Neurological Conditions Can Be Hindering – Speech Therapy Can Help
The speech therapists at Therapy Solutions are specialized in the treatment of patients who suffer have suffered from a neurological disorder, like stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, or Multiple Sclerosis.
Our specialists will assess your situation and develop the best plan of care for your needs.
The goal of speech therapy for neurological disorders is to relieve the effects of the neurological event by working to improve your speech, language, and communication skills.
We offer private speech therapy sessions to our clients. If someone is having any of the following difficulties they should seek the aid of a speech therapist. Here are a few areas Speech Therapy focuses on:
- Any chewing/swallowing difficulties or changes
- Difficulty expressing thoughts or identifying common objects or people
- Difficulty understanding written and spoken language
- Changes in memory, attention, orientation
- Muscle weakness or rigidity
- Changes in the quality of voice
We can help you find comfort in the fact that you will be receiving treatment from experts in the field.
What is a Speech Therapist?
Speech-language pathologists (SLP), or speech therapists, are the only health care professionals specifically educated and prepared to evaluate and treat children and adults with speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing problems. They address decreases in swallowing, cognitive, and/or communicative function following brain injury, stroke, and brain tumors, or coinciding with progressive conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
SLPs help people develop effective speaking and listening skills, improve loudness or quality of voice, preserve the pleasures associated with eating, or re-train cognitive skills, such as memory and word-finding.
How Speech Therapy Helps
If you or someone you love is having difficulty with their speech following a neurological event, reach out for an assessment with our skilled speech therapists. They can easily identify if there are any problems and then provide the right therapies to improve it. There may be difficulties with the neurological processing and possibly muscle function in the tongue and throat.
Just like muscles of the body need strengthening and coordination, so do the muscles of the tongue and throat to make proper speech. Our speech therapists work on neurological exercises and speech exercises to help with a wide array of speech/language difficulties. Our speech therapists work to improve understanding, pronunciation and forming of speech to help you be more social and communicate effectively.
Parkinson’s disease affects the nerves and muscles that affect your speech. If you have Parkinson’s disease, you may not be aware of the problems with your spoken communication. Changes in the quality of your voice may be the first sign of speech problems followed by the inability to have fluid speech and clear and distinct speech sounds. Speech problems that are severe enough to reduce your ability to be easily understood usually do not occur until later in the course of Parkinson’s disease.
Depending on the size of brain tissue damaged during stroke, the loss of speech and language abilities may be temporary or long-term. The size of brain damage also affects how quickly and how successfully a person can improve with speech therapy. Therapy Solutions can help relieve the effects of a stroke by working to improve your speech and language skills.
ALS can make swallowing a challenge. Our speech therapists can come up with strategies to help your swallow, and continue to modify those strategies as the disease progresses. Our speech therapists can also help you use other forms of communication and devise ways in which you can continue to use your own voice for as long as possible. It is important that you see a speech and language pathologist earlier in your diagnosis so we can address problems before they begin so you can retain your independence for as long as possible.
For patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), speech therapy can help with managing speech rate, improve breath support, increase tongue and lip movements, improve speech sound production, teach caregivers strategies for improving communication, and explore alternative means of communication when needed.