Early Developmental Trajectories. Recovery Mechanisms. Cross-system Therapies.


DeconeuroTM laboratory is a place where researchers, trainees, and end users work together. We aim to understand human feeding and swallowing functions and their relationship to communication across the life span. Our research enables us to develop new approaches to recovery and rehabilitation, especially in persons with neurological diseases. The word Déconeuro comes from syllables in the words “déglutition/deglutition”  (swallowing), “communication” and “neurologique/-ical”.


Most of our research projects involve a range of collaborators and often many years of preliminary inquiry. Current projects focus on relationships between infant feeding environment and communication development, recovery patterns for swallowing and communication disorders in stroke survivors, and therapy for swallowing and speech difficulties in persons with Parkinson’s disease.

For inquiries about DeconeuroTM laboratory activities, research initiatives, and training opportunities, please contact Dr. Heather Flowers.