Speech Therapists are trained healthcare professionals who evaluate a number of issues that affect communication and work to restore proper functioning by treating the voice, speech patterns, and language disorders. While most sudden onset speech problems are the result of strokes, a skilled Speech Therapist is able to address a number of speech and language disorders to improve quality of life.
Speech and Language disorders a Speech Therapist can address:
While a Speech Therapist may not address the underlying illness, they can address the symptoms of numerous medical ailments that present complications to speech and swallowing, such as:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Huntington’s Disease
- Cancers (Oral and Laryngeal)
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Hemisphere Specific Brain Injuries (i.e., Broca’s Aphasia)
Through coordination of treatment plans, exercise regimes, and cognitive retraining, Speech Therapists are able to restore the most amount possible of vocal and swallowing abilities for their patients.