Many people think of speech therapy as mainly for children with speech delays and disorders, but it can also help adults with acute communications problems. That was the case for Lois Grissom of Rock Island, Illinois. After she had two strokes in the course of two weeks, she was unable to speak or write at all—a condition known as global aphasia, and one that is common in stroke survivors. Her concerned husband Gary arranged for her to have therapy with Speech Language Pathologist Kylie Lucas. [continue reading…]
Having something soft, warm, and loving to interact with has long been viewed as medically beneficial. There are many ways animals can be used to help children improve their speech capabilities within therapy sessions and at home. [continue reading…]
Nearly 3 million people suffer from some form of a stutter in the United States. This speech impediment can negatively affect an individual’s education, career, self-esteem, and social life. While speech therapy is effective for many patients, further resources are required for others. [continue reading…]
Learning English is challenging as a native speaker. The grammar rules and pronunciations are difficult enough to require lessons in every year of public education. For non-native speakers, who are accustomed to entirely different rules and pronunciations, it is far more difficult. To add to the difficulty of the language itself, foreign English speakers typically retain a noticeable accent that can make communication more difficult. It is also possible for people who have spoken English their entire lives to have a pronounced accent indicative of the region they were raised. [continue reading…]
Anomic aphasia presents as an inability to consistently produce the appropriate words for things a person wishes to talk about. This is particularly evident when the individual requires a noun or verb. The disorder is known by several names, including amnesic aphasia, dysnomia, and nominal aphasia.
Typically, the patient will have fluent speech that is grammatically correct. However, their speech will be filled with vague words such as “thing” and a constant attempt to find the words which will accurately describe the word they want to use. Many people will describe this as feeling as though the word is on the tip of the tongue, a feeling most people occasionally experience. Individuals suffering from anomic aphasia feel this on a regular basis. These patients usually have no difficulty reading or understanding speech, and are even able to accurately repeat sentences and words. The difficulty lies in finding words to express their own thoughts, whether verbally or in writing. [continue reading…]
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a broad term used to refer to a group of various disorders which impact an individual’s ability to move. It is caused by damage to the brain during pregnancy or soon after birth. Symptoms vary widely, depending on the part of the brain that received the damage and the extent of the damage. Symptoms include limited muscle coordination or control, poor muscle tone and posture, reduced reflexes, and difficulty with balance. Additionally, patients with cerebral palsy may also have impairments associated with their vision, hearing, learning, or speech. [continue reading…]
Among other things, epilepsy increases a child’s risk of developing speech and language deficits. This is an area that needs to be addressed early on, as it can greatly affect a child’s ability to interact with peers and educators, thereby making education as a whole more challenging. [continue reading…]