This is a list of exercises B has to do 3x daily. the easiest is the "Beee" going from low voice shooting up to high voice. Hardest is sticking tip of tongue between front teeth and swallowing!!!
1.stick out tongue as far as you can count to three rest repeat 10x
2stick tongue out as far as you can press tongue against spoon to develop resistance count to 5, 10x
3 stick out tongue hold with teeth and swallow for 5x
4 "BEE" low voice to up up the scale...(You can feel voice box move up!) Make it loud ,10x
5 say "Guh" with a hard G sound such as in '"girl" . Say it hard and loud with short pauses in between 10x
6 Tongue pull back as far as possible.no air coming out of throat. sort of like Guh but no vocalization can be made.
7 Effortful Swallow Bear down again this time swallow like theres peanut butter stuck back there 10x
8 lay flat; lift head chin to chest, swallow. do this for a minute +. B does it when getting in or out of bed.
Well children these are all our swallow exercises. Amazingly, they go quite fast! and I have hope that they will help Bruce understand the dynamics of swallowing so as to put it in his conscious brain. I have 'taught' him how to relax when he is choking, telling him he will not die but he must relax and not aspirate.
He is getting better at this. Gasping for air when his mouth is full is more out of panic than necessity....So we must both not panic!!! I have tried the raising the hands over the head and surprisingly it works...I thought that was a myth.....thanks to whom ever brought that one up to topic.
Well it's noon now......and my phone alarm is telling us it's time to do the above....I feel so retro...using my phone for more than calling my kids how to do....something...