Dysphagia Training

FREE Laryngology Webinar: Swallowing Update

I am honoured to be invited to speak at this upcoming Laryngology Webinar alongside with the Legendary Dysphagia Guru, Professor Susan Langmore and all other renowned dysphagia experts.

The topic that I will be covering: “Clinical Application of sEMG in Dysphagia & Understanding Chin Tuck Against Resistance / CTAR”.

Other exciting topics include:

– Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) & Videofluoroscopy (VFS) interpretation

– Transnasal Oesophagoscopy

– High Resolution Manometry

– Endoscopic Management of GERD

– Surgical Management of Dysphagia

– Therapeutic Considerations in Dysphagia Following Stroke

Date of Webinar: 8 November 2020

Time: 8.30am to 1.30pm (Indian Standard Time) / 11.00am to 4.00pm (Singapore / Malaysia Time)

Please download the following PDF flyer for more details of this webinar:

You may click on the following link to register for this FREE Webinar.

https://webinaronline.in/pentax004/

Dysphagia Therapy, Uncategorized

(Korean) Dysphagia Swallowing Therapy – Chin Tuck Against Resistance with Rubber Ball. 삼킴 장애 요법 – 고무공 사용하는 저항성 턱 당기기 (한국어)

GDM would like to thank Ms Sandy Lim (SLP from USA) for her help in translation and presentation of the Korean Version of the CTAR video.

This Korean translated CTAR video and blog post are initiative of the Global Dysphagia Movement (GDM).

The Chin Tuck Againt Resistance (CTAR) exercise works on strengthening the suprahyoid muscles, necessary for opening your upper food pipe sphincter (or known as the upper esophageal sphincter) to allow food to enter the stomach.

저항성 턱 당기기 운동은 목뿔의근을 강화시켜 상부 식도 괄약근을 열어 음식이 위장에 들어갈수있게 해줍니다.

Since CTAR was introduced in 2013, Mr Yoon (The CTAR inventor) has been receiving enquiries from clinicians from around the world. We hope that this video will provide the details to facilitate the carrying out of the exercise. We plan to translate this and all our upcoming videos into different languages.

2013년 저항성 턱 당기기 운동이 소개 된 이후 운동 발명가 윤선생님께서는 전 세계에서 문의를 받고 있습니다. 이 동영상이 연습수행을 용이하게 하는데에 도움이 되길를 바랍니다. 이 동영상과 앞으로 나올 모든영상들은 여러 언어로 번역될  예정입니다.

The following is the CTAR exercise instructions. You may download a PDF copy of this instructions at the bottom of this page.

다음은 저항성 턱 당기기 운동 지침입니다. 이 페이지 하단에서 이 지침의 PDF사본을 다운로드 할 수 있습니다.

For clinicians, you may download the above QR code and print it on your exercise handouts to facilitate clients’ search for the above YouTube Video.

치료사일 경우, 위 QR 코드를 다운로드 받은 후 유인물에 인쇄하면  환자가 위의 YouTube 동영상을 쉽게 검색 할수있습니다.

저항성 턱 당기기 고무공 사용법

목적: 삼키는데 사용되는 목뿔위근육을 강화시키기 위함. 상부 식도 괄약근을 열어 음식이 위장에 들어갈수 있도록 하려면 목뿔위근이 중요하다.

준비물: 1. 고무공  2. 공기 펌프, 공 펌프 니들 밸브 (추가 필요물) – 공의 직경과 압력을 높이기 위해

설명:

1부: 지속적인 저항성 턱 당기기 (등척성)

  1. 바로 앉거나 서서 어깨를 뒤로 폅니다. 이 자세를 유지 하십시오.
  2. 손으로 공을턱 아래에 고정시키고 이 자세를 유지하십시오.
  3. 턱을 세게 당겨주세요; _____초 동안 유지하십시오.
  4. 언어 치료사가 권장하는대로 ____세트를 반복하십시오.
  5. 세트 사이 일분동안 휴식을 취하십시오.

