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Another classification is neurodegenerative diseases, that causes weakened or damaged nerves. This affects someone’s ability for movement and even the production of speech sounds.
If you have Parkinson’s, ALS, MS or another neurodegenerative disease, it is still possible for you or your loved one to be confident when speaking by…
Can degenerative diseases be stopped or reversed?
Speech therapy in particular can help with retaining oral communication. In case severe cases, your speech-language pathologist can also introduce alternative communication devices.
Speech-language pathology also helps in reducing the risk of choking while eating and swallowing.
What are degenerative diseases?
Motor disorders and muscle weakness are common effects. There are many varieties to these diseases, depending on how it affects the body:
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
How do neurodegenerative diseases affect speech?
Increasing communication issues make daily activities difficult. Speech-language pathology addresses these challenging aspects of communication (via speech therapy) and in eating activities (via swallowing therapy).
Speech-language pathologists may focus on the oral motor skills in therapy. They may teach you and your loved one proper techniques for achieving clearer speech.
They can also introduce augmentative and assistive devices (or AACs) to help with communication. Voice amplifiers for example can help in producing a louder voice.
If untreated, dysphagia can lead to the risk of choking or even aspiration, where food or liquids go into the airway instead of the stomach. More severe dysphagia may also result in recommendations to use a feeding tube.
Speech therapists can help with safely using the muscles necessary for swallowing. Posture and positioning guides while eating can help as well as dietary suggestions for foods that are easier to intake.
How Apheleia Speech Therapy Can Help
Our licensed speech pathologist can help you retain your communication skills longer. They may also assist in providing alternative communication devices. Our aim is for the person affected to feel more confident in making natural speech.
Therapy will help introduce proper eating habits to reduce the risk of choking. Our speech therapist will also help with recommendations for swallowing exercises and diet.
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