What is speech-language pathology? And how does it help recovery from stroke or brain injury? Those are the basic questions clients have for speech-language pathologists at the beginning of care. But the answers to those questions may raise more questions, such as “How long will therapy last?” This post helps patients and caregivers understand the role SLPs play in the treatment of speech, language, and cognitive disorders. It closes with eight questions patients and caregivers may want to ask on their first visit in order to get the most out of treatment.
Rehabilitation program options can be confusing. There are many different kinds of professionals who provide rehab, and many types of facilities which offer it. When helping the caregivers of your patients determine their best options, it should be with the goal of helping everybody involved get the most out of rehabilitation. And that is defined differently for each patient.
Approximately 43.5 million caregivers provide unpaid care to an adult or child in the United States, and according to Family Caregiver Alliance statistics, they spend an average of 22 hours a week doing it.
Communication disorders can be extremely socially isolating, as our culture revolves around language. When language is affected, whether from birth or later in life, social contact and relationships can be affected. But just because someone has a communication disorder does not mean that they are any less deserving of, or capable of making social connections.
Emotions and mental well-being frequently are overlooked in people with communication & cognitive disorders due to brain injury, stroke, or learning disorders. Although language and cognition certainly aren’t tangible, they are more easily recognized as areas of weakness, and are much more easily quantified, such as: “Bob speaks in sentences that have an average length of 2 words.” “Janie is able to retain a new fact for 2 minutes after first hearing it.”
Some days feel overwhelming – when you wonder if you can keep going; whether what you’re doing is really making a difference. You’re not alone – we’ve all been there.
Communication disorders can often be isolating, and being on your own waiting for improvement to happen can be intensely discouraging. Sometimes the best therapy is what other people with communication disorders can offer – their advice, their empathy, and their unique position being able to understand exactly what you’re going through.
Having a communication disorder is hard, but so is watching a loved one struggle to communicate. Caregivers come in many shapes and forms – mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children, brothers and sisters, and aides. Your patience and perseverance never ceases to amaze us. This post is dedicated to you.