Swallowing therapy may be recommended by your Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and/or physician based upon the results of the swallowing assessment and patient reported symptoms. Swallowing treatment may include learning compensatory strategies, including specific position or maneuvers while eating or drinking, to improve swallow function and safety. Treatment may also include therapeutic techniques and exercises to improve the strength and function of the swallowing mechanism. Therapy may also be combined with diet manipulation, which involves altering the consistencies of food and liquids to prevent or decrease the risk of aspiration and trouble swallowing (dysphagia).
The frequency of therapy will be determined by the SLP after you receive a comprehensive evaluation. Patients receiving swallow therapy typically attend sessions twice a week for approximately eight weeks. However, treatment plans are individualized and the SLP may recommend a specific treatment protocol, which may indicate a greater frequency.
The therapy sessions last 30 – 60 minutes each and are one-on-one with the therapist. Families and caregivers are encouraged to attend the sessions as well.
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