Speech and language therapy helps individuals improve breathing, speaking, or swallowing functioning. Speech therapy focuses other ability to understand words and the ability to use words to express yourself.

 Speech therapists may help individuals who suffer from:

  • CVA
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Stokes
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Laryngectomee/Head and Neck surgeries
  • Cancer
  • Trachs
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Aspiration Pneumonia
  • Dementia
  • Altered mental status
  • Dehydration
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • ALS
  • Aphasia
  • Dysarthria
  • Apraxia
  • Other Symbolic Dysfunction

Areas evaluated and treated by a Speech Therapist:

  • Speech- slurring, difficult to understand
  • Voice- hoarse, breathy, low volume
  • Fluency- stuttering
  • Language- difficulty comprehending and/or expressing him/herself
  • Reading/Writing- difficulty writing, spelling, and/or comprehending written materials.
  • Cognition- altered mental status; decreased orientation, memory, safety awareness
  • Swallowing/Dysphagia- drooling, liquid spilling out of mouth, food residue in mouth, coughing/choking during meals

Indicators of Signs of Speech Therapy Services:

  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty or doesn’t following directions
  • Confused with minimal, if any, speech output
  • Losing weight
  • Not finishing a meal
  • Drooling or coughing during meals
  • Can’t understand the patient’s speech
  • Getting weaker
  • Withdrawn and isolated

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