2부: 반복적인 저항성 턱 당기기 (등장성)

  1. 바로 앉거나 서서 어깨를 뒤로 폅니다. 이 자세를 유지 하십시오.
  2. 손으로 공을턱 아래에 고정시키고 이 자세를 유지하십시오.
  3. 턱을 세게 당긴다음 턱을 드세요.
  4. 언어 치료사가 권장한 대로 위의 단계를 ____회 ____세트를 반복하십시오.
  5. 세트 사이 일분동안 휴식을 취하십시오.

YouTube 동영상을 보시려면

-다음 링크를 https://youtu.be/CExiSYvpcSo 클릭하면 YouTube 동영상으로 바로 연결됩니다.

To download a PDF copy of the CTAR exercise instructions, please click on:

저항성 턱 당기기 운동 지침의 PDF 사본을 다운로드 하시려면 ?? 눌러주십시오.

CTAR with Rubber Ball Exercise videos are available in the following languages:

* Click to view CTAR videos in the following languages.

** Chin Tuck Against Resistance or CTAR is suitable for:

  • dysphagia or swallowing difficulties following strokes,
  • dysphagia following head and neck cancer,
  • dysphagia following Parkinson’s disease,
  • dysphagia due to late effect of radiotherapy i.e. Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • etc.

Public awareness

FB Live SSLT Talk Show: Provision of Dysphagia Services Between Developed and Developing Country

Speech Therapy Works | Singapore Swallowing Specialists have been invited to participate in this upcoming Facebook Live Talk Show organized by the Society of Speech & Language Therapists, Bangladesh.

This is also a Global Dysphagia Movement initiative to create better dysphagia awareness to international community.

#SSLT

All are welcome to watch the 9th episode of our SSLT TALK SHOW ‘Provision of Dysphagia Services Between Developed and Developing Country’ program.

Program Time (Event Time):

Bangladesh Time:

September 18, 2020 (Friday 8 pm).

Singapore Time:

18th September, 2020 (Friday, 10:00pm)

You can watch the FB Live talk show via this link:

https://www.facebook.com/SocietyofSLTs/

Dysphagia Therapy

(Taiwanese Minnan) Dysphagia Swallowing Exercise – Chin Tuck Against Resistance with Ball 臺灣閩南語(臺語) 吞嚥障礙復健運動-下巴阻抗運動 CTAR 創始者示範運用橡皮球做練習

GDM would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Taiwanese SLP team for their help in translation and presentation of the Taiwanese Minnan Version of the CTAR video.

This Taiwanese Minnan translated CTAR video and blog post are initiative of the Global Dysphagia Movement (GDM).

縮下巴阻抗運動能訓練你的上舌骨肌群,以打開進食通道(上食道括約肌),讓食物順利的進入胃。

The Chin Tuck Againt Resistance (CTAR) exercise works on strengthening the suprahyoid muscles, necessary for opening your upper food pipe sphincter (or known as the upper esophageal sphincter) to allow food to enter the stomach. 

這個運動從袁伟琳先生於2013年創始後,就在國際間廣為使用,我們希望這支影片可以提供更多執行運動的細節。我們計畫將這隻影片以及未來更多的影片翻成不同語言,提供世界各地使用。

Since CTAR was introduced in 2013, Mr Yoon (The CTAR inventor) has been receiving enquiries from clinicians from around the world. We hope that this video will provide the details to facilitate the carrying out of the exercise. 

如果你喜歡這個影片,請不吝按讚,同時記得分享及訂閱我們的頻道,以收看更多關於CTAR和吞嚥的影片。 想知道更多吞嚥困難處置的有用資訊和方法,請追蹤我們的部落格https://dysphagia.sg/news-and-updates/

Please LIKE , SHARE and SUBSCRIBE to our channel for more upcoming CTAR series and swallowing exercises tips in different languages. Follow us at our blog at https://dysphagia.sg/news-and-updates/ for more useful informations and tips on dysphagia management.

