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Speech Therapy - Different Approaches for Different People

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Speech Therapy, Allied HealthWhen people think of speech therapy, they often imagine a child who stutters or otherwise has a speech disorder. While people who stutter or who have a speech disorder can benefit from therapy, there are a variety of other reasons people may need the help of a speech therapist.

Damaged Vocal Cords

Screaming can cause damage to your vocal cords. Cheering at a sporting event or otherwise getting excited may cause temporary hoarseness, but it will generally go away after a few days. Unfortunately, excessive screaming may result in the person needing this therapy to deal with the problem.

This was the case for Amelia Mae Thompson, a British girl who was attending an Ariana Grande concert earlier this year when a man detonated a deadly device at the concert, killing 22 people. Thompson screamed so much that she damaged her vocal cords and needed various forms of therapy - including speech - to deal with the situation.

Stroke

After a stroke, people often deal with an assortment of physical issues. These physical issues often require rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. The person many need assistance with their speech to help them form the right words as well as to help them comprehend language. This may include helping the person learn to communicate in nonverbal ways, including writing things down or with gestures. For stroke victims, their therapy services may also include assistance with other issues, including swallowing.

Concussion

People who have suffered from a concussion may experience some of the same problems as those who have a stroke. A speech therapist can help the person regain language skills after the person suffers a concussion or other serious brain injury.

Speech therapy can benefit people in a variety of other situations. To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Healthcare section of our blog.

 

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