Not being able to communicate with your loved ones or not being able to eat with your friends, can have a devastating effect on your quality of life. At Beyond Limits Rehabilitation, our highly skilled Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) specialize in communication, cognition, swallowing, and voice therapy. This may include motor speech disorders (e.g. dysarthria, apraxia, and stuttering) and/or language disorders (e.g. anomia, aphasia, and expressive/receptive language impairments).
Cognition disorders can also be of tremendous concern after traumatic brain injuries/concussions (TBIs) and cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs). Swallowing and voice impairments can also result from many medical conditions and certain occupational hazards. Fortunately, Beyond Limits team of accomplished speech therapists are extensively trained at assessing and treating these types of disorders and will work closely with you to develop a plan so that you can resume the quality of life you want to live.
Once your detailed patient history is collected along with a comprehensive assessment of your current medical condition and overall function, Beyond Limits SLPs will work with you to customize a rehabilitation program tailored to meet your personal needs and goals. As an added benefit, our SLPs can also work side-by-side with other healthcare professionals to form an inter-professional team dedicated to all aspects of your rehabilitative care and they are welcome to consult onsite in our office.
At Beyond Limits Rehabilitation, you can trust we will go above and beyond to help remove whatever the limitations so you can reclaim the highest level of function possible to achieve your desired goals and live life to its fullest again.
How Beyond Limits Speech Therapy Can Help:
Improve communication with all communication partners
Reduce frustration for both yourself and your communication partners
Improve social skills
Return to work and social activities
Improve vocal performance
Reach educational goals
Improve reading and literacy skills
Establish alternative ways of communication
Enhance quality of life
Return to eating previously tolerated diet textures
Beyond Limits Speech Therapy Treatments:
Refers to the treatment of articulation (phonology), dysarthria and apraxia. This includes specific treatment of oral motor movements, oral motor exercises to the jaw, lips, and tongue. We target to improve intelligibility, prosody, communication effectiveness and new motor learning. This may also include respiration, phonation, and resonance as well as making environmental changes and speaker/listener modifications.
Language treatment can be restorative (improving impaired function) or compensatory (compensating for deficits). Treatment can cover multiple modalic disorders (speaking, understanding, reading and/or writing) and can target one or a combination of treatment approaches. Some examples of treatment approaches include drills to improve specific language impairments (such as naming, comprehension or formulation), gestural use, and augmentative methods (ie. AAC). The Speech Pathologist targets teaching new skills or compensatory strategies using a patient’s language strengths.
Cognitive treatment includes targeting areas related to attention, memory, problem solving, executive function, and social communication. Focused rehabilitation exercises, specific cueing, education, memory aids, compensatory strategies such as visualization, association, and repetition are just a few treatment methods to aid in cognitive deficits. The Speech Pathologist focuses treatment on restoring, maintaining, and/or compensating for diagnosed cognitive difficulties.
Swallowing or dysphagia treatment focuses on increasing oral, pharyngeal, or esophageal function. Dysphagia (impaired swallow ability) has many causes, but is generally the result of a cerebrovascular accident, traumatic brain injury, developmental delay or of a progressing disease. Dysphagia therapy focuses on maximizing swallow function by increasing oral motor strength/range/coordination for bolus manipulation and propulsion, improving swallow elicitation and effectiveness of laryngeal functioning and pharyngeal bolus propulsion, and/or modifying a patient’s diet or food consistencies for a safe and efficient swallow function.
Voice treatment is often in collaboration with other health care professionals (eg. otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, neurologists). Voice therapy includes education, counseling, modifying voice behaviors, vocal hygiene programs, targeting respiration, phonation, articulation individually for improved vocal quality, vocal intensity and loudness. Vocal function exercises for vocal muscle strengthening and vocal manipulation is just one example of a treatment approach. Voice therapy is often utilized to treat vocal fold polyps or lesions prior to or after surgical intervention, muscle tension dysphonia, a soft vocal quality with reduced intelligibility to name a few.
Speech language pathologists evaluate and treat children who are having difficulty with communication or feeding. Speech therapists work with children of all ages to reach their developmental milestones in speech sound production, expressive and receptive language, social skills, voice and fluency, literacy and reading comprehension, as well as feeding skills. The goal of speech therapy is to help each child communicate with family members and friends in an age-appropriate manner. For a school-age child, speech therapy can help them learn important literacy skills that can build a foundation for a child’s education.