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As a Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), I play a crucial role in helping those with chronic conditions and the elderly population with communication and swallowing disorders. Here are some ways in which I can help:

Evaluating and Diagnosing Communication and swallowing Disorders:

I can assess and diagnose communication disorders, including speech, language, voice, cognitive-communication disorders and swallowing disorders. This includes patients post stroke, with Parkinson’s disease, dementia, traumatic brain injury, brain tumours and changes that occur with ageing.

Developing Personalised Treatment Plans:

Once a communication disorder is diagnosed, I create individualized treatment plans tailored to the unique needs of the patients. These plans may include speech and language exercises, cognitive-communication therapy, voice therapy, and strategies to improve communication skills and functional communication in daily activities.

Provide Therapy for Speech and Language Disorders:

I work with individuals to improve their speech and language skills. This may include articulation therapy to improve speech clarity, language therapy to enhance comprehension and expression of language, and pragmatics/social skills training to improve communication in social settings.

Treating Swallowing and Feeding Disorders:

I am trained to evaluate and treat swallowing and feeding disorders, which are common in those with chronic illnesses and the elderly (due to age-related changes). I may provide exercises to strengthen swallowing muscles, recommend modifications to food and liquid consistencies, and teach safe swallowing techniques to reduce the risk of choking and aspiration pneumonia.


I also play a crucial role in educating caregivers, including family members on how to communicate effectively with individuals with communication disorders. I provide strategies and techniques to improve communication and facilitate understanding, which can enhance the quality of life for both the client and their caregivers.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC):

I am trained in using AAC devices and strategies, such as speech-generating devices or other visual supports, to facilitate communication for individuals who may have difficulty speaking due to chronic conditions. AAC can help individuals maintain their ability to communicate effectively, even when speech is impaired.

E-stimulation for facial droop or numbness:

I have been trained to use e-stimulation to help reduce the severity of facial droop or bring back some sensation if the area if numb.

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