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The Benefits of Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-language therapy is an essential form of rehabilitation therapy. After all, maintaining the ability to communicate effectively is important to everyone’s life. What is speech-language therapy? Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t focus only on helping people speak clearly. Speech-language therapy helps improve cognition, communication and swallowing.  


What types of conditions benefit from speech-language therapy?

Because speech therapy supports people’s ability to communicate clearly and understand language, many conditions can benefit from speech-language therapy. Therapy. Our rehab team will formulate a personalized plan of care that takes all your medical needs and goals into consideration. Some conditions that can benefit from speech therapy include:

  • Stroke

  • Brain injury

  • Dysphagia

  • Aphasia

  • Apraxia

  • Dysarthria

  • Dementia

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Trouble eating and drinking

  • Hearing loss


How does speech therapy help?

When people are recovering in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, speech-language therapy can help them regain the ability to communicate, process information or eat and drink. Here are several ways speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can help:

  • Improve communication – People may have trouble communicating after stroke, brain injury, or other condition. SLPs can help people’s ability to speak through vocal exercises. They can also help reinforce effective reading, comprehension, articulation and voice.

  • Cognition and memory management – SLPs can help patients improve their memory, cognitive ability and ability to problem-solve.

  • Improve swallowing – Speech therapy can help strengthen the muscles in the lips, tongue, mouth and throat to solve difficulties associated with swallowing and chewing.

  • Prevent choking and weight loss – When people struggle with swallowing or chewing, this can lead to choking or weight loss. Speech therapy can help prevent this.


If you need intensive medical rehab, consider Oklahoma City Rehabilitation Hospital. Our team of therapists will address your unique needs and create a comprehensive rehab plan of care to help you reach your goals. Learn more about medical rehab on our website.

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Caroline McGaughey
Caroline McGaughey
Jun 03

My partner was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 66.. His symptoms included excruciating calf pain, muscular aches, tremors, slurred speech, frequent falls, loss of balance, and trouble standing up from a seated posture. After six months on Senemet, Siferol was given to him in place of the Senemet. It was also at this period that he was diagnosed with dementia. He began seeing hallucinations and became detached from reality. With the doctor's approval, we stopped giving him Siferol and chose to try the Natural Herbs Center PD-5 protocol, which we had already looked into. After three months of therapy, he has made significant progress. The illness has been completely contained. There are no symptoms of persistent twitching, weakness, tremors, hallucinations, or muscle soreness. The PD-5 Protocol was obtained…

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