Speech therapy for neurological speech disorders
Neurological disorders compromise nervous system function, including the brain, muscles, nerves and spinal cord. In many cases, people with neurological disorders struggle with speech and language problems. Individuals with neurological speech and language disorders often benefit from the services provided by a Sydney speech therapist.
Aphasia is one classification of a neurological speech disorder. When there is damage to the areas of the brain that control speech, the condition is known as aphasia. In most cases, an individual with this condition has difficulty comprehending or producing words, including during conversation, when writing or when reading. Speech therapy can assist people with aphasia to understand and produce words.
A person with dyspraxia is unable to verbally express themselves in a consistent manner. While the person may have no problems with comprehending language, producing words, sounds and syllables are a challenge. Dyspraxia may be a result of a head injury, brain tumor, or other condition that affects the brain’s language centers. A speech therapist will work with the individual to more effectively produce words and sounds.
Friedreich’s Ataxia is a genetic disease that causes speech problems that can be addressed with speech therapy. This condition often causes slurred or slowed down speech.
Dysprosody is a rare neurological disorder that causes an individual to speak with unpredictable variations in intensity, intonation, timing, cadence and rhythm of speech. Since the accent of the person is altered, this condition is often called “pseudo-foreign dialect.”
A Sydney speech therapist has the educational background and experience necessary to properly diagnose neurological speech disorders. Rehabilitation will include a wide variety of exercises that are designed to progressively improve the person’s ability to comprehend and produce words in a consistent manner, and to treat any other speech problems that the individual is experiencing.
If you have questions about speech therapy for neurological speech disorders contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.