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Dining with Dysphagia

GUEST BLOG, By Colleen O’Day

Dysphagia is a swallowing disorder that can affect patients of all ages under a variety of medical conditions. According to the ASHA, one in 25 adults in the United States experience swallowing problems. However, since the disorder spans across ages and medical conditions, research indicates that its prevalence may be underestimated.

When working with patients with dysphagia, the role of a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is to diagnose and manage patients’ dysphagia. However, a recent project from Speech@NYU – NYU Steinhardt’s online master’s in speech-language pathology – sheds light onto not only how SLPs can do more for patients with dysphagia, but also how patients with dysphagia don’t have to let their medical condition impact their eating experience.

Dining with Dysphagia: A Cookbook is a collection of recipes that are both easy to follow and easy to swallow. Based on the NYU Steinhardt’s annual Dysphagia Iron Chef Competition, the goal of these recipes is to make eating an enjoyable experience for individuals with all levels of dysphagia.

Colleen O’Day is a Community Manager for Speech@NYU, the online master’s in speech-language pathology from NYU Steinhardt. You can find her on Twitter @ColleenMODay.

 

 

 

  • Arshya Gurbani

    Thank you for this insightful post, Colleen. I was surprised by the statistic 1 in 25. It’s always humbling to realize that an everyday and often enjoyable experience such as eating can be difficult without proper accommodations.