Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term encompassing non-progressive motor conditions that cause disabilities in human development mainly in the area of body movement but also involving functions in learning, speaking, hearing and seeing. Children with Cerebral Palsy often have difficulty communicating and swallowing because their condition affects the strength and control in the muscles of the jaw, mouth and tongue and interferes with the proper coordination of these muscles that is needed to produce clear speech.
Treatment Of Cerebral Palsy Speech Problems
Speech and Language Therapist will generally work on improving speech problems by strengthening oral muscles and improving the coordination and movement of these muscles needed to produce clear and intelligible speech. We can also help the patient to develop their language skills by building up their vocabulary and teaching them to speak in sentences. Our SLTs can also teach the child how to communicate through alternative non-verbal methods such as pictures, sign language and communication aids. We may provide feeding therapy for children if needed.
Child Friendly: All exercises and treatment modalities that we will be child friendly and usually involve using pictures and games to elicit the targeted speech sound and to help motivate your child.
Guidance: We will guide you on the best ways to successfully transfer the skills learned in our clinic setting to everyday settings.
Support: Worksheets will be provided each week in order to encourage and facilitate regular practice and improvement at home between your child’s sessions. At all stages throughout the treatment plan, we will provide detailed guidance for you on how to support your child’s speech development between sessions depending on what stage of treatment they are at.
Expertise in treating Speech Problems associated with Cerebral Palsy
The limitations on communication and the physical difficulties associated with Cerebral Palsy can become a huge source of frustration for both the child and parent/caregiver over time and the speech and language therapy and physiotherapy treatment that we provide can be a huge help to relieve this stress.
All of Spectrum Health’s Paediatric Speech and Language therapists are qualified from University with a B.Sc. or M.sc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy and have ample experience working with children who have speech difficulties associated with Cerebral Palsy.