Speech Therapy

speech therapyWhat Is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is performed by speech and language therapists. They are involved in the assessment of people with communication, memory and eating/swallowing problems.

Language is our most human characteristic. It is essential for learning, working, and enjoying family life and friendships. The speech therapist will establish with you and the team an effective way to get your needs and wants “communicated.” Speech therapy can also help people with swallowing disorders such as Dysphagia. Dysphagia is the inability to swallow correctly. The speech therapist will provide intervention and speech therapy techniques to improve your ability to swallow. This may include a diet/meal change until you have achieved the necessary techniques to swallow safely.

When your memory is affected due to your illness, your speech therapist will assist you with compensatory techniques to improve your independence through speech therapy.

Speech therapists help facilitate improvements in a resident’s communication and swallowing skills following a stroke or when aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, and dysphasia are present. Our main goal is to help improve a resident’s quality of life. Skilled nursing staff members at Allegan County Medical Care Community are always available to cater to each resident’s needs and medical concerns.