I provide specialist therapy input for adults with acquired neurological conditions including:
Motor neurone disease
I also work with:
Clients with a tracheostomy. I can provide specialist support to help with weaning or to optimise communication / swallowing with the tracheostomy in situ.
Voice impairments. These may be caused by nodules, vocal cord paralysis, brain injury or ENT surgery.
The above conditions can result in changes to communication skills:
Aphasia: a language impairment causing difficulties speaking, understanding, reading, writing and / or gesture.
Dysarthria: muscle weakness of the face, mouth or throat which can cause speech to sound slurred.
Apraxia of speech: a speech impairment affecting ability to plan speech movements.
Cognitive-communication disorder: this includes difficulties with attention, memory, planning and social interaction.
Dysphonia: changes to voice quality. This can include having a hoarse, strained, or quiet voice.
Neurological changes can also cause difficulties swallowing:
Dysphagia: this means swallowing impairment which can impact on abilities to swallow saliva, food and drink. Symptoms include drooling, difficulties chewing and coughing / choking on food and drink.