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
ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) 44 6
Traumatic Brain Injury 27 20
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 14 13
Slurred speech 11 3
Voice changes 11 12
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 6 0

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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 2
Mild 7
None 58

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
120 min weekly 3
90 min weekly 2
30 min weekly 1
15 min daily 1
45 min daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Speech / Language Therapy

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 49
Other 19
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 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped going to Speech / Language Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 15
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 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 42
Usually 16
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 24
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 4
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 27
Not specified 30
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8 patient evaluations for Speech / Language Therapy

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dray
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dray
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: b
I have:
ALS

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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

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Triker
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Triker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Mood: Good
Cognition: Moderate
Autonomic: Severe
Head: moderate
Arms: severe
Legs: moderate
Tremors: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MSA

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Aug 4, 2010 (Started Mar 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 min Weekly
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Natural
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Natural
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
ALS

See Natural's full Speech / Language Therapy history

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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