Working with a speech language pathologist is often a step along the path to recovery as adults attempt to regain critical skills such as speaking, listening, writing, thinking, reading or even swallowing. These individuals are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and are able to help you or a loved one improve your ability to communicate and live a fuller life. Here are five ways that speech language pathologists (SLPs) can help improve your overall quality of life.
1. Improve Ability to Swallow
A speech language pathologist can devise a therapy system that includes exercises for the mouth that will help improve the ability to chew, swallow and speak. These exercises often improve training the tongue, and can also help with breathing challenges. Nearly half of the individuals who receive this type of support will reduce or eliminate their need to use a feeding tube.
2. Review Augmentative and Alternative Communication
When other methods of communication are not a good option, a speech language pathologist can work with your loved one to find alternative methods of communication when they are unable to speak due to stroke, cancer, ALS, multiple sclerosis or catastrophic injuries.
3. Improve Cognitive-Communication Disorders
Speech language pathologists work far beyond simply helping you speak more clearly. They are also highly trained in ways to help you regain memory, reasoning and problem-solving skills and ways to improve attention spans.
4. Help Treating Aphasia
It is not uncommon for adults to suffer from aphasia after a traumatic brain injury or a stroke, causing problems with writing, reading or using numbers. A speech language therapist will help patiently re-introduce these concepts to your loved one, giving them the support they need to regain as much of their lives as possible.
5. Improve Clarity of Speech
It can be extremely frustrating when you are working hard to be understood, but are still suffering from slurred speech or an overly quiet voice. A speech language pathologist will work closely with you to help control the muscles in and around your mouth, allowing you to speak more clearly and be understood more effectively.
Helping return your body to its natural state may not always be possible, but speech language pathologists are often able to help with speech, cognition, and swallowing. If you or your loved one need assistance on your road to recovery, contact the professionals at Santé today at 480-563-2402 or fill out our quick online contact form. Our speech language pathologists are a part of our team of highly trained therapists available to help you at our location or in your home as you improve your overall quality of life.