Patients can greatly benefit from therapy 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. Patients who are going through vent/trach weaning, suffering from 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 breath support speech therapy.
This eBook, printable patient handouts and therapy tools are a best selling program for speech therapists working with the elderly population. I have used these strategies for more than 16 years in the SNF/LTC setting.
One of my clinical supervisors from MANY years ago who taught me the foundation behind these strategies also had this to say:
“Finally!! Darla wrote the book I had always intended to write. This up to date comprehensive book details the areas important for a speech pathologist treating clients exhibiting weak breath control following a change in medical condition.
She shows how to find the “tell tale” signs during review of medical chart for medical history, current medical condition, implications on cognition, swallowing and communication. She wrote this book with the treating therapist in mind with detailed chapters on assessment, patient education, goal setting and therapy techniques.
This book will become your “go-to” resource. Thank you, Darla for putting our proven strategies down on paper.”—Edith Young, SLP