Help Stop Choking
Anyone can accidentally choke at any time. The risk of choking increases when someone is eating or drinking. People with swallowing difficulties and/or a learning disability have a further increased risk of choking.
John is a service user with a learning disability, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and swallowing difficulties who experienced a number of choking events. He was referred to Speech and Language therapy and following a swallowing assessment received direct therapy to help him reduce his risk of choking. John felt that his positive experience of the speech and language therapy service saved his life. He was inspired to share his successful story to help other people reduce their risk of choking.
John could see that other service users would be safer if they knew about choking. John’s story was developed into a range of resources with support from the Public Health Agency.
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