People with swallowing difficulties, including those with dysphagia arising from Parkinson’s Disease, have found that the Sipify straw helps them control the amount of liquid per sip. Their personal experience is that they choke less when using the Sipify straw and have reduced concerns or fears of accidental aspiration.*
Hear what two people living with Parkinson’s have to say about using their Sipify straw:
*Sipify straws are not a medical device and is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent diseases. You should not use information on this website for self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem or disease. Use of the Sipify straw has not been evaluated for use by people with swallowing issues.
Speech Language Pathologists Recommend Sipify
I have used the Sipify, and for myself as a normal swallower, it is excellent in that it allows me to control the amount of liquid per sip. That translates well for patients as it can also provide that control safety. For example, someone learning to sip from a straw can extract a small amount and swallow then as oral strength increases so can the sip. I also can use my tongue to momentarily block the mouth of the straw. That is a technique that can be used to help a patient increase tongue mobility. I have conducted a trial with one patient with Parkinson’s, who reported an easier flow of liquid compared to a regular straw.
Violet O. Cox Ph.D., MLS, CCC/SLP, LSVT Cert.
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Cleveland State University-College of Health Cleveland, OH
The feedback on the Sipify from my patients was overwhelmingly positive. There were no negative comments. They liked that there were two sizes for short and tall cups, that they could use the straws with various lids, the soft tip, and the way the straw cooled hot drinks. They all said the straw makes it “easier to control my sip size.” Their care partners found them sturdy and easy to clean. The straws were a hit!
Gwen Nolan, MS CCC-SLP
I’ve had the chance to trial Sipify with both hot and cold beverages – I found it to be a seamless transition from a regular straw (helpful as to reduce any potential “intimidation” factors for patients to try something new) – and a gentle, appropriately paced liquid flow! I will very much recommend your product for appropriate patients in the future!
Amanda V. Leonard, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Specialist
Spaulding Rehabilitation Center/Mass General Brigham
"Sipify Benefits Me Tremendously"
After an endoscopy I didn't have any initial issues. A few days later, however, I started to feel a sort of "scratchy" feeling in my throat
anytime I drank. It was bothersome to the point of me trying to avoid drinking anything. I reached out to a friend who is a dental hygienist and she suggested I try her Sipify. Honestly, at first, I didn't think how it could help but I trusted her opinion.
I used the Sipify and I was able to drink without that "scratchy" feeling or the feeling that whatever I drank would come back up, causing "spit-up" nausea. After a few days of using the Sipify, the scratchy-ness and annoyance of doing such a simple task was alleviated. For me, it was a welcome relief. I still don't really know how it works but I am grateful that it worked for me.
I have used the Sipify on and off as a sort of preventive measure when I have issues from time to time. Utilizing Sipify benefits me tremendously.