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 45 6
Traumatic brain injury 28 22
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 15 13
Slurred speech 11 3
Voice changes 11 12
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 59

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
60 min weekly 4
90 min weekly 2
120 min weekly 2
30 min weekly 1
daily 1
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 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped going to Speech / Language Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 44
Usually 16
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 25
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 4
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 29
Not specified 30
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8 patient evaluations for Speech / Language Therapy

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

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

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
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