|What is a Swallowing Disorder?|
A swallowing disorder, called dysphagia(dys/pha/juh), is a difficulty or
inability to swallow. There are different phases of the swallow. The
problem can affect any phase of the swallow. What happens in the mouth
is the oral phase. What happens in the throat is the pharyngeal phase.
What happens in the esophagus, is called the esophageal phase. A person can
have difficulty in any or all of the phases of the swallow. If the
person can’t eat or drink enough, this will affect their nutrition.
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|How Can a Swallowing Specialist Help?|
Speech-language pathologists treat patients with a variety of
speech-language and swallowing disorders. A speech-language pathologist
who is a Board Certified Specialist in swallowing and swallowing
disorders maintains exceptional, high-level skills and clinical
experience in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. A
BCS-S speech-language pathologist has chosen to specialize in this
area.,that is, they devote a significant amount of their clinical
practice and continuing education to diagnosing and treating this
complex disorder. Because of this dedication and training, a BCS-S
speech-language pathologist has learned the latest, state-of-the art
clinical approaches and can most effectively and efficiently evaluate
and treat individuals with swallowing disorders.
A BCS-S specialist has studied extensively and remains current on
research in the field of swallowing and swallowing disorders. The BCS-S
specialist provides appropriate, evidence-based treatment techniques to
address the swallowing problem(s) of each individual, based upon the
comprehensive swallowing assessment.
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