Maximizing the Benefits of Speech Therapy for Stroke and Brain Injury Recovery
As a speech therapist, I primarily work with adults who are recovering from stroke and brain injury. I also work with clients who have Parkinson's disease. If you are one of these people, or if you are an adult considering speech therapy, here is some important and helpful information.
If you or a loved one has recently experienced a stroke or brain injury, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn for help. One thing that I would recommend is to ask your therapist about the evidence-based practices and approaches they use. This will give you an idea of the types of treatments they are trained in and have experience with.
It is also important to ask about the standardized testing that was used in your assessment. This will give you an objective measure of your progress and help you and your therapist define the goals of your therapy. In some cases, it may be difficult to complete a full standardized assessment in a fast-paced hospital or skilled nursing environment. However, there should be some form of objective measure in place to track your progress.
Once you have this information, you can do your own research to learn more about the treatment approaches and how you can apply the principles at home. Don't be afraid to ask questions and seek out the resources and support you need to make the most of your therapy.