下載CTAR運動指導的PDF,請點擊下方的連結: (To download a PDF copy of the CTAR exercise instructions):

CTAR with Rubber Ball Exercise videos are available in the following languages:

* Click to view CTAR videos in the following languages.

Chin Tuck Against Resistance / CTAR is suitable for individuals with:

  • dysphagia or swallowing difficulties following strokes,
  • dysphagia following head and neck cancer,
  • dysphagia following Parkinson’s disease,
  • dysphagia due to late effect of radiotherapy i.e. Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • etc.

Dysphagia Therapy

(Japanese) Dysphagia Swallowing Exercise – Chin Tuck Against Resistance with Rubber Ball ゴムボールを使用した顎引き抵抗運動(CTAR) 

YouTube Video on Japanese CTAR with Rubber Ball
GDM would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr Kotomi Sakai for her help in translation and presentation of the Japanese Version of the CTAR video.

This Japanese translated CTAR video and blog post are initiative of the Global Dysphagia Movement (GDM).

The following is the CTAR exercise instructions. You may download a PDF copy of this instructions at the bottom of this page.

下記にCTARの運動方法が記載してあります。このページの下でそのPDFがダウンロードできます。

Chin Tuck Against Resistance (CTAR) with a Rubber Ball

Purpose: To strengthen the suprahyoid muscles used in swallowing. The suprahyoid muscles are important to open your upper food pipe sphincter (upper esophageal sphincter) to allow food to enter your stomach.

Translation:

目的:嚥下に使用する舌骨上筋群の筋力を強化するため。舌骨上筋群は食物が胃にはいるように導く道の上部(上部食道入口部)が開くために重要な働きをします。

Equipment: a)Rubber ball, b)Air pump and ball pump needle valve (optional) – to increase diameter and pressure of the ball

Translation:

道具:1)ゴムボール、2)エアポンプとボール用空気注入針(オプション:ボールの大きさや圧を増加させるため)

Instructions:

Part 1: Sustained CTAR (Isometric)

Part 1:持続CTAR(等尺性)

  1. Sit / stand upright and pull your shoulders back. Maintain this posture during the exercise.

まっすぐに座るか立って、肩を軽く後ろに引きます。この姿勢を運動中は維持するようにします。

  • Hold the ball under your chin with your hand and keep it in position during the exercise.

ボールを手で持って顎の下ではさんで、この姿勢を運動中は維持します。

  • Sustain chin tuck against the ball for as hard as possible; for the duration of _______ sec.

ボールに向かって可能な限り強く顎を引き続けます。持続時間は_______秒です。

  • Repeat _______ sets as recommended by your speech therapist / pathologist.

嚥下リハビリテーションの担当者の指示に基づいて_______セットを繰り返しましょう。

  • Rest for 1 minute in between each set of the exercise.

各セットの間は1分間の休憩をとりましょう。

Part 2: Repetitive CTAR (Isokinetic)

Part 2: 反復CTAR(等張性)

  1. Sit / stand upright and pull your shoulders back. Maintain this posture during the exercise.

まっすぐに座るか立って、肩を軽く後ろに引きます。この姿勢を運動中は維持するようにします。

  • Hold the ball under your chin with your hand and keep it in position during the exercise.

ボールを手で持って顎の下ではさんで、この姿勢を運動中は維持します。

  • Tuck your chin in, as hard as possible against the ball; then lift your chin.

ボールに向かって可能な限り強く顎を引いて、そして力を抜きます。

  • Repeat the above steps for ________ times and ________ sets as recommended by your speech therapist / pathologist.

上記のステップを担当治療者の指示に基づいて________回、________セット繰り返します。

  • Rest for 1 minute in between each set of the exercise.

