Happy Better Speech and Hearing Month!
Wikipedia's definition follows: "Speech-Language Pathologists provide a wide range of services, mainly on an individual basis, but also as support for individuals, families, support groups, and providing information for the general public. Speech services begin with initial screening for communication and swallowing disorders and continue with assessment and diagnosis, consultation for the provision of advice regarding management, intervention and treatment, and provision counseling and other follow up services for these disorders.
cognitive aspects of communication (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving, executive functions).
speech (phonation, articulation, fluency, resonance, and voice including aeromechanical components of respiration); language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatic/social aspects of communication) including comprehension and expression in oral, written, graphic, and manual modalities; language processing; preliteracy and language-based literacy skills, phonological awareness.
swallowing or other upper aerodigestive functions such as infant feeding and aeromechanical events (evaluation of esophageal function is for the purpose of referral to medical professionals); voice (hoarseness (dysphonia), poor vocal volume (hypophonia), abnormal (e.g. rough, breathy, strained) vocal quality).
Research demonstrates voice therapy to be especially helpful with certain patient populations; individuals with Parkinson's Disease often develop voice issues as a result of their disease.
sensory awareness related to communication, swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive functions.
Speech-Language Pathologists collaborate with other health care professionals often working as part of a multidisciplinary team, providing referrals to audiologists and others; providing information to health care professionals (including doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, dietitians), educators, behavior consultants (applied behavior analysis) and parents as dictated by the individual client's needs."
This year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's educational campaign is titled "Communication Disorders are Treatable".
For more information on Speech Therapy: http://www.ASHA.org/
Upcoming courses can be found here:
Courses coming up in the next month:
5/17/2014 - 5/18/2014 / Boise, ID / Myofascial Release and Other Manual Techniques in Dysphagia Management
5/17/2014 - 5/18/2014 / Dallas, TX / Approaching Dysphagia: Faster, Smarter, Better
6/5/2014 - 6/7/2014 / Salt Lake City Area, UT / The Listening Program® Provider Certification Course
Interesting video clip may be found here:
Speech therapy technique for Parkinson's:
Heartwarming success with stuttering
Unknowing canine Speech Therapy for Alzheimer’s patient:
Happy Better Speech and Hearing Month from http://www.MedRehabWeb.com!