Swallowing Disorders

Speech Language Pathologists (Speech Therapists) assess and treat difficulties people have with eating and swallowing (dysphagia). These problems may be present from birth or become a problem as a result of a stroke, illness, surgery or injury. If symptoms of dysphagia are present, speech therapy may help.

Symptoms of Dysphagia include:

  • Coughing
  • Choking
  • Throat clearing
  • Gargled voice/breathing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Pneumonia
  • Nasal drainage
  • Inability to chew solid foods
  • Difficulty starting a swallow
  • Needing to swallow 2-3 times
  • Food remaining in mouth after swallowing
  • Pocketing of food in cheek
  • Increased body temperature