How Stroke Patients Can Benefit From Speech Therapy
Posted By: Becky Davis - 4/23/2018 12:00:00 AM
Experiencing a stroke is a catastrophic event that can result in temporary or permanent paralysis on one side of the body. Other bodily functions that can be changed by a stroke include vision, balance, cognition, speech, and memory. Unfortunately, pain and muscle spasms are common complications when you have a stroke. All these issues have the potential to make it difficult for you to handle daily tasks such as dressing and bathing. Difficulty communicating is one of the most serious complications of having a stroke. Many patients have a decrease in speaking capability once they have experienced this malady. Studies show that aphasia, a disorder which impairs your ability to process language, occurs in about 20 to 40 percent of stroke patients. It does not affect intelligence, but makes it hard to understand others, communicate with them, and affects your ability to read and write. The following details how rehabilitation therapists can help and how speech therapy benefits those who have suffered from a stroke. How occupational therapists can help Stroke patients can recovery quicker when they receive quality occupational and rehabilitation therapy. Research studies show that when occupational therapists (OT) work with a patient, they are more likely to return to their daily lives. Occupational therapists are instrumental in helping their patients find new ways of living that benefit themselves and their loved ones. An initial observation and evaluation will be conducted by the OT to find out what their patient's needs are. Therapists are a vital resource because they provide professional attention and have an understanding of the challenges that are a part of surviving this condition. The OT is in a position to recommend a speech-language pathologist consultation if their patient has ongoing problems with speaking and swallowing. Within the weeks and months that follow a stroke, many survivors make large gains by using speech therapy. With the help of a speech-language pathologist, many patients will see improvement beyond that time frame. The speech-language pathologist's role in rehabilitation Speech therapists, also known as speech-language pathologists (SLP,) are essential members of the patient care team. They diagnose, assess, and treat disorders having to do with voice, language, speech, cognitive communication, the ability to swallow, and other issues. The ultimate goal for the speech-language pathologist is to help their patients reach the highest level of communication function and language possible. How an SLP can help stroke victims The inability to swallow is a common example of an issue that speech therapy can help stroke victims overcome. This kind of issue makes it difficult for a person to function independently. A treatment plan is prepared by the SLP after they evaluate a patient. They could recommend participation in a group therapy to improve conversational skills through taking turns and clarifying ideas. They might also retrain word retrieval for stroke survivors through specific strategies. Role playing by pretending to have interactions with others helps the patient as well. SLPs work with their patient's other therapists during the recovery process to provide the best care possible. An example of this would be working with an occupational therapist to help the patient return to work or school. They could also work with the employer, an educational specialist, and the victim's family to modify the environment to meet their unique needs. Swallowing function evaluation The ability to swallow is one of the most important skills needed by a stroke survivor. In order for them to return to independent living, this skill is essential, so it will be monitored as they recover. The SLP evaluates this and makes recommendations about feeding techniques, the proper position, and changes that need to be made in food and drink consistency. Speech therapy also involves education for the patient, and their family or caregivers, about any adaptations needed for daily living. Do you or a loved one need professional speech therapy? If you need Rehabilitation Therapy services, including speech therapy and occupational therapy, contact the experts at Bivins Pointe in Amarillo, Texas today. You can also find out more about our Events, the Bfit Gym, our Amenities, and our current Volunteer opportunities. Call us at (806) 350-2200 for more information or Contact Us by email. You can also visit us in person at 6600 Killgore Drive in Amarillo.
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