Comité Permanent de Liaison des Orthophonistes-Logopèdes de l’UE

Standing Liaison Committee of E.U. Speech and Language Therapists and Logopedists

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The 6th March every year is celebrated around Europe to highlight the impact of different types of communication and swallowing disorders on people’s lives. In 2017 the focus is on swallowing disorders (dysphagia). We aim to provide information about dysphagia as well as about the services, intervention and support available.

People of all ages can have difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing (also known as “dysphagia”). This can happen at different times in life and for a range of reasons – including developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, cognitive impairment, brain injury, stroke, progressive disorders such as dementia and cancer. Dysphagia can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, chest infections or choking, and it may also impact on psychological health.

If you think that you or someone you care for has any difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing, it is really important that you seek advice from someone who can help. This might be a speech and language therapist, or it may be a medical doctor, specialist nurse, occupational therapist or dietitian. If you are not sure who to contact, then a good place to start is your family doctor. It is essential that you find a professional with the appropriate specialist qualifications to help you because of the severe impact these problems can have on health and well-being. And for any further information please contact your local speech and language therapy department.
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