IOPI (Iowa Oral Performance Instrument) is a tool that objectively evaluates and measures tongue and lip strength and endurance in those who have issues with oral motor weakness, swallowing,  and/or dysarthria (weak and/or imprecise movements affecting speech quality).  It can be used during assessment, but also  allows for objective tracking of progress in strength and  endurance during treatment, to measure change and improvements in tongue and lip strength.  

IOPI is an intensive treatment program that has documented research to support it's effectiveness in improving tongue strength and swallow performance  in the adult population.  If you have any questions  about this instrument and how it can help you, please call us to inquire about how we can support your assessment and treatment needs in this area.   

This therapy can potentially be used to treat the following:

Acoustic Neuroma

Pressure from the neuroma can cause hearing loss, ringing in your ear, balance problems, facial numbness or muscle weakness. 

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Brain Aneurysm

An aneurysm in the brain is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel of the brain. If the aneurysm gets large enough it can cause pressure on areas of the brain.

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Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Some individuals with cerebral palsy struggle to control the muscles in their face, throat, neck, head and thorax.

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Parkinson's Disease

This neurodegenerative disease is caused by the dying of cells in the body that carry dopamine.

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The severity of the stroke depends on the amount of damage and the location of the injured area in the brain. 

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Swallowing Disorders

Being able to swallow our saliva or food is something that we do constantly and is a necessity if we are going to live a healthy life.

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