Speech & Swallowing

Communication Disorders

Communication impairments can arise from a number of conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dystonia, head & neck cancer etc

Therapy incorporates exercises Targeting articulation, volume and pitch in addition to cognitive processing skills eg attention, memory, self-monitoring etc.

Swallowing

Dysphagia (i.e swallowing difficulties) can arise from neurological impairments such as stroke,  Multiple Schlerosis, Parkinson’s Disease etc or structural problems resulting from surgery to mouth or neck surgery, head and neck cancer etc.

Swallowing difficulties can result in food or fluids “going down the wrong way”. This can lead to chest infections, weight loss, malnutrition and/or possible dehydration. A thorough assessment of swallowing is needed to provide the most appropriate treatment and advice.

A swallow assessment by a Speech & Language can help identify and manage swallowing difficulties by modifying the way you eat and drink to improve safety. Postural adjustments and swallow exercises can also be targeted to help improve muscle function and efficiency of swallowing.

If you have concerns about your swallowing please contact your GP immediately.

Signs of swallowing difficulties may include:

  • Coughing or choking when eating, drinking, swallowing medication or saliva.

  • Difficulties chewing foods

  • Foods sticking in the throat

  • Weight loss

  • History of repeated chest infections.

Signs of swallowing difficulties may include:

  • Coughing or choking when eating, drinking, swallowing medication or saliva.

  • Difficulties chewing foods

  • Foods sticking in the throat

  • Weight loss

  • History of repeated chest infections.

Please contact me on: 07958554370 to discuss your needs.