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Vital Stim Controversy

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6.  VitalStim is used by putting electrodes on the laryngeal and submental regions of neck muscles, depending where the swallowing complications are.  The feeling is said to feel like “muscles grabbing.”  Those using VitalStim should have healthy sensory and motor nerves.   

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VitalStim therapy—Sanford Health, Bismarck, N.D.

VitalStim therapy—Sanford Health, Bismarck, N.D. | Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
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8.  98.4 % of patients have increased swallowing functions after VitalStim.  97.5% of patients with severe dysphagia who participated in this therapy could regain the swallowing function beyond being dependent of a tube.  38.3%  with severe dysphagia regained full swallowing function. 

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Speech Therapy – Finding His Voice

Speech Therapy – Finding His Voice | Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
Milford Regional Medical Center is a full-service, community and regional teaching hospital and is a nonprofit, acute-care facility serving a region of 20-plus towns.
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9.    VitalStim is often used to treat people who have been in a traumatic accident or stroke.  Although it is primarily used to advance swallowing abilities, it can also improve lost speech.  It coordinates the throat muscles to improve a patient’s abilities.  

 

10.    VitalStim is shorter and relatively easier than traditional treatment.  It is described as feeling like pins and needles and many people are able to withstand the higher levels from the beginning.  Some patients claim they notice a difference the first time they use VitalStim.

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Is Parental Involvement in Children's Speech Therapy Important?

Is Parental Involvement in Children's Speech Therapy Important? | Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
Parents used to sit quietly in a waiting room or watch through a two-way mirror while their child would receive care from a speech-language pathologist. However, parents now often are asked to be ...
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1.  Parents used to sit behind a two-way mirror in order to observe their child in therapy sessions.  More recently, it has been recommended for parents to participate in their child’s therapy sessions.  Although a child is there for a reason, they see their therapist just once or twice a week usually.  The other part of the week is spent with their parents and family.  By understanding the goals of a speech pathologist, you can enhance your child’s abilities when they are at home.

 

2.  It is said that children gain most of their language skills through social interactions.  Also, the best way for a child to learn to communicate is talking to the most prominent people in their lives and other everyday activities.  Studies show that parents are, in fact, more effective in building a child’s grammar and language.  Overall, better results were shown in the kid’s who’s parents participated in their therapy. 

 

3.  More often than not, a parent and a speech pathologist have different but similar goals in mind for children.  Parents urge their kids to communicate, participate, and gain self-confidence, while a speech pathologist works more towards the goal of correct pronunciation.  Although these both need to be accomplished, parents working with a child outside of therapy make therapy itself easier, more specific, and more productive. 

 

4.  Speech pathologists will give families exercises to put to use in their home to better the child’s communication.  When children are introduced to things that are specific and meaningful to another aspect of their life, it is easier for them to absorb.  For example, a therapeutic tool centered on bedtime will be easier to apply to everyday routines because there is a purpose behind it.

 

5.  Besides actually participating in therapy sessions, parents being available to communicate between the child and the speech pathologist increase results.  While being present, you can explain your child’s needs and preferences.  A therapy session more personalized and individualized for your child will always be the most effective.  

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Parent Training

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8.  By observing a child and parent’s interactions, a speech pathologist can customize methods of coaching their child.  Parents can absorb skills from the activities they are given, in order to improve their child’s abilities.  In general, the specialized exercises are more beneficial to the child.  

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Coaching Parents to Foster Their Child's Expressive Language Skills

Coaching Parents to Foster Their Child's Expressive Language Skills | Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
How to teach parents strategies to nurture and encourage a child's expressive language development, rather than trying to force it against the child's will.
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9.  Therapists should explain information to a child’s parents and present them with details about where the child should be according to their age and disability, if present. Parents should keep things interesting in order to keep the child intrigued.   Giving children a chance to speak and encouraging it will only better their ability.

 

10.  By giving the child choices, they will have to communicate what they want to parents instead of a simple two-choice yes or no answer.  Discussing details about everyday objects can enhance vocabulary in a way that is not tedious.  Compare different choices to each other to further a child’s understanding.  Keep questions short and sweet and expect only what you should of a child, not an  adult.  

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E-Stim for Dysphagia: Yes or No?

In these articles, we hear from both sides on the controversial use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in dysphagia treatment.
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7.  The idea of VitalStim is to create a muscle contraction.   The use of this therapy makes the recovery easier and faster for the patient.  Studies show that using VitalStim with traditional therapy is the most effective. That is in comparison to traditional treatment alone and Vital Stim alone.  

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VitalStim Therapy

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VitalStim Therapy is appropriate for many people who suffer from dysphagia (diffculty swallowing).
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3.  VitalStim is the one and only neuromuscular electrical stimulation the FDA approved to improve or restore the ability to swallow.  It uses electrical currents in order to stimulate the muscles in charge of swallowing.  An expert guides the patient through different exercises to “re-educate” the swallowing muscles.

 

4.  VitalStim is different from conventional therapy in several ways.  It puts both the compensatory strategy techniques and the specific techniques to use.  Its main goal is to aid the strength and muscles used in swallowing.  Stimulating these muscles both electrically and through traditional treatment has proven to be extremely effective. 

 

5.  It can be used for all ages and is recommended to be used for 45-60 minutes 3-5 times a week.  You can expect results anywhere from 8-12 weeks.  In general,  patients who use VitalStim are diagnosed with dysphagia. 

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VitalStim Therapy

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1.  Vitalstim works with patients who have trouble swallowing or dysphagia.  There are approximately 15 million people in the US with dysphagia.  It is an external electrical stimulation therapy.  

 

2.  The therapy is put to use on the outer neck. It is to be used while a patient is practicing a swallowing exercise.  It “accelerates the recovery time from a restricted diet and helps patients achieve improvement and long term results.”

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Making the Most of My Child's Speech Therapy | Parent Coaching for Autism

Making the Most of My Child's Speech Therapy | Parent Coaching for Autism | Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
A child's speech therapist can instruct any parent on various activities and techniques to do at home that will help reinforce what they do in therapy. When the adults in a child's life are working together it accelerates progress and increases opportunities for success.
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6.  Parents are the most influential people in a child’s life.  Which only makes sense that they would also have the biggest impact on a child’s learning of language and communication.  Although a speech therapist will advise a parent  on technique to put to use in their homes, the instruction from a parent is the best.  

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The 21st Century Speech Language Pathologist and Integrated Services in Classrooms

The 21st Century Speech Language Pathologist and Integrated Services in Classrooms | Aspect 2 | Scoop.it
In order to accommodate all of the roles necessary to provide the best services to children, SLPs are encouraged by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association to adopt a workload model approach to school services.
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7.  Technology has made it easier for speech pathologists to interact with families and parents.  However, in person communication tops any technologic communication.  By knowing how to help their child at home, parents are constantly helping their child.

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