Dysphagia Resources

Swallowing Disorders

For those who suffer from swallowing disorders (dysphagia), the simple task of drinking can be a daunting challenge. Because those with dysphagia have a higher risk of choking, they may require constant assistance from a caregiver which can result in feeling a loss of independence.

Physically, dysphagia sufferers may experience dehyration and malnourishment. Of greater concern is that more than 40,000 Americans die each year from aspiration pneumonia, a complication related to dysphagia. Reliant Medical Products, Inc. has developed a drinking cup to address the specific needs of those with dysphagia. The creators of The PROVALE® Drinking Cup are giving many with swallowing disorders a chance to increase their independence.

The Technology

Designed for dysphagia sufferers, The PROVALE® Cup delivers a fixed measured dose of fluid. When the cup is tilted in a normal drinking motion, liquid travels out of a measurement device. Before any additional liquid is released for consumption, the cup must be returned to an upright position and the drinking motion repeated. With each drinking action, the cup dispenses a small amount (5 cc or 10 cc) of liquid that many dyphagia sufferers may be able to safely consume.

Beckman Oral Motor Assessment & Intervention

Debra Beckman has worked in the field of communicative disorders since 1975, specializing in motor speech disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, universities, trauma centers, home-bound, foster homes, group homes, Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICF-MRs), nursing homes and large residential facilities. As a self-employed consultant, she has co-authored training materials for the states of Florida, Oklahoma and Wyoming, which are presently used in a number of states. She has served as a court appointed witness and as a resource content expert for seven federal court cases, regarding services for the developmentally disabled. Ms. Beckman has presented at numerous local, state, national and international conferences, and has published articles in professional books, journals, monographs; and in Exceptional Parent magazine. She has been awarded a patent for a therapeutic oral probe. Ms. Beckman has been recognized by her peers and her community for outstanding clinical achievement.

Debra's website is www.beckmanoralmotor.com.

You can register for a program at www.motivationsceu.com.


Reliant is pleased to partner with the following first class educational seminars and CEU offerings:

The Florida Dysphagia Institute, a center at the University of Florida Health Science Center that is committed to the study and dissemination of information on swallowing and swallowing disorders (dysphagia);

Debra Beckman, a specialist in motor speech disorders with over 25 years of experience in the field of communicative disorders; and,

Motivations, Inc., an education company that provides planning and arrangements for Continuing Education Unlimited Consortium, a group of healthcare providers organized for the purpose of fulfilling continuing education requirements in rehabilitation training for speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

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