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Sally noticed that her 84-year old father was having some difficulty putting his thoughts into the right words. Sally also noticed that he seemed to develop a loose, moist cough after eating. Diagnostic testing revealed that Sally’s father had suffered a series of TIAs (small strokes) and his coughing was due to weakness in swallowing.
The doctor recommended a diet of pureed foods and thickened liquids and scheduled appointments with Speech Therapy at Crandall Medical Center.
Crandall Medical Center’s Speech Therapists treat speech, language and swallowing difficulties that can result from a variety of causes including stroke, brain injury, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions.
For patients with swallowing problems, Crandall Speech Therapists use Experia, the newest VitalStim® technology, to strengthen swallowing muscles. VitalStim therapy has enabled many patients who had been able to tolerate only pureed foods and thickened liquids to enjoy a more normal diet.
Speech Therapy at Crandall Medical Center can help patients:
- Improve voice quality
- Increase spoken and written language skills
- Recover reliable communication
- Find alternative communication methods
- Strengthen swallowing