Ok ok, so maybe dysphagia exercises aren’t as exciting as walking with a walker. No one pulls out their camera to snap some Facebook shots of their loved one doing swallow exercises in rehab therapy. But hey, they’re still cool.
What’s great about this handy little handout is that it has the swallow anatomy right on the page. So the next time they ask, “And what is this doing?” you’ve got some good old fashioned anatomy to help visualize what all that hard work is accomplishing.
It’s also an excellent tool for homework- give your client extra pages to complete in the morning and before going to bed. Voila. Instant triplage of your therapy power.
- Write the name of the exercise
- Write short instructions for each exercise
- Highlight how many repetitions you’d like them to complete
- Have the client cross off each repetition as you go
Here’s an example of how this might look once you write on it:
Other dysphagia resources:
- National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders: Swallowing Exercises: A list of exercises provided to the NFOSD by the UC Davis Health System, Department of Otolaryngology
- Swallowing Exercises for Patients with Head & Neck Cancer Receiving Radiation Treatment
- Dysphagia Cafe: Dysphagia Community for the Speech-Language Pathologist
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