What is Speech / Language Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

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Speech pathology, also termed speech-language pathology and speech & language therapy (SLT, mainly in the UK) is the study of disorders that affect a person's speech, language, voice disorders and swallowing disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Autism spectrum disorder 46 7
Traumatic brain injury 29 23
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 15 15
Slurred speech 11 4
Voice changes 11 13
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 8 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
3
Mild
7
None
63

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Speech / Language Therapy

Side effect Patients
Eye pain 1
Fatigue 1
Headaches 1
Social stigma 1
Soreness 1
Speech problems 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Speech / Language Therapy

Dosage Patients
weekly 4
30 min weekly 2
60 min weekly 2
120 min weekly 2
90 min weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Speech / Language Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 51
Other 20
Did not seem to work 9
Expense 5
Doctor's advice 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently going to Speech / Language Therapy

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped going to Speech / Language Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 47
Usually 16
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 28
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 4
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 30
Not specified 31
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8 patient evaluations for Speech / Language Therapy

Apr 1, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diagnosis of ALS)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I believe this treatment and exercises for my mouth and tongue help me from losing my voice, the treatments where once a week for almost 2 years but my primary doctor stopped my treatments after heavy slurring of my voice.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 4, 2010 (Started Mar 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple system atrophy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 min Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 31, 2010 (Started Dec 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for slurred speech)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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