Name: Swallowing Disorders – Safety During Mealtime Swallowing Strategies
Making a swallow stronger:
Place the tongue on the roof of mouth as hard as possible and swallow while keeping the tongue on the roof of your mouth and rest…. repeat
Open the mouth as wide as possible/ feel stretch (should feel no pain) and relax after five seconds and rest…repeat
Stick out the tongue as far as possible to feel stretch, hold position for five seconds and rest…. repeat
Stick the tongue toward your nose and hold for five seconds and then point towards the chin for five seconds and repeat
Sting the tip of the tongue and hold to the right side for five seconds and then switch to the left side rest…. repeat
Strategies during mealtime:
Maintain an upright position (as near 90 degrees as possible) whenever eating or drinking.
Feet and arms supported
Take small bites only 1/2 to 1 teaspoon at a time.
Eat and drink slowly
Chew food thoroughly
Avoid talking while eating.
Serve the meal by placing it within easy reach.
Make sure the individual has all the utensils they will need.
Check frequently to see if help is needed.
Offer to cut food if needed