Speech therapy is an assessment and treatment of communication and speech disorders. This therapy is performed by a speech therapist also known as a Pathologist. Speech therapy is practiced to improve communication with language intervention activities, articulation therapy and more. For adults there are many types of speech therapies for different difficulties such as stuttering therapy, articulation therapy, speech therapy for strokes, brain injury, communication coaching, and voice therapy.
Why you might need Speech Therapy
There are different reasons to need speech therapy. Whether you had a stroke, head trauma, or hearing loss there are ways to help improve speech and communication. Here are some disorders that speech therapy can be beneficial for:
Articulation disorder is the inability to properly for certain word sounds. This is when you add, distort, or swap word sounds. An example is “thith” instead of “this”.
Expressive language disorder is when you have difficulty conveying or expressing information. With this disorder you might have trouble forming accurate sentences such as incorrect verb sentences. It is associated with developmental impairment such as having down syndrome and hearing loss. This can also come from head trauma or medical condition.
Cognitive-communications disorder is when you have difficulty because of an injury to the part of the brain that controls your ability to think. This can result in memory loss, problem solving, difficulty speaking or listening. Cognitive-communication disorder can be caused by biological problems, such as abnormal brain development, neurological conditions, a brain injury, or stroke.
Dysarthria is a condition that is characterized by slow or slurred speech due to a weakness or inability to control the muscles used for speech. This condition is caused by nervous system disorders or other conditions such as facial paralysis, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and stroke.
Someone with receptive language disorder has trouble understanding and processing what others say. This can cause people to look uninterested in a conversation, have trouble following directions, or have limited vocabulary. Hearing loss and head injuries can also lead to receptive disorder.
Speech therapy benefits
- Helps articulate your ideas
- Improves swallowing
- Improves oral health
- Helps you manage a stutter
- Helps build confidence in social situation
- Reduces anxiety
Spring Hills Speech Therapy Program
Speech Therapy, like Physical and Occupational Therapy, helps patients get back to the highest level of independent functioning possible through working to improve communication. It can be especially helpful to those who have dementia, cancer affecting the mouth or throat, a stroke, brain injuries, or other traumatic injuries.
Benefits of our program include:
- Improvement in expressing language and understanding it, especially in social settings
- Lessening stuttering or slurred speech
- Strengthening the oral and pharyngeal muscles to help with trouble swallowing
- Increase in cognitive communication like memory, attention, and problem solving
At Spring Hills our therapies are there to help each resident improve their overall health and lifestyle. Our specially trained occupational, physical, respiratory and speech therapy teams work together to create the most effective therapy program for each patient. From traditional therapies to treatment plans for a more complex recovery, our goal is to help restore strength, coordination, and mobility so the patient or resident can return to the highest level of independent functioning possible. Our patients and resident’s health, mental and physical is our number one priority. Take a look at the other therapy programs we offer for our residents to continue to live healthy and happy.