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.
Aphasia affects speaking, listening, reading or writing skills, usually due to a stroke or other brain injury. An estimated two million Americans live with aphasia, with an estimated 180,000 added every year. Because communication is so critical to daily life, researchers continue to study the most effective ways to improve the lives of persons living with aphasia. A new pre-post group study out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst investigated the efficacy of tablet-based home practice.
We’ve identified key findings from this study and incorporated thoughts on what the results mean for you and your patients.
As a speech-language pathologist, do you feel like you spend more time on paperwork and meetings than you do with your patients? Do you want to feel more productive in your practice? Here are some hacks designed for the busy SLP.
As a busy SLP, how do you determine which books are worth your time? Whether you're looking for a great read for an upcoming vacation, to add to your book club’s list, or to recommend to a client or family member, our list of the best books for speech-language pathologists is sure to inspire you.
Every patient starting cognitive or speech rehabilitation therapy is different and requires a personalized therapy regimen, based on who they are, their diagnosis and the progress they are making towards their recovery goals. With the use of “big data"-driven analytics, it is now possible to micro-personalize therapy for patients.
The more time patients with brain injury spend on meaningful treatment tasks, the better their outcomes. However, there’s often a gap between the ideal amount of time needed to improve, and the time that’s dictated by insurance coverage or busy in-clinic schedules.
We all know the importance of consistent home practice to generalize new strategies and promote neuroplasticity. But sometimes, no matter how hard you try to educate clients, your urgency about this just doesn’t seem to carry over.
Reprinted from Advance Healthcare Network for Speech & Hearing, Nov 21, 2016
Here are our four favorite starting points for finding all types of speech and language therapy activities that are a perfect fit for adults working hard to recover from aphasia, stroke or TBI – with specific examples to get you started.