At Speech Exchange we offer therapy to people who have an acquired communication difficulty, this can be the result of many different neurological conditions. The most common ones being:
- Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
- Stroke (CVA)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
- Head injury
The neurological condition may affect your communication in variety of ways;
- It may change the way your speech sounds, this is known as Dysarthria or Dyspraxia
- It may make it difficult to understand the spoken or written word, this is known as receptive Dysphasia
- It may be difficult to express yourself verbally or via the written word, this is known as expressive dysphasia
- It may be that you have a combination of all of these disorders
This will include:
- Assessment of speech and language using both informal and formal assessment
- Once a diagnosis has been reached, a client-centered treatment plan will be agreed. This will be developed around the client’s goals e.g. To get back to work, To chair a meeting, To speak with my grandchildren. This helps to keep motivation during the therapy process.
- Therapy exercises will be practised in sessions and homework will be given.
- Any advice/ support to other family members will also be given
- Formal reports and/or attendance to meetings are also offered
One of the therapy techniques we are trained to deliver is the Lee Silverman Voice Technique LSVT – this is an intense therapy programme that is delivered 4 sessions a week for 4 weeks.
LSVT is based on the principle ‘Speak LOUD’, to maximise speech intelligibility. It was first designed to be used with individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, however, it has more recently being found to be effective with people with other neurological conditions. There has been a great deal of research into this approach, if you have a look at the website the research and example of the technique in action are available www.lsvtglobal.com