The Speech Science Podcast

Trauma Informed Care and Parkinson’s Disease and Dysphagia

June 7, 2021

This week Michael has taken the week off but Speech Science is lucky to have Ruchi Kapila step in as a cohost.  Ruchi is the Co-Creater and Co-Host of The Hyndsyte Project Podcast.  Michelle continues to re-pack for her move back to the state of Texas!  Ruchi just returned from presenting at the Northwest Art and Science of the Performing Voice Conference and is looking forward to the next few weeks of being in Texas.  Matt finished at the school district for the summer and took his boys camping over the weekend.    

The crew discuss the need to address trauma and the return to in person therapy and the affect medication may have on dysphagia and patients with Parkinson’s Disease.  The Informed SLP looks at recommendations for Oral Care with patients with Parkinson’s Disease.  The shoutout this week goes to MarissaMM and other grad students who have recently passed their Praxis and are preparing for the world of being a CF.  The Due Process asks the crew if they would be okay with wearing identification on their name badge identifying if they have received the vaccine or not.     

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Topic #1:  As the world of therapy continues to move to in person, the crew discuss the importance of addressing and acknowledging the unspoken trauma that our clients and students have been through. 

Topic #2: A recent student looked at the impact medications may have on dysphagia in patients with Parkinson’s Disease.  Medication may lead to poorer oral health conditions and when paired with poor self-recognition of dysphagia symptoms may be putting our patients at risk. 


The Informed SLP: You’re seeing a patient with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) who’s complaining of difficulty swallowing. Your exam reveals that his overall oral health is in need of some attention. We know the state of our mouths has a lot to do with how we chew and swallow. Maybe this is contributing to his difficulty swallowing?

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Intro Music: Please Listen Carefully by Jahzzar is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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The Informed SLP: At The Count by Broke For Free is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Closing Music: Slow Burn by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


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Ruchi Kapila


Trauma and the Client


Dysphagia and Parkinson’s




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