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ALS Worldwide
May 15, 2017

How a Speech and Language Pathologist Can Help Those With ALS

Being able to communicate with family, colleagues, and friends helps maintain independence and positive feelings. Muscle weakness, atrophy, and paralysis cause speech to become difficult or impossible for someone living with ALS. However, many clinics provide access to a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) who can provide help with communication.

"Rather than [use] exercises, which could further fatigue muscles, SLPs assist those living with ALS in developing strategies to help with swallowing, and they continue to modify those strategies as the disease progresses. When ability to speak begins to deteriorate, SLPs will help people with ALS use other forms of communication and devise ways they can continue to use their own voice for as long as possible.

The earlier ALS patients see a Speech and Language Pathologist, the better. Addressing problems before they begin allows SLPs to design individual programs for ALS patients so that they can maintain independence for as long as possible. Click here to "Read more from "ALS News Today".

Click here to view a video that explains the role of a Speech and Language Pathologist in the management of ALS.