Dysphagia is difficulty with swallowing. This can be a devastating condition and lead to more serious complications. It has many causes: stroke victims often have it, and patients with Parkinsons or Multiple Sclerosis may have dysphagia. The treatment for dysphagia is managed by a Speech and Language Pathologist, or Speech Therapist. Treatment usually consists of diet modifications and gradual reduction of symptoms.
Memory, Comprehension, and Verbal Expression are also areas treated by the Speech Therapist. These skills are just as important to daily activities as mobility and toileting. In the rehabilitation setting, a patient will improve much faster if their comprehension and memory are not holding them back.
Speech Therapy concentrates on a patient’s cognitive improvement so they can carry over the techniques and exercises they learn in PT and OT when they leave rehabilitation.