When you think of an athlete who hurts his knee he gets referred for physical therapy. A patient’s speech and voice can also get injured and require therapy in order to obtain a normal voice and speech as quickly as possible without further damage.
Speech Therapy is designed to treat communication dysfunctions such as motor speech disorders and dysarthrias that may affect speech, along with swallowing disorders. Speech Therapy is led by Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), also known as speech therapists, who work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication and swallowing disorders in both children and adults.
The Benefits of Speech Therapy
The ultimate goal of a Speech-Language Pathologist is to help patients regain their independence with communication, cognition and swallowing.
What to Expect at PT Solutions
When you arrive for speech therapy at PT Solutions, your Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) will evaluate your speech and and language skills including speech clarity and quality of voice, verbal and written expression (putting your thoughts into spoken words and writing) and auditory and reading comprehension (how well you understand what you hear and read). For patients experiencing feeding and swallowing difficulties, we evaluate you to determine whether it is safe to eat by mouth. If so, we determine what diet is most appropriate, what maneuvers or postures are best for feeding, and what exercises can rehabilitate your feeding and swallowing. We may also assess your cognitive-linguistic skills, which include reasoning, problem solving, memory, sequencing, orientation and executive functioning skills.
After a full evaluation, your SLP will develop a treatment plan that focuses on improving function in any of these areas by increasing strength of the speech and swallowing muscles and teaching compensatory strategies as appropriate. If you believe you could benefit from speech therapy, schedule a free screening to discuss your individualized treatment plan today!