Speech therapy focused on improving speech, language, voice, cognition, and swallowing ability
Reduced strength and endurance for speech tasks, increased confusion (often called "medical delirium"), problems with voicing or voice quality, and/or swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) can be common after a hospitalization.
Medical diagnoses of stroke and head injury can result in word-finding difficulties or changes in understanding language (aphasia) and/or dysphagia (swallowing problems) which can be life-threatening if not promptly and properly treated.
Unaddressed cognitive-communication and swallowing changes can negatively impact safety, meaningful engagement, independence, and completion of daily tasks.
Don't "wait and see!" Early speech pathology involvement is always better and can prevent injury before it arises.
Spoken and Written Language: Comprehension and processing, expression and thought formation, pragmatics and social aspects, and non-verbal communication training (gestures, visual aids, alternate technologies/AAC)
Speech Production and Articulation: Motor speech planning and execution (apraxia of speech), facial and speech strengthening (dysarthria), and intelligibility training (motor speech clarity)
Voice and Resonance: Voice quality, pitch, and loudness changes (dysphonia) related to respiratory illness, neurologic changes, or natural aging (presbyphonia).
Cognitive-Linguistic: Attention, memory, problem-solving, organization of information, and executive functioning intervention.
Swallowing: Chewing and swallow strengthening, airway protection (aspiration prevention), saliva management, solid and liquid diet consistency management.