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Speech and Language Therapy for Virus Patients

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 24, 2020 12:52:08 PM

Speech Pathology, Allied Health, HealthcareHospitals are overwhelmed and facing many challenges due to the novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. One of the problems hospitals are facing in their battle against COVID-19 is difficulty communicating with patients, especially those who are intubated, or on a ventilator. This is where Speech Pathologists come in. Here are two of the strategies Speech Pathologists are using to help COVID-19 patients communicate.


The world is ever-changing and the field of Speech-Language Pathology is adapting with it. In order to keep therapists and their patients (many of which who are high-risk) safe, many clinics, school, and hospitals have taken their therapy practices online. Teletherapy is being utilized to conduct essential therapy sessions for children and adults with communication difficulties such as cleft lip and palate, aphasia, language disorders are more. During these sessions, clients and therapists engage in activities just as they would in a face to face session.

Alternative and Augmentative Communication

Speech Pathologists have also utilized various communication boards as a way for medical frontlines to exchange messages with patients, and properly assist them with their needs. These communication boards can range from a picture board to an eye gaze system. These AAC devices feature pictures and words. The boards have words such as "pain", "yes/no", "hungry" and more. Which serve as a functional form of communication for those who have difficulty speaking due to a physical limitation or cognitive impairment. These devices have been translated into multiple languages and used as a vital tool for patients to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and caregivers.

Speech-Language Pathologists are committed to helping their patients find their voices in these difficult times. If you are a current or potential client that may need any type of allied health staff, please contact us.

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