Have you had an accident, or do you live with an illness that has changed your ability to speak, communicate, or remember? Many people think speech therapy is only a service for kids, but adults with speech pathology issues can benefit greatly from speech therapy. Keep reading to see some of the common reasons people are calling our team for in-home speech therapy in New Jersey!
Speech Therapists in NJ Help with Long-COVID
One of the newest concern that speech therapists are helping their clients address are long-COVID issues. For most people, the COVID infection lasts 7-10 days, then clears up. But for some, lingering symptoms including memory and concentration disruption, shortness of breath, fatigue, and loss of taste and smell can persist. Medical researchers are still working to understand this phenomenon, but in the meantime, speech therapists can help you pace your speech if your are short of breath, to learn memory and recall cues to help you say what you want to say, and can help with tools and techniques to improve concentration. Smell and taste are tough, but a skilled speech language pathologist can be a part of your medical team to work toward recovery.
Riding a motorcycle without a helmet? Riding in a vehicle without a seatbelt? These are some of the biggest causes of traumatic brain injuries, but even those who take every opportunity to protect themselves may find themselves with a brain injury after a motor vehicle accident, bike or recreational vehicle accident, or workplace injury. Speech changes are incredibly common after TBI, as are memory problems. Your speech therapist in NJ can help you to regain your communication skills.
Mild Cognitive Impairment and Speech Therapy Services in New Jersey
Alongside age or progressive illness, many people are now being diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI. This can be a precursor to dementia, or exist lifelong as a challenge of its own. Normal decline in cognitive and speech skills is normal with age, but these are being seen earlier and more often in people with metabolic syndrome. While a speech therapist in NJ cannot reverse the medical conditions or age-related decline, we can often help you preserve your speech and learn new tools to maintain your independence and communication.