Adult Services

shutterstock_88135870ESLS provides several services for adults experiencing difficulties with many aspects of communication. Adults can experience communication difficulties as a result of stuttering, hearing loss, or brain trauma (such as from a stroke or motor vehicle collision). In addition to being trained in the assessment and treatment of communication problems, SLPs are also highly knowledgeable in disorders of swallowing, called “dysphagia.” For adults involved in motor vehicle collisions, ESLS is affiliated with the Novus Rehabilitation team to help optimize patient recovery.

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Assessment

Assessment procedures for adults are guided by the specific concerns or the known causes of the speech, language or swallowing difficulty (such as stroke or head injury). All evaluations involve an interview with the patient and – if possible – a family member, informal evaluations, oral-motor examination, and recording of speech samples for analysis. Where appropriate, formal tests of language and/or verbal reasoning ability are administered (click here to learn about verbal reasoning). Swallowing assessments involve oral-motor examination to test the integrity of the structures of the mouth and face and clinical examination of the swallow using various liquid and food textures.
Documentation provided is dependent on client need, and fees are determined by the length and depth of the document requested. If you require documentation, please consult your SLP prior to booking an appointment. A fee schedule is readily available upon request.

Treatment

Treatment is dependent on assessment findings. For treatment of speech, language or verbal reasoning skills, naturalistic one-one, table top activities are initially involved, progressing to practice in the client’s natural settings of every day life. Treatment for swallowing problems usually involves adjusting the consistency of food and fluid taken and monitoring for changes.