Adult Speech and Language Therapy

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Speech and Language Therapy

A Speech and Language Therapist is a clinician educated in the study of communication, its development, and its disorders. Mind Institute is a licensed therapy center that offers an evaluation of speech and language to children and adults to determine if communication problems exist and decide on the best way to treat them. We identify, evaluate, and treat a wide range of speech, language, and swallowing disorders for individuals of all ages. Our goal is to integrate therapy with your daily communication activities; at home, in school, and at work. To incorporate the communication therapy goals in all settings: at home, in school, and at work

 At Mind Institute, we help individuals of any age having problems with the following:

 Speech Sounds: How words come out and how words sound. This is known as articulation or phonological disorders, Apraxia of Speech, or Dysarthria.

Language: How do we understand what others tell us what we read and what we hear. For adults, this is referred to as Aphasia.

Literacy: Difficulty reading, writing, and spelling. Specific difficulties in reading, spelling, and comprehension

Social communication: Social skills like taking turns, standing in line, talking to people, and how far to stand away from people. This is also called pragmatics. 

Pragmatic language: appropriate use of language in social situations, for example, initiate greetings, be a good listener, maintain topic..etc

Voice disorders: How we sound; hoarse, too loud or no voice.

Fluency: Also called stuttering. Many young children will go through a stuttering stage, but most outgrow it.

Cognitive-communication: This is related to thinking skills, memory, organization, focus, and attention

Feeding and swallowing: How well chew, suck, swallow food, and liquid. This is also called Dysphagia.

P.E.C.S. for children and adults

According to Pyramid educational consultants, “PECS is a unique alternative/augmentative communication system developed in the U.S.A. in 1985 by Andy Bondy, PhD, and Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP. PECS was first implemented with preschool students diagnosed with Autism at the Delaware Autism Program.” Since then, PECS has successfully been implemented worldwide with thousands of learners of all ages who have various cognitive, physical, and communication challenges. PECS can be used for children and adults, and Mind Institute’s clinicians are trained and certified in PECS.

 Speech and Language Therapy are common for children. But did you know that Mind Institute also works with adults? If you suffered a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, we could help. We also offer help retraining your swallowing function, to prevent food and liquid from going down into your lungs. Individuals with dementia, for example, need help to remember people and events. These are some examples of when a speech therapist can help an adult.

Mind Institute can provide adult speech therapy in the following areas:

  • Communication disorders including speech and language; sounds, clarity, expressive and receptive language
  • Dysphagia; difficulty in swallowing, drinking, chewing food and drooling
  • cognitive-communication including orientation, problem-solving, memory organization and attention
  • Social communication such as taking turns in a conversation and general conversational dynamics ( I suggest to remove this and provide it as examples under Pragmatics)
  • Pragmatics: social use of language
  • Auditory processing
  • Fluency (stuttering)
  • Voice disorders; pitch, volume, quality, and excessive throat clearing
  • Training for the use of alternative/augmentative communication such as PECS

Summary

Mind Institute’s S.L.P. department specializes in speech therapy for adults. We focus on promoting communication independence by improving reading and writing skills, comprehension, articulation, and cognitive ability. Whether your difficulties arise from stroke and traumatic brain injury or you have a speech difficulty from your childhood that was never addressed, we can help. Call us today.

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