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, […]

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 […]

TASTE Reference Sheet Handout

  Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP TASTE REFERENCE SHEET Now That’s Tasty!   DELICIOUS, Scrumptious, delectable, BLAND, unpalatable, Stale, awful, YUMMY,   Just a few of many words to describe taste, but they also describe smell and the two are often linked together. 4 BASIC TASTES […]

Family Education Sheet on ASPIRATION

Family Education Sheet ASPIRATION   Aspiration – Aspiration occurs when material such as gastric contents, saliva, food, nasopharyngeal secretions are inhaled into the airway or upper respiratory tract.  In a healthy population, micro aspiration is common and pulmonary secretions seldom occur. In the unhealthy population risk for pneumonia is higher due to levels of consciousness, […]


Tracheotomy – Between 43-80% of the patients with tracheotomy tubes will manifest signs of aspiration or aspiration pneumonia. Dysphagia is produced by physiological changes associated with opening the trachea to atmospheric pressure, not merely the presence of the tube in the neck ( Murray, T, Carrau, R, 2006) Physiciologic changes following a Tracheotomy Loss or […]

Patient and Family Education Sheet on MBSS

What is an MBSS and why does it need to be done? Dysphagia is the medical term describing a condition of swallowing difficulty that occurs from an underlying condition. Fifteen million people in the United States suffer from dysphagia (J. Logemann, 1991), and 40-60% of those are residents of a long-term care facility. A Modified […]

Better Speech and Hearing Month Educational Handout

Speech Pathology and Dysphagia Speech Pathology – This is a dynamic and expanding profession with constantly developing technological and clinical advances. Speech Pathologists must have acquired the knowledge, skills, education, and experience necessary to perform evaluation and management of swallowing disorders. A Speech Pathologist must hold a Masters degree in their field; pass a standardized […]