By Char Boshart, M.A., CCC-SLP
Do you work with swallowing problems? Or do you want to? Okay then, what do you think about this statement? “We use our mouth for swallowing and for speaking, so they’re pretty much the same type of function, right?” Well, sort of. Here’s my take:
- Swallowing is short in duration; speaking is an endurance function.
- Swallowing occurs behind closed lips; speech would smother behind closed lips.
- Swallowing necessitates pre-swallow intra-oral suctioning; speech is immediate.
- A swallows reason for being is to propel contents to the tummy; speech gives content a voice and a means of expression and communication.
- Swallowing only occurs when necessary; speech occurs at the whim of a thought, or less.
With that said, swallowing is relatively complex, extremely interesting, and although we use the same oral components, swallowing is actually quite different from speaking. Effective, quality therapy requires the knowledge of underlying and relevant principles to personalize treatment.
The NEW fourth edition Swalloworks™ contains everything you need to easily and systematically re-train a tongue thrust swallowing pattern. You receive
- An extensive rationale base (over and above the swallow)
- Detailed therapy instructions
- Advancement criteria
- A swallow comparisons chart, and
- Numerous swallowing generalization tasks
At the heart of the program are twelve detailed, child-friendly lessons and practice sheets.
All of this in one majorly informative and practical therapy manual (188 pages in a paperback book); NO SHIPPING CHARGES!
Don't forget the corresponding Myofunctional Evaluation!
Swalloworks Therapy Program
After your order has been placed, you will receive IN YOUR EMAIL ail of the info and forms in the SwalloworkS APPENDIX. Just download, print, and use them with your cases. You have one week to download the material. Very handy and convenient. (Your book will arrive in the mail in a few days.)