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Please contact us if you are experiencing any of these warning signs: A feeling that food or drink gets stuck in the throat A feeling that food or drink is going the wrong way Long meal-times or eating slowly (it takes more than 30 minutes to finish a meal) Coughing, choking or frequent throat clearing during or after eating and drinking Becoming short of breath or your breathing changes when eating and drinking Avoiding certain foods because they are difficult to swallow Unplanned weight loss for adults or for children, or failing to put on weight because of avoiding [...]
Great news for my clients waiting on the "Breather" - we are expecting a shipment of new "Breather 1.1" devices from P&N Medical - they should arrive next week. We sell these only to our therapy clients, sorry. Due to great clinical results, these devices have been very popular. We have also been doing advanced training with P&N medical to ensure we maximise the value our clients get from using the breather in therapy and at home.
It was interesting meeting with Greg and Kathy Holdaway yesterday (6/10/19) at Perth Adult Speech Pathology for an introduction to the ‘Alexander Technique for Speech Therapists’. They were in WA to present at the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) XXII National Conference and kindly agreed to work-shop their ideas and engage in some lively discussion with me and a colleague, Thila Raja, particularly around our shared areas of interest of vocal tension disorders. Based in NSW, their company, ‘BodyMinded’, promotes ‘overall postural balance and coordination’’ and advocates that whether speaking or singing, using the voice always engages the [...]
Pictured: Trainer (Isuri) from PASP with Regent Gardens Manager of Clinical Services, Juvie Aranguin. Congratulations to staff at Regent's Garden Four Seasons, Booragoon, for being part of our swallowing difficulties training day yesterday! It was wonderful to have such an enthusiastic audience and great to see that the centre is embracing "The International Dysphagia Diet Standard Initiative" (IDDSI), which officially went live on May 1, 2019. On this date, all speech pathologists across the world are adopting the same naming system for modified consistency food and fluids. It was wonderful to have a mixture of [...]
Did you know this was a phrase used in elocution lessons which dates back to at least 1926? It was used to demonstrate rounded vowel sounds. Each “ow” sound in the phrase represents the diphthong /aU/. Lessons back then tended to be repetitive and focussed on drills to help able-speaking individuals to talk ‘with a plum in their mouth’ (i.e. with a posh accent). Often, these same drills were used for all students and teachers lacked knowledge in the medical causes of speech sound problems. […]
We've just received a new shipment of "The Breather" at Perth Adult Speech Pathology. The respiratory muscle trainer is a device used by speech pathologists worldwide to increase respiratory and laryngeal muscle strength. It can be helpful for people with poor breath support for speech, as well as for clients with swallowing problems when used under the guidance of a Speech Pathologist trained in this area. The original device was launched in 1980 and retired in 2017. The devices available at PASP are the latest model (2018) and are better than the original. These devices are available for our clients [...]