At-home and community based speech-language services in the greater Battle Creek/Kalamazoo areas. Virtual services across MI, OH, PA and beyond!

Adult Speech Therapy

Adults don’t do speech therapy, do they?

There’s no real age limit for speech-language therapy! Adults can receive speech therapy to overcome problems from childhood that weren’t adequately treated (like an articulation issue), treat speech and language issues due to illness or injury, such as a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, or ALS, improve communication skills due to a clinical diagnosis, such as aphasia, acquired apraxia of speech (AOS), or dysarthria, improve confidence and communication skills in the workplace, such as public speaking and interviewing, modify accents that are regional or based on your country of origin, modify the pitch, intonation, and quality of your voice, and more!

Speech therapy sessions are focused on each client’s care plan, and the activities done during sessions relate to those goals.

Your therapist will consistently assess your response to treatment approaches and/or supports. When needed, they can make changes to your treatment plan including therapy frequency, duration, goals, etc.

Adult Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC)

A speech-language pathologist (SLP), also known as a speech therapist (ST), may be a great resource for people having difficulty speaking some, most, or all of the time and need support from AAC. 

AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. It is an umbrella term that covers any way of communicating other than talking. Any method that can help a person communicate counts as AAC. That includes many systems and devices, such as communication boards/books/binders, speech-generating devices (e.g., tablets), or computer apps. It also includes “no-technology” techniques such as  Signed Languages (e.g., American Sign Language or ASL), gestures and facial expressions.

Who can use an AAC device?

  • People of all ages, from little kids to older adults, use AAC. They may have limited or inconsistent speech, have difficulty producing or understanding language, or be completely nonspeaking. 
  • Some people use AAC for a period of time after surgery or a medical event, such as a stroke or brain injury. Some people use AAC long-term because of a diagnosis such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or autism.

What are the benefits of using an AAC device?

  • An AAC device is like someone’s voice box. That’s why the user should bring their AAC device with them wherever they go! AAC has several benefits: 
    • More independence 
    • Better mental health 
    • Less frustration
    • Greater participation with family and friends 
    • Increased positive social interactions 

Accent Modification

Accents are NOT communication disorders, but they are communication differences that someone might want to modify or adjust. You may hear about “accent reduction” or adjustment. These terms generally refer to the idea of changing the way you speak in some way. 

Many people who choose to modify their accent look for speech therapy services. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), also called speech therapists (STs), are communication experts! They are qualified to evaluate your accent and provide coaching and instruction to make realistic adjustments you want to make.

How can speech therapy help reduce or modify accents?

  • Without professional assistance, it can be difficult to self-identify and improve the sounds and speech patterns that are part of an accent. 
  • Most of the time, it’s not realistic or healthy to expect that an accent will completely change or be eliminated. However, speech therapy can help improve how well you are understood by others. 

Post-stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) resulting in speech-language-cognitive problems

A speech-language pathologist (SLP), also known as a speech therapist (ST), may be a great resource for people after events resulting in speech-language-cognitive problems. These events can be after a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other medical events.

Aphasia

This is a language disorder that occurs as a result of this damage. Aphasia can make it difficult for a person to speak, understand, read, and write. The severity of aphasia can range dramatically. In some people, communication can be almost impossible, while in others, the effects are quite minor.

AOS

While acquired apraxia of speech can also happen as a result of brain injury, it affects a person’s ability to coordinate the muscle movements involved in speaking (such as with the tongue, lips, and jaw). Apraxia makes it difficult for people to communicate intelligibly and form coherent sounds, phrases, and sentences.

Example treatment approach:

  • Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST)
  • Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT)
  • Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA)
  • Phonological Component Analysis (PCA)
  • Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA)
  • Response Elaboration Training (RET)
  • Sound Production Treatment
  • Clear Speech Strategies

Corporate Speech Therapy

Corporate speech therapy, also known as corporate speech-language pathology (SLP), focuses on improving communication skills specifically within a professional setting. It’s delivered by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who tailors their expertise to the needs of the workplace.

Here’s a breakdown of what corporate speech therapy typically involves:

  1. Target Audience: Unlike traditional speech therapy that might address issues like stuttering or childhood apraxia, corporate SLPs work with employees at all levels.
  2. Focus Areas: They go beyond just clear pronunciation or fluency. They address areas like:
  3. Public speaking and presentation skills
  4. Effective communication in meetings and negotiations
  5. Active listening and comprehension
  6. Accent modification (foreign or regional)
  7. Voice care and projection
  8. Communication etiquette in a professional setting
  9. Delivery: Corporate SLPs can work with individuals or conduct group workshops depending on the needs of the company. Teletherapy is also becoming increasingly common.

Overall, corporate speech therapy helps employees become more confident and effective communicators, leading to a more productive and collaborative work environment.

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At this time, we prioritize in-person at-home speech-language services and/or community based services within greater south-west Michigan around the Battle Creek/Kalamazoo area. Travel rates apply for in person services depending on the distance. We offer virtual service across Michigan, Ohio, and beyond!