysphagia. Swallowing difficulties can impact on a person’s day-to-day activities and their wellbeing.

 

Here are common symptoms:

·       Coughing during or right after meals

·       Food or liquid remaining in the mouth after meals

·       Difficulties with lip closure

·       Changes in eating habits—specifically, avoidance of certain foods/drinks

·       Food or liquid spilling from the mouth

·       Frequent drooling

·       Complaints of food "getting stuck"

·       Wet or 'gurgly' sounding voice during or after meals

·       Difficulty coordinating breathing and swallowing

·       Recurrent pneumonia

·       Extra effort/time needed to chew

 

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Swallowing / Dysphagia

 

Specialised Speech Pathology provides comprehensive assessment and therapy services to manage an array of swallowing disorders. 

Services include: 

  • Clinical swallowing assessment to determine where challenges with swallowing are taking place and the potential causes 

  • Personalised swallowing plans including diet/fluid texture advise and safe swallowing strategies 

  • Personalised swallowing rehabilitation exercises 

  • Evidence-based dysphagia therapy to promote rehabilitation including the use of traditional and novel approaches including EMST 

  • Carer training in the delivery of safe swallowing recommendations 

  • Mealtime management plans 

Contact us to find out more

To see if online therapy would work for you & to ensure everything is set up smoothly for ongoing telehealth intervention, we offer a free initial online 30 minute consultation. 

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