Losing the ability to speak comes with physical, mental, and emotional frustrations that can cause the patient to feel overwhelmed. Common emotions that someone with speech loss may feel include frustration, anger, isolation, and depression. Even with going to speech therapy regularly, overcoming speech loss takes mental resilience and emotional support. Here at South Coast Post Acute, we understand that you or your loved one are going through. Here are some of recommendations we provide our patients to alleviate some of the stress that occurs during regular speech therapy sessions.
Start Off Slow: One of the biggest misconceptions that residents think before starting speech therapy is that a fast pace will accomplish more in the session. It is important to understand that it is okay to start off slow. Depending on the severity of the speech loss and the individual patient, having a slow pace can provide a more meaningful session.
Give Time for Breaks: Speech therapy can sometimes be physically demanding. It is common for patients to feel strain in their face muscles and vocal chords from the movements and exercises that their therapist may have them perform. Although patients want to push their boundaries to during their speech therapy session, it is beneficial to take breaks if the physical strain becomes too much.
Have Patience: Perhaps the biggest challenge that residents face while during a speech loss treatment plan is frustration if the rate of improvement is slower than they expected. Having patience and understanding that with time, energy, and practice, patients will see progress.
Here at South Coast Post Acute care, our specially trained speech therapists and staff provide support and guidance during this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you or a loved one is experiencing speech loss.
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