Services

DYSPHAGIA

APHASIA

Swallowing deficits (dysphagia) may result from a stroke due to weakness and/or incoordination of muscles in the mouth and throat. The SLP can evaluate a person's swallowing function and make recommendations that involve positioning issues, feeding techniques, diet consistency changes, and education of the person with stroke, family members, or caregivers. I can improve your swallow strength through traditional swallowing exercises and NMES if appropriate.
Aphasia is a language disorder from a neurological impairment. You may have word-finding difficulties, decreased fluency, decreased word output/production, or difficulty understanding speech/langauge.  Most survivors feel as if they know the word that they would like to say, but can’t get it out. I address this issue with techniques to help the speaker and the listener.

If needed, I can also help those patients who have poor speech/language get a communication device. I can help train you on how to use it!

VOICE DISORDERS

COGNITIVE DEFICITS

If you have low vocal intensity from Parkinson's disease, I can do voice exercises to improve your loudness for improved communication effectiveness.  I also work with patients diagnosed with vocal fold paresis/paralysis.
[Difficulties in attention, awareness, orientation, memory, problem solving, and reasoning skills.] Individuals who have suffered a stroke/TBI may also have trouble concentrating when there are internal and external distractions (e.g., carrying on a conversation in a noisy restaurant, dividing attention among multiple tasks/demands). I can provide therapy to target those high-level skills needed to return to prior responsibilities, such as employment. I target this area with tasks and drills to assist with modified ways to perform those tasks.  Memory may be targeted using external memory aids, internal memory strategies, Spaced Retrieval Technique, etc. 

DYSARTHRIA

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder [typically from a stroke], in which your muscles are weak, resulting in slurred speech. I can provide you with oral motor exercises to improve your oral motor strength. If you have respiratory weakness, I can work on EMST [expiratory muscle strength training] to improve your breath support for improved speech intelligibility.

READING/WRITING DEFICITS

Some people may have alexia or agraphia, both of which can occur after a stroke. I can work on improving those skills through specifically tailored tasks.
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