So You're Having Trouble Swallowing

So You're Having Trouble Swallowing

by Theresa Richard
So You're Having Trouble Swallowing

So You're Having Trouble Swallowing

by Theresa Richard


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So you're having trouble swallowing. You feel anxiety during mealtime or avoid eating in public. Maybe you've been told that you need a feeding tube, will never eat or drink again, or can only consume thick liquids and chopped up foods. Guess what? You're not alone. Far from it. It's estimated that over ten million Americans are evaluated for swallowing disorders (dysphagia) each year. But if this is so common, why does it feel so lonely, scary, and frustrating?

So You're Having Trouble Swallowing dives into the facts and frustrations of dysphagia and dysphagia therapy. Theresa Richard, author and dysphagia expert, is a speech-language pathologist who is board certified in swallowing and swallowing disorders. She is also a life-long advocate for her son who lives with a swallowing disorder. After years of clinical practice and fighting for her family, she realized a common thread in the world of swallowing disorders: a large gap exists between research and clinical practice. This gap is harming patients. Using her frustrations and expertise to fuel the flame, Theresa decided to change the way people receive care for their dysphagia by writing this book for you- the patient or caregiver.

This book will teach you the essential information about swallowing, testing, treatment options, and how to advocate for the best care available. Dysphagia is far more than "just a disorder." It's a life-altering diagnosis that impacts social gatherings, holidays, family meals, and freedom. It can lead to hospitalizations, high medical costs, and depression. It steals a part of your identity and robs you of one of life's greatest joys.

But it doesn't have to.

Use this book to guide your questions. Find the right information to charge your advocacy. Most importantly, learn through Theresa's expertise and personal journey to get several steps closer to enjoying meals with your family once again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781668529935
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 08/16/2021
Pages: 170
Sales rank: 1,060,155
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Theresa Richard, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She started Mobile Dysphagia Diagnostics where mobile fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) studies have been administered to thousands of patients in over 100 skilled nursing facilities in four states. Theresa has helped over 80 medical SLPs start and grow their own mobile FEES companies and supported 90 other SLPs in advancing their careers and accomplishing their professional goals. Her podcast, "Swallow Your Pride" debuted at #11 on iTunes in the Science and Medicine category and has accumulated over 2 Million downloads. She is the current founder and CEO of the Medical SLP Collective that provides online continuing education to over 5000 medical speech pathologists.
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