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The Passy-Muir Clinical Specialists are frequently asked about therapy ideas and suggestions for patients using the Passy-Muir Valve. Therefore, we have dedicated a section of our website to share some therapy ideas and tips for different treatment goals, including patient education, voicing and communication. Many of these very creative therapy techniques and strategies have been shared with us by talented and dedicated clinicians and parents working with tracheostomized individuals. We have included a printable guide for each of these therapy ideas for your convenience.
Therapy Idea: Using Application Software (Apps)
There are numerous apps now available for free or low cost that can be used to facilitate voice, communication and swallowing. The Talking Tomcat app is an example of a fun app that can stimulate vocalization. As you can see in this video Tomcat repeats everything the user says and responds to touch, thereby making him a cute and engaging conversation partner. This app is very rewarding for the youngest patients just learning to speak! This is a video of Ellis and Tomcat having a chat. We thank Ellis’ family for sharing this video. Talking Tomcat is Free through iTunes.
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Toby Take-Home Backpack
This idea was provided to us by Cindy Harrington, MS, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist from Baucom Elementary School in Apex, North Carolina. Ms. Harrington wanted to educate the first grade classmates of Kennedy, a student with a tracheostomy and a Passy-Muir® Valve. The students took turns taking home a backpack containing Toby Tracheasaurus, the Tammy and Toby Tracheasaurus Coloring Book and a story Ms. Harrington wrote about different ways to breath. After a week, the children returned the backpack to school with a drawn or written reflection about what they learned. These reflections were compiled by Ms. Harrington into a special book called “Time with Toby” that was kept in the class book-nook and then given to Kennedy at the end of the school year. Ms. Harrington told us that this project received such great feedback from the first grade teachers and students that she adapted it to use with the second graders the next year.
“This project helped educate a class full of curious first graders about tracheostomy tubes and that led to a wonderful year for all!” Cindy Harrington, MS, CCC-SLP