May is Speech Therapy Month
May is Speech Therapy Month. And Speech Therapy Month is a great month for a new beginning! People who have Head & Neck Cancer, Stroke, Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or other Neuromuscular Conditions often find their ability to speak and communicate have changed. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Because the good news is that changes in speech and communication after these conditions can be treated.
Do you feel fatigued? Have muscle stiffness? Difficulty swallowing? Trouble getting your words out? Or trouble putting things in order to complete daily tasks that typically are routine? If so, you are not alone. These symptoms happen with many conditions that affect your nerves, muscles and tissues. But many people living with these problems can gain more independence and enjoyment in everyday activities by attending Speech Therapy. And Speech Therapy Month is a great month for giving it a try!
Therapy for Speech and Swallowing
Therapy Achievements may be the place just for you. Our Speech Therapists will give you an individualized evaluation. We will test the strength, flexibility and coordination of the muscles in your mouth and throat for articulation and swallowing. Your therapist will evaluate how fast you can form words and comprehend what is being said to you. We assess how long you can pay attention to and remember information. And then, using the results from the evaluation, we will determine what is interfering with your ability to speak, swallow and communicate with family and friends. Once the issues have been identified, a treatment plan will be developed and tailored to your needs.
During therapy sessions, you will meet individually with your therapist to work on your goals. Sessions are typically one hour in length and are scheduled according to your needs. Oftentimes, frequency is 1-3 times per week for 8-12 weeks. As you make progress toward your goals, your sessions may decrease in frequency. Even after have accomplished your goals, your therapist will check with you on a monthly basis to ensure your home program is effective and you are maintaining your progress.
Please talk to your doctor about your symptoms and see if therapy is the right course for you. Therapy Achievements wants to be your advocate and help provide the plan of care specific to your needs at this time. Contact us for more information today! May Speech Therapy Month be the beginning of something beautiful for you!