Adults may need speech therapy home care services after a stroke, illness, or traumatic accident that changes their ability to use language. Speech therapy focuses on receptive language, or the ability to understand the words spoken to you, and expressive language, or the ability to use words to express yourself. It also deals with the mechanics of producing words, such as articulation, pitch, fluency, and volume.
The goal of speech therapy is to improve or eliminate symptoms that impede speech such as:
Speech Therapy Home Care Services:
Benefits of Speech Therapy Home Care Services
- One-on-one personal attention.
- Family guidance and education to support effective communication at home.
- Eliminates transportation stressors.
- Less chance of exposure to viruses and illness.
- Coordinated speech therapy with other therapeutic home care services such as physical and occupational therapy on an as-needed basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Speech Therapy focuses on three areas; communication, cognition, and oral functioning.
- Communication involves expression, such as the way we form speech sounds, the words we use, our ability to be appropriately loud, have a clear voice, and speak without becoming out of breath. Communication also involves hearing and understanding what is spoken to us.
- Cognition underlies all communication, including memory for what is said, following directions, recalling recent events, and orientation.
- Oral functioning involves chewing and swallowing (including difficulties with drooling, eating and swallowing).
Speech therapy is required if you suffer from any of the following disorders:
- Articulation disorders: Difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that listeners can’t understand what’s being said.
- Fluency disorders: problems such as stuttering, in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions (st-st-stuttering), or prolonged sounds and syllables (sssstuttering).
- Resonance or voice disorders: problems with pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distracts listeners from what is being said.
- Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders: difficulties with drooling, eating and swallowing.
Speech therapy will include an evaluation to determine if any needs are present. Next, the speech therapist works with the client to find methods to compensate or restore adequate functioning.
Therapists work with the client to determine the best approach. Common approaches are:
- Education and training to the structure and function of the language, cognition, speech, and swallowing mechanism.
- Exercises for oral motor function.
- Exercises for language and cognition.
- Use of compensatory strategies.
- Modification of the home environment.
We provide speech therapy home care services on a private pay basis; however our services may be covered under Medicare benefits.