各セットの間は1分間の休憩をとるようにします。

To view the YouTube video, you may

scan on the following QR code with your mobile device camera access YouTube via https://youtu.be/E0qUYlihHNM

Translation:

YouTubeビデオをみるためには

- QRコードをスキャンして

- YouTubeサイトhttps://youtu.be/E0qUYlihHNM にアクセスをして下さい

CTAR with Rubber Ball Exercise videos are available in the following languages:

* Click to view CTAR videos in the following languages.

Chin Tuck Against Resistance or CTAR is suitable for:

  • dysphagia or swallowing difficulties following strokes,
  • dysphagia following head and neck cancer,
  • dysphagia following Parkinson’s disease,
  • dysphagia due to late effect of radiotherapy i.e. Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • etc.
Dysphagia Therapy

(Bengali) Dysphagia Swallowing Exercise – Chin Tuck Against Resistance with Rubber Ball খাবার গলধকরনজনিত সমস্যার থেরাপি- রাবার বলের মাধ্যমে সি টি এ আর থেরাপি

GDM would like to thank Mr Abul for his help in translation and presentation of the Bengali Version of the CTAR video.

This Korean translated CTAR video and blog post are initiative of the Global Dysphagia Movement (GDM).

উল্লেখিত সি টি এ আর ব্যায়ামের নির্দেশাবলী আপনি ডাউনলোড করতে হলে পৃষ্ঠার নিচে চলে যেতে হবে । থেরাপিস্টরা কিউ আর কোড ডাউনলোড করতে পারেন এবং প্রিন্ট করে নিতে পারেন যদি আপনার রুগীকে এই ইউটিঊব ভিডিওটি দেখাতে চান ।

রাবার বলের মাধ্যমে সি টি এ আর থেরাপি

উদ্দেশ্যঃ

সুপ্রাহাইওয়েড মাংসপেশির শক্তিবৃদ্ধির জন্য এবং সুপ্রাহাইওয়েড মাংসপেশির শক্তিবৃদ্ধির মাধ্যমে খাদ্যনালির উপরিভাগের মধ্যদিয়ে খাবার পাকস্থলীর মধ্যে যেতে সাহায্য করে

যন্ত্রপাতিঃ 

সি টি আর এর জন্য জিনিসপত্রঃ  

রাবারের বল , বল পাম্প দেওয়ার ভাল্ব (ঐচ্ছিক) – হস্তচালিত পাম্প (ঐচ্ছিক); বলের পরিধি কমানো বাড়ানোর জন্য

নির্দেশাবলীঃ

অংশ ১ঃ সাস্টেইন সি টি আরঃ

১। সোজা হয়ে বসা বা দাঁড়ানো অবস্থায় কাঁধটাকে শরীরের পিছনের দিকে তুলে ধরতে হবে এভাবে সঠিক দেহভঙ্গি নিয়ন্ত্রণ করতে হবে

২। থুতনির নিচে বলটি  হাত দিয়ে ধরে রাখতে হবে

৩। থুতনির নিচে বলটি রাখার পর থেরাপিস্টের পরামর্শ অনুযায়ী থুতনিকে বলের বিপরীতে চাপ দিয়ে ধরে রাখতে হবে ___ সেকেন্ডের জন্য যতটুকু পর্যন্ত শক্তি প্রয়োগ করা যায়

৪। থেরাপিস্টের পরামর্শ অনুযায়ী __ বার করতে হবে

৫। প্রত্যেকবার ব্যায়াম করার মাঝখানে ১ মিনিট করে বিশ্রাম নিতে হবে

অংশ ২ঃ রিপিটিটিভ সি টি আরঃ

১। সোজা হয়ে বসা বা দাঁড়ানো অবস্থায় কাঁধটাকে শরীরের পিছনের দিকে তুলে ধরতে হবে এভাবে সঠিক দেহভঙ্গি নিয়ন্ত্রণ করতে হবে

