Approximately 223,135 traumatic brain injury hospitalizations occurred in 2019, and roughly 190 Americans died each day from a TBI in 2021.
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Life Changing MomentsIn November 2017, a mother dropped off her children at school and proceeded to drive to a hair appointment. While traveling on a busy 2-lane highway, she suddenly saw a green truck heading straight toward her. Without a second to respond, the truck, which ran a red light, hit her vehicle head on. In those few moments, she saw the impact of the two vehicles, her children’s faces, and a large utility pole. Thinking she was dying, she prayed for God to protect her.
As a speech language pathologist, I am constantly thinking of ways to help others. When I first began my practice, my goal was to provide affordable, quality services to clients while lessening the stress of travel for patients, parents, and family members. In essence, bringing speech therapy to you! In home and online speech therapy provides a convenient, personalized, and client-centered appproach to the patient.
As a speech-language pathologist, I spent many years advocating for my clients’ need for speech therapy. Even after strongly urging other medical professionals and home health agencies for the appropriate recommended number of sessions, my clients are often provided less speech therapy services than other disciplines.
When people think of speech therapy, they often associate it with a personal history. Maybe their child, parent, family member, or friend received speech therapy at some point in their lives. Based off their experiences, they tend to have an idea of the services provided by speech-language pathologists (SLP); however, they do not truly realize the broad scope of this practice.
In order to determine the presence of a swallowing disorder, it is essential to understand the basic anatomy and physiology of a normal swallow function. This blog will describe the 4 phases of a normal adult swallow function and how undiagnosed symptoms could lead to serious complications, including aspiration pneumonia. *It is important to note the head and neck anatomy of an infant is different from an adult; therefore, the information below is not indicative of an infant’s swallow function.
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