Speech therapy for stroke, brain injury, other neurological conditions
A stroke or neurological injury can have a devastating impact on all language functions. About 35% of individuals who have a stroke get aphasia, which can severely impact language and communicative abilities. The language deficits will depend on the location and severity of the neurological damage.
Although there are numerous aphasia types, it is generally classified into two types: Broca's (non-fluent) and Wernicke's (fluent).
- poor comprehension, listening skills
- confusion with long sentences or directions
- difficulty answering questions
- required repeated directions or instruction
- difficulty understanding abstract language
- inability to differentiate between sounds
Speech and Language Testing
Prior to therapy, each client is given a comprehensive evaluation. The purpose of the language evaluation is to assess the skills and strengths in the areas of expressive and receptive language abilities. Prior to admission into our therapy program, we meet with each family to discuss the patient's needs, strengths, and goals.
The evaluation also helps us to determine the severity and the type of aphasia. After the evaluation, you will have a consultation with your speech-language pathologist where the results will be reviewed. A therapy plan targeting the speech, language, and cognitive functions specific to your needs will be created by your speech therapist.
We work closely with family members in order to implement and carryover many of the speech and language exercises in the home setting.