Modified Barium Swallow Study (Cookie Swallow Test):
A Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) is a radiologic examination of swallowing function that records the swallow on x-ray film. The patient is observed swallowing various consistencies and textures, ranging from thin barium to barium-coated cookies, in order to evaluate his or her ability to swallow safely and effectively. This is an objective measure to rule out aspiration (food or liquid entering the lungs) or threats to the patient’s airway.
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment LOUD (LSVT-LOUD):
LSVT LOUD® is an intensive, structured speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. LSVT LOUD aims to improve respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory abilities through a series of daily exercises that follow a methodical hierarchy. The overall goal of LSVT LOUD is to enhance vocal loudness. This specific treatment approach attempts to train individuals to “think LOUD” to maximize overall speech intelligibility. Treatment consists of 4 sessions per week, for a total of 16 sessions. Each individual session is 60 minutes in length.
This system offers objective biofeedback for the evaluation, analysis, and treatment of a variety of voice disorders. Clinicians and patients are able to use objective data to easily map progress from one session to the next. An assortment of games/tasks provides patients with auditory and visual biofeedback that allows for an interactive therapy process and assists with achieving set goals.
VitalStim® Therapy is based on principles that have been successfully used in physical therapy for years. It uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation in conjunction with traditional swallowing therapy to stimulate inactive swallowing musculature in order to improve an individual’s swallowing abilities.