ST: Speech-language pathologists evaluate, and treat a variety of speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice and swallowing disorders. They will also educate and train patients and families in methods of communication, swallowing and thinking skills.
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries of the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. If blood flow does not reach does not reach the region that controls a particular body function that part of the body won’t work as it should.
Rehabilitation helps stroke survivors relearn lost skills like walking, moving, talking, swallowing, and other activities of daily life. Rehabilitation also teaches survivors other ways of completing tasks to compensate for any areas of challenge.
Rehabilitation for stroke survivors may include PT, OT and/or ST depending on areas of need
Lee Silverman’s Voice Therapy (LSVT LOUD) is available for the management of the speech symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. LSVT is considered the gold standard treatment based on clinical research.
LSVT LOUD focuses on improving loudness with carryover into daily communication tasks. A SLP provides this therapy on an intensive schedule of 16 individual 60 minute sessions in one month's time.
Research shows that 90% of patients improve loudness during treatment, and approximately 80% of patients maintain improvement for 12-24 months after treatment.
LSVT BIG uses the principles of the LOUD program on the limb movements in people with Parkinson’s disease. This therapy increases limb and body movements to improve speed, balance and quality of life.
LSVT Big is offered intensively in 16 sessions over a single month. This type of practice is needed to encourage carryover of bigger movement to everyday life.
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