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Caithness General Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Assessment & Rehabilitation Unit
Speech and Language Therapy
The Speech and Language Therapist is often involved in the assessment and rehabilitation process following a stroke. They are primarily concerned in two main areas – communication and swallowing.
The Speech and Language Therapist assesses and manages disorders in eating and swallowing. Difficulties can arise for a number of reasons. From weak lip and tongue muscles to an absent swallow reflex. Management can include facial exercises, modified foods and liquids and may involve being fed via a tube until the person can safely eat.
Speech and Language Therapist deals with communication – expression,
comprehension, reading and writing.
A large variety of therapy methods are available depending on the
nature of the patient’s difficulties.
No two therapy plans are alike.
Each one is devised to suit the individual.
If a person is unable to talk following a stroke, communication
aids that ‘talk’ for them may be suggested.
Speech Therapy is generally attended 2 – 3 times a week.
It may often continue once the patient is discharged from