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Swallowing Disorders

Dysphagia refers to difficulty or pain while swallowing, may or may not be a cause of an underlying condition. Often includes difficulty with chewing, food getting “stuck”, coughing while eating or drinking or transmitting the food from your mouth to esophagus and finally to the stomach.Commonly seen in adults with head or neck cancer, Parkinson’s, stroke etc. Speech therapy for adults for dysphagia focus on completing a swallowing assessment and providing strategies to help you eat and drink with ease.

We also offer speech therapy for kids with feeding and swallowing problems that may arise due to a variety of reasons that include but are not limited to oral sensory issues, oral motor weakness, clefts of the lip or palate, a tongue thrust etc.

Steps Towards Wellness

The speech therapist works closely to identify the root of the problem and provide recommendations that may include exercises, dietary modifications, postural modifications etc. Please note that all Swallowing and Dysphagia therapy is offered in person ONLY at our Bellevue clinic


What Speech-Language Pathologists Treat

  • It hurts to swallow. 

  • I’m scared of choking

  • I cough when I eat or drink

  • Recurrent Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

  • Food is getting “stuck” in my throat

  • I am constantly belching

  • It’s taking me too long to chew

  • Recurrent Aspiration Pneumonia 

  • Excessive Saliva or drooling while swallowing

Schedule Consultation

An assessment normally entails a detailed oral mechanism examination to test the strength and integrity of the swallowing system (tongue, jaw, throat, etc.) followed by an assessment of performance with different textures of food and drink. Swallowing treatment is normally a combination of strategies that help optimize the transport of food from your mouth to stomach in an efficient and pain free manner and exercises that improve the strength of muscles of swallowing. Swallowing disorders are very treatable and the presence of a disorder can greatly impact the ability to enjoy food, socialize, and the general quality of life. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help, please contact us at 425-242-3294 or

Please note that all Swallowing and Dysphagia therapy is offered in person ONLY at our Bellevue clinic