It is much easier to find a pediatric speech therapy facility than one for adults, even though adults may have just as many (albeit different) reasons for needing the therapy as children.
According to a recent article at Craig Daily Press, Memorial Regional Health in Colorado has recognized the need for adult speech therapy and is revamping their SLP offerings to include adults. Now, men and women who have had mouth or neck surgery; who suffer from Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, or the effects of a stroke; or a myriad of other ailments can re-learn how to breathe, speak, swallow, and eat comfortably.
Simple things like going out to dinner or meeting someone in a loud, echo-filled area, suddenly become more difficult and frustrating when someone can’t project their voice any more. “Patients with neurological disorders might have really low volume of speech due to poor breath support and weakened lung musculature. They can be hard to hear in loud places,” the article explained.
Swallowing is also a problem for some folks. It is not uncommon for people with Parkinson’s disease to die of pneumonia after aspirating on their food. “It’s important to address swallowing issues so people don’t choke while eating. Swallowing difficulties are common as we age, because our throat and tongue muscles weaken.”
Adult SLP sessions may be once or multiple times a week over several weeks and can involve exercises, medical devices, and practice at home. The work is tough, but the results are worth it.
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