ElderCarelink Blog

Dysarthria: four ways to improve speech abilities

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
June 11th, 2011 at 9:00 am

There are situations when a person’s speech may be slurred, slow or difficult to understand. The term used to describe these types of difficulty are dysarthria. Example causes include stroke or head injuries. A person diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease or multiple sclerosis may also experience these difficulties, as well as other related speech concerns.

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Speech language pathologists help others learn to communicate

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
May 27th, 2011 at 8:57 am

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, and my 40-year career has afforded me the opportunity to see the field of speech pathology change, advance and grow. Today, the overall scope of speech pathology is extensive–covering every age group and demographic. Most of my experience is the area of home health care, and it has been both an interesting and rewarding experience. Each individual is unique–from those with mild impairments to those with more serious or progressive speech, language, memory or cognitive concerns.

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Home Health Care: When Speech Therapy is Needed Part 1

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
September 27th, 2010 at 2:14 am

The scope of practice for speech-language pathologists (sometimes referred to as speech therapists) seeing older adults in their homes covers a wide variety problems. Most people expect a referral if a person has difficulty speaking or being understood but are not always aware that we frequently have patients with swallowing problems, as well as memory and cognitive deficits.

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