Have you lost clear communication with your elderly loved one or adult with special needs? Don’t feel frustrated; this just means you need to find other means to talk to each other. Speech therapy techniques often help construct a new form of communication. It also helps to prevent your loved one from losing communication completely. Try some of these techniques to keep the conversation going between you and your loved one.
With so many new types of therapies to help with everyday life for an individual, speech therapy is important to keep someone’s ability to speak
Two components of speech therapy are:
Professionals in speech therapy use alternative speech therapy techniques with any nonverbal patient. This teaches them to use their iPads or computers to communicate with text or a voice synthesizer.
Wondering how to use speech therapy for someone with a disability or an elderly loved one? Try these activities to improve your communication with them or discover other means of speaking to each other.
Waving when you leave or clapping is a great way to develop a nonverbal form of communication with your loved one. Hand gestures you use become associated with words your loved one can use to communicate with you.
Sounding out your words when speaking to your loved one helps them process them. Use simple words they can grasp and speak with a friendly tone. When they repeat a word incorrectly, repeat the word gently so they hear and understand how they were saying the word differently.
Make a point to encourage your loved one to use verbal or nonverbal communication, whichever is easier for them. Learn together various ways to get each other’s attention or speak with each other.
We thrive to provide your loved one—whether elderly or disabled—with quality therapies to keep them active. Our occupational speech therapy helps keep their communication