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How COVID-19 Swab Test is done? A Singapore Speech Therapist’s experience

In this video, I will show you how a COVID-19 swab test is done and I will explain how it feels like.

Is it necessary for Speech Therapist to go through COVID-19 swab test?

We feel that it is very important for speech therapists / pathologists in Singapore to go through the COVID-19 swab test. As this will not just boost clients’ confidence but also to ensure safety especially when it comes to physical visits such as home or clinic speech or swallowing therapy sessions.

All our speech therapists at Singapore Swallowing Specialists and Speech Therapy Works, Singapore have undergone COVID-19 swab testing, and we have all tested negative.

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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

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Our Online Speech Therapy or Telepractice Experience in Singapore during Covid-19

According to ASHA definition: https://www.asha.org/Evidence-Maps/
‘Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of speech language pathology and audiology professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.’

Telepractice for Speech Therapy has been proven to be effective and has been practiced in countries like the United States, Canada and Australia.

Our experience:
Since Covid-19 outbreak started, the acceptance of telepractice for speech therapy in Singapore has increased significantly especially during the circuit breaker period.

Our experience shows that it benefits most of our clients who require speech and language therapy, and to some of our clients who require swallowing therapy. We prefer to use Zoom Meetings for our telepractice. We find it easy to be used for 1-to-1 session as well as for group therapy sessions. Therapy tasks can to be shared and be viewed easily by our client(s). Clients are able to respond easily by indicating their answers on the screen by using the writing/drawing function. The Zoom file sharing function has allowed us to still customize and personalize each therapy sessions for our clients.

However, we need to take into consideration client’s proficiency level in technology. For clients who are less tech proficient, our experience shows that simple apps such as Facetime and Whatapp video call can work as well.

LATEST: On 24/4/2020, Facebook has just announced their videoconferencing function that allows video meeting up to 50 people without downloading any apps. That will open up another platform for telepractice.

For Speech-Language Therapists who would like to adopt Telepractice, you may refer to the following links for resources:

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Happy New Year 2019 from Speech Therapy Works and Singapore Swallowing Specialists

2018 has been a great year for Speech Therapy Works and Singapore Swallowing Specialists in both business expansion and mentoring program. As we come to the end of 2018, the team would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Singapore and overseas clients, doctors, partners, and healthcare professionals for all their support and trust in us. We will continue to improve to ensure better service satisfaction and treatment outcomes for all our clients.

As part of the effort to reach out to even more people who requires speech and swallowing therapy, we will continue to work with our regional partners to conduct more training and workshops in the coming years.

Wish Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year 2019!!!

Lecture on “The Importance of Anatomy & Physiology Knowledge in Dysphagia Management & Treatment” to Year 2 – 4 students at the National University of Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 18 December 2018

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