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It’s not just about teaching someone how to say “hello” without a lisp but helping someone swallow their food without choking would save their life.
While it may seem like a daunting and embarrassing prospect to work with a speech therapist, the benefits cannot be ignored.
Speech therapy can help individuals with neurological conditions, learning impairments, and other chronic health conditions to improve their communication skills, overcome swallowing difficulties, and enhance their overall quality of life. and giving them the ability to connect with the world around them.
Speech Therapists in a MDT
Speech therapy is an essential part of an allied health multidisciplinary team (MDT) to treat people with chronic conditions or old age. Speech therapists are trained in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating communication and swallowing disorders.
Language and Speech Impairment
Speech therapists play a crucial role in neuro rehabilitation for stroke, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease. Their work helps patients to regain their ability to speak clearly, improve their comprehension, and develop better communication skills. Additionally, they provide vital support for those with learning impairments such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, and autism spectrum disorder, helping them overcome their communication difficulties and develop essential social skills.
When the swallowing function is impaired with people with dysphagia, a swallowing disorder commonly associated with stroke and other neurological conditions, it is often life-threatening.
Swallowing is a complex process that involves multiple muscles and nerves in the mouth, throat, and esophagus. When a person experiences a swallowing disorder, also known as dysphagia, they may have difficulty swallowing food or liquids, which can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, aspiration, and other complications.
They use a variety of techniques to treat swallowing disorders, including modifying a person’s diet and the consistency of food and liquids to make them easier to swallow; a variety of exercises to strengthen the muscles used in swallowing; and specialised tools for dysphagia, such as neuromuscular electrical stimulation, thermal-tactile stimulation, and biofeedback techniques.
Lifeweavers is a multi-disciplinary therapy team of highly experienced rehabilitation clinicians consisting:
We also work with rehab doctors, counsellors and links up with support groups, social prescriptions and external vendors with other specialised services or equipment to assist our clients every step of the way on their recovery journey.