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Name:​​ Swallowing Strategies​​ 

SKU:​​ SFSGST  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

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Solution Plan: ​​ 

 

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​​ 

 

 

  • Ensure that feet are stabilized solidly on the ground with the back flat against the back of the chair. ​​ 

  • Take breaks between bites.  Swallow, count to three, take a sip of water, bite again.

  • Check food temperature​​ and texture changes to ensure a safe swallow​​ 

  • If the individual is having trouble swallowing, use a straw when offering liquids may be helpful

  • If coordination and independence are an issue, offer finger foods—sandwiches, cut up fruits and vegetables, cheese cubes, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, etc.

  • Sit with the individual if possible, while eating, to create an atmosphere of friendliness. People often eat very slowly, therefore, sitting at the beginning of the meal, will be a way to model eating for the individual.

  • ​​ Decrease distractions such as TV and radio.

  • ​​ Limit utensils to the one that is needed at a given time in the meal.​​ 

  • Serve soup in a cup so it can be drunk rather than spooned out.

  • Do not lay down when mealtime it completed, stay sitting​​ upright for at least 30 -45minutes post meal.​​ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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