Through my experience working with adults receiving speech therapy in a skilled nursing and long term care facility, I have found that speech therapy patients can greatly benefit from exercises and strategies to improve their breathing coordination as well as expiratory duration and strength. This in turn will positively affect their breath support, swallowing and communication skills.
The printable patient handouts provided in this download are a sample of a more comprehensive product available on my website. This program has provided successful results for many patients in my practice as well as others' who treat patients recovering from vent/trach weaning, COPD, Congestive Heart Failure, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophies, Parkinson’s, asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and even patients who have suffered a CVA that has left more severe residual effects affecting their breath support can certainly benefit from speech therapy.
Patients and caregivers will appreciate having this information in hand as they recover from their illness.