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The role of a speech therapist in rehabilitating a person

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Health and Fitness | Post Date: 2009-11-27

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There are many sub specialties in medical arena. As the days go by and the population is increasing, the people are affected by various diseases and the need for prompt and comprehensive health care has become necessary. There was a time a few decades back when the care given in hospitals was mainly to save the persons life and no thought was given on the rehabilitation of the person. This slowly changed especially after the two World wars.

The World wars left millions of people maimed and disabled. This started the increased need for the rehabilitation of the people and various therapies started to ensure that the people were not only saved but also rehabilitated. This ensured that these people were able to have good quality of life. One of the important sub specialties that developed was the speech therapy.

Role of a speech therapist:

The role of a speech therapist is very wide and is not limited to a single condition. There are many different kinds of diseases that cause the person to lose their speech. There are also some other conditions where the person may not have lost their speech completely, but they have various limitations in their speech.

One of the most common and recent additions to the role of a speech therapist is the impairment in the speech of autistic children. These children have a great difficulty in voicing various words. There are kids who are dyslexic because of the autism and these people can also be treated with the help of the speech therapist.

Diseases requiring speech therapy:

1. Stroke:

This is one of the most common conditions that leave the person to be speech impairs. The people who have had stroke get impairment in their speech especially if the area of their brain that controls the speech centers are affected. This condition can be very difficult for the person to be able to treat because the person affected by stroke may also have associated memory loss or loss of ability to concentrate and this makes it more difficult for the speech therapist to treat these people.

2. Dyslexic children:

The children who are dyslexic are usually resistant to treatment, but patient long term care will be effective in these children. A person has to be treated with adequate care and efficient teaching methods will make teaching to these children more effective.

3. Normal children:

Speech therapist can also help to teach normal children to be able to communicate effectively. This will help the child to learn to speak effectively and increase the confidence of the child.

This is the role of a speech therapist in various conditions. These therapists are very important in the complete rehabilitation of a patient with impairment in speech because speech is very important in the life of every individual. It helps one to communicate with people around them. It is also one of the best methods of expressing the feelings of a person. When this is not possible, the affected person may become depressed a it can lead to various psychological problems.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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