Who can benefit from the Interactive Metranome?
Speech/language therapy for individuals diagnosed with stroke, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS can benefit from Interactive Metranome.
- Brain Injury
- Vitalstim Therapy
- ORAFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY
- OTHER ADULT SERVICES
Dysphagia is difficulty or discomfort swallowing. It is estimated in the U.S. that 15 million people have dysphagia, and that dysphagia is under diagnosed. Many people who are affected by the disorder include 75% of stroke survivors, 90% of patients with progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, ALS, and MS. Also, patients with head and neck cancer, brain injury, and the elderly can be affected.
VitalStim therapy SAVED MY LIFE. I had a stroke in October 2002 and was having a very difficult time recovering my ability to swallow. I had gone through several doctors, therapists and types of therapy; it was very evident that I was not improving. This medical condition of mine landed me in 9 different hospitals in the last three years. One day while watching WTAE news, I saw a clip on VitalStim being done by Denise Dougherty and the rest is history. After living with a feeding tube for 18 months, VitalStim therapy had me swallowing within 2 months. I was able to shed myself of the feeding tube and today I swallow any type of food. Denise has a very special quality in dealing with the differences in ages and also the variety of swallowing problems. VitalStim was the tool she used but it took Denise to make sure that it was used properly." --Ed F., Former Patient
We are thrilled that we made the decision to work with Denise - our hopes for Sean's progress were greatly exceeded! Sean's swallowing became more coordinated, allowing him to eat more easily and also handle his saliva more efficiently. In addition, we noticed that his tongue thrust was diminished. Lastly, Sean's use of his lips and tongue while eating improved noticeably."
"Denise is an instructor for VitalStim certification, and she is one of the leading providers of VitalStim in the country. Because of her extensive training and expertise in many areas of Speech Therapy, Denise was also able to employ other techniques that helped Sean make progress. In addition to being a consummate professional, Denise was caring and compassionate towards our whole family. She was not just treating a patient when she worked with, Denise was helping a little boy make valuable gains in a gentle, caring way. " --Mother of Patient
Orofacial Myology is the study of normal and abnormal use of the muscles of the tongue, lips and the face. Muscles can affect the tooth alignment, speech production, chewing and swallowing. Orofacial myologists use myofunctional therapy; which are specialized exercises to establish correct functional activities of the tongue, lips, facial muscles and jaw. These exercises eliminate or greatly reduce:
- Lip Biting
- Food chewing problems
- Facial muscular imbalance
- Open lips resting posture
- Abnormal tongue resting posture
- Articulation problems
- Tongue thrust
To learn more about Orofacial Myology, visit www.iaom.com
Speech and Language Therapy