Educational Handouts

Eating Guide for Puréed Diets

You may have to follow a puréed diet if you are having trouble chewing or swallowing. A puréed food diet is a texture-modified diet that can be useful for people with dysphagia, gastroparesis, or chewing difficulties. If you’re on a puréed diet, you will eat foods that you will not need to breakdown when you chew. All puree consistencies are much like mashed potatoes and pudding. You can make almost any meal or snack into a purée by simply blending it with a little extra liquid, such as juice, water, or broth and add a recommended thickening agent if needed. 

May Better Speech and Hearing Month

The SLP Role in the Rehab of COVID19

This truly is not that new, it is actually what we do!

The COVID19 virus moves down the respiratory tract, through the mouth, nose, throat, and lungs. The lower airway has more ACE2 receptors than the rest of the respiratory tract, therefore COVID-19 is more likely to go deeper than more common viruses like the common cold. Speech-language pathologists who work with people with dysphagia need to be ready! We are entering a new era and increased area specialty of iatrogenic dysphagia. This is difficulty swallowing caused by a medical treatment or treatments, such as prolonged intubation and/or traumatic intubation.

Dysphagia Diets Educational Handout

During your visit with DiagnosTEX you were possibly recommended a modified diet due to dysphagia. This educational sheet may help you understand the various consistencies that were recommended to help you prepare your meals and beverages correctly.

Not all consistencies are safe on a dysphagia diet, please clarify with the treating SLP for recommended consistencies

Education Form on the Modified Barium Swallow Study

Education Form on the Modified Barium Swallow Study By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP   What is a Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) – a form of real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy to evaluate the ability to swallow safely and effectively. The exam is typically well tolerated, noninvasive, and can help identify the consistencies of liquid and […]


Laryngectomy By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP   Evaluation of the patient must take into account not only the structure and function of the swallowing mechanism, but also the side effects that the chosen medical interventions will impose. Assessment of unique patient characteristics, including medical history, nutritional status, cultural preferences, coping style, support systems, and communication […]


Dysphagia Consultation Including Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) and Esophageal Assessment to the Stomach Versus Fiber optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)                           MBSS and FEES are complementary assessments BUT are NOT the same instrumental assessment. The MBSS is considered the GOLD STANDARD and remains the MOST COMPRESHENSIVE EVAULATION of oropharyngeal dysphagia.   The Major Advantages […]

Multiple Sclerosis

Dysphagia occurs more frequently in advanced stages of MS, although it can occur at any time during the disease course. Its real prevalence can be estimated to be around 30%–40%. Dysphagia is life-threatening if not managed properly. In fact, its complications such as dehydration and aspiration pneumonia are a common cause of death and morbidity […]

Oral Motor Management

    Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 Created by : Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP   Oral Motor Management An examination of the patients anatomy is done during an Bedside Swallow Eval (BSE) This usually begins with lip seal and tongue movement Of importance is evaluation of oromandibular movement during mastication, […]

Guilty by Association – Cervical Spine

The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull. Seven vertebrae make up the cervical spine with eight pairs of cervical nerves. The individual cervical vertebrae are abbreviated C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 and C7. The cervical nerves are also abbreviated; C1 through C8. Dysphagia following cervical spine intervention has been under-diagnosed and […]

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Public Education Sheet For over 75 years May has been designated as Better Hearing and Speech Month — a time to raise public awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the various forms of communication impairments to include those of hearing, speech, language, and voice. Communication impairments affect the most vulnerable in our society — the young, […]

Cranial Nerves

    Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management Phone: 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 Fax: 817-514-MBS8 or 1-877-514-MBS8 Speech Pathologist Reference Sheet By. Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP THE NERVE OF IT ALL! CRANIAL NERVE REFERENCE SHEET         The cranial nerves innervate the muscles of the jaw, face, tongue, neck, pharynx, and larynx. Some of them are motor, […]

Dysphagia During the Holidays

    Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management Phone: 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 Fax: 817-514-MBS8 or 1-877-514-MBS8 By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP Dysphagia during the Holidays   If you really think about it, our lives revolve around food and eating.  We do business over lunch, romance over dinner, celebrate with food, and eating together solidifies […]