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Therapies


Restore Your Abilities

Living with an impaired ability to speak, understand, or swallow can be stressful and frustrating.  At Ally Speech Therapy, we work closely with you and your family, doctor, and/or educators to create an individualized treatment plan with effective therapies to improve your abilities and quality of life.


Swallowing Therapy

Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) may occur due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, treatment for head and neck cancer, or degenerative diseases such as MS, ALS, or Parkinson's.  If untreated, dysphagia can lead to aspiration pneumonia (a type of pneumonia casued by food or liquids getting into the lungs).  Symptoms may include coughing or choking while eating, drooling, the sensation that food is gettng stuck in your throat, unexplained weight loss, or recurrent pneumonia.

Treatment varies and depends on the cause of the symptoms.  Therapy focuses on strengthening the muscles of the face, mouth, and throat through exercise, occasionally using neuromuscular electrical stimulation (frequently referred to as "VitalStim").  Sometimes, behavioral changes and food texture alterations are necessary.  In some cases, your physician may prescribe medication or surgery.  The overall goal is to return to eating safely with the least restrictive diet.

Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive-linguistic deficits refer to problems with attention, memory, orientation, problem solving, insight, and reasoning.  These can affect your ability to communicate effectively.  Cognitive-linguistic disorders can occur alone or in combination with other speech-language disorders such as dysarthria, apraxia, or aphasia. This diagnosis is frequently seen in patients with TBI, stroke, concussion, brain tumors, MS, Parkinson's, dementia, and other neurological disorders. 

Assessment includes both informal screening and standardized tests such as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) or the Cognitive-Linguistic Quick Test (CLQT). Treatment focuses on repairing function, developing compensation techniques, and educating patients and family.

Cognitive Therapy Course

Brothers Trying to Comprehend

Speech Therapy

Speech is the production of sounds to form words to express our thoughts and ideas. Speech disorders can be related to articulation (how the sounds are made) or fluency (the rhythm of speech).  Problems with speech can be the result of a developmental issue or delay, or the result of an acquired injury to the brain or mouth.

Assessment includes informal observation as well as standardized tests such as the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) for children and the Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination (BDAE) for adults.  

Treatment may include physical exercises to strengthen the muscles used to produce the sounds and speech drills to increase sound production in words and sentences.

Language Therapy

Language disorders are difficulty with understanding what you hear or read (receptive language) or sharing your thoughts and ideas by speaking or writing (expressive language).  Aphasia, a specific type of language disorder, is common after a stroke, but can also be the result of a head injury, brain tumor, or degenerative disease.

Treatment focuses on language skills such as answering yes/no questions, naming objects, understanding and using words correctly, following instructions, reading and writing. In some cases, learning how to compensate for lost language skills is necessary.

Voice/Tracheostomy Therapy

A voice disorder can be as mild as a hoarse voice from over-use to as severe as vocal cord paralysis caused by stroke or TBI. People with tracheostomies or prosthetic voice devices may need therapy to learn to use and take care of their artificial voices.

Regardless of the cause, our goal is to help you achieve the best voice possible through voice therapy that involves vocal exercises, behavioral changes, and occasionally using neuromuscular electrical stimulation.