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Interdisciplinary Care Interview Part 1: Dietitian, Shannon Fix

For the next few weeks, I wanted to begin focusing on honing a greater understanding of the coworkers and team members we collaborate with as SLPs serving the adult population. We service our patients, of course, but we also serve other team members in a variety of ways. It's important that we know what others [...]

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It's ToolKit Tuesday: New Activities & Site-Wide Sale! Use Code: TOOLKIT20

The second Tuesday of each month is quite an exciting day for all the SLPs at calmslp.com, as the activities they authored are released on the site for all to download! They gain inspiration from their patients and caregivers to develop new, functional and engaging activities offered at an affordable cost. It's an honor to [...]

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New Year, New Resolutions

This time of year is always a great fresh start and an opportunity to reflect on the past year’s successes as well as the past year’s failures (or areas in which we could do better). For me, I usually make some kind of organizational goal. I start off the year so organized, and know where [...]

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The Dysphagia Game

Every year I’m asked to conduct a staff in-service for patients with dysphagia. I struggle with making my presentation engaging. Yes, I have the staff thicken drinks and sample their concoctions, nevertheless I seem to lose my audience after this. I distribute a variety of practical hand-outs: from when to refer for services to general [...]

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CFY Corner: 5 Dysphagia Products You Should Know About

As we strive to maintain the safest and least restrictive diet for our patients, it's important to know that diet modification is not the only option. Of course there are a variety of compensatory strategies we can use for increasing safety, but there are also a large number of adaptive cups/ spoons/ utensils/ plates that [...]

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​3 Essential Communication Strategies When Working with Individuals Who Have Dementia

It’s been my experience that so many behaviors exhibited by individuals with dementia, including agitation and outbursts, are often a result of staff or family escalating a situation that could have been avoided using the strategies described momentarily. Patients with dementia are challenging. They often take longer to get dressed or to eat because of [...]

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CFY Corner: Helping Patients Through the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Right? Well, we may think so, but our patients may be feeling very different emotions. During this time of year in many institutions (hospitals, SNFs, etc), the halls are decked with suggestions of the upcoming major holidays. Whether this be a decorated nurse’s station, wreaths on the [...]

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Speech-Language Pathologists are Thankful for...

The nurse and STNA that sit the patient upright before eating or drinking.The nurse and STNA that promote bolus anticipation and greatly reduce aspiration risk through encouraging patients to administer medications and PO intake.Appropriate referrals from and collaboration with physicians, nurses, dietary staff, STNAs, OTs and PTs. It takes a team to help our patients [...]

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Texting and Therapy

If you see patients who have suffered strokes or diagnosed with aphasia, you may have heard the following request: therapy for texting. Although it's not a daily occurrence for me, I have heard this request more than once and it's no surprise now (given the frequency with which our communication occurs via text these days) [...]

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November Therapy Ideas for Cognition, Language & Swallowing

As we kick-off one of our best-ever "ToolKit Tuesdays" (where we release new downloads the 2nd Tuesday of each month), we thought it would be fun to blog about therapy ideas inspired by the month of November:Host a Food Drive - How about creating the ultimate executive function task: asking your patient to plan a food [...]

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