Many individuals experience changes in their ability to swallow, which can occur from debility, surgery or a neurological event. The Outpatient Speech Therapy Department can help. At Botsford Hospital, we offer intensive Outpatient therapy, with highly skilled speech pathologists for this condition.
If you notice a change in the ability to eat and swallow food and liquids you may be experiencing dysphagia. Dysphagia is a disorder of the swallowing process. This can happen when you first take a bit of food or sip of liquid or may occur when you go to swallow the food/liquid. Coughing, choking and/or throat clearing is not part of the normal swallowing process. Participating in swallowing therapy can help you eat and drink safer and more successfully.
Who can benefit:
Dysphagia evaluation and therapy might be right for you if you experience any of the following symptoms:
About the evaluation:
The evaluation will take about 1 hour and will include:
Results and recommendations will be provided at the end of the evaluation.
Please verify with your insurance carrier that your insurance will cover a Dysphagia evaluation before you book your appointment. Most insurance plans cover this testing and treatment.
About the clinician: A team of licensed Speech Language Pathologists, each with an additional Certificate of Clinical Competence for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association will conduct the Clinical Swallow evaluation and treatment.
To start dysphagia therapy: Your physician can make an assessment and write a prescription for a Speech Therapist evaluation and treatment.
This therapy program is offered at:
Botsford Hospital (main campus)
28050 Grand River Avenue
Farmington Hills, MI 48336