The Essential Guide To Swallowing Disorders And Navigating Care For Patients And Loved Ones Of Those Who Have Trouble Swallowing.
You feel anxiety during mealtime or avoid eating in public. ..
Maybe you’ve been told that you need a feeding tube, will never eat or drink again, or can only consume thick liquids and chopped up foods…
Guess what? You’re not alone.
Far from it.
It’s estimated that over ten million Americans are evaluated for swallowing disorders (dysphagia) each year. But if this is so common, why does it feel so lonely, scary, and frustrating?
So You’re Having Trouble Swallowing dives into the facts and frustrations of dysphagia and dysphagia therapy. Theresa Richard, author and dysphagia expert, is a speech-language pathologist who is board certified in swallowing and swallowing disorders.
She is also a life-long advocate for her son and brother, both who live with swallowing disorders.
This book will teach you the essential information about swallowing, testing, treatment options, and how to advocate for the best care available.
Dysphagia is far more than “just a disorder.” It’s a life-altering diagnosis that impacts social gatherings, holidays, family meals, and freedom. It can lead to hospitalizations, high medical costs, and depression. It steals a part of your identity and robs you of one of life’s greatest joys.
But it doesn’t have to.
Use this book to guide your questions. Find the right information to charge your advocacy. Most importantly, learn through Theresa’s expertise and personal journey to get several steps closer to enjoying meals with your family once again.
So You're Having Trouble Swallowing?
THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU IF you desire to:
- Learn the essentials of swallowing disorders and navigating care for patients and loved ones of those who have swallowing impairments.
- Discover where you can find help.
- Take the right steps towards enjoying meals with your family once again.
- Advocate for the best care.
- Know which questions to ask.
You Should Read This Book If:
You’ve been diagnosed with dysphagia or are a caregiver of someone with a swallowing disorder.
You’re feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or confused about what a swallowing impairment means and what the future looks like.
You feel like you’re not receiving the help you need to begin eating safely again, and don’t know where to look.
You want dysphagia care guidance from someone who has also been in the caregiver’s shoes.
I'm here to help…
Theresa Richard is a medical speech-language pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. While owning and operating a mobile FEES business, she discovered that a gap existed from research to practice in the clinical knowledge of medical SLPs. She created the Swallow Your Pride podcast which debuted at #11 on the Science and Medicine chart and currently has over 3 million downloads. She has been an invited keynote speaker for several conventions, has served as President of the Nevada Speech & Hearing Association, and has been featured in Authority Magazine, Medium, and Thrive Global.
Theresa continues to work tirelessly to advocate for patients with swallowing disorders and was invited to contribute to 2 papers for the Dysphagia journal on assessing and treating dysphagia during COVID. The recent release of her new book for patients with dysphagia called “So You’re Having Trouble Swallowing,” is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble best seller.
Theresa is the founder and CEO of the Medical SLP Collective which currently has over 6,000 members to provide editorial-reviewed resources, webinars for ASHA CEUs, and mentorship. She also created MedSLP Education which provides solid foundational medical courses exclusively for SLPs and a Medical SLP Certification program.