June 2023 Newsletter

Happy Father’s Day to all the DADs!

Do not forget to fly your American flag on the 14th in honor of our country, our troops and our precious freedom!

Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days.

During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity.

God Bless America!

June is Dysphagia Awareness Month!

A month to raise awareness of the impact dysphagia has on individuals and their loved ones, and the often-under-recognized diagnosis in our healthcare system. Join us this month to help raise awareness, learn more, and support one another. Let this be a month to recognize and celebrate the advances towards better treatment for those impacted by swallowing disorders. How are you helping recognize dysphagia awareness month? The best way to celebrate this month is
to educate and advocate! Don’t forget to spread the news throughout social media and use #dysphagiaawareness so all can be aware of this debilitating disorder. Educational products below can be found at DiagnosTEX online shop at www.dysphagiadiagnostex.com

    By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP
    Patient, Caregiver, and Healthcare Professional Educational Reference Sheets and Handouts for Effective Dysphagia Rehabilitation. Over 30 handouts on specific disorders in dysphagia in ONE location to use in your practice, plus a resource section for SLP’s on cranial nerve testing, pharyngeal exercises, and treatment techniques. A need to have booklet in your therapy bag!! Cost: $40.00. (+S&H). Discounted to $30.00 for MBSH Month. Call us, we will get one out to you!
  • DVD or jump drive – What You Can Not See at Bedside
    By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP and Pam Ragland M.S. CCC-SLP
    Copies of MBSS studies for education of staff and families on various disorders and clear episodes of penetrations and aspirations. Cost - $40.00 (plus S & H). Discounted to $30.00 for MBSH Month. Great educational tool for anyone! These are the same videos we presented at TSHA.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Making a difference Laurie Walther, MS, CCC-SLP and Emily Briggs, OT, are the owners of Empowering Care Partners. This company provides dementia care training, supporting private, personal, and professional caregivers. They pride themselves on personal relationships and customized services. Together, Laurie and Emily have over 45 years of experience serving the older adult population in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, independent living facilities, home health, and acute care facilities. In addition to their experience as licensed therapists, both are Certified Independent Trainers with Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care. Their goal is to ensure that therapists have the training, support, and skills necessary to meet the needs of people living with dementia that they serve. Through a hands-on approach and combination of didactic education and skills practice, Laurie and Emily can support them in transitioning from trained caregivers and skilled therapists to true Care Partners, partnering with their patients and residents to improve the quality of care and their quality of life. Contact them at Empowering Care Partners

Phone: 904.334.8810
Website: www.empoweringcarepartners.com

MBSS Reports for Home Health Patients

Our home health referrals increased during COVID and have not changed much since. It is a very large part of what we do on the mobile clinic. We see a few HH therapists in the field during those studies, but not many. Our DTEX SLPs attempt to call all HH SLP’s at one point during the day after the study is completed to provide them the results. Because the referrals came from the HH agency, we are required to fax that report back to the HH agency within 24 hours, which we are committed to doing on a regular basis. Right now, we are short staffed in the office and do not have the extra staff to commit time to emailing the over 100 home health studies/SLP’ for each home health agency, but the HH SLP can retrieve it from their HH agency the next day, as we promise it will have been faxed. We apologize, we wish there was more time during each day in our small office to do this more regularly, there is more opportunities at the end of the week on Fridays for this. Thank you for your understanding.

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Ampcare’s patented and FDA-cleared system for dysphagia treatment takes traditional therapy approaches to the next level. Ampcare’s ESP (Effective Swallowing Protocol) unites the benefits of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) while incorporating proper postural strategies and resistive exercises.

CE opportunity in June!

Deciphering Dysphagia with Ampcare’s ESPTM (Effective Swallowing Protocol)

On-Demand + Zoom Webinar Tuesday & Wednesday, June 6-7, 2023 4-6 pm CT (5-7 pm ET)

*8 Hours Advanced ASHA CE

  • Learn the Latest Assessment Techniques
  • Accelerate Recovery by Combining Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation with Resistive Exercise
  • Do More in 30 Minutes
TAGS Tarrant Area Gerontological Society
I was honored to be invited as one of the speakers at this year’s TAGS Summer Forum at the Hurst Convention Center. It is on July 18, from 7:30-4:45pm. Education is at the core of this event. A large portion of the money raised is put back into scholarships for the following year. These scholarships are awarded to individuals furthering their career in gerontology in Tarrant County. Additionally, we award the scholarship recipients during the afternoon general session. As a community of geriatric healthcare professionals, all guests, attendees, and sponsors are able to network for the entire day!


SF-Current Member – $65.00 Registration code required
Current TAGS Members Event Price
SF-Non-Member – $95.00
This registration includes 1-year Professional Membership.

Past attendees included Social Workers, Nurses, Certified Senior Advisors, Administrators, Wellness Directors, Guardians, Physicians, Physical Therapists and Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Speech Language Pathologists, Activity Directors, Certified Dementia Care Practicioners, and more...