Adult Speech Therapy Home Visit – Service Details
It can be difficult for you or your loved one to travel to a clinic to receive ongoing therapy after being discharged from hospital.
Treatment at home can be more practical and tailored to your specific needs after such events as a stroke or a head injury. Swallowing assessments can also be more comfortable in your own environment and our therapists can assist you in selecting appropriate foods to eat directly at home.
Medelit’s Therapists use an individualised, flexible approach to speech and language assessments. This allows them to gain the best picture of your communication issues and develop a unique therapy plan based on the your needs and time availability. The goal of our tailored approach is that of maximising effectiveness and accessibility of speech therapy for all our patients.
Medelit also offers a multidisciplinary approach to Speech Therapy for Adults, where a whole team is made readily available to define the best therapy plan for you.
Our team consists of Consultants Neurologists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists, who work together with our Speech Therapists to develop a complete therapy plan around your needs. And the best part is that it is all provided directly in your home.
How it works
A home visit with our Speech Therapists can be easily booked from Monday to Friday, 09.30am to 06.30 pm.
We will fix your appointment directly at home or wherever you may need it, and according to your own schedule. We have no waiting lists and consultations are available within a few days.
Home visits can be an highly effective instrument of achieving lasting change in adults’s speech and language therapy.
Adult speech and language difficulties are quite common and can come in many forms including
Many adults experience problems with their voices (dysphonia) which occur for various reasons:
- Stressful lifestyle
- Voice misuse
- Injury or illness of the vocal cords, the larynx
- Following a laryngectomy
A voice problem can deeply affect an individual’s quality of life and many things can be done to help with both speech therapy and positive changes in lifestyle.
When the part of the brain that controls speech is damaged, this affects the connection between the brain and the speech muscles. Dysarthria can affect phonation, respiration, prosody, resonance and/or articulation and it can present in varying degrees of severity depending on the entity and localisation of the brain damage.
A person affected by dysarthria may speak in a strained, hoarse, slurred or jerky way, sometimes at a low volume or at a variable rhythm or pitch and may be very hard to understand if not incomprehensible.
The brain injury behind dysarthria can be due to stroke, degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, brain tumours, cerebral palsy or certain medications.
The speech and language therapist’s treatment will involve techniques aimed at strengthening or relaxing speech muscles, using compensatory techniques.
Stuttering or stammering is a common disorder among adults, and it can have a major impact on the lives of those affected. Dysfluency is usually present since childhood, but it can sometimes suddenly appear in adulthood because of a neurological problem or a head injury.
Stuttering is a speech disorder where the flow of speech is interrupted by involuntary repetitions and silent pauses or blocks, as well as prolongations of sounds.
In those cases where the dysfluency remains unresolved to adulthood it can relevantly affect people’s lives making them avoid social interaction and affecting their confidence.
There are a number of different types of treatment, and for some people these treatments work, but sometimes only temporarily. Many believe that the underlying psychological issues of dysfluency should be addressed achieve lasting changes.
The afasia can affect different individuals in different ways and the main sign this condition is a difficulty in communication.
Symptoms usually develop immediately where the aphasia is caused by a brain injury, a stroke or a severe head injury, .
However, where the damage to the brain is gradual and progressive, such as in case of a brain tumour or dementia, there is a gradual development of symptoms may.
Aphasia can be expressive (difficulties in expressing thoughts to others) or receptive (difficulty in understanding things heard or read).
A particular type of aphasia is primary progressive aphasia, which occurs in patients with a specific type of dementia and usually starts with the patient referring a difficulty in remembering an object’s or a person’s name or “finding the right word”.
The inability to swallow liquids or food with ease is named swallowing difficulty. Who has a hard time swallowing may choke on liquid or food when swallowing.
The medical name this condition is dysphagia. The symptom is not always sign of a medical condition: swallowing difficulty may be temporary and go away on its own.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, is a range of conditions such as challenges with speech and nonverbal communication, social skills, repetitive behaviors. There are many types of autism, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.
The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.
The most obvious signs of autism tend to appear between two and three years of age ( but it can be diagnosed also at 18 months). Developmental delays, associated with autism, can be identified even earlier. Early evaluation and intervention can improve outcomes.
Language & Speech Therapy for Adults
There are a variety of reasons for which an adult may experience speech and language difficulties.
If you have any Speech, Language, Swallowing and Communication issues, or you identify with any of the above lis, it might be a good idea to see a Speech and Language therapist.
Medelit’s Speech Therapy for Adults is a private service with a special interest in communication and swallowing difficulties in the adult population.
We are a mobile service, providing care and rehabilitation at home, in hospitals or in aged care facilities.
Our therapists have extensive experience in acute and progressive neurological disorders including Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, and Dementia.
We know that finding the right type of treatment and therapist can be confusing, and the process requests a lot of energy and time. For this reason we carefully evaluate every single request of our patients, in order to decide which therapies and specialist support will achieve maximum potential of results.
What can our Therapists do for Speech Problems?
Medelit’s Language and Speech Therapists have gathered relevant experience within their field or pratce. Thanks to this experience, they are able to prevent, screen, assess, identify and treat speech, language, voice, fluency, swallowing and feeding problems in adults of all ages.
Our aim is to help people return to everyday life after a stroke, improve their swallowing and repair or prevent communication breakdown in conversation. Furthermore, our dedicated support can also help improve voice disorders, increase the clarity of language and reinforce memory processes.
Our speech therapy for adults is based on many different treatment methods. speech therapy for adults london
Our treatment plans are specifically designed for each of our patients, tailored according to their strengths and weaknesses, and will depend on the type and severity of their speech disorder.
What happens after your Speech and Language Assessment?
If required, after your Speech and Language Assessment we can plan an individual course of therapy. Our Therapists ensure that every Speech and Language Therapy Session is functional, and effective, by using a range of therapy resources.
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