What is Speech Therapy?
Speech Therapy involves the rehabilitation and treatment of physical and cognitive problems that lead to difficulty with verbal communication. Speech Therapy can be targeted toward restorative treatment, or it can center on compensating for irremediable difficulties. Many treatment plans use elements of both therapies.
Restorative efforts work to increase muscle movement to improve speech or swallowing, enhance a patient's ability to listen and understand language, or improve memory and attention skills. Strategies for compensation may include note-taking, using memory aids such as day planners and calendars, or improved organizational skills.
Patients with swallowing problems may have a modified diet recommended, excluding items too difficult to swallow. Your Speech Language Pathologist may include exercises to improve swallowing as a part of your therapy, as well as strategies to compensate for swallowing problems.