Why/What is adult speech therapy?
A full Speech and Language Evaluation assesses speech sound production as well as receptive and expressive communication abilities.
A voice evaluation is to assess and address impairments with vocal loudness, pitch, and quality. After the evaluation, the clinician develops an individualized vocal treatment program to target the areas of deficit. This might include an exercise program to bulk up the vocal folds to achieve
better closure, exercises and strategies to reduce laryngeal muscle tension, and/or reducing harmful vocal behaviors.
Cognitive-Linguistic Evaluation includes a full assessment of all functional cognitive domains including short and long-term memory, orientation, problem-solving/safety awareness, executive function skills (such as planning and thought organization), and other functional cognitive skills.
Dysphagia or Swallowing Therapy including Tongue Thrust Therapy Program.
After a thorough assessment, the treating SLP will develop an individualized plan to target the specific skills impaired (e.g., by implementing exercises to improve speech sound production, word-finding skills, language comprehension, written language skills, etc.).
- difficulty swallowing/ dysphagia
- vocal pathologies (e.g., muscle tension dysphonia, nodules, chronic cough, PVFM)
- primary progressive aphasia (PPA)
- brain injuries
- Parkinson’s disease
- dysarthria/ slurred speech
- head and neck cancer/ damage from previous radiation treatment
- amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Myasthenia Gravis
- dementia/Alzheimer’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- cerebral palsy
- Down syndrome
- post- concussion syndrome
- oral motor weakness
- accent reduction
- and other neuro conditions