SPEECH TIDD-BIT! Did you know Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs) can help with SWALLOWING? This is something that very few people know. Throughout the course of their education, SLPs intricately study the anatomy and physiology of the mouth and the throat.
Think about eating and swallowing…your food passes through all the same places until it enters your esophagus, which is all the way at the base of your neck. Many of the problems that people experience with swallowing occur before the esophagus, meaning that an SLPs knowledge makes them experts at recognizing issues when swallowing.
About the Author: Kaitlin Busch, MA-CCC-SLP, has been working with children and young adults to improve their communication skills and excels in complex diagnostic and treatment cases, working with other disciplines to better understand each underlying communication challenge. Kaitlin’s draw to interdisciplinary cooperation stems from being part of a family of service providers, including Social Workers, an Occupational Therapist Assistant, and a Music Therapist. Kaitlin finds joy in learning what makes each of her patients special, finding creative ways to incorporate personalized preferences and priorities into the therapeutic process.
If you need help with swallowing, consider consulting with a Speech and Language Therapist or an Occupational Therapist. BRAINS is scheduling new patients for Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy, call us at 616-365-8920 or email us at [email protected] if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.
Stay tuned for more Speech Tidd-Bits during the month of May as we celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month!