Neurological disorders often affect patients' ability to speak, and with it one of the most important aspects of social life: communication with the world around them.
Our speech therapists are concerned with diagnosing and treating speech and speaking disorders, reading and writing dysfunctions, facial paralysis and swallowing disorders.
People who have suffered strokes or craniocerebral trauma are often no longer able to express themselves through speech and writing, or are unable to sufficiently follow what other people are saying. Their speech may be slurred and they might have problems with their voice and breathing. Others have swallowing disorders in a multitude of different forms and manifestations.
The causes are dysfunctions in the body's central speech mechanisms, or in the centres of the brain that control the parts of the body that are crucial for speaking and eating, such as the tongue, lips, throat and voice box.
Starting therapy as early as possible
Each patient receives an individual therapy plan tailored to their specific disorder. We primarily provide individual therapy, but also additionally offer group therapy, computer-aided therapies and sound therapy.
For patients with complex conditions made up of multiple disorders, we begin treatment as early as the early stage rehabilitation phase. Here we are often unable to carry out the normal standardised test procedures, and we can only achieve an exact assessment of the deficiencies in a step by step process during the course of therapy itself.
Small steps but big results
Every day we witness how important small amounts of progress – so small as to be imperceptible for healthy people - are for our patients: by implementing methods of speech therapy early on, we can teach our patients to answer questions with 'yes' or 'no', and to understand observations made about the things around them and respond with set phrases or gestures. When the therapy is successful, our patients learn how to read, write and speak in a way that is understood.
Successes like this encourage the patients to keep up the long-term treatment once they are back at home. In this way, and with the help of their family and friends, many of our patients are able to participate again in everyday life.
Developing personal prospects
Our team of speech therapists, speech pathologists and clinical linguists advise family members on how best to communicate with often severely impaired patients. They also offer help in finding a further course of treatment for the patient after they have left the clinic.