২। থুতনির নিচে বলটি  হাত দিয়ে ধরে রাখতে হবে

৩। থুতনির নিচে বলটি রাখার পর থেরাপিস্টের পরামর্শ অনুযায়ী থুতনিকে বলের বিপরীতে চাপ দিয়ে ধরে রাখতে হবে এবং উপরের দিকে থুতনি উঠানো লাগবে

৪। রিপিটিটিভ সি টি এ আর এর ক্ষেত্রে কতবার  পুনরাবৃত্তি করতে হবে এবং কতসময়  করতে তা একমাত্র একজন গ্রাজুয়েট স্পিচ অ্যান্ড ল্যাঙ্গুয়েজ থেরাপিস্ট নির্ধারণ করবেন

৫। প্রত্যেকবার ব্যায়াম করার মাঝখানে ১ মিনিট করে বিশ্রাম নিতে হবে

ইউটিউব ভিডিওর জন্য-

– আপনার ফোনের ক্যামেরা দিয়ে কিউ আর কোড স্ক্যান করুন

– ইউটিউব লিঙ্ক  https://youtu.be/Z-kmMnjsNd4

অনুবাদক

আবুল কাশেম সিহাব

স্পিচ অ্যান্ড ল্যাঙ্গুয়েজ থেরাপিস্ট

CTAR with Rubber Ball Exercise videos are available in the following languages:

* Click to view CTAR videos in the following languages.

Chin Tuck Against Resistance (CTAR) exercise is suitable for most patients with swallowing difficulties / dysphagia i.e.

  • dysphagia or swallowing difficulties following strokes,
  • dysphagia following head and neck cancer,
  • dysphagia following Parkinson’s disease,
  • dysphagia due to late effect of radiotherapy i.e. Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • etc.
Dysphagia Training

Free Webinar by NFOSD: Managing Dysphagia in Adults with Intellectual Disability

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 17, 5:00 pm Pacific (June 18, 8.00am Singapore / Malaysia / Philippine )

Webinar Description:  

Adults with intellectual disability are at risk for dysphagia.  The unique swallowing, feeding, and behavioral challenges experienced in this population are vital considerations in the assessment and treatment of these patients.  This webinar will discuss the nature of dysphagia management in adults with intellectual disability by exploring the current evidence in this area and discuss the clinical experiences of speech pathologists who assess and treat adults with intellectual disability in the Intermediate Care Setting.

At the completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the impacts of dysphagia in people with intellectual disability
  • Identify the systems that must be considered in the assessment and treatment of dysphagia in those with intellectual disability
  • Anticipate the physical-nutritional needs of those with intellectual disability as they age
  • Describe the interdisciplinary team collaborations required to manage dysphagia in this population

Click here to register for the FREE webinar:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/76969519229535757

NFOSD website:

Dysphagia & Special Populations: Managing Dysphagia in Adults with Intellectual Disability

swallowing therapy

Dysphagia Swallowing Therapy – Chin Tuck Against Resistance (CTAR) with Rubber Ball

Video on CTAR by using the rubber ball

Singapore Swallowing Specialists (SSS) network has just released their very first swallowing therapy video on Chin Tuck Against Resistance (CTAR) by using the rubber ball (Series 1). We plan to produce more series on CTAR and other swallowing therapy exercises / strategies and translate all the videos to different languages from around the world. SSS hope to reach out to benefit more people worldwide.

The following is the CTAR exercise instructions. You may download a PDF copy of this instructions at the bottom of this page.

For clinicians, you may download the above QR code and print it on your exercise handouts to facilitate clients’ search for the above YouTube Video.

Chin Tuck Against Resistance (CTAR) with a Rubber Ball

Purpose: To strengthen the suprahyoid muscles used in swallowing. The suprahyoid muscles are important to open your upper food pipe sphincter (upper esophageal sphincter) to allow food to enter your stomach.

