Elizabeth Cuadrado and her team are partnering with bioengineers to refine and test an alternative to an existing high-cost product to boost tongue strength, which is integral in our ability to swallow. The team at UCD has already prototyped the Colorado Oral Strengthening Device, which is made from silicone and used by compressing it between the tongue and roof of the mouth. This device could be made with multiple levels of resistance akin to exercise bands.
Now, this team seeks to refine the device to elicit the same improvements seen with the current high-cost device. The Colorado Oral Strengthening Device has the potential to help people living with Parkinson’s sustain their ability to swallow for eating and drinking.
- Elizabeth Cuadrado, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, Senior Instructor & Speech-Language Pathologist, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Colorado Denver