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November: COPD Awareness Month

Posted by Mandi Wilhelm, MA CCC-SLP on

Happy November Everyone!

November is National COPD Awareness month. One aspect I appreciate about treating patients with dysphagia and COPD is that many times, simple measures to improve safety at meals and comfort have not been discussed at all, which means there is a great opportunity for education. Frequently, these patients understand their strategies right away, and once they implement some of the energy conservation techniques, they recognize improvement in their quality of life right away. I am ecstatic when small changes make a big impact for our patients, and it speaks to the power of skilled services when we can provide meaningful and functional training.

Did you know, according to Steidl et al. (2015), "COPD has the potential to alter the coordination between swallowing and breathing which negatively influences the normal process of swallowing?" If you're looking for a great review of the literature related to COPD, click here for Steidl et al. article:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC43925...

Download our patient handout here, designed to help you educate your patients on COPD and dysphagia.  It's FREE and includes illustrations you can use when discussing basic anatomy and physiology.

CEUs crunch time!

How often have you heard your fellow SLPs say they still need CEUs in December? How often has that been you? Be honest! Well, we've all been there. It is really easy to get those CEUs in when you can do them on your time, and from the comfort of your home. We've partnered with [...]

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Register For Our FREE, Live ASHA-Approved CEU Course: Adaptive Equipment for Dysphagia Management in SNFs

Want to increase your skill-set regarding adaptive equipment (AE) for dysphagia management? Visit Yapp Guru University (click here) to register for this free, on-line course worth .15 ASHA CEUs. Attendees will: learn the process for selecting AEexplore state and federal laws regulating use of AEdemonstrate how to use 6 selected pieces of AE targeting a variety of patient [...]

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New CEU partnership!

As SLPs, we know the importance of sharing information and focusing on expanding your skill set. We are proudly sharing information we've learned and utilized regarding evidence-based practice as it pertains to the subjects that are nearest to our hearts: dysphagia in the adult population. In the coming days, we anticipate the launching of our [...]

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3 Reasons to Utilize Adaptive Equipment for Dysphagia Management in Skilled-Nursing Facilities

I’ve been a practicing SLP for 16 years and some things are just a given: adaptive dining equipment (AE) will be misplaced. It’s like the famous children’s book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffee Numeroff. If you give a patient a nosey cup, he’ll ask for 3 more nosey cups, one [...]

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Compassion Fatigue VS. Burnout: Know The Difference And What To Do About It As A Speech-Language Pathologist

Stressors taking a tollThe current environment for SLPs can be stressful (hello, productivity, I’m talking about you). The diagnoses we treat can be emotionally taxing, and the acuity of patients so demanding that it takes a toll on us personally. Consider the heartbreaking situations, which are compounded by webs of family dynamics, patient dispositions, personalities [...]

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The Strat Mat: THEY ARE HERE!

At ASHA's national convention in November, we debuted our newest product and something we are personally excited about for our own practices: "The Strat Mat". The backstory:As therapists, we are used to making our own visual aids and table tents for therapy sessions, but not only can this be time-consuming, but it draws extra attention to [...]

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ASHA National Convention: Here we come!

In the world of speech-pathology, our circles tend to regionally become small. We run into and work with clinicians in many different settings. We develop a familiar sense of those therapists handling our referrals and servicing the local community. National Convention is THE ultimate experience to gather in a much bigger “circle”. Conferences are an [...]

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Can You Repeat That Please? How Impaired Processing and Cognition Impact Telephone Skills and What to Do About It

As a SNF-based SLP I often wonder how my treatment and recommendations generalize to a patient’s home environment when they are discharged - especially those with cognitive-linguistic impairments. I always assess and address, if applicable, medication management, daily math skills and safety/sequencing when using equipment such as walkers and sock aids. While these areas have [...]

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Helping Patients Who Forget Why They Pressed the Call Button

There are few things more frustrating for our patients than waiting to have their needs met. Unfortunately, in the SNF setting, we find this occurs on a regular basis as staff are limited in time and resources to assist in bathing, toileting and dressing. Waiting is an unfortunate truth in skilled nursing facilities, but for [...]

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