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STROKE & BRAIN INJURY

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Communication challenges can be caused by brain injury, brain tumours or stroke and can make returning to every day activities very challenging. 

 

Communication disorders include Aphasia, Dysarthria and Apraxia of Speech. 

 

Speech pathologists can support individuals who have had a brain injury. In particular, they can work with someone on their swallowing, thinking skills and communication. Speech pathologists provide assessment and treatment but also education to help an individual with TBI and their supports to learn about what has happened and how to manage. 

APHASIA

Aphasia is an acquired language disorder and affects speaking, understanding, reading and writing. 

Aphasia affects a person’s ability to communicate. People with aphasia do maintain their intelligence. 

 

Aphasia symptoms vary in degrees of severity and vary from person to person. 

 

There are different types of aphasia, including Broca’s Wernicke’s, Global and Conduction Aphasia). Each type of aphasia has different characteristics and no two people with aphasia are the same. 

 

Symptoms of aphasia may include: 

  • Difficulties putting words in the correct order 

  • Needing extra time to process information 

  • Challenging understanding written information 

  • Difficulties finding words 

  • Difficulties reading and writing 

  • Halting effortful speech 

  •  Difficulties copying letters or words 

 

Aphasia is usually caused by stroke, but can also result from brain injury, brain tumour or other neurological causes. 

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  • What happens in a telehealth session?
    After agreeing to a date and time, you will be sent a link by email. When its time for your appointment, simply open the email using a computer, laptop, tablet or phone and click on the link. You will then be automatically connected to a secure, reliable and confidential digital video conference and your session will start. We will share our screen in interactive and engaging ways. Telehealth closely resembles face-to-face sessions.
  • Who can access Telehealth?
    Anyone who needs it, as long as you have internet connection, a device (computer, iPad or tablet) & a webcam.
  • Is Telehealth as effective as face to face?
    We believe so! In a recent study from The Consumer Health Forum of Australia (2020), a statistically significant percentage of people found Telehealth better or equivalent to a face-to-face session. Our clients enjoy sessions and choose it over face to face when asked! Other factors influencing positive therapy outcomes via telehealth include: - Greater consistency in attending sessions due to ease of access - Improved participation in a familiar setting - Greater generalisation of new skills to everyday life - Greater therapy understanding of an individuals home environment - Easier sharing of information with significant others If you are not sure if Telehealth is right for you, we are happy to provide a free 30 minute consultation!
  • Is Telehealth intervention just for those that live rurally?
    No. Telehealth is not limited to people who live in rural and remote areas. You may live in the city and work full time. We make high quality healthcare available no matter where you live.
  • Is Telehealth right for me?
    Do you feel more comfortable from home? Do you have a busy schedule? Do you have mobility challenges? Do you have limited access to therapy? Do you wish to start therapy right away without waiting for a face to face therapist?

ACQUIRED APRAXIA OF SPEECH 

 

Apraxia of Speech occurs when you have difficulties controlling the messages from the brain to the mouth. This occurs when the specific areas of the brain that controls coordinated muscle movement is damaged. Apraxia of speech can range from mild to severe and can be caused by stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Brain Injury or progressive neurological disorders. 

DYSARTHRIA

 

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder that affects the strength of the muscles that support speech production.

 

Symptoms of Dysarthria may include slurred speech, speech that is slow and difficult to understand. People with dysarthria may also have difficulties with pitch, loudness and voice quality.  Overall, speech is unnatural and unclear.

 

Dysarthria can be caused by Traumatic Brain Injury, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease.  

 

Speech Therapy may include: 

·    Comprehensive articulation assessment including personalised base-line recordings

·    An inventory of strengths and areas for improvement

·    Personalised speech strategies

·    A targeted therapy program for completion both with your speech pathologist and at home independently

THE PROCESS

Thorough Assessment

Customise & Plan

Impactful treatment

Online Meeting

HOW DOES ONLINE THERAPY WORK?

 

We’ll meet via our secure, easy-to-use online platform. The materials used will be shared on the screen. 

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ONLINE THERAPY?

 

  • Eliminates transportation concerns and travel time 

  • Greater flexibility and convenience 

  • Greater generalisation of goals to everyday life 

  • Good proximity of the camera to the mouth 

  • It works & has been proven to be as effective as face to face therapy

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