Communication and Swallowing Management for ALS Patients with Tracheostomy
Communication and swallowing impairments are common in patients with Amylotropic Lateral Sclerosis, particularly in those requiring tracheostomy tubes. Management of speech and swallowing issues is complex and often intertwined with the patient’s respiratory condition. The speaker will provide insight into the evaluation and treatment options, therapy techniques and goals throughout the progression of the disease. Augmentative communication and use of the Passy-Muir valve as an evaluation and rehabilitation tool will be also be highlighted.