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Dysphagia is a common symptom of a variety of medical conditions. The traditional treatment employed to avoid aspiration pneumonia for individuals with thin liquid dysphagia has been the use of thickened liquids (Karagiannis, Chivers, & Karagiannis, 2011). However, recent research indicates that...
Purpose To create a normative database of 160 participants across a variety of commonly used airway clearance behaviours in healthy adults. This is the beginning phase of a larger project that aims to explore airway clearance behaviours in patients with neuromuscular diseases and conditions. As...
Conversations during mealtimes in long-term care: A case study of verbal and non-verbal communication in dementiaDownload
Individuals with dementia who live in long-term care facilities often lack opportunities for social interaction. Mealtimes provide such an opportunity, yet there are few studies of the nature of communication during mealtimes. The purpose of this 900 project was to examine verbal and non-verbal...
Effects of Positional Changes on Airway Clearance Behaviour of Individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Healthy Age Matched ControlsDownload
Peak cough flow (PCF) is a measure of cough strength and capacity. According to American Thoracic Society (ATS) standards, patients should be seated upright during pulmonary function testing. However, the effect of sitting angle on PCF and other measures of cough function in patients with ALS has...
Purpose The primary purpose of this 900 project was to explore the effects of Lung Volume Recruitment (LVR) on voice and speech in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) through the development of analysis protocols for several dependent measures. Methods Speech and voice data from a...
The purpose of this project was to provide in-depth information on commonly used strengthening treatments for neurogenic swallowing and speech disorders in adults. A case example format is used in which details are provided regarding treatments provided to two clients with swallowing and speech...
Individuals with Alzheimer’s type dementia will have diminished ability to communicate verbally as the disease progresses. Therefore, nonverbal communication (NVC) through the use of and facial expression, gestures, and body language is essential for connecting with others and expressing wants...
Symptom Management in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Case Study
In this paper, a case study is used to discuss current concepts related to the evaluation and treatment of airway clearance and secretion management of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The Effects of Non-Invasive Ventilation Treatment on Airway Clearance and Swallowing in Individuals with ALSDownload
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a motor neuron disease characterized by the degeneration of both upper and lower motor neurons. These impairments cause functional limitations in many motor systems, including those supporting respiration and swallowing. As ALS progresses, specific...
The effects of a volitional breathing technique on swallowing and respiratory coordination in individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A procedural ProtocolDownload
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a common motor neuron disorder resulting in the deterioration, weakness and eventual atrophy of many of the key muscles of the body required to sustain life. Breathing and swallowing problems are common among...