At-Home Speech Therapy

 

Some people suffer significant loss of speech after a stroke. This loss may occur for multiple reasons, such as loss of muscle function or damage to the brain’s speech center. In all of these cases, the sooner a person works to engage in speech therapy exercises, the more likely they are to regain at least some function. A speech therapy program can assist this. 

Determining your Need for Speech Therapy

Most often, a person starts their journey to recovery in a hospital setting. Once you leave the hospital, it’s essential to begin speech therapy exercises and recovery strategies with a therapist in your home. Doing so starts with an assessment. Your therapist will come to your home to engage with you. They are analyzing the skills you still have and creating a plan to start working on improvement. An assessment provides a good understanding of what type of strategies can help you.

Engaging in Speech Therapy Exercises

Some people lose the function of their mouth, including the tongue and lips, limiting speech quality. In these situations, your therapist will work with you through speech therapy exercises. These exercises aim to:

  • Strengthen the muscles needed for speech
  • Help you regain proper function of the muscles
  • Re-learn how to form words
  • Create consistent repetition of the appropriate way of moving your mouth to speak
  • Strengthen other muscle groups that support speech

Once you learn how to do this, you can practice it on your own. You may be able to build up your strength faster if you do so.

Completing Speech Therapy Activities

Another component of the therapy you may receive is working to strengthen the brain’s communication. Often, a stroke damages the speech center of the brain. That damaged tissue may not regrow, but the brain is an amazing organ that can re-learn tasks in some situations. For that to happen, you have to engage the brain in proper speech processes.

This can be very frustrating, especially if you are trying to speak on your own without guidance. That’s why our team comes into your home to offer support. You’ll work through a range of speech therapy activities to help your brain re-learn how to form words. You’ll work to improve the control over what you are thinking and what you say as well. Over time, you may regain some of your ability to speak again.