Swallow Stronger and Safer: Past, Present, and Future of the SwallowSTRONG Device This article discusses oropharyngeal strengthening for swallowing rehabilitation in adults. Reduced oropharyngeal strength is common in older adults and adults with age-related medical conditions resulting in less effective bolus transit and increased risk of aspiration. Specific information is presented regarding scientific and theoretical basis (past), development of devices to facilitate ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2015
Swallow Stronger and Safer: Past, Present, and Future of the SwallowSTRONG Device
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • JoAnne Robbins
    Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
    William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital- Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Madison, WI
  • Jackie Hind
    Swallow Solutions, LLC, Madison, WI
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Financial Disclosure: JoAnne Robbins is a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. She is also associate director of research at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC). Jackie Hind is senior director of clinical affairs at Swallow Solutions, LLC and outreach program manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The authors wish to acknowledge funding by the VA GRECC T21 Clinical Demonstration Project G607-4.
    Financial Disclosure: JoAnne Robbins is a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. She is also associate director of research at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC). Jackie Hind is senior director of clinical affairs at Swallow Solutions, LLC and outreach program manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The authors wish to acknowledge funding by the VA GRECC T21 Clinical Demonstration Project G607-4.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: JoAnne Robbins has previously published in the subject area. She is inventor on patents administered through the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, two of which have been licensed, one to Bracco Diagnostic Imaging and another to Swallow Solutions, LLC of which she is the founder, Chief Scientific and Clinical Officer and equity holder. She receives speaking fees from Infinity Rehab and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, royalties from Northern Speech Services, and honoraria from The Retirement Research Foundation as a grant reviewer. Jackie Hind has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: JoAnne Robbins has previously published in the subject area. She is inventor on patents administered through the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, two of which have been licensed, one to Bracco Diagnostic Imaging and another to Swallow Solutions, LLC of which she is the founder, Chief Scientific and Clinical Officer and equity holder. She receives speaking fees from Infinity Rehab and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, royalties from Northern Speech Services, and honoraria from The Retirement Research Foundation as a grant reviewer. Jackie Hind has previously published in the subject area.×
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Article   |   April 01, 2015
Swallow Stronger and Safer: Past, Present, and Future of the SwallowSTRONG Device
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), April 2015, Vol. 24, 65-70. doi:10.1044/sasd24.2.65
History: Received December 15, 2014 , Revised February 5, 2015 , Accepted March 9, 2015
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), April 2015, Vol. 24, 65-70. doi:10.1044/sasd24.2.65
History: Received December 15, 2014; Revised February 5, 2015; Accepted March 9, 2015

This article discusses oropharyngeal strengthening for swallowing rehabilitation in adults. Reduced oropharyngeal strength is common in older adults and adults with age-related medical conditions resulting in less effective bolus transit and increased risk of aspiration. Specific information is presented regarding scientific and theoretical basis (past), development of devices to facilitate and evidence supporting oropharyngeal strengthening (present), and areas requiring further study (future).

Acknowledgement
The authors wish to thank Dr. Nicole Pulia and Nicole Rusche, MS, CCC-SLP, for their leadership and dedication to the Swallow Strong Clinic. They thank Jenny Christensen for manuscript preparation and wish to thank and honor all Veterans.
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