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Objective: Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a genetic and degenerative motor neuron disease that affects muscle control including the muscles responsible for head and neck control and swallowing (Kesting, n. d.). There is limited research on the benefits of exercise as a therapeutic modality for people with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) (Swoboda et al., 2007) and no existing research specifically targeting pharyngeal or laryngeal strengthening to improve swallow function. As demonstrated by the positive outcome in this case study, speech-language pathologists should be aware that various modalities for dysphagia treatment such as biofeedback, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), and an exercise based approach in conjunction with compensatory strategies may be effective in the swallowing rehabilitation of patients with patients with SMA.

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Road to Recovery: Dysphagia Treatment With An Adult with SMA Type II, poster, rehabilitation medicine, Thomas Jefferson University


Medicine and Health Sciences | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Poster presented at: American Speech Language Hearing Association National Conference in Denver Colorado.

Road to Recovery: Dysphagia Treatment With An Adult with SMA Type II