Thursday, October 5, 2017

Apraxia-Aphasia Speech Therapy Deciding on a Therapist

Should I Stay With My Speech Therapist for Apraxia or Aphasia?

Apraxia Speech Therapy Deciding on a Therapist?
Deciding on a therapist
Apaxia Speech Therapy
Apraxia-Aphasia Speech Therapy requires a special relationship with the therapist.  This blog is about your decisions on a therapist/s.  There may be a time when you may wonder whether the the method of speech therapy or therapist is right for you.  Like any relationship in life, there are therapists who are absolutely spectacular, and others who are not.  Should you think the therapist or method is not for you, it's best to decide whether to keep the therapist you have or look elsewhere.

Don't Stay in a Relationship with a Therapist Too Long if You or Your Spouse Realizes it may not be for you.

In these days of dwindling health care therapy visits, one must use them wisely.  Often people with speaking difficulties need an expert, especially if it may be complicated by aphasia, apraxia or dysarthria.  Often an expert therapist can find ways to deal with different speaking symptoms simultaneously that can often save a great deal of time.  There are those who may only approach one speaking symptom at a time, when there are others who can address more.  

Studies Show The Relationship With The Therapist is Often as Important as The Actual Therapy

1.  Make sure you like the therapist and the material covered in therapy is useful at home for speaking and talking.
2.  The best therapists train the spouse or caregiver since those who make the most progress and recovery are able to have lots of speaking practice at home.
3.  Since speaking is conversational, make sure you have the opportunity to use what you are doing in therapy with your spouse or family member at home while speaking.
4.  Cognitive therapies can often be done within a conversation, so make sure your therapist is also working on talking. 

Decide to Stay With Your Therapist or Get Another Opinion from a Different One who Does Apraxia or Aphasia Speech Therapy

If you are deciding whether a different therapist or therapy may be preferable, it may be a good idea to get an expert second opinion.  The more knowledge you can acquire, the better decisions you will be able to make about therapists and who the best one is for you and your loved one.

Your Gut Reaction (Intuition) Deciding on a Therapist

Sometime we just know when something is right or wrong for us.  Decide on a therapist.  Always be willing to discuss your progress and goals.  If you are in the right place, therapy should be fun, and interactive and the ability to speak should improve with each visit!

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Apraxia Speech Therapy Goals for Better Speech

It's Important to Have Goals in Apraxia Speech Therapy Like It is in Life.

Goals in Apraxia Speech Therapy

Apraxia speech therapy goals for
better speech often change
Goals should be fluid and easily modifiable.  Speech difficulties are like people.  There are no two speaking difficulties that are exactly alike.  They may be similar to totally different from one another, even for the same diagnosis.  That is why it is prudent to work with a professional speech language pathologist who can help identify the goals that are easily manageable and teach them to you. Once learned you can use them at home and chances are, make wonderful progress.

Speech Therapy Goals May Need to be Changed

Speech therapy goals may need to be changed or altered as the person with the speaking difficulty progresses towards better talking.  Speech therapy goals change as the ability to speak changes.  It's that simple.  A watchful therapist observes speaking constantly and is there to tweak the approach, method, and goals to facilitate speaking improvement.  Therapy goals and methods should be variable.  Rarely is it the same ole thing.

To Make The Most Progress in Apraxia or Aphasia Speech Therapy Ones Goals Often Change

If you understand the goals of therapy and see positive speaking improvement you know the method is successful.  If however, you find that progress is not forthcoming it is often prudent to have a discussion with your therapist about the approach or method and do your best to determine whether the goals should be updated.  It's like a ship on the sea.  It may need to change course from time to time, depending on the conditions.  Sometimes the method or therapist may need to be changed.

Change is Often Good in Apraxia Speech Therapy

Change is always occurring.  We should be open to changing the method or therapist if we are not happy with the results of therapy.  It keeps everything going forward.  Especially your progress towards the goal of better speaking.

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