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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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5 Ways to Encourage Your Patient/Loved One on a Pureed Diet

If you are new to the world of modified diets, or if you are struggling to encourage someone on a pureed diet, here are 5 tips to help:1. Focus on Flavor: Texture is standardized for this diet, but flavor doesn't have to suffer! If your loved one/patient loves spicy food, add spice! If your loved [...]

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Click the Green Button...

To view our campaign and become a sponsor visit us at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1033583842/mit-e-spoon-by-calm-llc-helping-patients-with-dysp and click the green button! This week we launch our Kick Starter campaign and we’re so excited! What started with a conversation over a year ago that began with the words “we should do that” has evolved into manufacturing a product for dysphagia [...]

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What's in a Word?

When addressing our adult population, it is of utmost importance to convey respect for, and dignity to our patients. In order to do this, there are some common terms that we find are more respectful than others, and help us to give the patients the dignified interactions they deserve. Oh, how we cringe when someone [...]

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CFY Corner: 5 Habits of a Highly Effective CFY

The Clinical Fellowship Year: you've graduated, put all your books behind you, and picked out the most exciting first job- now what? The first year out of graduate school is thrilling and terrifying all at once. New responsibilities and autonomy mean that suddenly you are the expert and your opinion is now needed to make [...]

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Adding Variety & Appeal to Modified Diets

I am grateful beyond measure for my professor, Dr. Richard Dean, who required his graduate students to consume an altered diet for 24 hours of pureed textures with nectar liquids to develop patient perspective. I recall how difficult it was to find pre-made pureed items, how bland the food tasted that I created and how [...]

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​Putting the FUN in Function

This blog is dedicated to the topic of function. In our therapy lexicon, function is frequently used. Functional measurements, outcomes and functional activities. We all have experiences in tailoring our therapy sessions, as good therapists do, to the functional needs of the patient. Here are some questions we use to guide our therapy strategies to [...]

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