Equipment: a)Rubber ball, b)Air pump and ball pump needle valve (optional) – to increase diameter and pressure of the ball

Instructions:

Part 1: Sustained CTAR (Isometric)

  1. Sit / stand upright and pull your shoulders back. Maintain this posture during the exercise.
  2. Hold the ball under your chin with your hand and keep it in position during the exercise.
  3. Sustain chin tuck against the ball for as hard as possible; for the duration of _______ sec.
  4. Repeat _______ sets as recommended by your speech therapist / pathologist.
  5. Rest for 1 minute in between each set of the exercise.

Part 2: Repetitive CTAR (Isokinetic)

  1. Sit / stand upright and pull your shoulders back. Maintain this posture during the exercise.
  2. Hold the ball under your chin with your hand and keep it in position during the exercise.
  3. Tuck your chin in, as hard as possible against the ball; then lift your chin.
  4. Repeat the above steps for ________ times and ________ sets as recommended by your speech therapist / pathologist.
  5. Rest for 1 minute in between each set of the exercise.

Click on the following to download the exercise instructions and/or the QR code to access the YouTube video:

YouTube video URL: https://youtu.be/zBoZSr19zWo

CTAR with Rubber Ball Exercise videos are available in the following languages:

* Click to view CTAR videos in the following languages.

Chin Tuck Against Resistance (CTAR) exercise is suitable for most patients with swallowing difficulties / dysphagia:

  • dysphagia or swallowing difficulties following strokes,
  • dysphagia following head and neck cancer,
  • dysphagia following Parkinson’s disease,
  • dysphagia due to late effect of radiotherapy i.e. Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • etc.
Swallowing Problem

Swallowing Therapy Tip: How to Speed Up the Thickening of Nutritional Supplement

Thickening of Resource 2.0 to honey consistency with Nestle Resource ® ThickenUp® Clear

Speech therapists / pathologists in Singapore and around the world assess swallowing with different fluids or diet consistencies. Once the swallowing assessment is carried out, speech therapists will usually prescribe diet and fluids consistencies that are suitable / safer based on the assessment findings. When thickened fluids are recommended, caregiver training on thickening of fluids to the recommended consistency will usually be performed.

One of the common challenges faced by many speech therapists, nurses and caregivers is thickening of nutritional supplement with thickener. I did a search online and found out from the Resource ® ThickenUp® Clear official website (https://www.thickenupclear.com/products/resource-thickenup-clear) that it takes milk and oral nutrition supplements up to 15 minutes to reach desired consistency. It is just too time consuming to prepare thickened supplement.

I might have a way to speed up the thickening of nutritional supplements!

Many years ago, I did a project for a nutritional company in Singapore on thickening of nutritional supplement using Xanthan gum thickener (the brand that I was using in the project was Nestle Resource ® ThickenUp® Clear). I came out with the following “Manual Shake” method to thicken up the nutritional supplement (** However, this method does not work on fruit juice-based supplement). I did a quick search on google but could not find any and not sure if any speech therapists / any institutions in the world are using this method.

We have used this method to thicken up supplement in some hospitals and it has successfully reduced the timing of thickened supplement preparation time. With this method, thickening of supplement process can be achieved within 2 minutes. The thickened supplement remains stable even after 10 minutes. In the following videos (taken in 2015), I show the process of thickening of Nestle Resource 2.0 and Nestle Isocal to honey consistency (moderately thick consistency) and the consistency remains stable after 5 minutes or longer. For Nestle Resource 2.0 and Nestle Isocal, I followed the thickener dosage as listed on Nestle Resource ® ThickenUp® Clear can or dosage chart: https://www.thickenupclear.com/products/resource-thickenup-clear

You can try to use this ‘Manual Shake’ method to thicken up other nutritional supplement but the thickness might vary. I would suggest to trial and error to find out the amount of thickener required for the nutritional supplement(s) that you are using in your hospital. For patient(s) who intend to use this method to thicken up your supplement, please consult your speech therapist/pathologist for advice on the consistency and the amount of thickener powder that might be required.

