April is Autism Awareness Month!

14-6As we continue to learn more about autism, the number of children diagnosed with this developmental disorder continues to rise. The most recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that the prevalence of autism has risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States. Each April, organizations around the globe celebrate Autism Awareness Month, a campaign intended to raise public awareness of this disorder. In support of this campaign, Speech Associates of NY will dedicate the rest of the month to blogs focusing on Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Continue reading

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Dysphagia: Feeding Tubes

DysphagiaOver the past few weeks we’ve discussed dysphagia, difficulty swallowing food or liquid which can often follow a stroke or other neurological injury. When a person has dysphagia, a speech-language pathologist is typically involved in treatment, providing swallow exercises and compensation strategies. Diet modification is also commonly recommended, changing the texture of foods and liquids to make them easier and safer to swallow. However, in some cases, swallowing therapy and diet modification aren’t enough. In this case, your speech-language pathologist or physician may recommend a feeding tube. Continue reading

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Dysphagia: Safe Swallowing

DysphagiaOne of the most common effects of a stroke or other neurological damage is dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing. Over the past two weeks, we’ve discussed some ways to manage dysphagia and how a speech-language pathologist can help. Today, we provide you with some strategies to make eating with dysphagia safer and easier: Continue reading

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Dysphagia: Delicious Dining

DysphagiaMost people are aware that a stroke or other form of neurological damage can affect language and communication. But did you know that trouble swallowing food and liquid is another common result? Difficulty swallowing, or dysphagia, can affect any part of the swallowing process. This can mean anything from difficulty chewing to food and liquid entering the lungs instead of the stomach.

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Living with Dysphagia

If you’re like most people, you’ve never put much thought into how you swallow food; for a healthy person, the process happens almost completely automatically. But swallowing actually involves a series of fairly intricate muscular and physical processes. When a person has any sort of neurological disorder, from strokes and traumatic brain injuries to progressive diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, these processes can be disrupted. This leads to dysphagia, a term which means “difficulty swallowing,” and can involve any part of the swallowing process, from moving food in the mouth, to food “going down the wrong pipe” and entering the lungs. Continue reading

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Brain Injury Awareness Month: Swallowing and Cognitive Issues

 StrokeEach March, the Brain Injury Association of America conducts a public awareness campaign for traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Speech language pathologists are often heavily involved in rehabilitation after a brain injury since speech and language issues are a common result of TBIs. But speech-language therapists aren’t only involved in deficits that impact communication. Difficulty with swallowing and cognition are also common problems following a traumatic brain injury. What are some ways that speech therapists can help with these issues? Continue reading

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Brain Injury Awareness Month: How Speech-Language Therapy Can Help!

TBIDid you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness month? In support of this public awareness campaign, we at Speech Associates of NY are running a series of blogs on how traumatic brain injuries and how speech-language therapy can help rehabilitate communication and increase quality of life post-injury.  Continue reading

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