Speech Therapy Is More Than Just “Speech”!
May is Better Hearing and Speech Awareness Month and we asked Generation Care Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), Michelle Davis, MA, CCC-SLP, to share some ways that an SLP helps their patients. As the Dysphagia Specialty Team Leader, Michelle has extensive experience treating patients with a variety of SLP-related difficulties – and most of the patients she treats are adults!
There continues to be a misconception of what speech therapy actually is. Speech therapy can be so critical for individuals of ALL ages (not just children)! Listed below are some examples of how a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) can help you after an illness or injury:
- Returning to sport or school following a concussion – focusing on restoring memory, attention, executive functions that are critical daily functions
- Evaluating and treating difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) – whether it be related to stroke, degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or ALS, general aging, esophagus issues, head/neck cancer, or even sensory problems in children
- Finding and restoring your weakened voice – Some neurological diseases (Parkinson’s, stroke) will affect the quality and strength of your voice. SLPs are trained in strengthening and maintaining vocal amplitude/power through a program called LSVT LOUD.
- Improving clarity and function of voice – Some patients have lingering hoarse or raspy voice following a cold or related to reflux (GERD). Strategies and re-training of the vocal muscles can be achieved through speech therapy.
- Remediating short-term memory and thinking skills after a brain injury sustained in a car accident, a fall, brain tumor/cancer, stroke, etc.
- Assisting families with training and accommodations for individuals with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease – learning how to best interact, communicate, appropriate activities and keeping their loved one safe at home.
- Altered speech following a brain injury or stroke – slurred speech, stuttering, or difficulty forming words.
- Assisting with learning strategies for word finding (or tip-of-the-tongue syndrome) and language impairments following a stroke, dementia, or brain injury (also known as aphasia)
- Helping a non-verbal child communicate first words and intents, whether verbally or through American Sign Language.
- Repairing and restoring reading and writing skills following a brain injury.
Generation Care has five dedicated, smart, FUN Speech Language Pathologists who are ready to work hard at getting you back to your job, back to school, back to your LIFE!! Visit the Speech Language Pathology page here on our website to meet our team and learn more about how we can help!