As the video was done in 2015, I did not do an IDDSI (International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative) flow test on the texture. We just started following IDDSI standard in Singapore and we are planning to conduct another research on this soon. For speech therapists, or dietitian or healthcare professionals who would like to ensure that the texture meet the IDDSI standard, I would suggest that you perform your own IDDSI flow test and I would be grateful if you could share with me or others. You may email me at speechtherapyworks@gmail.com and I would be most happy to post it on my blog.

I collaborated with the nurses in St Luke’s Hospital, Singapore to run a project on thickening of nutritional supplement and the project won 2 quality improvement award and the research poster was presented the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Taipei in 2019.

Jose, R., Rendom, J., Yoon, W.L., Abillar, L., Low, P.S., Su, A.Q., (2019 September). New Practices in Thickener Mixing for Effective Care. Poster session presented at c

Awarded:

  • Agency for Intergrated Care (AIC) Quality Improvement Award (2018)
    • St Luke’s Hospital Clinical Quality Improvement Merit Award (2017)

Here are the steps to thicken up nutritional supplement (non-juice based supplement):

  1. Measure the amount of supplement in a measuring bottle (I would recommend to use a measuring bottle or cup with cover that allows you to shake and serve / drink from)
  2. Mix the amount of thickening powder (Xanthan Gum) required as your stir the supplement.
    • For Nestle Resource 2.0 and Nestle Isocal, I follow the thickener dosage as listed on Nestle Resource ® ThickenUp® Clear can or dosage chart: https://www.thickenupclear.com/products/resource-thickenup-clear
    • Yes, the way I mix it is different as compared to the method recommended by Nestle Resource ® ThickenUp® Clear. Either way of mixing is fine. The reason I mix it the way I did was because it is not easy to ensure that the cup is always dry and pouring in thickener powder into wet cup might cause clump formation.
  3. Cover the bottle / cup and shake it for approximately 2 minutes. *You will feel the gradual thickening up and the slowing of flow of the supplement as your shake the mixture.
  4. Open up the cover and serve / drink. Please ensure safety in drinking the thickened supplement by following the strategies that have been recommended by your speech therapist/pathologist.

I hope you will find this ‘manual shake’ supplement thickening method useful. Please like and share with your friends and others so that the information will reach to those who might needs it.

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Please feel free to email me at speechtherapyworks@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thickening of Resource 2.0 to honey consistency with Nestle Resource ® ThickenUp® Clear
Thickened Isocal and Resource 2.0 remain stable after more than 5 minutes

Disclaimer: When choosing food thickeners or nutritional supplements/beverages, please consult with your speech therapist/pathologist or dietitian or health care professional as to what product is appropriate for your individual needs, as consistencies vary between nutritional supplements and manufacturers. As this method is not tested using IDDSI method, health care professionals who would like to adopt this method are encouraged to perform IDDSI flow test to ensure that the thickened supplement(s) of different brands meet the standard.

Public awareness

Covid 19: Tip to reduce or prevent ear pain from prolonged masks wearing

Pain or itching on ear caused by mask straps

Pain or itching on the ear caused by mask straps from prolonged mask wearing has been a common complaint.
There are many custom made “ear saver” ideas that you can find from Google. Some people are selling these ideas, you may be familiar with the term “mask strap extender”.

‘Ear saver ‘ ideas from Google

Personally, I have tried using a paper clip and it was not very comfortable.
After some experimenting, I have found a design that I would like to share with you to help you make a comfortable “ear saver”.

Here in Singapore, I have taught some of the healthcare professionals and food sellers to make this “ear saver” and the feedback has been good.

The materials required are simple. Just use an elastic band or string!

Tie both mask straps together with the elastic band/string and customise it to a length you are comfortable with.

Just found out another great ‘ear saver’ idea by my Japanese friend Ms Kotomi Sakai.

DIY Ear Saver by Ms Kotomi Sakai using spiral hair tie