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I can answer any question about swallowing disorders and acquired and/or developmental communication disorders. Examples are aphasia, brain injury (traumatic or from strokes), and degenerative neurologic diseases. I also have specialized knowledge in craniofacial disorders (i.e., cleft palate.)
Experience in the area: I practiced as a speech pathologist for 20 years.
BA/MA Communicative Disorders, CSUN 1981/1986 Clinical training at UCLA and West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center.
"Speech pathologist" is really a misnomer. In this profession, clinicians are trained to evaluate and treat disorders of voice, speech, language, swallowing, fluency, and cognition.
There is ongoing debate whether a speech pathologist or an occupational therapist should treat swallowing disorders. Speech practitioners have the training in the anatomy and physiology of the upper aerodigestive tract, whereas OT has knowledge of feeding (actually getting the food to the mouth.)
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