Memories play a significant role in shaping who we are as individual people. Understandably, memory loss due to age is a fear shared by many and can be exacerbated by certain health conditions or injuries.
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From mouth exercises and assistive technology to food textures and musical stimulation, there's much more to speech therapy than just helping someone who is having difficulty speaking. In fact, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) can create a customizable treatment plan for both children and adult patients who need help with speech, communication, or sometimes even swallowing.
Communication skills are the foundation of human interaction, so sustaining an injury that impairs or deprives us of the ability to speak can be a devastating blow. That's why speech therapists have highly effective treatments available to help patients restore their speech and language capabilities to the maximum extent possible.
In fact, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease are common causes of cognitive communication disorders. So, because May is Stroke Awareness Month, join us in learning more about speech therapy and its opportunities for patients recovering from cerebrovascular injuries such as TBIs or stroke.
In 1989, stroke was the third leading cause of death in the United States. So with this in mind, President George H. W. Bush proclaimed May as "National Stroke Awareness Month" and since then, medical research advancements have made remarkable progress in the fight against stroke; however, it still remains the fifth leading cause of death in America today. By spreading information about this high-risk condition during May's dedicated awareness month, we strive to further reduce the chances of stroke and improve treatment options.
It's safe to say, everyone knows that a constructive feedback loop is essential for ongoing personal and professional growth, which is especially true for both patients and providers. In fact, by implementing feedback-informed treatment (FIT), an empirically-supported, structured approach to gathering as well as analyzing patient feedback, therapy and rehab providers can help improve the delivery of services such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy.
Technology plays an integral role not only in everyday life, but in therapy and rehabilitation methods as well! In part one of our "Tech In Therapy" #rtblogseries, we explored technological advancements in both occupational therapy and physical therapy, but today's part two will delve deeper into how digital applications in addition to communication devices have changed the way applied behavior analysts and speech-language pathologists interact with their patients.