Online Speech Therapy for
Stroke and Brain Injury
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 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.
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 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
Online assessment & intervention in the comfort of your home
Customise & Plan
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 benefits of online Speech 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