Speech therapy assists people whose communication, cognitive or swallowing abilities have been affected by injury or illness. These issues can be treated with the help of a speech-language pathologist (SLP) or speech therapist.
Speech Therapy for Communication
Speech therapy can help patients that are struggling with communication due to the effects of illness or injury. Conditions such as Aphasia, dysarthria, and general weakness can affect a person’s ability to speak. A speech therapist will develop a personalized treatment program based on a person's condition and individual needs. Oral motor and breathing exercises are common treatments along with the development of verbal and nonverbal ways of communication using pictures and icons.
Speech Therapy for Cognitive Function
Conditions that affect a person’s memory and cause disorientation can be treated by a speech therapist as well. These conditions include Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and other cognitive impairments. Speech-language pathologists will create several mental exercises consisting of structured memory tasks, problem-solving, reasoning, using visual and auditory aids, and calendars. The speech therapist will also educate family members and those who are close to the patient on how they can aid in rehabilitation.
Speech Therapy for Swallowing
Trouble swallowing is a fairly common diagnosis for patients receiving care in the home. Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can cause weight loss, aspiration (food or liquid entering the airway), and aspiration pneumonia. All of these issues can potentially be serious. Common treatments include a modified diet, education on swallowing strategies, oral motor, and pharyngeal exercises, as well as complete Modified Barium Swallow Studies.
In-Home Speech Therapy with AAHC
American Advantage Home Care provides certified speech therapy homecare. Our licensed speech therapists provide quality personalized healthcare to all of our patients. Our therapists will educate family members and close friends on how they can aid in the patient's recovery in between sessions. If you or a loved one is rehabilitating from a serious health condition and are in need of expert in-home speech therapy, please contact us online or call us at 844-4MY-AAHC to set up an appointment and ask any questions you may have.