Do you want to see improvements in your communication, so that you can maximise your independence and quality of life?
With progressive disorders the aim of therapy is to maintain function at the current level for as long as possible.
Where appropriate exercises are provided (as with LSVT for some conditions) to try and slow down the deterioration and its effect on speech and swallowing.
Speech and language therapists work with patients, and their family and carers to identify and implement strategies that help to maintain communication. Because communicating can become difficult for everyone, over time there is often less that is spoken, and what is communicated is often only basic needs. WIth guidance and awareness, these sorts of issues can be addressed in therapy.
Speech and language therapists can help with the following conditions:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Primary Progressive Aphasia
How speech therapy helps progressive neurological disorders:
- Speech exercises for lips, tongue, palate, jaw
- Facial exercises to maintain strength
- Speech articulation programmes and focus on the rate of speech
- Voice programmes for breathing, breath control, volume, pitch, syllable stress, vocal tone
- Assessment and trials of augmentative and alternative communication aids (low and high tech AAC)
- Conversation practice
- Fatigue management for speech production
I am an experienced speech & language therapist, with my own private practice in central London who has helped many patients with Progressive Neurological Disorders to improve their communication. Please contact me if you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss any of these issues further.