Speech and Language Therapy: Expert Care & Support

How Can Speech and Language Therapy Help You?

Speech-language pathologists help stroke patients with difficultly speaking relearn how to use language or develop alternative means of communication. Language disorders may range from having difficulty remembering words to losing the ability to speak, read, or write. This also affects visual language such as sign language.

Many specialized therapeutic techniques have been developed to assist people with language disorders. Some forms of short-term therapy can improve comprehension rapidly. Intensive exercises such as repeating the therapist’s word, practicing following directions and doing reading or writing exercises form the cornerstone of language rehabilitation. Conversational coaching and rehearsal as well as the development of prompts or cues to help people remember specific words are sometimes beneficial. Speech-language pathologists also help patients develop strategies for circumventing language disorders. These strategies can include the use of symbol boards or sign language. Recent advances in computer technology have spurred the development of new types of equipment to enhance communications. The SLP help patients develop problem-solving and social skills needed to cope with the long-term effects of language disorders.

Speech-language pathologists also help people with swallowing problems. Speech-language pathologists may use noninvasive imaging techniques to study swallowing patterns and identify the exact source of their impairment. Difficulties with swallowing have many possible causes, including a delayed swallowing reflex, an inability to manipulate food with the tongue or an inability to detect food remaining lodged in the cheeks after swallowing. When the cause has been pinpointed, speech-language pathologists work with the individual to devise strategies to overcome or minimize the deficit. Sometimes, simply changing body position and improving posture during eating can bring about improvement. The texture of foods can be modified to make swallowing easier; for example, thin liquids, which often cause choking, can be thickened. Changing eating habits by taking small bites and chewing slowly can also help alleviate swallowing problems.

State-of-the-Art Speech & Language Therapy Hospital

Carrus Rehabilitation Hospital is a physician-owned facility located in Sherman, Texas. The hospital’s state-of-the-art in-patient rehabilitation services meets the complex healthcare needs of patients who require acute rehabilitative care. Carrus’ resources include a long-term acute care rehabilitation hospital for critically ill patients with complex healthcare needs, a full range of physical therapy and occupational therapy equipment, a special procedures area that provides CT scans, sleep studies and IV infusions, as well as four beautifully decorated courtyards for our patients’ enjoyment. Carrus Rehabilitation Hospital is licensed by the State of Texas and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, and is an approved provider for Medicare.

Carrus Specialty Hospital serves Sherman, Durant, Denison, Gainesville, Denton, McKinney, Plano, Bonham, Lewisville, Carrollton, Fort Worth, Dallas, Oklahoma City and beyond.