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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Speech / Language Therapy

Severe
0
Moderate
0
Mild
3
None
40

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

Hospitalization
Patients
3
Patients
1
Patients
1
Patients
1

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Speech / Language Therapy)
Dosage
60 min weekly
Patients
18
Dosage
90 min weekly
Patients
11
Dosage
120 min weekly
Patients
10
Dosage
2 hr weekly
Patients
7
Dosage
45 min weekly
Patients
5
Dosage
1 hr monthly
Patients
4
Dosage
1 hr weekly
Patients
4
Dosage
1 hr daily
Patients
4
Dosage
30 min weekly
Patients
4
Dosage
180 min weekly
Patients
4

Dosages based on patients currently going to Speech / Language Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Going to Speech / Language Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
40
Reason
Other
Patients
13
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
9
Reason
Expense
Patients
4
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
3
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
2
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
1
See all 62 patients who’ve stopped going to Speech / Language Therapy

Duration

Currently Going to Speech / Language Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
1
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
4
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
14
Stopped Going to Speech / Language Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
6
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
11
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
10
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
5
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
8
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
14

Adherence


Always
Patients
28
65%
Usually
Patients
10
23%
Sometimes
Patients
3
7%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
2
5%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
4
9%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
10
23%
A little hard to take
Patients
15
35%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
14
33%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
5
12%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
3
7%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
17
40%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
18
42%
Last updated:

8 patient evaluations for Speech / Language Therapy

janik
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janik
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: b
I have:
PLS

See janik's full Speech / Language Therapy history

Jun 25, 1998 (Started Apr 13, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Slurred speech)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: The therapist though I was already doing everything I should be doing, so I got very little out of this treatment and quit goin. I would recommend this for anyone with speach or swallowing problems though. It is nice to know where you stand.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
scooter78666
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scooter78666
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See scooter78666's full Speech / Language Therapy history

Apr 22, 2009 (Started Feb 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve communication)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: This therapy is valuable in teaching PD patients some of the exercises which they can do to improve their speech. It also teaches you how to slow down in your pace of speaking. My speech pathologist was very supportive of me too. THAT is a real confidence booster. It is NOT a magic cure-all.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
chasmengr
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chasmengr
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See chasmengr's full Speech / Language Therapy history

Mar 14, 2008 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Poor speech articulation (dysarthria))
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 min Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
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