Author Archives: Ashraf Malhas, PhD

Augmentative and Alternative Communication is Key to Treat Speech Disorders in ALS Patients, Study Shows

Personalized assessment and intervention with a specific communication strategy are key to improving communication in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Dysarthria, the term for a group of speech disorders, affects 95% of patients with ALS. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), which includes aided and unaided approaches such as communication books…

Dementia Affects Prognosis of ALS Patients, New Study Suggests

Analysis of a large group of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has shown that patients who also have dementia at diagnosis are more likely to have bulbar-onset ALS, a subtype of the disease in which patients first experience symptoms in the head and neck, including trouble speaking or swallowing. These patients also…