The speech/language therapist can assist with problem solving and developing strategies for compensation with swallowing and communication impairments. The goal is to preserve and maintain a person’s highest level of communication and swallowing. The speech therapist can also evaluate whether a person would benefit from augmentive or alternative communication devices such as a word/picture board or electronic device that can aid communication. After assessing one’s level of ability, the speech therapist personalizes the technique or method of communication. She also woks with an Active In-Home Therapy Nutritionist to create a plan for feeding. Working with family members and caregivers is also essential to maintain meaningful communication and preserve safety with meals.
Other speech therapy services include:
- Voice quality enhancement
- Breathing and voice exercises
- Cognition training for memory, attention, and
problem solving including organization, memory,
and word retrieval