Social communication refers to a person’s ability to use language to interact with others in a variety of situations. Our speech therapist also works with people with swallowing disorders or difficulties.
Aphasia is an acquired neurogenic language disorder resulting from an injury to the brain. A speech-language pathologist will treat problems associated with aphasia including spoken language expression, spoken language comprehension, written expression, and reading comprehension.
Dementia is a syndrome resulting from acquired brain disease that is characterized by a progressive decline in memory and other cognitive domains. When severe enough it interferes with daily living and independent functioning. Speech therapy treatment includes strategies to improve memory, attention, problem solving, and higher-level thinking skills. The goal is to help an individual stay as independent as possible.
Dysphagia is a swallowing disorder involving the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, or gastro-esophageal junction. Speech therapy will provide rehabilitation exercises to restore normal swallowing function, modification of diet consistency, and patient postures, or a combination of these to help maintain adequate nutrition and hydration.
Social communication disorder is characterized by difficulties with the use of verbal and nonverbal language for social purposes. Primary difficulties are in social interaction, social cognition, and pragmatics. The focus of speech therapy is to improve active engagement and building independence in natural community environments.
SPEAK OUT! emphasizes speaking with intent and converts speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. Upon graduation from SPEAK OUT!, patients transition to the LOUD Crowd. The patient and speech-language pathologist complete speech, voice, and cognitive exercises.
Listen as Boyd reads the “Grandfather Passage” and notice the difference in his speech before and after the SPEAK OUT! program.
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Wayne, NE 68787
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Laurel, NE 68745
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Wakefield, NE 68784