How a Speech and Language Pathologist Can Help ALS Patients

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In this video from Swallowing and Neurological Rehabilitation, LLC, speech and language pathologist (SLP), Tiffany Turner, explains some of the ways that she can help amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients.

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Turner explains that rather than exercise, which could further fatigue muscles, SLPs tend to help ALS patients come up with strategies to help them swallow, and continue to modify those strategies as the disease progresses.

As the ability to speak begins to deteriorate in ALS patients, SLPs will help them to use other forms of communication and devise ways in which the person can continue to use their own voice for as long as possible. Turner stresses that the earlier ALS patients see a speech and language pathologist, the more they will be able to help. Addressing problems before they begin will allow them to come up with individual programs design to help ALS patients retain their independence for as long as possible.

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