Dysphagia:Swallowing Therapy After Strroke

Dysphagia:Swallowing Therapy After Strroke

Rosa was admitted for rehabilitation after a stroke in an area of the brainstem that can cause severe swallowing problems, known as dysphagia. This stroke also caused one of Rosa’s vocal folds to be paralyzed, further complicating safe swallowing. She was on a very restricted diet that consisted of pureed solids and liquids the consistency of honey. Rosa was committed to trying anything that might help her eat regular food again, so her speech language pathologist started a vigorous exercise program coupled with VitalStim® Therapy.

Strategies such as small bites and sips, slow rate and turning her head to the left when swallowing enabled Rosa to expand her diet. Vitalstim® Therapy was utilized both with and without eating to improve her strength. Videofluoroscopy and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) as needed allowed Rosa to progress quickly in a short period of time.

Rosa’s strength improved so much that she was able to leave HHH eating and drinking whatever she wanted, with no need to turn her head while eating anymore. She was ready to go out to eat with her family!


  1. Mouloud Aguibi on April 17, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    I have stroke may 8 2014 from this time I’ can ‘t eat swallow per mouth only use feedtube anyone can help I live south nj close to Philadelphia thank u

  2. jonathan delcolliano on April 18, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Is this session being led by an OT?

  3. Adriana Eve on April 18, 2021 at 12:06 am

    thank you for this video! I’m a student speech pathologist and this was really helpful

  4. Yvette Lucy on April 18, 2021 at 12:24 am

    My mom’s speech therapist did this with her. It helped her speak more clearly and swallow better.

  5. Joyjoooy on April 18, 2021 at 12:29 am

    May i know where you guys located at?

  6. Marie Rogers-Ward on April 18, 2021 at 12:31 am

    great video, wish there was more to see. Nice allowing the patient to be responsible for communicating her needs and following recommendations.

  7. Looks Yum on April 18, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Thankyou for the video. I’m a fresh graduate speech therapy student and i already hired by a hospital in my town. Most of my patients are elderly because i’ll working on Senior Hospital. And lot of them got problem with swallowing so this video is very helpful for me💕

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