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  1. Arti says:

    People with normal communication and swallowing skills may lose a few of those abilities as a result of stroke, head injury, head and neck cancer or severe or long-term illness. In a few cases, communication notebooks or portable electronic devices may allow people with communication difficulties to express themselves more effectively. Compensatory strategies may be taught to convey ideas through alternate ways of speaking, writing, gesturing, or drawing. Problems can also result from diseases that affect the brain which include Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Speech-language pathologists (SLP) work with adults who have difficulty speaking, listening, reading, writing and swallowing. Evaluation, treatment and counseling services are available. At times breathing problems requiring tracheotomy or a ventilator can result in problems that can require the services of a speech-language pathologist. The SLP may help an individual engage in activities to improve understanding in the use of words and sentences. Treatment approaches focus on improving language abilities in everyday life activities.

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