What Is Speech Therapy?
Speech Language Pathologists at The NeuroRehab Project provide individual assessment and treatment for impairments in communication, swallowing, and cognitive related difficulties.
What are Communication Impairments?
Motor speech disorders affect the motor control of the speech muscles and/or programming of speech movement. The most common motor speech disorders are Dysarthria (weakness of muscles) and Apraxia (in-coordination) of speech. With changes in neurologic function the respiratory system and vocal cords may be impacted causing changes in vocal quality and volume also called Dysphonia (loss of voice). Skilled speech therapists at The NeuroRehab Project find passion in helping people communicate effectively. We understand that if your speech and voice change, family and friends may have difficulty understanding you which may result in communication breakdowns and later lead to isolation from social situations. Our speech therapists are certified in treatment approaches that will help you feel confident in your speech clarity and voicing quality in all communication environments.
Impairments in speech and voice may include:
- Soft speaking volume
- Mumbled or slurred speech
- Hoarse or strained voicing
- Changes in speech sound production
- Increased speaking rate
- Word finding issues
- Weakness in lips or tongue
What Are Swallowing Issues?
Difficulty with swallowing is called Dysphagia. Dysphagia can occur at any phase of the swallow, Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) can evaluate, instruct exercises, teach strategies, and modify diets to help with oral and pharyngeal-phase swallowing difficulty. Signs and symptoms of swallowing related issues include: coughing/choking on thin liquids, pills getting stuck, and a sticking sensation on solid foods. If you are experiencing any of these issues it is imperative to consult with a SLP. Early intervention is key in maintaining safety with eating. Part of our initiative at The NeuroRehab Project is to screen patient's for subtle swallowing issues and to keep our patients safe.
If you are an individual who has swallowing concerns, you can participate in a clinical swallow evaluation with a SLP at The NeuroRehab Project. Our assessments include a thorough case history of swallow related issues and may result in further testing appropriate to determine the severity and possible food or drink modifications.
Impairments in swallowing may include:
- Coughing and/or choking when eating or drinking
- Food stuck in the mouth after eating
- Sensation of food or pills stuck in throat
- Difficulty swallowing pills
- Weight loss
- Regurgitation of food
What Are Cognitive Impairments?
Cognitive disorders are problems with communication and other functions of daily living that impact your ability to complete normal routines. Often times, these impairments can start gradually and become worse over time, impacting mobility, safety and multi-tasking. Specialized assessments from a SLP will allow us to identify areas of impairment which can lead to further management through referrals, medications and/or determining the individual needs of our patients.
Impairments in these cognitive processes may include:
- Insight and judgment
- Processing speed
- Problem solving
Cognitive-communication disorders vary in severity. Someone with a mild deficit may simply have difficulty concentrating in a loud environment, whereas a person with a more severe impairment may be unable to communicate at all.
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