Vision is another area that out therapist are able to help. Our eyes act as lenses and our brain helps recognized what we see with our lenses. If you have a problem with your eyes “lenses” the optometrist or ophthalmologist help by correcting your vision through spectacles or visual aids.
But what happens when you can’t recognize what you can see clearly? If you can’t recognize a tooth brush then you won’t know what to do with it. This is known as visual perceptual impairment and our therapist are able to help train your sense of recognition.
Our therapists compliment the work of speech therapist in communication. We are able to help you if you were experiencing disorders related to cognitive- communication which means difficulty with communication skills that involve memory, attention, perception, organization, regulation, and problem solving.
Another area in which our therapists are able to assist you is with memory. Memory plays an important role in our daily lives. Through memory we know where we live, what time to take the next dose of medicine and etc. When memory is a problem we depend on another person to tell us these things – and what if we are alone at home? Our therapist are able to re-train memory so that you could be independent in your daily live.
Leisure exploration or activities performed during an individual’s free time. Our therapist’s are able assist you with engaging in previously engaged recreational activities.
- Fluency disorders: problems such as stuttering, in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, partial-word repetitions ("b-b-boy"), or prolonging sounds and syllables (sssssnake).
- Resonance or voice disorders: problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what's being said. These types of disorders may also cause pain or discomfort for an individual when speaking.
Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive:
- Receptive disorders: difficulties understanding or processing language.
- Expressive disorders: difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.
Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders
- These are disorders in the way someone eats or drinks, including problems with chewing, swallowing, coughing, gagging, and refusing foods.
- The signs that you may be experiencing are: “coughing during or right after eating or drinking”; “wet or gurgly sounding voice during or after eating or drinking”; “extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow”; “food or liquid leaking from the mouth or getting stuck in the mouth”; “recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating”; “weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat enough” you maybe experiencing poor nutrition/dehydration or risk of aspiration (food or liquid entering the airway – which could lead to pneumonia and chronic lung disease).
Our therapists use a variety of strategies including language intervention activities and articulation therapy to help you with speech and language problems. As dysphagia is risky and requires immediate attention – our speech therapist is able to conduct an initial screening to ascertain your risk and do the needful which includes oro-motor stimulation, postural corrections or in some cases if required arrange for further assessment (modified barium swallow).