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