Speech therapy can cover a few different areas of medicine, our speech therapists here at Broward Health are trained to work with patients suffering from dysphasia, voice disorders, aphasia/cognitive impairment as well as dysarthria.
What is Dysphagia?
Dysphagia is the term used to describe "difficulty swallowing." We take eating and drinking for granted until we or someone we know has difficulty. The inability to swallow normally can have a devastating impact on quality of life.
How many people have Dysphagia?
One out of 17 people have difficulty swallowing with an estimated 10 million Americans suffering from this disorder.
Two-thirds of oral and throat cancer survivors will also have dysphagia. If dysphagia is not treated it can lead to some very serious healthcare consequences.
The good news is that with highly specialized and targeted therapeutic interventions this does not have to be a permanent condition.
The Dysphagia Program at Broward Health Imperial Point
Our program is uniquely designed to incorporate state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment with integrative healing. Treatments include, but are not limited to, electrical stimulation, myofascial release, soft tissue manipulation, manual therapy, and range of motion and stretching exercises.
If you or someone you know has dysphagia, contact your physician and ask for a video swallow function test. This diagnostic test utilizes a moving x-ray to view inside your throat while you are eating and drinking. This exam only takes a few minutes and allows us to determine the exact cause of your problem with swallowing. This test will also establish if you are a candidate for our dysphagia program.
Voice problems can prove very challenging in a person’s ability to communicate. Possible symptoms of a voice disorder can include hoarseness, breathiness, “cracking”, weakness or periods of voice loss. These symptoms may be caused by vocal nodules, vocal polyps, cysts, vocal misuse and abuse, vocal fold weakness, spasmodic dysphonia, or vocal fold bowing.
Our program has been designed to provide individualized treatment based on vocal fold pathology. Treatments include providing manual therapy, increasing breath support, and laryngeal relaxation. Vocal hygiene and stress management techniques also provided to help improve overall vocal hygiene.
Aphasia is a neurological language disorder. It primarily affects spoken language expression, spoken language comprehension, written expression and reading comprehension. The two main types of aphasia are fluent and non-fluent. Some people may experience symptoms of both. Expressive language impairments include difficulty finding words or forming sentences, speaking with effort, substituting sounds or making up words. Receptive language impairments include difficulty understanding conversations, an inability to answer yes/no questions, and a lack of awareness of speech errors. Some patients may also experience some short term memory loss.
Treatment for aphasia may vary depending on symptoms experienced. These treatments focus on restoring the affected aspect of language. This may include compensation techniques, and augmentative and alternative communication. Home exercise program and education for families and caregivers provided.
Dysarthria is a motor speech impairment. Symptoms include slow, weak, and uncoordinated movements of the speech mechanism. Treatment includes focusing on the affected phonemes, increasing breath support, and possibly providing augmentative and alternative communication
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